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Posted October 8, 2006
Being the author of several books on the martial arts and fighting, I am always looking for books of exceptional quality to add to my library. If I have a book in my library, it's definitely worth owning. One such book is Peyton Quinn¿s, 'Real Fighting.' I found Peyton¿s book to be a very good ¿reality check¿ for those of you out there that think that your ¿martial art¿ is superior to everyone else¿s. Well guess what, its not! As every person who has more than a passing resemblance to a human being will tell you, there are no superior martial arts, just superior martial artists. The most important thing to remember when reading this, or any book dealing with self-defense techniques, is that the principles behind the technique are far more important than the technique itself. Peyton does a great job of this, and you would do well to sit down and read this book from cover to cover several times in order to grasp what he is trying to teach you. Although I thoroughly enjoyed what Peyton had to teach in his book, I must admit that I am not a big fan of the generalization that seems to take place when people compare ¿real fighting¿ to the martial arts. It seems that a lot of the martial arts are pigeonholed into the prevalent ¿McDojo¿s¿ that seem to be so popular these days. That simply is not the case. I am a traditionally trained martial artist in both Karate and Tae Kwon Do, as well as being ranked in several other disciplines. However, unlike a lot of schools that seem to have degenerated down to teaching a diluted ¿sport¿ version of these arts, I was fortunate enough to be taught the practical version of each technique alongside the traditional version. I think we would all do well to remember that the most important element that the martial arts teach you is not technique, but self-discipline!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2004
This book is pure knowledge from real fights. The book tells you exactly how real fights 'go down', how to avoid the set-up ('interview'), how to strike first when it is going down, and how to handle the adrenaline rush. This book is very good and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know how to avoid violence in the real world, and if it can't be avoided, to not be the one who loses.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.