Winning Fights: 12 Proven Principles for Winning on the Street, in the Ring, at Life

Winning Fights: 12 Proven Principles for Winning on the Street, in the Ring, at Life


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Winning Fights focuses on 2,500 years of proven fighting principles originating from Eastern concepts and proceeding to the modern era. This book is for pugilists seeking an edge in competition as well as soldiers and law enforcement officers facing conflict. Like The Art of War and The Book of Five Rings, however, many of its lessons also apply to the world of business and negotiation.

Dr. Stephens looked beyond the technical to the conceptual and found that winning fights requires twelve core principles: preparation, awareness, commitment, lethality, efficiency, discipline, power, focus, fierceness, surprise, timing, and fortitude.

This book features:

  • Twelve principles for winning fights

  • A survey of Eastern and Western traditions

  • An intelligent yet accessible discussion of these concepts

With this book you will

  • Learn to see beyond fighting tactics, which change, to fighting principles, which endure

  • See your training in powerful new ways

Winning Fights is based on principles, not techniques,” Dr. Stephens writes. “Technique is important, but techniques change, adapt, and evolve. Principles are timeless.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594396007
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,228,877
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

PHILLIP STEPHENS is a fifth-degree black belt in Ketsugo Do jujutsu. He won the world championship in the self-defense division at the 2002 Sport Karate Amateur International (SKIL) World Championships. He was the silver medalist in the National Blackbelt League (NBL) self-defense division during the 2003 World Championships, after a perfect season of ten first-place wins on the East Coast. He also holds numerous regional and state titles, all in the self-defense divisions of martial arts tournaments sanctioned by the Martial Arts Tournament Tour, SKIL, and NBL organizations.

In 2013, Stephens was appointed to the North Carolina Boxing Commission, which regulates combat sports including boxing and mixed martial arts, where he serves as a commissioner.

Stephens has a doctorate of health science and has practiced emergency medicine as a physician’s assistant since 1990.

Table of Contents


Part 1
Principle 1: Preparation
Principle 2: Awareness
Principle 3: Commitment
Principle 4: Lethal
Principle 5: Efficient
Principle 6: Discipline
Principle 7: Power
Principle 8: Focus
Principle 9: Fierce
Principle 10: Surprise
Principle 11: Timing
Principle 12: Fortitude

Part 2
Fighting with Honor
Fighting with Tactics
Fighting with Weapons
Fighting with WordsReferences

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