Short Book Notices
July 6, 2019
Some are old, some are newer. The only thing they have
in common is that they are worth writing short book notices about.
Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques,
Marcelo Garcia with Marshall D. Carper and Glen Cordoza (Victory
Even if your game
isn't Marcelo's game, he has a lot of good ideas, well explained by his
Jeet Kune Do, Vol 2, Counterattack! Grappling
Counters and Reversals,
by Larry Hartsell and Tim Tackett (Unique Publications).
self-defense techniques, mostly serviceable, or at least, food for
Spiritual dimensions of the
by Michael Maliszewski. Charles E. Tuttle Co.
If you are
interested in spiritual aspects of martial arts, you could start here.
First, however, Roberto recommends that you clarify to yourself what you
mean by "spiritual". Do you want scientific research results? Or
do you want guidance on how to be a more "spiritual" person?
Muay Thai: The Most Distinguished Art of Fighting,
by Panya Kraitus
and Dr. Pitisuk Kraitus. Asia Books
Bible of Muay Thai. The next best thing to going to Thailand (numerous
reports on training in Thailand here if you
chose that alternative).
From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport
Research in Sports
by Udo Moenig
Roberto has not actually read this book but he has
carefully reviewed the research that the book summarizes and synthesizes, and based on that
he recommends the book for those who don't want to or can't read the
original research. (However if you do want to read the original research you
can find some of it at Google
Scholar, and you can contact the authors for
the rest). Even if you aren't particularly interested in TKD, or it
never occurred to you that TKD wasn't Shotokan karate with Korean
terminology, it is a nice exercise in historiography. (Obviously, there
are two different types of Taekwondo...anyway, read the book).
Lebell's Handbook of Judo: A Step by Step Guide to Winning in Sport
(Los Angeles, Calif.)
people know a lot, and no one is older then Gene Lebell. Anything
Gene Lebell says is worth reading or listening to. For
example Grappling Master. Also Gene
Lebell Seminar review. Interestingly, at one time Gene's manager offered
GTR the chance to do an interview with Gene. GTR submitted a list of
questions. None were about Steven Segal, Bruce Lee, or the Gracie Family.
Gene never responded. What's up with that, Gene? (asked with all due
respect. Roberto is a big fan of Lebell, seriously, and doesn't want his
Longer reviews of various books, VHS tapes, and DVDs can
be found at Reviews.
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