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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Pr (Sept. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880336383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880336380
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 508 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #887,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A definitive reference.. Explained in easy to understand language and packed with examples and drills. -- Martial Arts and Combat Sports, October 2000

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Ted Wiemann has been an active martial arts instructor since 1985. He also holds law enforcement instructor certification in defensive tactics, baton, chemical weapons and use of force/confrontational simulations. He has taught in these subject areas for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and Oregon Police Academy. He is currently a US Special Agent and Defensive Tactics instuctor for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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This is not a "how to" book. It is loaded with information from numerouos scientific reports and studies about speed and that in itself is poorly presented. The section on Physics, though accurate to some extent is incomplete. As far as the mental, goal setting and plyometrics chapters, you'd do better with a book on those subjects. Mr. Weimann is good at touching on what affects speed, but doesn't present any valuable information or practical methods of achieving it. This book is simply a regergitation of scietific studies and reports on speed. I don't even remember if there were any paragraphs that didn't have a reference to "this study showed that yada yada yada about speed, and that study revealed yada yada yada about speeed". Well I thought this was a book on how to achieve speed! Ted might be saving that for volume two, who knows, but its not in this one. This book will not help you become faster. It will confuse you with parlor tricks and boggle your mind with scientific data which even the author doesn't seem to understand. You would do better reading a book on achieving speed by a coach or a Phd who is getting the results you're seeking. Maybe one for runners or swimmers and adapt the techniques to your martial arts training, because this book is lacking. I bought this book because of the wonderful reviews and the notes from the author and Mr. Christiensen. I was grossly dissappointed. It makes me wonder if the people who reviewed it read it through. Hoped this helped. William Wolfe 6th Degree Black Belt American Kenpo Karate
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Weimann has filled his book with a variety of basic principles and concrete examples of a handful of exercises for improving speed in martial arts. Many parts of this book would be useful in almost any athletic endeavor, and many of the studies cited are on performance in things like weightlifting, running, swimming, and cycling.
If you are looking for simply a series of drills and exercises, then this isn't the book for you. If you are looking to really understand the physics, physiology and pyschology of althetic performance, then this is an excellent text. It may be dry to some readers as it sometimes reads like a scientific review article, but I found the references to research extremely helpful and enlightening. I am a bit more skeptical of some of the psychological drills, but the mind is a complicated thing.
I found a lot of good information in this book that I haven't encountered in other exercise/fitness books, such as why you should take Tylenol for muscle aches but not Alleve (the answer is on page 61) if you want to gain muscle mass.
The only complaints I have are with the title and the binding which doesn't open flat. The title is kind of cheesy. A good description, although very pedantic would be something like: "A Review of Current Research in Developing Speed in Athletic Performance and Suggested Applications of These Principles to Training".
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The author has done his homework. After reading the first couple of chapters, I now understand the muscular system in great detail and understand how it can be improved or impaired through training. The physiological info provided is remarkable and worth studying if you are involved in any sort of sport where speed & power are factors- but especially martial arts. Plyometrics are covered very clearly (and scientifically) and sample exercises are given.
The author looks at what supplements & drugs are out there and summarizes their effects very well.
Speed itself is broken down as it applies to martial arts, and focus is placed on the areas that can be significantly improved through training.
This is a no-BS book that I've been impressed with so far, and with every page I read I think "wow, that's good to know." The information is presented in a way that really gives martial arts folks exactly what they care about, without drifting too far into other topics.
Lots of numbers- for example, a typical punch's force comes from 39% legs, 37% trunk, and 24% arms. Maybe its just me, but I love numbers.
As a side note I had just been reading Bruce Lee's "Tao of Jeet Kune Do" and I find that much of the information here complements Lee's writings.. much of it actually is more detailed and scientifically based than Lee's. The author has much more scientifc data available at the time of writing than Lee did, of course, and he has really taken advantage of it.
Two thumbs up- this is really informative and should be considered a "must read" for martial arts practitioners who are serious about developing speed.
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I do not know how fast the reviewer 'Wolf' is, but to not find any value in Weimann's book, I surmise he must be pretty fast. Oddly, I do not see many Kenpo stylists touting their Kenpo ranking in NHB events. Perhaps there is more to fighting speed than being able to hit an opponent innumerable times in a minute.
Granted, some of the drills in the Speed Training Methods chapter may be a bit worn, yet the principles covered in the segments such as Water Training, Adaptation Training and the Psychological Speed chapter are sound. I believe this is the book's main strength - conveying principles, which the reader is then to think about how to apply. I suppose if you are terribly advanced, you might not improve by doing adaptation training for instance, but as strength has been successfully improved in athletes past the age of 60 -- and improved strength can improve speed -- I find myself wondering how you would NOT improve by applying this principle. Someone who does not mind reviewing core concepts (such as myself, even after 13 years of training and a couple coaching), would likely do well to pick up a copy, apply what they can of it, and expect improvement. The major drawback to this book is its binding. How about a spiral binding that can be opened FLAT for easy reference, Mr. Weimann?
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