Warrior Speed Paperback – Sep 1 2000
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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
From the Author
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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".
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.
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?
Most recent customer reviews
An exceptional book for those who just want to improve. This book gives excellent insight for those individuals who wish to improve in their personal training as well as allowing... Read morePublished on June 7 2010 by Chris J. Collins
I practice Kenpo, and have been studying for about four years now. I'm not the best, and I'm certainly not the fastest. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Eric D. Knapp
A very thorough work on the prerequisites for obtaining speed in one's execution of physical techniques. Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by Anthony Cataldo
The author has done an excellent job not just compiling relevant data into one place, but teaching you all the practical aspects of speed improvement. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2001 by Jorge Nunuez
It's been close to a full year since I first read Ted Weimann's book,"Warrior Speed," but I haven't put it down for more than a week at a time since then. Read morePublished on May 1 2001 by Michael P. Williams
I thought this book was incredibly thorough and specific. I've already put Weiman's information to good use. I don't know what Wolfe is talking about in his review. Read morePublished on April 28 2001 by Stan Cooper
My goal in writing Warrior Speed was to write the most thorough, scientifically based book ever written on the topic. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2000 by Sharice Weimann
This book is thouroughly scientific and compregensive, yet easy to read and understand. It tells you everything from the best exercises to change the quality of your muscles, to... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000 by Aaron Walker