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Beyond the Lion's Den: The Life, The Fights, The Techniques Paperback – Oct 15 2005
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About the Author
Erich Krauss is the author of six books including Brawl: A Behind the Scenes Look at Mixed Martial Arts Competition. He currently lives in Thailand.
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Pretty good book overall it has some interesting stuff on his past and a section on how to perform some submissions and strikes.
I would have gave it 5 stars but the descriptions of the techniques aren't the most descriptive and there's only a few escapes but still a good book.
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As in the first book, the first part is autobiographical. In it, Shamrock goes in depth about his troubled childhood, his time on the American pro-wrestling circuit (including a detailed description of the Nasty Boys incident), his time in Japan, and his return to MMA fighting up to his fight with Kimo. Without a doubt, some of the accounts are embellished or one-sided, but I think any fan of MMA, especially the early days, will be pleased at the insights Shamrock gives. My biggest complaint, as a pro-wrestling fan, is the constant misspelling of wrestler's names, but I don't think that'll effect most readers.
The second part of the book is on submission fighting. This is MUCH more detailed, technique-wise, than "Inside", but is noticeably missing sections on training, strategy and nutrition which were found in the first book. This section starts with stance and mobility and moves on to striking, including basic defenses, combinations, and striking from the clinch. Next he addresses takedowns, both offensively and defensively. He covers shooting, takedowns out of the clinch, takedowns off of the wall, takedown defense, takedowns to counter strikes, and many of his techniques end in a submission hold of some sort, allowing the fighter to finish his opponent off. After that is groundfighting, which is really Ken's specialty. He addresses, by chapter, the top guard position, side control and it's variations, the mount, the rear mound (including variations), and the bottom guard. In each section, he gives striking and submission options, proper positional control, and usually a bit on mobility and escapes. Fans of leg locks will love this part of the book.
Considering the length and cost of the book, I'd recommend it primarily for those interested in both the history and techniques of MMA. Though he's lost a few steps in the ring, there's no doubt after reading the instructional section that Ken still knows the techniques that work in an MMA fight. An excellent follow-up to his first book, and a very good book overall.
All in all, this has to go on the shelf of any MMA of UFC fanatic.
The auto biography was better written than "Inside the lions den" which at points made you think you were reading Clark Kents Auto biography instead of Ken Shamrocks. There are clear pictures of the fighting moves along with step by step instructions on how to do them which was pretty cool if that kind of thing interest you.
Nothing memorable. I wish he would have elaborated on where all the lions den fighters are now and whether or not would could expect to see all of them fighting again in the near future.
Overall if you are a Ken Shamrock fan you will enjoy this book and even though it is a little pricey it's worth picking up and checking out.
The instructional part is good. He provides a lot of techiniques for several different situations. He goes through the techniques step by step in detail so the reader fully understands how to perform the techniques. His first book had some nutritional and exercise advice, however this book does not. Despite that, I would strongly recommend this book for Shamrock fans and people who are interested in training in MMA.
The contents are as follows;
2)Clinch work-17 moves.
3)Leglocks and guard passes-13 moves.
4)Top Control Submissions-27 moves.
5)Guard Work-14 moves.
Overall there are 100 techniques plus a biography of Shamrock's life.Sorry for not remembering exactly how the book is organized;but there is indeed 100 moves inside.
My only two problems with this book is that;Shamrock doesn't show how to strike when down on the ground and doesn't cover escapes from the bottom of inferior positions at all.
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