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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites, July 10 2004
While I can't comment on the quality of these prints, this movie has been one of my all-time favorites. I used the Scorpion style on a bully during a middle school basketball game. While I didn't hit him, the fact that I could do the rapid palm smashes near his face spooked him so he stopped bothering me. Funny but true story. Thank you Scorpion !

Ufc: Ultimate Knockouts [Import]
Ufc: Ultimate Knockouts [Import]
DVD ~ Brian L. Wilson
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, but somewhat monotonous, March 4 2004
This disk is exactly what it says. As a UFC fan, I would have
preferred a finishing moves disk instead of just knockouts.
The UFC forum has a great variety of fighters and fighting styles. These knockouts are spot on! However, there are just too darn many punching knockouts. Those that weren't just boxing-style knockouts were far more interesting. Worthy examples were Merk Kerr's "knee to the head" knockout and
Remco's (?) "elbows to the head knockout" from an arm hold position and two knockouts by takedown. I REALLY wanted to see Frank Shamrock's rapid submissions , UFC 1 finishing kick from the French kickboxer to the big Hawaiian dude (knocked his teeth out), some of and Keith Hackney's bout with the 606 lb black sumo fellow. I don't think that
either of the last two are on the UFC hits DVDs either.
I wonder why.
Anyway, if you're a fight fan, you should own this set.

Fighting Power: How to Develop Explosive Punches, Kicks, Blocks, and Grappling
Fighting Power: How to Develop Explosive Punches, Kicks, Blocks, and Grappling
by Loren W. Christensen
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage but training information is old, Feb. 17 2003
I have to start this review by complimenting the author on his
enthusiasm and depth, his coverage of breaking tricks and his useful coverage of an unrelated topic: fighting strategy. For that, 5 stars. For the propagation of old information, 1 star.
Most of the "strength" training information provided is actually that used by body builders to increase muscle mass: medium high
weight, 10 reps/set, 30 secs rest between sets, train to failure. Powerlifters do not train this way, but narcissists do. The author mentions a few descriptions of strength
training, such as the paragraph on Gracie's weight lifting
and another instance of low reps/high weight/big rest training
program. Also, he mentions fast twitch muscle fiber development, but usually in the wrong training context,
such as endurance training. Fast twitch fibers deliver a high
force output over short durations and are quickly exhausted.
You can't train for endurance *and* power without sacrificing
the other.
The author also presents a forearm exercise routine
to increase grip strength. That's just mean. This makes me doubt that this book was written from personal experience.
He does write one paragraph on brick holding to increase
pinch grip power, but WAY more should be written on
finger and hand strength in a book on power training.
Check out John Brookfield's book on grip training.
Wrist weight and dumbbell air punching is just plain ol' backwards and dangerous. You really want to avoid training
muscles to slow down additional weight. So, you would train
either to throw the weight or have it decelerated by a target
such as a heavy bag. This external deceleration is the entire value of heavy bag training, and the author should know better.
Dumbell punching is the opposite of heavy bag training. To give him credit, the author does mention the use of punching weights into a heavy bag and throwing weights.
The routines provided will increase your power, but not as
efficiently as other methods. The author should
study modern strength and conditioning and update his book.
_Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning_ by Baechle and Earle . I anxiously await his second edition.

Essentials of Strength And Conditioning, Second Edition
Essentials of Strength And Conditioning, Second Edition
by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Feb. 5 2003
What a great text ! Here is a deep yet clearly/visually presented text on physical training. I've read a number of
strength-training books, but most are dominated by the
body-building mentality. This book will make you think
like a coach and help you understand sport-specific

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