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Mixed Martial Arts For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-39071-9
240 pages
April 2009
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Your full-color guide to this wildly popular combat sport!

Mixed martial arts is sweeping the globe! In this practical guide, legendary MMA Champion Frank Shamrock shares his expertise and love for the sport. He introduces you to his famous training and fighting system, explaining the virtues, ethics, and techniques of MMA in clear detail while showing you how to develop a safe, effective training regimen.

  • Begin with MMA basics — discover the history, the fighting styles, and modern rules and training techniques
  • Prepare to start training — strengthen your body, focus your mind, learn the concepts of combat, and find a good instructor

  • Stand up for yourself — your introductory course in stand up fighting, from essential strikes and defense to inside fighting with the clinch and takedowns

  • Get ready to grapple — understand the essentials of ground fighting, including the guard position, submissions, and escapes

  • Become a well-rounded fighter — improve your nutrition, develop a warm-up routine, expand your mental training, and get the rest you need

Open the book and find:

  • Proven strategies to train your body and mind
  • More than 150 step-by-step, full-color photos illustrating proper technique

  • The 8 positions of power

  • Necessary MMA training equipment

  • The styles and strategies of MMA competition

  • Fight-specific training drills and games

  • Tips for increasing your speed and avoiding injury

  • Advice from the expert on improving your ground game

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Table of Contents


Part I: Welcome to My World (Of Pain).

Chapter 1: Mixed Martial Arts: Past and Present.

Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into MMA.

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Your Training.

Part II: Stand-Up Fighting.

Chapter 4: Stand Up for Yourself and Strike.

Chapter 5: Inside Fighting with the Clinch.

Chapter 6: The Takedown: Getting to the Ground.

Part III: Grappling: You Gotta Have a Ground Game.

Chapter 7: Working from the Guard.

Chapter 8: Flowing through the Eight Positions of Power.

Chapter 9: Submitting to No One: Using the Right Submission Techniques.

Chapter 10: Great Escapes.

Chapter 11: Improving Your Ground Game: The Five Animals of MMA.

Part IV: Becoming a Well-Rounded Fighter — And Person.

Chapter 12: Strength and Conditioning.

Chapter 13: Training with a Purpose.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Ways to Improve Your Speed.

Chapter 15: Ten Ways to Get Yourself Hurt.

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Prepare for a Fight.

Appendix: Resources.


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Author Information

Frank Shamrock is an MMA legend and considered by many to be the prototype for the modern mixed martial artist. He has earned titles in the UFC, WEC, andStrikeforce promotions. Outside of the ring, Shamrock is an MMA color commentator on CBS, Showtime, and ESPN2. Also internationally known as one of the world's top martial arts instructors and trainers, Shamrock is the highest-ranking instructor of the Submission Fighting style of martial arts in the United States.
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