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Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge

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Mixed Martial Arts outlines the revolutionary system of fighting used by world-renowned fighter BJ Penn. Penn, one of the most technical and decorated fighters in the world today, illustrates fighting techniques that teach you how to mix strikes with takedowns, ground and pound an opponent into submission, fight against the cage and formulate strategies based upon your pe
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Victory Belt Publishing
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Dec 23, 2008 Nate rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect present for the Muscle Sharks on your list. Not only is it a very good MMA technique book from one of the best fighters in the sport, its also an invaluable insight into B.J. Penn's approach to MMA and his offensive skill set.

Here's a review from Amazon that explains what I mean:
The two most valuable lessons to take from this book is that first, a style of Mixed Martial Arts fighting should be built off of one main discipline with techniques from other styles added to complem
Jan 22, 2010 Allan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mma fans and students
This is a well laid out book that bills itself as the Book of Knowledge.
The book covers everything from striking to clinching, take-downs and defense, guard work and sweeps. It doesn't seem to go beyond the scope of what BJ does himself, as he does not cover kicking. However, this does not make the book feel incomplete; Penn's performances can attest to that.

The book is high quality and in color with photos showing 2 angles for every shot. Every sequence is laid out well, leaving little room for
Jun 01, 2007 Patrick rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic, comprehensive guide to B.J. Penn's basic approaches to mixed martial arts.

I've found that these Victory Belt publications, such as this book and Eddie Bravo's "Mastering the Rubber Guard," are the only way to go. The full-color, detailed photos are easy on the eyes and easy to understand, as opposed to the scant black and white photos used in more budget-oriented instructionals.

One thing I really like is how Penn lays out more options than just standing, clinch, and the va
Garrett Bryant
Jan 07, 2008 Garrett Bryant rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
BJ Penn is one of my favorite fighters and who I view as the best assimilation of multiple martial arts into fighting today.

His fluid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with excellent wrestling and natural striking make him one of the best fighters today. I was very excited when his book was released and couldn't wait to buy it. This book is very technical. Great for in the gym working out and practicing and learning new moves, but as for a good read, not so much. The transitions between chapters and philosoph
Jan 23, 2009 Pierre rated it really liked it
Shelves: martial-arts
Great resource for anyone wanting to learn commonly used MMA techniques. The book helped me to understand the sport. It is very detailed and an easy read. The pictures explain exactly what Penn writes. Overall, a very good book. I would have given this book 5 stars, but he neglected to explain kicking and some other techniques.
Dec 13, 2008 Edward rated it liked it
BJ Penn looks like a mellow Hawaiien Teddy-Bear, yet he can kick serious ass. A book by him about lots of stuff in MMA. All this stuff needs to be experientially learned, yet reading before/after helps things soak in.
Feb 22, 2010 Doug rated it really liked it
I'm no MMA fighter, and received this as a gift, but it has been surprisingly useful to me for some BJJ no-gi technique. BJ has a clear writing style and makes use of many photos to illustrate various techniques.
Matt Hill
Aug 16, 2009 Matt Hill rated it it was amazing
very complete . . pictures w reverse angles . . nice!
Oct 01, 2008 Max rated it really liked it
very informative. good reference photos.
Feb 01, 2009 Caleb rated it really liked it
Really enjoying so far
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it's my autobiography
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