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Book: Muay Thai Kickboxing: The Ultimate Guide To Conditioning, Training, And Fighting

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Muay Thai Kickboxing: The Ultimate Guide To Conditioning, Training, And Fighting

Product By Paladin Press
(21 customers reviews)
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Book Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581603207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581603200
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author
Chad Boykin is the managing co-owner of Kickboxing Unlimited in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has several years of experience in Muay Thai-style kickboxing and American boxing. In 1998, Chad won the Toughman boxing tournament via four consecutive knockouts. Earlier that year, he won the North Carolina Academy of Kickboxing middleweight amateur kickboxing title.

Product Description

In the most comprehensive guide available for entry into the fast-growing sport of Muay Thai kickboxing, personal trainer, Thai boxing coach and experienced fighter Chad Boykin leads you through every aspect of the game. Whether you long to test your mettle in the ring or simply get in the best shape of your life, this book will show you how. With clear, instructive photos and descriptions, Boykin demonstrates the conditioning exercises that provide the foundation for the power and speed of Muay Thai. Then he takes you step by step through the brutal elbow and knee strikes, punches, clenches and kicks that form your offensive arsenal, plus the blocks and evasion techniques that will confound your opponent. Training drills teach you to flow from one move to the next with accuracy and confidence. A veteran of the ring, Boykin gives novice fighters inside information on what to expect and offers advice on fighting styles and strategies. Whether you've been participating in kickboxing for years or are new to the sport, this book will give you the edge you need to succeed.

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Customer Reviews

"it was alright" 2006-01-29
By Chad Boykin
While this book does have some good information, and lots of photos to demonstrate techniques, the author doesn't even actually seem to demonstrate that he realizes any difference between muay thai and kick boxing. All in all, i would rather not have bought this book, but am not terribly upset that i did. So, not a terrible buy, but don't expect too much.

"The best Muay Thai training book on the Market" 2005-08-15
By Phillip Bastians (Canada)
If you want to be the best striker in your dojo this is the book to buy. Also buy all the Benny Urquidez Martial Arts training books together your knowledge of striking will be awsome. Also join a good Muay Thai School then compete against Tae Kwon Do Stylists. Then see how easy it is to defeat Tae Kwon Do Black Belts. Buy the book its brillant.

"Americanized Muay Thai; well-rounded conditioning" 2004-02-14
By Joseph M Burtner (Kennesaw, Georgia)
The emphasis of this book seems to be conditioning more than technique. However, that doesn't mean it isn't good. There are five full chapters on physical fitness, and it's probably the most complete program I've seen in a martial arts book. The conditioning covered is everything from calesthetics to weight training to stretching to cardio. For those who are wondering what fitness has to do with fighting, well, it's a lot easier to defeat a person of equal skill and greater size if you have superior conditioning. Anyway, I found these chapters easy to follow, and very insightful. As far as the techniques go, they are described fairly well, and following a single offensive move are the defenses against it. Punches are given the most detail, with sidebars providing extra tips for each punch. Just for the record, pgs. 15-70 are devoted to these techniques. There's also a chapter on training drills, which covers equipment and different drills to do based on what skill you want to emphasise. On the down side, the "self-defense" section was kind of baren, the history chapter seemed a little rushed, and many combinations seemed to favor no-holds-barred contests instead of Muay Thai, in that there were throws and chokes. Overall, a very good book, I just don't think it truly presented Muay Thai. MMA/NHB atheletes might find it useful, as well as folks who are trying to spruce up their self-defense/full contact training. Also, anyone who wants to use a Kickboxing-based workout program.

"Great book for advanced beginners and intermediates" 2003-09-12
By A. Flanders (San Francisco, CA United States)
Chad Boykin writes a solid book on kickboxing technique and tactics. The book has plenty of illustrative and high contrasting photos to demonstrate his concepts. The book layout is logical and covers a wide variety of bases (those already familiar with weight training and aerobic training may want to skip it). The real value of the book, I believe, is in his use of combinations and pad drills. These parts provide a great reference and empower the intermediate fighter in making his/her own favorite personal combinations. Too few books provide such detail and examples for this important material... As in any case this provides a good supplement and/or refresher of muay thai, though people truly wanting to learn this great style of fighting should start with a qualified instructor. More advanced fighters will not get too much out of this manual; there is very little material on the culture of Muay Thai and how it is practiced in Thailand, very little coverage of principles and mechanics of the style (which should also be addressed for true beginners) and very little on fighting strategy. Boykin provides a solid book for those interested in tactics which ideally suits advanced beginners and intermediate practitioners of the martial sport.

"Good Book for the Beginner" 2003-08-30
This book is a mix of kickboxing techniques and drills with weight training and exercises.

The techniques and explanations are very detailed which is a plus. I would recommend this book for beginners or intermediates. This is because the emphasis is on basic techniques and pad training, with some detail on sparring styles.

As others have included in reviews there is a big section with information on strength training, exercises, and fitness, which martial artists may or may not be interested in.
If someone is looking for strength and fitness as well as basic kickboxing then this is a good feature. The list of shorthand drills is a nice addition and gives many possible examples.

The author credits the Thai's for the striking style that is used most in the No Hold's Barred fighting today, and focuses on the techniques more than the culture of Muay Thai itself. For advanced books on pure Muay Thai culture and rituals there are better available, such as "A Living Legacy" and "Thai Boxing Dynamite". This book is a good introduction to the techniques and training methods that can be used to excel in Thai kickboxing and to get in shape. But there is likely nothing new for advanced fighters.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2009 05:08