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Combat Fitness for the Elite Female Martial Artist [Paperback]

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Combat Fitness teaches women how to toughen up and become effective martial artists and defenders of self and others. Although there are a few other martial arts books written specifically for women, these books generally focus on a particular style of martial art and give the reader basic information on that art. Combat Fitness differs by focusing on how women can gain respect as martial artists in a male dominated environment. The book talks straight about the need to develop physical strength and toughness, and not just good technique, and focuses on principles that apply to a multitude of martial arts and self defense techniques. There is no other book on the market that covers these subjects.

Many women study the martial arts for years and become black belts, while gaining a false sense of security about their capacities without understanding the need for physical strength, mental tenacity, aggressiveness, and intent. The martial arts have a two-fold agenda: To prepare you to participate in tournaments (or sports), and to prepare you to participate in real life scenarios. This split focus might be the prime element that distinguishes the martial artist from other sports participants, who are preparing to run a marathon, go to the Olympics, or win the hockey match, for example, but are not concerned with issues of life and death. Success in fighting depends on relative strength and skill, so saying that you should be "as good as you can be" is rather meaningless to the martial artist. The martial artist must be able to beat her opponent. This book goes beyond technique and teaches the more petite female how to gain an edge on a bigger or stronger opponent.

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Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.7" Width: 7.8" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2006
Publisher   Wish Publishing
ISBN  1930546815  
ISBN13  9781930546813  

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More About Martina Sprague

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Martina Sprague has published a dozen books with traditional publishers and several dozen independently. She writes primarily on subjects pertaining to military history, and instructional books on the martial arts. She has also written a few novels and nonfiction books on various subjects under different pen names. For more information, please visit her website:

Martina Sprague currently resides in Salt Lake City Stockholm, in the state of Utah.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Exercise & Fitness > General
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Mental Health > Abuse & Self Defense > Self Defense
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > General
4Books > Subjects > Sports > General
5Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Martial Arts > Martial Arts
6Books > Subjects > Sports > Training > General

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A fantastic resource for female martial artists as well as males who teach them!  Jan 12, 2007
Despite the fact that many women participate, martial arts tend to be predominantly male oriented. To state the obvious, men and women are different. The challenge is that they are often treated identically, particularly in the dojo where martial artists are all considered practitioners regardless of gender. That can be good (e.g., consistent requirements and ranking standards), but only to a point. Since there are very real differences in the way that men and women learn, process information, and perform physical skills, it only makes sense that their training is tailored for each gender in ways that facilitate rapid progress for everyone. Unfortunately there are very few resources available that help folks understand the unique challenges that female martial artists face. This is a great one! It is only a couple hundred pages long yet it is amazingly holistic and content rich.

This book is a fantastic resource for not only female martial artists but also for males, like myself, who teach them. Information is organized into 15 chapters which include muster (e.g., getting started/introduction), physical strength and stamina (e.g., exercises, fitness), hard hitting and strong grappling (e.g., technique, range, realism/physical contact), winning matters (e.g., "first" mindset, playing rough, indomitable spirit), pressing the attack (e.g., dominance, control, relentlessness), force and single strike damage (e.g., targeting, speed, power, precision), force escalation (e.g., primary and secondary techniques, plan "b"), the bodyweight challenge (e.g., body mechanics fundamentals), controlling and counterattack (e.g., distance, timing, pain compliance, takedowns/throws), failure (e.g., takedowns, defense, visualization), pain (e.g., as a motivator, psychological, physical), gross vs. fine motor skills (e.g., response time, fear, aggression), fight or flight (e.g., fighting vs. survival, how far you should go), finishing the fight (e.g., force continuum, attacking, waiting, finishing), exit strategy, and final thoughts (e.g., conclusion).

This book goes beyond mere technique. It helps you both mentally and physically, ensuring that you can develop fighting skills that will stand you in good stead both on the street and in the tournament ring. Highly recommended!

Lawrence Kane
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
A welcome addition to any personal, professional, or dojo Martial Arts reference collection  Jan 6, 2007
Martial arts training for women must take into consideration their physiological differences from men including being an average of 20% smaller than men, have less upper body strength, and often must overcome social conditioning afforded women that can have an inhibiting influence on their engaging in physical combat. A welcome addition to any personal, professional, or dojo Martial Arts reference collection, "Combat Fitness For The Elite Female Martial Artist" focuses specifically on the martial arts training needs of women needing to deal with real life situations requiring them to protect themselves and their loved ones from physical attack. Martial art expert Marrina Sprague draws upon her many years of experience and expertise (having achieved Black Belt status in Kenpo karate, kickboxing, and street freestyle fighting) to take women through a rigorous and effective step-by-step instruction process to develop their physical strength and stamina, hit hard and grip strong, acquire a winning attitude, press their attack against an opponent or adversary, and control counterattacks. Of special note are the chapters devoted to diverse kinds of failure, pain, gross vs. fine motor skills, 'fight or flight', finishing a fight, and exit strategies. Women wanting to train themselves to be able to defend themselves in all manner of situations and wherever they may arise, should give Martina Sprague's "Combat Fitness For The Elite Female Martial Artist" a careful reading.

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