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book’s to add to your fighting collection! The Kickboxing Handbook John Ritschel

ISBN: 1-84509-038-1

Published by: Silverdale books John Ritschel

Kickboxing has been the focus of many books throughout the years but few are as comprehensive or as well laid out as this compact volume. With any long established art or sport there is only so much that can be said, so it is only fair to mention that a great deal of the content will not be groundbreaking but with this in mind, how the book is presented becomes very important and here, ‘The Kickboxing Handbook’ scores heavily. First thing to notice is the excellent use of full colour photography throughout. When presenting a manual this is an often overlooked area but as important as the text is, readers also like to see dynamic photographs and The Kickboxing Handbook’ benefits from plenty of carefully constructed shots on high quality paper.

That’s not to say that the content is lacking. A brief history of the development of kickboxing is followed by another often neglected area-is the art for me? Chapter three asks a number of pertinent questions to the reader and potential student, which at the same time acts as a solid guide to the principles and techniques behind the art. The following chapters are as expected-sections on a good warm-up, followed by chapters on stretching, strength training, equipment training and obviously the techniques. An added chapter is the little discussed self-defence applications of kickboxing, presented in a straightforward style in street clothing.

Again, much on offer will be well-covered by experienced instructors but to new instructors or students just starting out in the art, this is an inex-pensive goldmine. The layout is stylish and easy on the eye and the text and pictures compliment each other perfectly. The narrative structure is clear and concise and whilst in-depth, presented in easy to understand layman’s terms. In fact, there is very little to criticise in this excellent offering that comes in at just over 250 pages. If you already have a kickboxing manual this offers little new but if you haven’t and are just starting in the art, this is a superb reference point.

The Kickboxing Handbook John Ritschel

ISBN: 1-84509-038-1

Published by: Silverdale books John Ritschel

Kickboxing has been the focus of many books throughout the years but few are as comprehensive or as well laid out as this compact volume. With any long established art or sport there is only so much that can be said, so it is only fair to mention that a great deal of the content will not be groundbreaking but with this in mind, how the book is presented becomes very important and here, ‘The Kickboxing Handbook’ scores heavily. First thing to notice is the excellent use of full colour photography throughout. When presenting a manual this is an often overlooked area but as important as the text is, readers also like to see dynamic photographs and The Kickboxing Handbook’ benefits from plenty of carefully constructed shots on high quality paper.

That’s not to say that the content is lacking. A brief history of the development of kickboxing is followed by another often neglected area-is the art for me? Chapter three asks a number of pertinent questions to the reader and potential student, which at the same time acts as a solid guide to the principles and techniques behind the art. The following chapters are as expected-sections on a good warm-up, followed by chapters on stretching, strength training, equipment training and obviously the techniques. An added chapter is the little discussed self-defence applications of kickboxing, presented in a straightforward style in street clothing.

Again, much on offer will be well-covered by experienced instructors but to new instructors or students just starting out in the art, this is an inex-pensive goldmine. The layout is stylish and easy on the eye and the text and pictures compliment each other perfectly. The narrative structure is clear and concise and whilst in-depth, presented in easy to understand layman’s terms. In fact, there is very little to criticise in this excellent offering that comes in at just over 250 pages. If you already have a kickboxing manual this offers little new but if you haven’t and are just starting in the art, this is a superb reference point.

As an added bonus, readers of Fighters magazine can purchase the book through our offices at the discounted price of £7.99, a two pound discount. Send your orders to Fighters Magazine, 135 Aldridge Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham. B42 2ET.

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