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Better than the average martial arts book, but still has room for improvement
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2011
This book does a fairly good job of explaining Muay Thai techniques, but I often found that the text failed to elaborate sufficiently (e.g. how do you rotate your hips in a round house? How do you know if the rotation feels the way it should?). Similarly, the pictures were okay, but having more pictures from more angles would have helped. Compared to most martial arts books on the market, I think this book does a better job of explaining than average, but ultimately I feel that this is one case where an expanded edition would be welcomed.
On the plus side, despite the self-defense craze in the martial arts world, the writers clearly recognized Muay Thai for what it is-a sport (ignoring the occasional grandiose statement about "Thailand's warrior elite"). I'm not saying Muay Thai doesn't have techniques that would be useful for self-defense, and I'm certainly not about to pick a fight with a Muay Thai fighter, but the essence of Muay Thai is a sport, and the authors don't try to hide or distort that fact.
On a final note, the brief description of a Muay Thai camp at the beginning of the book, and the exercise schedule at the end, do a good job of showing you why 4-6 hours a week in the gym will most certainly not turn you into a professional fighter, and why so many fighters come from backgrounds in which fighting is their only hope to escape poverty.