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Beyond The Lion's Den not the best MMA instructional, but entertaining still
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2011
Beyond The Lion's Den is half autobiography half instructional manual. Both have their charms. The autobiography, while very short, is a treat to read as it details Ken's early life and as he simultaneously broke into the MMA and pro wrestling scene during the early 90's long before there was a UFC. Ken even goes into detail on his comeback to MMA after leaving WWE during the late 90's. Some of the stories are surprisingly entertaining and candid; Ken telling a story about getting jumped in a hotel room during the early 90's and Ken talking about leaving the WWE completely broke.
The instructional manual is good, but not great. Anyone who has followed MMA know that the game has passed Ken by a long time ago. So the moves Ken demonstrates in the book are a little limited in their scope. Its not something you want to base your entire game on. But at the same time, if you a trained guy with decent experience the book has a few gems and things you can add into your game that can be effective or at least make you a tougher challenge for your training partners/opponents. Ken actually has a few cool, and sneaky, methods to transition into various leg locks and heel hooks (which were always Ken's bread and butter) including some from the standing position.
So while there are some other books that can probably add more to your overall game, Beyond The Lion's Den is a very fun read and like I said, if you are a trained guy there are a few cool leg lock transitions that you will really appreciate and will feel great about if you land in practice or competition.