Top positive review
Finally, a book about women's self-defense and fitness that tells the truth about how to truly achieve female empowerment.
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2015
As a lifetime student (and instructor) of numerous martial arts (Judo, Jujitsu, Karate-Do, Kenjutsu, Tanto-Jutsu, Wakizashi-Jutsu) and self-defense (Krav Maga, MDTS, Combatives, etc.) systems I am always looking for new and old books on these subjects. When I saw this book (Weapons of Fitness: The Women’s ultimate guide to fitness, self-defense, and empowerment by Avital Zeisler) for a reasonable price on Amazon I immediately purchased it.
For me to give a book a 5 star rating it really has to be something special. There are many books written on women’s self-defense that give fairly good advice but they seldom show women actually doing strong and powerful techniques. Many books on women’s self-defense also fail to emphasize the importance of hard and rugged training to achieve real skill in self-defense.
This is why I found this wonderful book to be refreshing and enlightening. The author, Avital Zeisler, has created the Soteria Method and has written a book which provides women with not just practical advice, but factual information on how to achieve true fitness along with self-defense skills. She suggests no easy 10 lesson course like many women’s self-defense books, but shows what you must do to develop true and realistic street self-defense techniques.
This 226 page large paperback book is organized into four parts with a total of 13 chapters. They are: Your mission, molding your weapon, hitting your targets, and protecting your life. The book is filled with clear and easy to follow black and white photographs showing each exercise and technique. If you are a woman who is looking for an easy and unrealistic approach to real life self-defense this book is NOT FOR YOU. However, if you are willing to follow not just the advice, but the rugged workout routines to achieve the ultimate in fitness, self-defense and empowerment, this book is for you. My one and only complaint about this book is it did not show any techniques striking hitting pads and shields to help develop striking power; nevertheless, this book still deserves my highest rating.
True combative skill takes determination and a willingness to work hard in training. This book is not for anyone who is not willing to put in the effort. That is why I love this book. I hope a lot of women read and follow the advice and practice the routines in this book to empower themselves.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Pro-System Combatives Vol. 1,2.).