Combat Fitness for the Elite Female Martial Artist

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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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Martina Sprague started in the martial arts in 1987, and has since then achieved black belts in Kenpo karate, kickboxing, and street freestyle. Combat Fitness is her sixth book on the martial arts. In addition to the martial arts books, she has written the scripts for and acted in two instructional DVDs on competition kickboxing. Her articles have been published in the major martial arts magazines. She has also written two history books: Sweden: An Illustrated History, which was published in the fall of 2005, and Norsemen: A War History of the Vikings, which will be published in 2006.

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