Best kickboxing book
Now, most of you might wonder why I would write an article on books… Well, me like some people love to read.
This is just a difference in people understanding stuff, as some people just don’t learn by watching video’s.
I myself I like to cover everything for every person. What I mean by this, is that I love to see things from different perspectives… I like to do my best, in order to get as much people to do kickboxing, and try it out.
It is a wonderfull sport, and it did plenty of things for me… But I didn’t do it all by watching DVD’s or actual training.
No, I read frequently. I think reading is a nice and passive way to actually consume knowledge, and while knowledge might not seem important for kickboxing, it truly is.
Reading on new workout routines, new kickboxing combo’s… It all is very important, just watching video’s is not enough.
Or well, not enough most of the time.
That said, let’s get started with the actual reviews. It is important to mention that I get a commission for every sale that happened through this site.
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1. Muay Thai: The Footwork: The Secret to Learning the Art of 8 Limbs
Footwork is actually one of the most ESSENTIAL things to master in kickboxing you’ll ever have to master.
This book covers how to learn being quick on your feet, they teach you what you need to master and explain it step by step.
If you don’t even get tempted by reading “footwork” then I am pretty sure you are either someone who doesn’t like reading, or someone who doesn’t know why it is so important to master.
Mastering your footwork can actually help you win a fight, and this is also why doing cardio is so important.
Because, you need to be quick… you need to have stamina, and you need to move a lot!
Keep moving, and find openings… Disoriënt your competitor and try to put them on a wrong leg.
Make your own opportunities, and abuse it.
- Price for kindle: $9.06
- Price for paperback: $29.99
If you don’t know what a kindle is, it is actually something you can either install on your phone: Here I am talking about amazon’s kindle app.
But you also have kindle e-readers made for just kindle books. Well, if you buy kindle you can read your book on the kindle e-reader or on your amazon kindle app.
There are plenty of upsides to it, and really no downsides except for the fact that you might actually get “distracted” more often due to messages.
Paperback however, is just awesome… I love to read paperback or hardcover books way more than actual kindle books, because it keeps me more foccused on the book itself, and actually keeps me entertained.
2. The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
Yes… Yes, you read it right. “of the founder of Aikido”, but what you should really focus on is “the art of peace”.
Learning peace is really important whilst kickboxing, because while fighting… While kickboxing, you need to keep your mind clean.
You need to manage to get actual “inner peace”, and stay calm yet all pumped up by the adrenaline.
You cannot let it influence your way of thinking. You need to think clear, and think about your moves.
That said, if you practice enough they actual become habits.
- Price for kindle: $5.93
- Price for hardcover: $7.40
- Price for paperback: $6.67
I truly must admit, I really did love this actual book because, I myself I used to have an anger issue.
I used to get so mad, that I didn’t think clearly, and it was quite bad. Of course, it is actually why I started to do kickboxing.
This way I could get rid of frustrations, not that I hurt other people… I am not that kind of person, but still it was very frustrating to lose control.
This book actually helped me with a lot, and is actually very explanatory, and philosophical.
Now, I truly do understand this isn’t a book for everyone, and it isn’t as essential as your footwork but it truly depends on what kind of boxer you wish to be.
I personally, I am a strategic person.
Before I fight, I actually know about my opponents weaknesses, and I exploit them by throwing the right combo’s.
This way I feel I win way more often.
Not everyone is like this, and wants to get straight to business… If this is you, then this book won’t really be your thing unless you really like reading.
If not, then I truly think this isn’t a book for you.
Buying a book isn’t a hard thing to do… IF YOU LOVE READING! Not a lot of people do love reading, and if you dislike reading then you shouldn’t start with a kickboxing book first.
No, start with something that looks appealing to you.
Now, if you are a reader then look for the uses in the actual mentioned books. I think for most kickboxers the footwork one is important, and they might see more use in it, but if you do kickboxing because it helps you relieve stress…
…And you love philosopical stuff, well the other one is awesome too.
I personally think whatever you decide, you should really start with the footwork one because it is essential for your kickboxing “carreer”. This is because you actually need it a lot.
After that look into a cardio dvd, and do as much cardio as possible combined with actual power training too.
Keep in shape, and you’ll see footwork will help you a lot. But when you think about philosophical stuff, the other one is ideal, but it won’t really influence your kickboxing routine nor results.