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Response to Some Critiques

  • 4/11/2011: (5 of 5 stars) "Excellent reference book for martial artists"

    • Response:  While it is always easier to read the good crits, we do read them carefully for ideas to improve future works.  To this end, in this positive review we agree with the comments that reiterate the dangers descibed in the text about the muscle and joint abuse and the illicit use of steroids.  We agree that this kind of danger to training should be prominently featured in texts of this kind.

  • 4/11/2011: (2 of 5 stars)  "Disappointed ..." (thought it would) "... show you the anatomy of all the most common techniques of different martial arts"

    • Response: Sorry to disappoint you ... as you might guess, each technique took a long time to photo, draw, ID and label the muscles and their respective kinetic chains.  Bottom line is we were limited to doing 50 techniques across a number of martial arts.  Our primary goal was to illustrate how muscles work through various kinetic chains and certainly not to cover all the common techniques ... a task that would require many years and many times longer a text.

    • As for the selection of techniques, we wanted to make them as diverse as possible.  The handstand brick break, while unusual, uses some interesting kinetic chains (also used in landing dive rolls, shoot escapes, etc.) and is performed by a woman ... to balance out the palm heel brick break performed by a male.

  • 4/22/2011:  (4 of 5 stars) "An easy read but not as complete as the knowledge from my sempai ..."

    • Response:  We agree with this mostly positive review ... no text book, even one many times the length of this one, can replace a good instructor.  At best we hope that our text can bolster old ideas and perhaps illustrate new ways of approaching old ideas.

  • 5/1/2011: (4 of 5 stars) "Nice and simple ... I didn't give it 5 stars because it is only 127 pages."

    • Response:  We were given, by the publisher, only 136 pages to work with and we hope we used them to maximum efficiency to bring a different perspective to a very old set of concepts and teaching points.

  •  10/28/2011: (4 of 5 stars) "Good book, well illustrated ... but, this book needed more than two pages dedicated to exercises to strengthen muscle groups."

    • Response:  As mentioned earlier, this book was limited from the onset in its length.  The authors did make note that there are numerous books that go to great lengths to describe many classic (and not so classic) exercises for the various martial arts.  The two pages of exercises were meant only as a glossary of exercises so the interested reader could further research any exercises that were found interesting.

  • 3/12/2011: (5 of 5 stars) "Versitile and engaging ... I recommend it 100%"

    • Response:  Thank you for the kind words; they make us want to improve the text to the point where it might live up to such praise.

  • 1/24/2012: (2 of 5 stars) "... very few movements and misleads you in how much material is covered ... not what I would expect from a good anatomy book."

    • Response:  Sorry to read of your disappointment but we clearly advertise this as 136 pages, as a "guide", and refer to "key" techniques.  It was never meant to be in any way a complete anatomy book;  there are plenty of those out there.  We are trying to bring the complexities of anatomy to the martial arts and this being the first book of its kind, we hope it kindles more interest in the topic.

  • 3/7/2011: (4 of 5 stars) "Good, but not perfect ... it really really bugs me to see ANY martial artist in a green /purple /multicolored gi"

    • Response:  We disagree with your perspective on uniforms.  For the book we are wearing the uniforms that our international bodies (e.g. the World Yongmudo Federation) require us to wear.  We do not see how wearing green (Yongmudo), blue (Judo), or multicolored (Wushu) uniforms has any bearing whatsoever on the martial art being practiced.  It is the instructor, not the uniform that makes the art.  As for the uniforms ... none of the authors or models are of sufficient rank to change these decisions.