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Acclaimed fight journalist, Jack Slack examines the ins and outs of combat sports. In a series of essays covering angles, ring craft, infighting and fighting dirty, Slack lays out the principles most important to the dynamic and control of a bout.


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Acclaimed fight journalist, Jack Slack examines the ins and outs of combat sports. In a series of essays covering angles, ring craft, infighting and fighting dirty, Slack lays out the principles most important to the dynamic and control of a bout.

30 review for Finding the Art: Essays on the Principles, Tactics and Techniques Which Govern Combat Sports

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    A bit too short, but that's really its only fault. Slack does an excellent job of explaining positioning in an accessible way while also working in historical references (in some cases, some deep cuts). A bit too short, but that's really its only fault. Slack does an excellent job of explaining positioning in an accessible way while also working in historical references (in some cases, some deep cuts).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Leonardo DeGrapli, Jack Slack. Jack Slack's YouTube podcast is what made me by the book. He is by far the best analyst that I have ever encountered. That said, this relatively short book is a fun read. 5/5. I will now consider being a Patreon Boy Leonardo DeGrapli, Jack Slack. Jack Slack's YouTube podcast is what made me by the book. He is by far the best analyst that I have ever encountered. That said, this relatively short book is a fun read. 5/5. I will now consider being a Patreon Boy

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thurston Lui

    Simple, concise, the only bit of science you need My only gripe with this book is the number of spelling mistakes that somebody as annally retentive as i am would feel uneasy about

  4. 5 out of 5

    Billy Peden

    Jack Slack is the martial arts poet we don’t deserve but always wanted. For any martial arts or fight fan, this book is a must read. Fight footwork tactics are often spoken of a dance, but most of the literature is written like a mosh pit. This book is written as a violent ballet and I can’t wait to read it again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Griffin

    An excellent read for those interested in understanding the basics of striking. Slack covers several different principles (angling, ring cutting, infighting) in broad strokes and examines the particulars of their application through the examples of fighters who exemplified each style. This book is a short and easy read, and my only critique is that I wish it were longer and more in-depth. But then again, his regular articles for Fightland.com provide that detail and more--it was there I learned An excellent read for those interested in understanding the basics of striking. Slack covers several different principles (angling, ring cutting, infighting) in broad strokes and examines the particulars of their application through the examples of fighters who exemplified each style. This book is a short and easy read, and my only critique is that I wish it were longer and more in-depth. But then again, his regular articles for Fightland.com provide that detail and more--it was there I learned of Jack Slack, and there I recommend you go if his book at all interests you. One of the most astute and articulate combat analysts I've ever read, this book is just the tip of the iceberg that is his understanding of the fight game.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kent Woods

    Jack Slack's writing is a godsend. In his regular"Killing the King" columns on Fightland, he breaks down boxing and MMA events into their component pieces, always cutting through the promotional hype by reminding readers that it does not matter who the fighter is, it only matters what he/she does. Brilliant, compelling writing. All that being said, this book does not present anything like his best work. It contains three essays on fighting (footwork, ring-cutting, and Lyoto Machida), and while t Jack Slack's writing is a godsend. In his regular"Killing the King" columns on Fightland, he breaks down boxing and MMA events into their component pieces, always cutting through the promotional hype by reminding readers that it does not matter who the fighter is, it only matters what he/she does. Brilliant, compelling writing. All that being said, this book does not present anything like his best work. It contains three essays on fighting (footwork, ring-cutting, and Lyoto Machida), and while they are detailed and interesting, the book is so short that even taken together they feel like an introduction to a longer, better collection. It is hard to justify the purchase, even for someone who regularly reads and enjoys the author's writing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Morad

    This is a light short read on the basics of striking in boxing and MMA. Jack Slack introduces some concepts like angles, cutting the ring (or cage in MMA) and footwork. There is very little on wrestling and nothing about other forms of grappling for example. I enjoyed the book a lot and being very short, it takes a couple of hours to go through anyway. I recommend the book if you are a beginner in striking, particularly boxing. If you are well advanced this may be a bit too basic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    The great Jack Slack takes his excellent analysis to longer form essays. These essays maintain the quality that I've come to expect from Mr Slack. The section on Lyoto Machida is a little too fanboy for me but there is still a lot to learn. Overall, this book is an excellent addition to any martial artists library. Highly recommended. The great Jack Slack takes his excellent analysis to longer form essays. These essays maintain the quality that I've come to expect from Mr Slack. The section on Lyoto Machida is a little too fanboy for me but there is still a lot to learn. Overall, this book is an excellent addition to any martial artists library. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Camilo Uribe

    An introductory booklet(57 pages) about the differences between brawling and smart fighting This booklet is comprised of five easy to read introductory chapters to very important topics of the fight world: The meaning of angles. Cutting of the ring. Infighting Dirty Tactics. Lyoto Machida and the pursuit of perfection on how to hit and don't get hit An introductory booklet(57 pages) about the differences between brawling and smart fighting This booklet is comprised of five easy to read introductory chapters to very important topics of the fight world: The meaning of angles. Cutting of the ring. Infighting Dirty Tactics. Lyoto Machida and the pursuit of perfection on how to hit and don't get hit

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eric Thomas

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nick Haler

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    Marc

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Hedger

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristian Bysheim

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mikey V

  17. 5 out of 5

    GJL

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teff

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vadim

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mr Nicholas M Chu

  21. 5 out of 5

    JR Saunders

  22. 5 out of 5

    Edgars Skrivers

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ivo Pletikosic

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirk B

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tugan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marcello Lima

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maxime

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Willis

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Lin

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