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Martial Mechanics Reviewed by Lawrence Kane on Iain Abernethy’s Site

March 26, 2008

Martial Mechanics Cover Philip Starr’s latest book came out just yesterday. Already it’s one of our most enthusiastically received Spring titles. Readers are finding it easy to digest, and applicable to real life. Martial Mechanics: Maximum Results with Minimum Effort in the Practice of the Martial Arts, has been reviewed very positively on Iain Abernethy’s Site, by Lawrence A. Kane:

“In the old days martial arts was a serious, life-or-death business. Practitioners spent years of tedious, agonizing practice perfecting every single stance and mastering each and every application because they knew without any doubt that the slightest mistake they might make in combat could be their last. Martial techniques and styles that survived these tumultuous times were battle-tested, powerful, and highly effective. In modern days, however, martial arts have become more of a hobby than a profession for most practitioners. Mortal conflicts are rare, so the focus has shifted away from traditional training toward other aspects such as sports, fitness, and spiritual enlightenment. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with filling your shelves with trophies or decorating your walls with medals, but the challenge is that the emphasis on competitive sports has diluted the utility of many martial arts when it comes to self-protection on the street.And that is where this wonderful book comes in. Martial Mechanics is a very well-written, interesting, and informative tome that articulates the essential nuances that can separate “heavy hitters” who can truly put the hurt on someone from hordes of mundane practitioners who unknowingly learn ineffective and/or suboptimal technique.”

Lawrence Wraps up his review by saying

“…Martial Mechanics really is a must read for any serious martial artist, particularly those who study predominantly striking arts such as Kung Fu, Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, or Kickboxing.”

We’re really looking forward to hearing from more readers out there who have benefited from Pete Starr’s helpful guidance. Please write to us if you’ve read the book, and would care to share your comments.

Lawrence has also updated Pete Starr’s bio. We quote from his version here.

“A practitioner with more than 50 continuous years of martial arts training, Sifu Starr is the founder of Yiliquan kung-fu, an art that seamlessly merges China’s three classical internal systems. He has trained not only in the Chinese arts of baixingquan, taijiquan, xingyiquan, and baguazhang, but also in Japanese judo, Kyokushin, and Shito-ryu karate, and Filipino Pekiti-Tersia arnis. He is also a member of Inside Kung-Fu magazine’s prestigious Hall of Fame. Clearly Sifu Starr has the knowledge, skills, and ability to articulate this important information very effectively.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. troyrand permalink
    April 2, 2008 2:49 pm

    If you practice martial arts, then this book is for you. It’s laid out in an easy to read format and really gets to the heart of body movements and production of power.

    The best thing about this book is it’s not style specific, If you’re a human, then the principles outlined in martial mechanics will apply to you. Not only does Mr. Starr explain how to produce more power in your techniques, but he also gives the reader several tests to prove that the principles hold true.


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