I have been practicing martial arts for over 40 years and teaching martial arts and self-defense for over 30 years.
My clients include security and bodyguards, doctors, paramedics, but especially women and the elderly.
My vision is that everyone... should have the opportunity to live safely. This means that everyone must have the opportunity to learn self-defense properly.
Marcel Descy is a very personable person who focuses on simple and effective techniques in his book (and also in the videos). The videos illustrate the techniques and help with understanding. He also clearly shows the limits of self-defense and the risks involved.
Excellent book with a good mix of theory and practice. As usual, simple and direct techniques without frills. I especially liked that this time the classic liberation techniques were dispensed with. Also the clear and understandable distinction from martial arts and the importance of the mindset.
I was surprised and excited. I have already read a few books about martial arts and self-defense. Therefore, I was a little skeptical whether this book can really help you.
But I realized very quickly while reading that this book is finally a different book about self-defense. It is not mainly about fighting techniques, but about the understanding of self-defense. That it is mainly about the mindset, and that it is about one's own willingness to use violence. I don't know of any book yet that honestly addresses such points. Most books about self-defense teach unrealistic techniques. Marcel is very critical of martial arts schools and self-defense schools. But in my opinion rightly so. In this book it is very well presented and explained.
From me a clear buy recommendation for anyone who deals with self-defense, and it is important to learn effective self-defense.
Thank you Marcel for these clear words in your book
Best regards, Wolfgang
After many years of martial arts and reality-based self-defense, you have - for me personally - "hit the nail right on the head" with this book. I would even go so far as to call it the "missing link". My library contains over fifty books on the subject (and related areas) and I believe I can judge this as a long-time practitioner. Besides decades of professional experience and as a trainer, I would want to call your first book a budding standard work. From practice "full on the face". Just the way life is. Both the language and the facts and basic techniques listed are up to date. As I said, I come from practice and know what's going on.
This book is very well described, you get to the point immediately. Every single chapter well explained. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the subject of self-defense and wants to learn. 👍
I was positively surprised by the topics covered in the courses, how they are structured and that most units are kept short and concise. From my point of view very good work and absolutely recommendable.
The courses as well as the new self-defense book are very thoughtful and structured! In addition, the ratio of theory and practice is well chosen. So it is also possible to take a lot from home and integrate it into his training.
I ordered the book and the video course on Friday and have already watched the video course with enthusiasm completely to the end. I myself have been actively doing Wing Tsun for 6 years with a well-known association and also continued training in self-study and also tried a few other directions such as Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Aikido. I can already tell who has what it takes and who less. I have to say that Marcel is the best trainer/instructor I have seen so far. He has a very high level of competence, immense expertise, proceeds in a structured, clear and understandable way. He presents, demonstrates and explains excellently, so that professionals as well as beginners can understand his works. My investment has been worthwhile in all cases and, in addition, the price charged is, in my opinion, still too little for the quality. Excellent quality at a low price. Highly recommended. Thank you for your efforts with the super books, videos and courses, Marcel, nice that you exist. Best regards, Özgür Duru
I am very grateful to Marcel. Through his You Tube videos I came across his book, and then bought his video course to the book. Everything is very well explained and easy to follow. I also find Marcel very authentic and it is fun to train with his videos. So it is easy for me to train regularly with his videos. I also find it really good that he shows different training options in his videos. So I could train with a friend, but also alone. Maybe some people are put off by training with videos. I can only say that I find it great, and can definitely weiterempfeheln.
Thank you Marcel for this opportunity.
The book is very helpful because it makes it clear that the usual self-defense techniques (leverage techniques) will not work. It makes it clear that avoidance is the highest priority. And if that doesn't work, then only punching and kicking will help. An aggressive perpetrator can't just be turned away. Unfortunately, I had to painfully realize this myself a long time ago. However, the explanations of the techniques could be better, or it could be better illustrated with pictures. Otherwise, I find it a very successful book.
Good book for beginners who want to learn what is important to learn self-defense. Only it doesn't go deep enough in my opinion. The authors are more about understanding what is important for self protection and what is not.
As an advanced student, there was nothing new for me. Still, it was good for me to realize again what really matters in self-defense.
I bought the book "The most effective punches and kicks".
It is absolutely to the point. No mumbo jumbo and other useless stuff.
Marcel explains really well what matters and what works, and especially why it works that way.
I can only recommend everyone to take the time for this book.
You will not be able to defend yourself afterwards. But you will know what to do afterwards. The explanation of the technique with pictures could be a bit more precise. But that is my only criticism. But it also shows possibilities how you can train it with videos.
So download the book. It costs you nothing except time well spent.
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