This week I have a special post. I had the honor of reading and reviewing a book by Mr. Jules Aib.
Mr. Aib is an Aikido instructor who lives in Australia. He asked me to review his book, “The Secret Science of Combat Strategy”.
I spent the past week and most of the weekend reading it, and I must say I am not disappointed.
Mr. Aib’s expertise is apparent from page one. He goes in great detail describing various strategies to use in any type of combat sport. Though his chosen art is Aikido, his techniques can be used in any form of fighting. One thing about his book that is also great is how he treats each art with great respect.
Among martial artists, there is often debate and competition over which art is superior. In Aib’s book, he doesn’t even go there. He utilizes fighting strategies that can be useful in any martial art. Many of his lessons can be applied to our daily lives as well.
He emphasizes the importance of physical conditioning including building muscle as well as cardiovascular endurance. He also discusses one aspect that often is overlooked in combat sports, which is mental conditioning. One thing I have learned about myself in my own training is that I’m a cerebral fighter. If my head is not in the right place, then I will not be successful. Some fighters can shut everything else out. For those of us who cannot, Mr. Aib discusses ways to mentally prepare for a fight that will keep you calm and centered.
Another thing he emphasizes throughout the book is the importance of keeping calm. Even in fighting for sport, it is easy to become angry or frustrated when things don’t go your way. Those feelings during a fight will usually just lead to defeat. Aib discusses how to remain calm. Through perfected technique and utilizing his solid combat strategies, can maintain control over your emotions during a fight.
He talks often about being fluid through a fight like water. This may sound to some like some kind of dime store Zen speak, but it is true. If you attempt something and your opponent does a proper counter. Instead of forcing the attack, or pulling away too quickly, it is better to move into another attack or your own counter. Once perfected, all those movements will be fluid. Granted, it takes a lot of time to reach that level. I’m not even there yet, but he lays it out in a way that makes it easier to understand how to attain it.
I learned a lot from his book, and I will most likely read it again as a reference as I continue my own training and preparing for my first fight. No matter if you practice Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, or Tai Chi, “The Secret Science of Combat Strategy” can definitely help you in growing as a martial artist, a fighter and a person.
You can get a copy of his book as well as learn more about Jules Aib at the following links: