Here’s a list of some of the books I wrote.
In the first volume of the “Best of Wim’s Blog” I collected the posts that received the most views from my early days of blogging. Then I revised, edited and added to them with the hindsight of a few more years since first writing them. I tried to make them better that way, by expanding on the original posts and clearing up potential misunderstandings.
To make it more interesting for you, I asked a bunch of friends and fellow authors/instructors to join me and they wrote a unique article for this book. This list of people includes:
- Loren W. Christensen
- Marc MacYoung
- Rory Miller
- Alain Burrese
- Kris Wilder
- Mark Mireles
There will be more volumes in this series, each one of them with new, unique content that isn’t on my blog here.
In this book, Loren and I try to give you as much information as possible on how to train with the heavy bag in hundreds of ways. Regardless if you practice MMA, traditional arts or purely self-defense systems, this book will give you plenty of ideas to work with.
Some of the topics covered are:
- How to choose the right bag for your needs.
- How best to hang it so it doesn’t bring down your ceiling
- How to care for it so it lasts for years
- Different types of body damaging impact and how to make the best use of them for specific situations
- Innovative drills to maximize your fitness level and fighting ability with
- Creative ways to grapple a heavy bag
- Avoid the most common mistakes in heavy bag training.
And of course lots and lots more.
This book is also available at a discount if you buy it as a package with the companion video.
TIMING IN THE FIGHTING ARTS: Your Guide to Winning in the Ring and Surviving on the Street
The second book I wrote with Loren. This one is dear to me because it’s the book I would have wanted to read when I first started training. I still think it’s one of the concepts too many people pay lip service too and then they don’t understand why their techniques don’t work.
Here are some of the topics we cover:
- Why many experts say timing is more important than speed
- How to put the OODA loop and Hick’s law to work for you
- Why timing is both an offensive and defensive asset
- Which types of verbal distraction can give you the edge
- Why controlling your opponent’s spine gives you an advantage
- Which tournament techniques really do work on the street
- How to set up multiple opponents to create timing opportunities
- Which tricks law enforcement officers rely on to buy time
- How you can improve your odds against a gun or knife
- Why timing is one of the most important things you can add to your training
THE FIGHTER’S BODY: An Owner’s Manual : Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts
This was the first book I wrote. It took a lot of work because of all the research that went into it. But in the end, I think we managed to cover all bases. the goal of this book is to give you the tools and knowledge to have a healthy diet and bot hsafe and effective workouts for the rest of your life.
Here are some to the topics:
- Why some diets are harmful for martial artists
- How to calculate your protein needs for training
- When and how to use supplements
- How to eat at fast food places and not ruin your diet
- How to add muscle that improves your fighting techniques
- Why it’s okay to splurge on “Dirt Day”
- How to determine how much water you need
- How to safely make weight for a tournament
- Why HIIT training is essential to weight loss
- What to eat on competition days
- How to create a plan that works and stick to it
- Proven mental techniques to guide you to success
I also collaborated with both Loren and other authors for their books. Sometimes I wrote a chapter, other times just an article. So if you enjoy my work, you’ll find some more of it in these books too.