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Phil Pierce Books:
 

Self Defense Made Simple

Self Defense Made Simple   Easy and Effective Self Protection Whatever Your Age, Size or Skill!...

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Self Defense Made Simple

Do you want to learn how to easily and effectively protect yourself - whatever your age, size or skill?! - Grab Your Copy Now.

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How To Defend Yourself in 3 Seconds

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How To Defend Yourself in 3 Seconds (or Less!)

Unlock the powerful secrets of easy Self Protection in How to Defend Yourself in 3 Seconds or Less: - Grab Your Copy Now.

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Martial Arts

Martial Arts   Behind the Myths!: (The Martial Arts and Self Defense Secrets...

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Martial Arts

Unlock the hidden secrets of Martial Arts and Self Defense... Do you know the best martial art for 'real' street self-defense?

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Kung Fu

Kung Fu   Grading & Training - Your Ultimate Summary Guide! (Wing Chun / Wing Tsun Styles)....

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Kung Fu

Discover the history & training secrets of the legendary art of Wing Chun! "KUNG FU" - Grab Your Copy Now!

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MARTIAL ARTS & Karate Books...

MARTIAL ARTS:
 

TaeKwonDo

TaeKwonDo   White to Black Belt:: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary Guide. . .

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TaeKwonDo

This expert TaeKwonDo guide has been compiled to help you improve your training & blast through the belts! - Grab your copy now!

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Tai Chi (& Stress Relief)

Tai Chi (& Stress Relief)   Your Ultimate Summary Guide!: Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Martial Arts and Stress Managment....

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Tai Chi

Discover the Essential Principles behind Tai Chi and the amazing benefits for Stress Relief... Grab your copy now!

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American Taekwondo

American Taekwondo   Your Ultimate Training and Grading Guide! (ATA Styles Tae Kwon Do)....

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American Taekwondo

Full of information every student can use!" - Grab Your Copy Now!....

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Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate   Your Ultimate Grading and Training Summary Guide...

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Shotokan Karate

"Essential Knowledge for any Karate Student" The ultimate and No.1 Shotokan Karate Guide. - Grab your copy now!

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Phil Pierce books

Fitness & Exercise
 

Fitness Hacks

Fitness Hacks   50 Shortcuts to Effortlessly Cheat Your Way to a Better Body Today!....

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Fitness Hacks

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Bodyweight Training Handbook

Bodyweight Training Handbook   Bodyweight Exercises, Tips & Tricks to Lose Weight, Build Muscle and Get Fit Fast!....

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Bodyweight Training Handbook

The No.1 Fitness Bestseller - Grab Your Copy Now!

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Fighting Fit

Fighting Fit   Your Ultimate Martial Arts Fitness and Exercise Guide! (Fitness made Simple by Phil Pierce Book 3)....

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Fighting Fit

Great techniques for Martial Artists or those wanting to train like one!" - Grab Your Copy Now!

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How to Stretch for Martial Arts and Fitness

How to Stretch for Martial Arts and Fitness   Your Ultimate Warm Up Guide!...

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How to Stretch for Martial Arts and Fitness

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Wellbeing:
 

Meditate in Just 2 Minutes

How to Meditate in Just 2 Minutes   Easy Meditation for Beginners and Experts...

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Meditate in Just 2 Minutes

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Stress Relief in 30 Seconds

Stress Relief in 30 Seconds   20 New Proven Tactics to Effortlessly Stop Stress Now! (Easy Stress Management)....

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Stress Relief in 30 Seconds

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About The Author

As a Martial Artist, Fitness Coach (and writer) I have been lucky enough to train all around the globe, in locations as diverse as China, Thailand, the USA and many places within the UK, all within a variety of fascinating styles; from Chinese Kickboxing (Sanda), Shaolin Kung Fu, TaeKwonDo, Thai Boxing and Escrima to more esoteric styles such as Xingyi and Chi Gong. Along this journey I have also been fortunate to have first hand experience training with leading authorities including world champions, Chinese masters and stars of film and TV. For the full range of books head to: http://www.amazon.com/author/philpierce

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BlackBelt Fit BLOG

Do you make the most of your senses?

Last time we looked at how blind martial artists were learning special self defense techniques to enable them to stay safe on the streets.

I gave you a challenge: Strike a pad while blindfolded.

Unless you were extremely lucky, (or had superpowers like Daredevil) chances are you missed. The fact is we reply so much on sight that when it’s taken away we often fall apart. But open yourself up to your other senses and you might be surprised at how they help us compensate.

Here are two drills you can practise to develop incredible abilities to fight using your other senses, even while ‘blind’.




  1. If you can touch it, you can strike it
From a normal fighting stance extend your leading hand with an open palm.
Keeping both hands up use your leading fingertips to touch the pad
Once you make contact with the edge of the pad, strike with the other hand – it will now be easy.

This technique works because we all have an intrinsic understanding of our own body. If we can feel something we know where it is. Even in pitch black darkness.
 

  1. Use sound
From the same blindfolded position ask your partner to say Hot or Cold, depending on how close you get to the pad. This is similar to the Marco Polo game, using your hearing to hone in on the source.
Once you are in range, again you can reach out and strike

This is a subject we cover in far more depth my bestselling self defense book “How to Defend Yourself in 3 Seconds...” so if you’d like to get a deeper understanding and really learn how to easily protect yourself check it out here.

But it’s not all for fighters and martial artists.

Next time we’ll find out how switching your other senses on can boost your fitness, sharpen your techniques and perfect your form – whether you are a runner, athlete or practising yoga on the beach!

Love is blind...and so are these martial artists

It’s that time of year again when people run around trying to find gifts for loved ones and then panic buy flowers from the gas station at the last minute. Or is that just me? (Kidding) But if you ask someone about the history of Valentine’s day almost no-one has a clue.

Millions of people follow the tradition of giving Valentines gifts, without really questioning why. There is nothing wrong with this of course, but it made me realize how blind we can be to what happens around us.
 
For example did you know that the tradition of giving diamond engagement rings was simply invented by De Beers in the 1930’s as part of an ad campaign to boost falling Diamond sales?
 
No you probably can’t use that excuse for not getting a ring…

But what if you literally couldn’t see anything?

I read a fascinating article about blind and partially sighted individuals. How they are learning special forms of self defense to protect themselves even without vision.
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18442581

I wrote about how important our other senses are in my bestselling self defense book but have you ever tried training ‘blind’?




 Here’s a challenge for you:
  • Grab a friend with a focus mitt (punch pad) and have them hold a target for you.
  • Now blindfold yourself (A Martial Arts belt works well).
  • Take 2 steps away
  • Your task is now to strike the pad with power and focus.
Give it a go. It’s not easy.

In my next email I’ll reveal the two secret techniques you can learn to easily strike the target, fight or even defend yourself while completely blind!

- Phil

The Trick to Resolutions That Stick

It's always about this time of year that the streets are awash with joggers and new fitness enthusiasts, eager to suddenly improve their body.  But by February about half of them have gone.
As someone who runs quite regularly (in addition to my Martial Arts and general fitness training) I find this really interesting. Why do so few people maintain their fitness goals for the New Year?

Studies show that much of it has to do with the psychology of how you think about self-improvement. In this case deciding to go running or suddenly play sports is commendable but doing it as part of a 'New Year's Resolution' means that sub-consciously we already know it's not going to last. It’s like a yearly tradition of a few weeks exercise followed by a year of feeling guilty for not carrying on.

Instead, think of this period as a time for New Year’s ‘change’. Change implies something beneficial and long term – exactly what any good fitness plan should be. It also doesn't mean that you rush out and start to run 5 miles a day if you have rarely done any before. This is a fast way to ruin any exercise goals. Instead check out ‘Couch To 5K’; a great little plan, proven to make getting started easier for beginners:

Free Podcast and links here
(This is from the UK NHS. I have no affiliation, but the Couch To 5K plan is well documented for its success)



Small manageable changes are far more likely to be maintained and successful for long term health than large difficult adjustments. You can also find out more about this and many more tips in my best-selling book ‘Fitness Hacks’ here:

http://bit.ly/OHpkcr

And as a bonus it’s free for 24 hours so grab your copy now!

Here’s to change in the new year, for a fitter, healthier and happier you!
Have a good one

- Phil

The lesson you can learn from my best/worst book (and read it for free!)

Have you ever been told that you were terrible at something? How did you deal with it? It could make a big difference.

Human nature means we are often very self-critical while we rarely take time to acknowledge our strengths. This unbalanced approach is not very helpful, especially to Martial Artists or Fitness enthusiasts constantly under the watchful eye of a coach or instructor. So what is the solution?

I recently spent time researching how top athletes handle criticism and in turn learned about how you can see the deeper lesson behind negative (or positive) comments.

It’s all about what you can learn from someone’s criticism, not necessarily how you feel about it.
 
“Ok, I might not be happy about that comment. But what can I learn from it?”
 
For example I’ve always been privileged to offer advice and tips to many people but one of my books seems to split audiences right down the middle:
Martial Arts: The Truth Behind the Myths (It’s free right now)

Martial Arts: The Truth Behind the Myths
 
  I originally wrote this book as a fun exploration of some of the misconceptions within an area I am passionate about, with a few references for each point.

But here’s the thing: People HATE it!...Or they LOVE it!

One reviewer gives it a single star and calls it “POISON TO THE MIND” (yes, in all caps) while others give it 5 stars and call it “Fascinating Reading!” So what’s the deal?

Running around trying to change everything in the book would not be helpful so instead I asked. “What is behind these comments?” From this I learned:

  • People are passionate about Martial Arts
  • People are proud of their style
  • There is often no ‘right’ answer
Learning to accept criticism and turning it to your advantage can be a powerful tool in physical training and mental well-being.

Criticism is an important part of growth. In fact, how we deal with criticism from others is crucial but how we also deal with self-criticism can be even more so. Studies have shown that turning negative self-criticism into something constructive creates long term performance gains.

So instead of thinking: “I’ll never manage that 5K run” try “Lots of people find running hard but I’m getting better all the time”

  • “That turning kick was terrible” becomes “If I work on that turning kick it will be great”
  • “I really should get to the gym” becomes “I’m going to go to the gym”
These are small changes that make a big difference. Turn criticism into a question or spin a negative into a positive and you will quickly see improvements whatever your fitness or Martial Arts goals.

Give it a go and have a great weekend!

 - Phil


P.S  You can check out the book in question here for free
I’d love to get your feedback so please leave a review if you’ve read it and found it interesting!
 

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