Now that we are slowly (hopefully) coming out of this awful pandemic, which has allowed plenty of time for reading, I would like to share my review of ‘Wrong Fu’ by my friend Jamie Clubb.
An insight to who Jamie is: he is the author of books such as ‘When Parents Aren’t Around: A Young Person’s Guide to Self-Protection’ and ‘Mordred’s Victory and Other Martial Mutterings.’ I have read in part ‘When Parents Aren’t Around’ and have been fortunate enough to attend a series of webinars (plus others with him) on the subject. He is an MMA and self-protection instructor, who has trained with various world-renowned instructors.
The sessions I have done with Jamie have been on various topics from soft skills to knife and edged weapon defence, to ground work and grappling.
Now for the review…
This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about having critical look over their training and how to improve what they’re doing. It is an exceptionally well-written book, covering a multitude of different topics which are thought provoking, and Jamie’s research into each area is extensive (the bibliography at the back shows this)! The book has been split into 7 sections making it accessible to the reader, and the amount of information Jamie has been able to fit into 100 pages is incredible.
The book looks at some of the arguments and issues and misconceptions that the martial arts suffer which is all backed by evidence, so you know it has some legs to stand on. Jamie is objective and logical in his approach in the book and he knows precisely what he is talking/writing about. Critical thinking over training occurs in the very first chapter, when the reader is asked a series of questions to consider; then the book goes on to look at how martial arts are portrayed in the media, using historical and scientific references, taking on board psychological viewpoints such as bystander effect, training methods and more.
All in all, even though a short book which I have read a few times since purchasing, Jamie hits the nail on the head and provides much food for thought. I highly recommend this book and look forward to Jamie’s next pieces of work.