I have one of Hatmaker's books and it's fairly decent stuff in my opinion, but yes the borderline xenophobia is a little odd.
if money is an issue, look up a non profit martial arts place, there are a ton of them on idealist.org..... i think, unless they took them off. these places are usually run by people who make **** living by doing it but love it to death.
I have most of Hatmakers books and although they pale in comparison to Peligro's multitude of books in terms of "production value"...for the price/technique you get, they're not all that bad...
That's not to say they're good substitutes for good qualified teaching...but if you're an experienced grappler, they're a good source of "Hmm...that's kinda cooll, maybe I'll try that next time I roll" techniques...a lot of his techniques, however...are very questionable because the BJJ'er in me looks at it and goes "Meh...he's giving up position for that"
Some of his recommendations are a bit contrary to what I've learned in BJJ (like setups, positioning, and transitioning)...but eh, if it works for him great...that's the beauty of live-training......everybody's different and can be completely successful using similar, but different techniques...
That said, yeah...the xenophobia is very apparent in his books...kinda like Ken Shamrock's...he won't use BJJ terms, but then again, that could just be that he really does come from a catch-wrestling base and that's just what he knows stuff as...but he's also pragmatic enough to recognize certain aspects of BJJ and assimilate them into his books...
Originally Posted by Red Elvis
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