OK. I just read “Flexible Steel” by Jon Engum. I’ve been around martial arts for 40 years, but I wasn’t familiar with Jon. He’s paid his dues however. He’s a high rank in TKD and several other Korean martial arts. If anyone should know about flexibility, it would be Korean high kickers, right? Well John has been there, done that and got the T-shirt. He admitted separating the concept of “practicing martial arts” vs treating yourself as an athlete. Then he began applying the methodology around “Relax Into Stretch” and “Super Joints” to break out of his ‘morning tinman’ feeling. Well it worked. Not only did it work, but Jon let his crazy, creative, mind wander, conspire and re-wire his whole method of turning the human body into flexible steel. He took the tools and organized some training patterns. These are the basics with details. Usually they are lost in translation, forgotten or ignored. Jon however covers them thoroughly and in a calm conversational writing style. He offers more than one way to approach things and highlights details while avoiding unnecessary complexity.
What I Liked:
-Well organized and easy to follow. You want to get down on the floor and do what Jon does.
– It’s a complete system of opening the hips for those who are inflexible as well as those who rely on flexibility in the athletic arena.
What I Didn’t Like:
-It could have use more photos. This seems to be very critical, but the more the merrier when it comes to illustrating exercise.
– Jon could have devoted time to the shoulders as well as the hips. He covers mobility for all parts however.
– The price point for an E Book is a bit high. This is around 80 pages after subtracting ad space. By comparison, Bret Contreras’ Glute E Book is 675 pages and similarly priced. I feel this type of feedback is valuable for Dragondoor.
So I’d definitely ACT now and purchase this if –
– Your hips are tight and you are feeling old.
– You are in martial arts, rock climbing or parkour.
– You are overwhelmed with too much data and want a solid routine instead of a handful of useless drills.
I look forward to more material from Jon Engum. He’s got a bright future.
Flexible Steele e-book
This book reveals the complete “Flexible Steel” system Jon Engum developed to regain and maintain his edge as a fighter. But even more importantly, Flexible Steel can give you the most priceless gift of all: the freedom to move, pain-free, with easy power, graceful strength and a sense of fluid well being. Click the link above and open your body to a new range of motion.
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This is a very good book indeed – in some ways I thinks it's better and more readable and useful that RIS and Super Joints. I thought the extended section on the “Tactical Frog” was almost worth the price of the e-book by iteself.
I quite like it too.