Sidelined. Restriction. Surgery. Therapy. No martial artists wants to hear those words -- but it doesn't have to be the end of your journey, says "Stay In the Fight" author Danny Dring in this exclusive interview video.

Every fighter knows injury, but we don't always know what to do with it. We need practical instruction and inspiring motivation to give us confidence and direction in order to deal with our martial arts injuries and continue our martial lives. Most of all, we need hope that we aren't forever sidelined, and we need to be given that hope by people who understand firsthand what it means to be an injured fighter. Unlike other books by sports medicine professionals, Stay in the Fight: A Martial Athlete's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Injury is presented from the perspective of the martial artist, from personal experience and from the heart of the warrior athlete.


MARTIAL ARTS INJURY-RECOVERY INTERVIEW VIDEO "Stay in the Fight" Co-Author Danny Dring on the Impetus and Purpose of His Book

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Whether you are dealing with injury that is severe or mild, wanting to avoid injury as you train or dealing with the inevitable effects of aging, we want to see your martial life extended and enhanced. We hope that through the work of Stay in the Fight: A Martial Athlete's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Injury, you will be well-equipped, all fired up and ready to be proactive, go on the offensive and attack your unacceptable circumstances with the same heart and zeal that makes you a martial artist in the first place.

In 25 years of martial arts competing, training and school operations, Danny Dring has seen and experienced a constant procession of injuries but found little in the way of an organized or well-rounded methodology for treating athletes and getting them back to the training they love. As a martial artist and writer, Johnny D. Taylor also knew firsthand the struggle of injury recovery, the myriad of questions that an injury brings and the difficulty of finding a good source for solutions.

After an experimental hip-resurfacing procedure enabled Dany Dring to return to hard-core training, he began to get correspondence and emails from injured people all around the country and he found that he was not alone. Their chief concern: Is there any hope for me to return to athleticism?

Together, we realized that between our own personal experience in both physical and mental conditioning and with Danny Dring's array of high-caliber contacts in the martial arts world, we had the makings for a much-needed and very helpful book. The prospect of helping thousands of martial athletes extend their career, whether professional or amateur, excited us very much.

We wanted a book that was more than lecture and more than how-to exercises. We wanted to offer our readers a comprehensive, actionable strategy that they could apply and work through to see real results in increased athleticism and wellness.

Through a series of long interviews and discussions about the various topics covered in this book, Danny Dring's personal philosophy and experiences in the area of injury and recovery were gathered. We also sought out the most qualified professionals we had access to through Danny Dring's friends and colleagues.

Through further interviews, we gathered the best wisdom of martial arts legends Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace, Brazilian jiu-jitsu superstar Robson Moura, Renegade coach John Davies, Dr. David Klein, NAPMA writer Mark Graden and sports therapist Mark Young. These extremely knowledgeable men graciously gave us the benefit of not only their expertise but also their own personal stories of injury and recovery. We are grateful for their willingness to enrich Stay in the Fight: A Martial Athlete's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Injury and the reader's experience therewith.

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We have done our best to produce a volume that not only informs but inspires, motivates and moves the reader to instant, beneficial action through a customized plan of execution. The material is arranged as much as possible in chronological order from initial injury to fullest possible recovery, first dealing with the physical aspects and then the mental disciplines necessary for optimal health and athleticism.

As you work your way through Stay in the Fight: A Martial Athlete's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Injury, it is important that your study include all areas covered and that you complete the “Fightsheet" work pages included for each chapter. They comprise your personalized action plan for your own return to maximized martial athleticism. Stay in the Fight: A Martial Athlete's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Injury also features sidebars, graphics, quotes and other special features to not only add interest and further information but also to keep you inspired and motivated in your journey.

We know that having facts and procedures is never enough for a martial athlete. Driven by heart, desire and a fighting spirit, our martial philosophy enables us to thrive on higher ideals and a deeper sense of purpose.

May we all stay in the fight.

About the Authors:

Danny Dring — owner/operator of Living Defense Martial Arts and a seventh-degree black belt who holds dan ranking in five martial arts — and Johnny D. Taylor (a second-degree black belt under Danny Dring) are co-authors of the book Stay in the Fight: A Martial Athlete's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Injury. Over the course of their martial arts careers, they've faced overwhelming odds to recover, maintain and live out the high expectations of a modern-day athlete. Stay in the Fight: A Martial Athlete's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Injury is their big-picture guide to martial artists and athletes who are facing or have faced those daunting obstacles, offering a holistic discussion on how to achieve and maintain optimal wellness through a variety of mental, physical and emotional means.

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