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      18.09.2010 13:03
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      An outdated concept

      The problem of course with the TV licence is that if you have a TV you have to pay it. Whether or not you actually watch the channels it pays for namely the BBC is irrelevant as long as your TV can pick them up. This is of course the fault with the TV licence thats it is mandatory and they are quite draconian with fines and penalties if you do not have one and get caught watching TV.

      In my opinion it should be optional to watch the BBC channels just like you would pay for extra channels from Sky or cable TV effectively blocking you from watching the BBC if you have not paid for your TV licence. This would also most likely be more cost effective as those TV detector vans and investigators would become unnecessary.

      My next objection is that the TV licence fee effectively gives the BBC a monopoly on T.V. as the way it works practically forces people to part with there hard earned cash whether they want to or not. This is unfair to the other channels who rely on advertising and other funding to make there programs.

      The concept of a TV licence is outdated and needs bringing up to a modern standard and the way it works completely changing. One hundred and fifty pounds is a lot of money and that twelve pound fifty a month could be put towards paying for the channels you actually want to watch.

      In their defence the BBC do make some excellent programs its just the unfair and draconian, monopolised way they make you pay for it. I also noticed recently you do not require a TV licence any longer if you just listen to the radio.

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      • Dungeon Siege (PC) / PC Game / 30 Readings / 28 Ratings
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        11.09.2010 16:56
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        Diablo is a better choice for a retro game then this

        Dungeon Siege is a decent game but has not aged well. Released in the early two thousands it is an adventure based role-playing game. It is basically a clone of Blizzard's original Diablo game and does not quite make the same grade.

        There are plenty of quests and large map areas to be explored as well as countless monsters to kill. The downside of these large maps is that they seem to get worse graphically the further you get into the game as well as it becoming somewhat tedious to explore these sometimes seemingly endless areas.

        Playable solo or in a multiplayer mode, the multi player mode is a little lacking as although it saves your character it does not save the world and your progression through it meaning you can lose exactly where you were up to in multi player games. Also due to the age of the game Microsoft or Gas Powered Games (or whoever actually originally released it) no longer support playing it on there game server meaning it is unlikely you would ever get to play this kind of game unless you have a like minded friend with a copy of the game.

        Graphically it is badly dated compared to more modern games (that said it is slightly better graphically then the original Diablo) and since Diablo is more finely tuned game play wise I would advise you taking a look at this game (or its sequel Diablo II) if you are new to this kind of game, for those bored of Diablo though it may be worth a look if you are after more of the same thing with around thirty hours of game play require to reach the end.

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        • Diablo (PC) / PC Game / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          11.09.2010 16:07
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          Excellent gameplay though dated mid nineties graphics

          A video game classic in every sense of the word and a game that introduced many gamers to the world of action role-playing games. Somewhat dated now Diablo was a trail blazing game in the mid nineties from the ever constant Blizzard Entertainment who also released Starcraft, the many Warcraft games including World of Warcraft and the sequel Diablo II with constant rumours of a third game in the series.

          Diablo is based in the town of Tristram that is beset by the evils of the Demon Diablo and his minions who have taken liar in the many dungeons beneath the nearby Cathedral and the many caverns below. There is a choice of three classes Warrior, Sorcerer and Rogue in specialising in a particular form of combat Warriors excel at melee combat, Rogues are good shots with a bow and Sorcerer's (surprise surprise) excel in magic. Initial choices aside you can tailor your character to be more apt at any of these style of combat should you wish too.

          The game play is mouse based with clicks to move your character about and attack the many denizens of the dungeons you explore. Along the way you will receive quests, find gold and other loot whilst exploring the depths. Each game is randomly generated meaning every time you play with a different character the dungeons will be substantially different.

          Various magical items will be found along the way which boost your charters prowess is numerous ways in amongst these are rare unique items that are difficult to find making it all more the more rewarding when you do.

          Sadly the graphics are very dated due to the leaps and bounds made by technological advances but the game play still remains intact and it is still a highly playable and compelling game. It is also good to see where many of Blizzard's other games had there basing.

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        • Asus UL30A QX131V / Laptop / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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          11.09.2010 14:38
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          Excellent machine

          The Asus UL30A is a decent net book with a decent sized 13.3-inch screen. Is extremely lightweight at around four pounds (around one and a half kilos). It has a four star rated Intel Duo core processor and this is ultra low voltage giving it an excellent battery life of ten hours (though I have yet to be put to use it for this length of time) that should be more then adequate for most people's uses. It is also ultra thin at one inch thick and boots up in about eight seconds.

          It has a full keyboard with a small palm rest on the bottom; there are some slight differences to a full sized keyboard but nothing you will not quickly adapt to. In this palm rest is a touch pad only recognisable by the dimpled pattern and the button below. This dimpled pattern also allows for precise touch pad movement though it is a tad east to drift off the touch pad if your not paying attention.

          The 13.3 inch screen offers a good display with rich glossy colour highlighted by deep blacks and is easily view from more then one angle, there is some slight glare reflection but no more then with any other viewing device. Video play back is good and sound is also excellent for such a small machine.

          The inbuilt web cam is adequate but not the best (though remember it is only a net book) and worked well with no stuttering or jerking over video chat.

          There are also plenty of inbuilt connections on the left hand side are HDMI, VGA and a USB port whilst on the left is a sim card slot, five in one card reader, headphones port, microphone port, two more USB ports and Ethernet connection. It does lack a CD or DVD drive but this is no real problem with downloads and other media forms readily available.

          An excellent machine performing well in all areas with an excellent battery life and features the only downside is that it may be a little too expensive for a net book for some people.

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        • StarCraft (PC) / PC Game / 24 Readings / 23 Ratings
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          09.09.2010 21:46
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          Excellent Real Time Strategy game from Blizzard

          Blizzard's Starcraft game is one of the best real time strategy games ever released, even with its now heavily dated graphics it remains widely played due to its immense playability and the excellent map campaign editor which allows an almost infinite number of battlefields and scenarios to be created. This is also partly due to battle net an online gaming system connecting you with other Starcraft players from all around the globe.

          The main aim of every game is that you take control of one of three diverse races the human Terrans or the alien Protoss or Zerg. Each race has its own units, buildings and traits that determine the play style favoured for each whilst still allowing a multitude of tactical possibilities. The aim of most games is to wipe out the forces of the other players.

          Sounds easy but yet it is not, each player must also gather both minerals and vespene gas which is in turn used to create further units and buildings whilst defending against any attacks that may come. The result of this is a fast action, well balanced real time strategy game that ranks up there along with the best of them.

          Graphically the game is now starting to look a little dated but then it is from 1998, sound effects are adequate including the many highly amusing comments made by units when repeatedly clicked.

          Game play is where Starcraft really comes in to its own though, whilst the single player mode is good once those levels are beaten really they are done with however Blizzard's Battle net combined with the map campaign editor spawn many more varied battle fields and even types of games that have made Starcraft ever popular even to this day.

          An old game, it is dated graphically compared to more recent efforts yet the game play more then makes up for this and far outshines many more modern games. If you are a gamer and have never played it pick up a cheap copy and have a go, also remember your taking part in a small piece of gaming history

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            07.09.2010 06:28
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            Good for beginners as a reference, veteran gamers will know it all already

            This is the official guide to Blizzard's well know classic video game Starcraft from the nineties. Iconic then and now Starcraft is still widely played even now years after its release. This handy guide goes into detail about the game, each races units and each single player mission.

            The first chapters of the book go into a detailed breakdown about the units available to each race. These races are of course the Terrans (humans to me or you), Zerg and Protoss. It runs through stats for every units as well as having hints and tips to there uses.

            The next chapters go into the different strategies that each race can use against the others (and of course themselves should you be facing an oppenent playing the same race). The section is informative but could have been much more in depths and this would have made this guide much more useful too more advanced players.

            The following chapters go on to detail each of the single player missions and strategy's to succeed in each of these. Whilst useful this does take a little away from the game as working out how to succeed is half the fun, still it can be useful for those stuck getting past a particulary tricky mission.

            It then has a section about the map editor contained within Starcraft, having never used this myself I am unaware as how useful this section is.

            The final appendix of the book gives tables for each races units and counter units to use against them, tech tree dependencies tables and lastly cheat codes. Personally I am not a fan of cheat codes and find they take the fun out of the game but I presume they have been included out of a sense of completeness.

            Well written and illustrated (though colour would have improved this) this is a useful book for people just beginning to play this game, veteran players however will fine it useful as a reference but little more. The multi player section could have been broader which would have greatly increased the potential of this book.

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              26.08.2010 20:56
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              Still an excellent game if dated graphically

              Diablo II was in its self an excellent and groundbreaking game and the addition of the Lord of Destruction expansion is again excellent. Many an hour has been spent playing this game both solo and on battlenet. Thankfully most copies of Diablo II come with the expansion included.

              Adding to the existing selection of classes the Lord of Destruction expansion gives you the choice of two new classes the Druid and the Assassin. The Druid is a shape shifting spell caster and the stealthy Assassin is both a master of martial arts as well as being skilled in the use of traps and other fiendish tricks to deal with your foes.

              Lord of Destruction also sees the addition of an all-new act continuing the story, this is of course therefore Act V, access to this new act can only be done by those characters that have or will slay Diablo in Act IV. This act takes place in the icy Barbarian Highlands and leads the player through new adventures in a well thought out and planned environment leading up to the final battle with Mephisto for whom the expansion is named after.

              If you are a fan of Blizzard's entertainment games or Diablo II then this game is for you. Even though it is now a little dated graphically the game play remains excellent and the addition of two new characters and a new act give the game that extra playability. Battlenet (the online game playable with other people online) remains busy even now seven years after the release of the game and despite bigger and better games like World of Warcraft coming along. The Lord of Destruction expansion does just that expands the entire world of Diablo II with hundreds more magical items to find, new monster types and a whole new challenge.

              Please note this review is on multiple sites

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              17.06.2010 22:16
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              Recommended

              I recently injured the medial ligament in my knee by spraining it. Yes it was painful and hurt every time I moved my leg, which as I had to move about was quite often. After a visit to the doctors several days of ice treatment and some tablets I was advised to get a knee support. For the first month I was advised to wear it constantly then after when engaging in active or sporting activities.

              Like with any injury or illness I highly recommend you seek the advice of a medical professional such as at doctor.

              The information on the packaging also says this would be useful for minor medial or lateral instability along with acute or chronic knee conditions.

              The knee support is made of neoprene and has what I would describe as flexible springs running down either side of the knee. It has an inner lining of what Vulkan call "Aerotherm" which is meant to wick the sweat away from the joint. It fully enclosed my knee joint that was the kind of support I was advised I would need. It offers a good range of motion provided your not bring the knee high up.

              It comes in several sizes so you have to measure up your knee joint and see what size is right for you.

              These are below

              Small 12" to 14" (30 to 35 cm)
              Medium 14" to 16" (35 to 40cm)
              Large 16" to 18" (40 to 45cm)
              Extra Large 18" to 20" (45 to 50cm)

              The Vulkan Knee support was well wearing and I had no problems with it. It stood up to everything I used it for including wearing it all day every day for the first month. It also has a 12-month guarantee. I would advise leaving it somewhere to dry out other night and it can also be washed with the use of mild detergent if required.

              I bought mine online and after some deliberation bought it from the Physioroom.com but it was available on several other websites including Amazon.com and sportsinjurystore.com. I would also suspect chemists and supermarkets may stock this, or if not very similar items. It was fairly expensive at around £42 pound though I bought in through Quidco for a little bit of cashback

              Overall I would recommend this to anyone looking for a decent knee support that has been unlucky enough to suffer a minor knee injury.

              Please note this review is on multiple sites.

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            • Deep Freeze Cold Gel / Pain Relief / 40 Readings / 39 Ratings
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              25.04.2010 01:07
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              Good product for sprains and muscular aches

              Deep freeze is a brand of pain relieving gel available from chemists and supermarkets in the United Kingdom and I am unsure if it is on sale in other countries, so leave a comment if it is. Obviously it is available with out a doctor's prescription so you can just walk in and buy some. However like all medicinal products read the leaflet enclosed in case of possible allergies and the like. Amongst the active ingredients are raceic and menthol.

              Deep freeze is designed to provide a deep cold sensation when used, as well as pain relief. It is aimed more at treating muscular sprains and pain. The cold sensation is easy to use and more bearable then using an icepack, and the information says one application will continue to cool the area for up to an hour. Compare this with the 10 minutes an icepack is said to have a cooling effect after you remove it.

              I had bought this product some time ago and had fortunately not needed it until now. Luckily for me it was in my sports bag when I suffered a bad sprain in my right knee. With no ice pack anywhere near this is the next best thing or indeed in my opinion better. It both effectively cools the injured area and relieves the pain as is far more convenient to have around then an ice pack. There is also the added benefit from massaging the injury to apply the gel. The only draw back I can see is that it would not be practical to use on areas such as the face if you are involved in a contact sport.

              It is available in many chemists and supermarkets as well as online. It is far easy to carry around then an icepack and is convenient in case of unexpected mishaps (which let face it they all are). I bought mine in Boots the chemist a 100-gram tube for about £3.50; there is also a smaller 35-gram tube on sale.

              Please note this review is on multiple sites.

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                01.04.2010 17:50
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                Excellent value, average product go elsewhere for a treat

                Once opened the bar appeared like most chocolate bars mine was milk chocolate brown with the familiar "chunk" pattern common to chocolate bars. The main advantage of this particular brand is value for money at 27 pence for 100 grams it is extremely well priced.

                However on tasting the chocolate I found it did not having the smooth creamy taste of better quality milk chocolate. It had a slightly bitter hint to it a little more akin to dark chocolate.

                As a treat I would recommend buying one of the more expensive brands but if you have children or another use in mind the price of this bar makes it appealing.


                Allergy Advice

                The wrapper advised me it contain milk (thought not as much as it should I dare say) and Soya
                That it did not contain nuts (but could not be guaranteed nut free)

                Ingredients

                Sugar, cocoa butter, dried whole milk, cocoa mass, milk sugar, whey powder, vegetable fat, emulsifiers
                Contains cocoa solids 27% minimum, Milk solids 14% minimum

                Nutrition (for 100 gram bar)

                Energy 520 Calories
                Protein 6.8grams
                Carbohydrate 51.2 gram
                Of which sugar 50.7 gram
                Fat 31.6 gram
                Of which saturates 15.5 grams

                Overall not a very healthy snack either.

                Note this review is published elsewhere on the internet

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                  29.03.2010 19:32
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                  Good game and part of Warcrafts history

                  This was an real time strategy game release by Blizzard way back in 1994. It is based is a fantasy realm where humans and there allies battle against the forces of the horde.

                  During the game you take control of one side either Orcs or Humans though as the levels progress both sides gain more exotic allies to aid them.

                  You usually start with various buildings which allow you to create different units and upgrade there abilitys some buildings increase your abilitys to build better buildings and units. Each side has a base unit peasants for the Humans, peons for the orcs these must perform various task like gathering gold from the mine and cutting lumber to give you the resources to create further building and units.
                  As you create different buildings these give you the ability to create different units such as footmen and elven archers with which you wage war against the enemy in order to achieve the objective of the current scenario.

                  The game is easy to play and guides you through how to in a few tutorial type levels. The gameplay is quite addictive, though the graphics are a little lacking especially compared to modern day games. One of the endering features was the annoyed noises units made from repeated clicking such as "That tickles" and "Dont force me top run you through". Also there were innocent looknig creatures you could kill known as critters. You will find these little features along with the background have made it through as far as world of warcraft.

                  An excellent game in its day but sadly dated now, a relic in the chain of warcraft games however.

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                  25.03.2010 17:52
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                  Good technical book on the basics

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                  A Review of Nunchaku Karate Weapon of Self Defence by Fumio Demura
                  Published by Ohara Publications
                  ISBN 0-89750-006-7

                  I am a 1st Dan Black Belt in Kick boxing and am a fully qualified instructor and both train and assist the British Karate and Kickboxing association run by Dave Cartawick and also the British Combat Academy run by Peter Lakin, a long time student of Peter Consterdine, I have trained in kickboxing since 1999 and have also cross trained in various other styles mainly mixed martial arts, karate and Ju-jitsu.

                  The Author
                  Fumio Demura is a 5th Dan from Yokohama, Japan Amongst Karate the other styles he has studied are aikido, kendo and judo. In 1965 he headed to America to teach Shito-ryu karate, he won several tournaments in Japan and was in their top ranked 8 karateka for 3 years between 1961 and 1964. He was also Black Belt magazine's Karate Sensei of the year in 1969. He is also the author of several martial art books.
                  In 1975 he was awarded the Black Belt Hall of Fame Martial Artist of the Year and in 1999 he was inducted into the History museum Martial Art hall of Fame. In the 1980's he was involved in the Karate Kid movies as a double for Pat Morita he also briefly appears in Mortal Combat and Rising Sun.
                  Today he is director and Chief Instructor of the Santa Ana California based Shito-Ryu Genbu-kai International organisation where he still teaches. Every February he hosts the Goodwill Championships in Costa Mesa one of the foremost traditional tournaments in California.
                  Content

                  Initially he delves into:-
                  History of the Nunchaku
                  Anatomy of the Nunchaku
                  Care of the nunchaku
                  How to grip
                  Stances
                  Grasping Positions
                  Blocking
                  Striking
                  Choking
                  Warm-up
                  Movements
                  Karate and Nunchaku similarities
                  Whipping Techniques
                  Footwork with whipping techniques
                  Applied Attacks
                  Applied Block and counters

                  My Opinion

                  If you intend to try to learn to use the nunchaku I suggest you invest in a cheap foam type pair to practise with otherwise it can get quite painful. Whilst informative for a book, I was quite able to replicate some of his techniques found within and I am no master with the nunchaku. I found it very useful as a reference book, however there are a lot of good and free tutorials available on U-tube, which are easier to follow, and as the book is mostly photo-based video is a better medium to put it across. That aside I found it good for a beginner showing the basic grips and moves and I can almost wield them with some dexterity now, however that comes from practise. The applied technique section is interesting but self-defence laws being what they are, your unlikely to get away with carrying a pair of nunchaku round so they are a bit moot.

                  Marks 6 out of 10

                  Note as writer of this review I have posted it in several places across the internet.

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                    25.03.2010 03:16
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                    One of the Best cards for 0% purchases

                    Hi there as you read this review bear in mind I have an offset mortgage which allows me to benefit slighty more from interest free purchases then if you do not, it also helps if you shop at Tesco's to earn those bonus points.

                    The promotion I signed up for is 0% interest on all purchases for a period of 12 months from the date you open the account. The way I use this is for all my daily buys because that money sat in my bank account is offset against my mortgage so also saving me money from the interest I would otherwise have to pay. Some people call this stoozing or some similar term. Beware at the end of that period the interest rate immediately leaps to its usual 16.9% APR this can also happens if you breach terms and conditions, like not making a monthly payment, I have a direct debit set up to make sure this does not happen

                    Tesco Credit Card rewards its customers with Clubcard points. Every £4 spent makes one point which is worth up to four times its face value via the Clubcards deals though these are not always the cheapest on offer remember this is on top of points you get from shopping at Tescos.

                    I suppose for those who clear their balance in full every month especially when the interest free period ends and who always stay within there credit limit, this is a great way of earning extra points. However if this is you I would advise looking into a creditcard with cashback.

                    Completing the online application form is easy and straightforward. Simply select the style and colour of card you require. Fill in the usual basic personal information and your Tesco Clubcard number (if you already have one). Then sit back and wait for the postman, it did take a couple of weeks for mine to appear. However you must also register online and wait for them to send out what they call a MAC to your house (basically a code though they have already sent the card to you so i do not quite see the point)

                    For online purchase there is a additional security feature, when you first use your credit card online you are asked to register and you set a password and answer some security questions. When you make online purchases you are asked to give 3 random letters from your password to proceed with the payment.

                    The extra Tesco points do make a bit of difference but i see them as more a perk then the main reason I got this card which was the 0% interest for a year on purchases. Also if you use the card for this purpose DO NOT transfer any balances over, this is due to the way credit card companys pay off your least expensive (therefore least profitable) debt first

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                      25.03.2010 00:45
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                      Good product for muscle aches and pains

                      Packaging

                      Comes in a red tube with the words Deep Heat emblazed on, this in turn came in a cardboard box also emblazed with the logo. On the back of the tube is directions, active ingredients and a cautionary note. Inside the cardboard box is a piece of papaer going into more detail about Deep heat.

                      What I Thought

                      I recently badly sprained my knee but still had to go to work and the rest of the usual rigmorole I have used the spray version of deep heat and saw this in boots. I thought it would last longer and be more convinient then the spray. the cream contains the same ingredients and has the same strong smell thought because you apply it as a cream it does not as badly permate the air. The cream is white in colour and is thick paste which you then massage into the effected area (in this case my knee) it warmed up slightly, however the more your massage it in the warmer it seems to get I recommend doing this if it is not too painful to get the full benefit. It seemed to work for a good few hours and they say use it up to 2 or 3 times a day. A word of advice WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER USE. I would recommend this product highly to anyone looking for some relief from aches and pains

                      Price and Where to buy from

                      Deep Heat Rub is available at many chemist (I got mine at Boots), supermarkets and of course online (if you stand the wait for delivery). Its avaliable quite cheaply from about £1 up to about £5 for the larger 100 gram pack that i got, other tube sizes were 35 gram and 67gram. Its also avaliable as a spray and patches.

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                        Good technical Reference Book

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                        A Review of Dynamic Kicks by Chong Lee
                        Published by Ohara Publications
                        ISBN 0897500172

                        I am a 1st Dan Black Belt in Kick boxing and am a fully qualified instructor and both train and assist the British Karate and Kickboxing association run by Dave Cartawick and also the British Combat Academy run by Peter Lakin, a long time student of Peter Consterdine, I have trained in kickboxing since 1999 and have also cross trained in various other styles mainly mixed martial arts, karate and Ju-jitsu.

                        The Author

                        Lee Chong is a first degree Black belt in Tae Kwon do earning this at the young age of 7! At the age of 11 he took up Thai boxing. When he and his family moved to America he started no contact karate but struggled in this area due to his full contact training getting disqualified for excessive contact. He was also winner of the Long beach International Forms Grand championship 1974

                        Content

                        The book is broken down into only four different chapters: -
                        Stretching exercises
                        Techniques basic to all kicking
                        Striking areas of the foot
                        Dynamic kicks

                        My Opinion

                        A detailed book by Chong Lee on kicking, after a few pages detailing Chong Lee the book goes into some stretching exercises. All these exercises are detailed on the left with several photos of the technique given to the right (occasionally these are reversed). After the stretching exercises the format continues with the kicks (about 30 in all). The photos are black and white and give a good insight into the mechanics of kicking with a few good pointers. However most of the kicks detailed are basic (though excellently performed by Chong) and most martial artists will be well versed in these kicks also the standard of the kicks shown may be off putting to beginners. However I feel there are better instructional and more complete books out there for a similar price. If your interested in kicking or have crossed over into an art that contains kicking it may be worth a look though



                        Marks out 5 of 10

                        Note as author of this review I have posted it in several places across the internet

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