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KickBoxing a Framework for Success by Pat O Keefe a brief review

Updated on February 4, 2012

Kickboxing a Framework for Success by Pat O Keefe

Martial Arts Book Reviews

A Review of Kickboxing a Framework for Success by Pat O Keefe

Published by Summersdale

ISBN 1840240938


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 Pat O Keefe

Pat O Keefe was originally in the army before joining the London Fire Brigade and has been involved in the martial arts for many years, he is a 6th Dan Black belt in Kickboxing and karate jutsu.  He trained under Geoff Britton and competed in the ring as a kick boxer twenty eight times, his opponents including three world champions including Rudi Van Damme and Nigel Benn (the boxer) who went on to become the W.B.C world champion. 

Pat is a leading trainer, TV commentator and best selling author in kickboxing who also still teaches and does seminars I believe.  He also trained Dylan Spenser a double European Champion.  He has released 3 books and 2 D.V.Ds about the subject of Kickboxing published by Summersdale, and has also written 3 crime novels published by Hodder and Stoughton.



User friendly and set out in easy to follow chapters this book contains just about every aspect of sports kickboxing you can think of especially useful to novices this book is also highly use and an invaluable guide for the more experienced.

Topics covered include

Basics (or as Pat calls them Fundamentals)

Secondary Techniques

Defence and counter attacks


Timing, distance and movement


Speed and power


The coach

Targets and techniques

My Opinion


Pat O Keefe is well versed in all the techniques and principles of kick boxing and obviously has a lot of knowledge gained from both from teaching and his own ring experiences.  For anyone interested in kickboxing be they beginner or advanced this is a very good reference and guide book, aimed more for those people looking for a sport related book (For those interested Pat wrote another book Combat Kickboxing which looks at Kickboxing more from a self defence point of view). This book shows from the basic to more advanced techniques from the simple yet difficult to master jab through to jumping and spinning kicks and many other variations. Also detailed are many defensive techniques and blocks, combinations as well as drills to develop speed, power, stamina in fact this book does cover most of the questions you might find yourself asking about the sport of Kickboxing. This is a book I would recommend to anyone involved in kickboxing. 

Marks 9 out of 10


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      Gordon D Easingwood 7 years ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

      I believe he originally studied Goju Ryu Karate and kick boxing as well as judo, ju-jitsu and akido

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      ilm 7 years ago


      Interesting post. I browsed Pat O Keefe's book Combat Kickboxing : Realistic Self Defense, not too long ago and find his book very interesting. I even wrote a bit about his book on my blog but its in Malay.

      Does he has a Silat background?