This book is not to be read only, it is to be studied. The concepts presented are applicable from the novice to the expert. As you progress in your martial art and keep referring to and studying this text, more subtleties and techniques will become apparent and your applications in self defense will be much more effective. The book is well written, well illustrated and contains no "fluff". I highly recommend this book to any person studying and practicing a martial art, no matter what his style. It will serve as a guide to be referred to again and again throughout one's studies.