The first book in this series taught the use of the longsword, but medieval knights didn’t always have a sword at hand when trouble struck so the ability to grapple and fight with daggers was crucial in their dangerous world. In this book you’ll learn a unified system of grappling, with or without daggers, that includes sophisticated methods of breaking your opponent’s balance, strikes and kicks, defensive techniques, locks, throws, chokes, ground fighting, and fighting with daggers or against a dagger-wielding foe when you’re unarmed. You’ll also learn how to read your opponent’s intentions and use that information to overpower him easily. This book shows that grappling and dagger combat were part of the integrated whole that made up German medieval martial arts. NB: This is the spiral-bound edition.
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By Trevor Clemons
Oct 15, 2009
"The Last Resort" I recently purchased this book-and I was very impressed! First off-the quality is much better than I was hoping for from Lulu, and they did an exemplary job packaging it so it would survive the trip to my home in pristine condition. The plays were sound and very clear, unlike other books I've seen in Western Martial Arts. It's usefulness as a real martial art in modern day life is abundant, unlike many sword plays in Medieval Martial Arts. It's apparent that the author knows a lot about grappling from prior training, and was able to give a practical interpretation of the fechtbuchs. There is even an interesting play on "How to Rob a Peasant", while (hopefully) not practical today, gives great insight into the Medieval mindset. Any student of martial arts, or any student of Medieval history, will gain a lot of insight into Medieval combat from this clearly written work.
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