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Master of Men: the Life's Work of William Muldoon, Champion and Trainer of Champions By Tony Wolf
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“Master of Men” is an anthology of books, articles and essays about the remarkable Irish-American combat athlete and coach, William Muldoon. Muldoon learned the basics of wrestling as a... More > soldier in the Civil War. After numerous adventures as one of "New York's finest", he left the police force to become one of the first American professional wrestlers, taking on all comers in rough and tumble saloon matches and working as an actor/stuntman on the vaudeville stage. In 1889, Muldoon's radical training methods brought the out-of-shape, alcoholic bare-knuckle boxing champion John L. Sullivan back into form for his legendary title fight with Jake Kilrain. Muldoon later became the inaugural chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission and a personal trainer for some of the richest and most powerful men in America. Includes 29 rare illustrations and a special bonus interview with Scott Burt of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.< Less
The Bartitsu Compendium, Volume II: Antagonistics By Tony Wolf
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IN 1899, E.W. Barton-Wright devised the martial art of Bartitsu as a process of cross-training between jujitsu, boxing, savate and stick fighting, designed to beat the fearsome street gangsters of... More > Edwardian London at their own game. The second volume of the Bartitsu Compendium provides resources towards continuing Barton-Wright’s experiments. It combines extensive excerpts from fifteen classic Edwardian-era self defence manuals, including well over four hundred illustrations.Volume II also offers an extensive collection of long-forgotten newspaper and magazine articles on Bartitsu exhibitions and contests; original articles on Bartitsu history and training; a complete course of Edwardian-era “physical culture” exercises; personality profiles, essays and more besides. The Bartitsu Compendium, Volume II is a must-have companion piece for the first volume in this series, and offers further fascinating insight into the world of “antagonistics” in Edwardian England. < Less
Edith Garrud: the Suffragette who knew jujutsu By Tony Wolf
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This is the true story of Edith Garrud, the woman who taught jujutsu to the secret "Bodyguard" society of the English Suffragette movement during the early years of the 20th century. The... More > Suffragettes used radical tactics to win the right of women to vote in national elections. Edith and her "Jujutsuffragettes" had many adventures protecting their leaders from being arrested or assaulted. Sometimes they used clever tricks and disguises, and sometimes they battled hand-to-hand against police and angry crowds. With 29 illustrations; suggested for readers aged 12 and older.< Less
A Terrific Combat!!! Theatrical Duels, Brawls and Battles, 1800-1920 By Tony Wolf
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“A Terrific Combat!!!” is an anthology of commentaries on stage fighting during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Shakespeare’s works were the life’s blood of the great... More > metropolitan theatres and rough-and-tumble melodramas played to packed houses. Full of colourful anecdotes and insights and illustrated with over one hundred rare photographs and drawings, "A Terrific Combat!!!" offers many hours of amusement and enlightenment. "I love this book. It is a little gem and it makes a unique addition to the range of books on the theatre, an homage to stage fighters from all ages." - William Hobbs< Less