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Catch Wrestling, Stepping into the Snake Pit By Daniel DiMarzio
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Catch-as-Catch-Can, a brutal martial art and sport, was created in England beginning in the 1490s and refined for hundreds of years. Sailors from the British Navy traveled all over Asia and the... More > Middle East, bringing back fighting techniques from these exotic lands. Englishmen mixed these techniques with their existing wrestling techniques sourced from all over Europe. The result was a devastating martial art known as "Catch Wrestling." The history of Catch Wrestling makes us take a hard look at what we think we know about the martial arts and where they came from. Also included in the book is a rare interview with one of the few Catch-as-Catch-Can experts still carrying on the tradition, Coach Joel Bane of Snake Pit USA. He reveals invaluable information about Catch Wrestling you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.< Less
Finding the Real Japan, Stories from the Land of the Rising Sun By Daniel DiMarzio
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FINDING THE REAL JAPAN- Stories from the Land of the Rising Sun takes a realistic look at what Japanese culture is really like, without the rose-colored glasses. It is written from first-hand... More > accounts of traveling to, and living in Japan spanning several years. The work also includes prints of old and rare Japanese artwork as well as pictures of modern-day Japan. The first-hand accounts make this an interesting study on a culture that is often misunderstood by outsiders. Take a journey with the author while trying to understand this fascinating and ancient culture. The highs and lows of this story are both inspiring and at times horrifying. It is a direct, in your face look at what modern-day Japan is really like.< Less
A Story of Life, Fate and Finding the Lost Art of Koka Ninjutsu in Japan By Daniel DiMarzio
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Ninjutsu is arguably one of the most controversial topics in the martial arts world. There are numerous organizations teaching Ninjutsu worldwide. Some claim to teach traditional Ninjutsu while... More > others teach a modern interpretation of the art. These two scenarios are not uncommon. It is almost impossible to authenticate traditional Ninjutsu claims while the modern styles are a new interpretation of the past. Much rarer is finding a reclusive Ninja school in the heart of Japan that almost no one in the world has heard of. A Ninjutsu organization that has remained veiled in secrecy for ages and is about to go extinct. A Ninjutsu family that has the backing of Japanese historians, the government and a museum. A find like this is unheard of. Author Daniel DiMarzio unknowingly stumbled upon just that while living and working in Japan. For the first time in English, with the permission of his teacher, he brought this Ninjutsu organization to the Western world by publishing this book in 2008.< Less
Jujutsu in Japan to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in America By Daniel DiMarzio
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Japanese Jujutsu and Judo are the predecessors of modern-day Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has swept the martial arts world by storm, proving itself as one of the most effective fighting... More > systems on the planet. This book takes a look at training in traditional Jujutsu in Japan under Japanese martial arts expert Yasushi Kiyomoto. It compares these experiences with training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under National Champion and 2nd degree black belt, Brad Court in America. This book isn't about techniques, but rather what these training experiences are like and how these two martial arts relate and differ from one another. “Among the students of jujutsu and kindred arts themselves, it frequently happens that bones are broken or dislocated, sinews wrenched, and obstinate adversaries choked into insensibility.” -E.J. Harrison (1873- 1961) The Fighting Spirit of Japan< Less