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The Art of Boxing and Manual of Training By William Edwards
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Billy Edwards, born in England, traveled to the United States of America to pursue his passion of boxing. Facing such greats as Mike Donovan and Sam Collyer throughout his career, Edwards earned and... More > held the title of Lightweight Champion of America during 1868-1872. In 1888, Edwards published his manual, together with the help of his friend, long-time sparring partner, and oft-times professional ring opponent, Aurthur Chambers. This manual catalogs footwork, striking technique, throwing, diet, exercise, and training recommendations for both amateur and professional boxers. Edwards provided his manual liberally with illustrations, 26 in all, in which he and Chambers pose. Additionally, Edwards includes and recommends for amateur use the American Fair-Play Rules for boxing, a little known and never officially adopted rule set. Most uniquely, this manual was actually used a significant court case, namely Louisiana State vs. Olympic Club, 1894.< Less
Wrestling and How to Train By Frank Gotch
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Frank Gotch is, perhaps, the most famous (and controversial) Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestler of all time. Retiring in 1913, Gotch held three wrestling titles in his career, “Champion of the... More > Klondike,” “American Heavyweight,” and “World Heavyweight” and has been inducted into at least three wrestling halls of fame. This book, published in 1908 at the height of his career, teaches Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestling. Packed with photos of wrestling greats and 29 instructional plates, including 4 of Gotch’s famous Toe Holds, this manual is truly a slice of grappling history.< Less
Boxing and Wrestling By Ed James
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Published from New York in 1878, this manual on Boxing and Wrestling offers instructions for the budding enthusiast of Physical Culture and "Scientific" self defense. Lauded by... More > publications from the New York Sun to the St. Louis Herald, this instruction manual is liberally provided with 21 illustrations outlining both pugilistic and grappling techniques. Most uniquely, Ed James offers details on the mysterious art of "Japanese Wrestling," completely unknown in the West at the time of original publication. Altogether, this book is a must-have for students of 19th Century Pugilism and Wrestling as well as for modern advocates of the sports and historic self defense.< Less
Boxing and How to Train By Richard K. Fox Publishing Co.
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Fox's Police Gazette was known for publishing material on combat sports, particularly Boxing. Included are sections on not only the basics of Boxing but also details on signature techniques by the... More > likes of Bob Fitzsimmons and "Kid" McCoy, and training advice from, not just one, but two celebrity authorities. Notably, Bob Fitzsimmons training advice contains a recipe for a kind of American "Dit Da Jow." Finally, Fox topped off his manual with a section on the then popular boxing-related sport of Bag Punching. Posing for most of the photos in the bag punching section is Boxing Beauty (and co-ed Bag Punching Champion) Belle Gordon. Liberally adorned with 63 photos illustrating technique and ring greats, this manual is a must have of historic Pugilism< Less
Boxing By R. G. Allanson-Winn
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In 1915 R.G. Allanson-Winn published this abridged version of Boxing. The Lord Headly, an avid boxer, martial artist, and self defense enthusiast, included not only sections on the basics of boxing,... More > old pugilistic grappling, judging advice, training, and diet, but also a section of self defense and la Savate. He included over 30 posed photographs and drawings detailing important elements of this golden age boxing system, making this manual a must for boxers, researchers and martial artists of today.< Less
American Combat Judo By Bernard J. Cosneck
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As a student at the University of Illinois, "Barney" Cosneck won two Big Ten wrestling championships. Later he served as Judo instructor in the armed forces, where he co-authored "How... More > to Fight Tough" with Jack Dempsey. In "American Combat Judo" he has adapted the best of Japanese ju jitsu, French foot fighting, Chinese boxing and American wrestling to produce simple but effective techniques for defense and counterattack. Authored in 1944 and illustrated with 188 photo sequences, this book, considered one of the cornerstones of American WWII era "Combatives" is a unique window into self defense theory and the early evolution of combined martial systems.< Less
The Modern Art of Boxing By Daniel Mendoza
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Daniel Mendoza, considered perhaps the greatest boxer of the Broughton era, records in this book one of the earliest and most important manuals on English Boxing. In this manual, probably written... More > late 1789, the immensely popular Mendoza details the “scientific” methods he used to successfully compete in a terrifically physical sport for which no weight classes existed, himself being 5’7” and 160 lbs. Herein he stipulates specifics on training, diet, and sleep. He then describes fight strategy and, perhaps most importantly, lays out a series of 6 detailed blow-by-blow lessons for instructing students in the science of English Boxing. He closes out his manual with a description of one of his most famous fights against Richard Humphreys, the first three rounds of which read like the script for a Bruce Lee movie with Humphreys striking out, Mendoza parrying and then returning a single blow which knocks Humphreys off of feet, ending the round.< Less
Doran's Science of Self Defense By Bart J. Doran
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Not much is known about Bart J. Doran save what he writes in this 1889 boxing manual. Ah, but what a manual! Doran claims to have been an instructor of Boxing at the University of Michigan and at... More > clubs in Memphis, Cincinnati, and even Canada. He writes for new boxers with no prior instruction or access to a regular instructor with an emphasis at covering information left out or poorly instructed by other "famous" writers. Doran includes a tantalizing early look at a power generation technique which the great Jack Dempsey would later dub the shoulder whirl. Further he includes instruction for a "wall pad"; what readers today would identify as a Makiwara, fully 10 years before E.W. Barton-Wright introduced Japanese martial arts to the West. Packed with 36 digitally restored illustration, instruction on bag punching, a dumb-bell workout, and a unique version of the American Fair Play Rules, this rare manual is sure to please modern martial artists and boxing historians alike.< Less
The Art and Practice of Boxing By Celebrated Pugilist
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Writing in 1825, the anonymous “Celebrated Pugilist” penned “The Art and Practice of Boxing.” This early boxing manual, as is typical, teaches footwork, striking, blocking,... More > and training details. This includes specifics of diet, exercise, & grappling. However, he deviates from the norm in two important ways. First, he dedicates an unusual amount of his text to discussion (and derision) of methods and strategies which, though technically legal under boxing rules of the time, he considers “unmanly.” Second, he cites an earlier Wrestling text, Sir Thomas Parkyn’s “In-Play” for advice and description on performing some of the grappling and throwing which were part of orthodox boxing of the period. He includes in his text images of 9 techniques which he considers either confusing or foundational, rounding out his relatively short text with a recitation of Broughton’s rules which, like this manual itself, were authored before the adoption of the London Prize Ring rules of 1838.< Less
Wrestling and How to Train By Frank Gotch
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Frank Gotch is, perhaps, the most famous (and controversial) Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestler of all time. Retiring in 1913, Gotch held three wrestling titles in his career, “Champion of the... More > Klondike,” “American Heavyweight,” and “World Heavyweight” and has been inducted into at least three wrestling halls of fame. This book, published in 1908 at the height of his career, teaches Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestling. Packed with photos of wrestling greats and 29 instructional plates, including 4 of Gotch’s famous Toe Holds, this manual is truly a slice of grappling history.< Less