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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
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
Scientific Wrestling By George Bothner
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George Bothner, was considered alternately the "most Scientific" and best "defensive wrestler" of his day. Bothner, began his wrestling career at 13 years old and, as a... More > "youth" won the amateur 125 lb. title and then, 2 hours later, won the 158 lb. title. His amateur career, lasting 7 years, was undefeated. His professional career began in 1896 under Hugh Leonard. In 1899 he wonn the Lightweight Championship, and twice defended the title. During this time he fought exhibitions matches with greats of the time and was a pioneer in the wildly popular "Wrestling versus Jiu Jitsu" matches. He won against Katsukuma Higashi in 1905 and 9 years later, at the age of 48, he defended the honor of Catch wrestling against Tarro Miyake, retiring afterward. This comprehensive manual is lavished with more than 60 instructional photographs. This is truly a "must have" for the Catch-as-Catch-Can practitioner and a valuable resource for grapplers, and martial historians.< 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
Instructions in Bayonet Fighting By War Office
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In 1907, the War Office of Great Britain authored a new Bayonet training manual. Intended to update the Bayonet training section of the 1905 Training Manual, this short text lays out a course for... More > training raw recruits in the use of the Bayonet affixed to the, then standard, Lee-Enfield bolt action repeating rifle. Measuring as much as 53" long with bayonet affixed, and tipping the scales at a bone crushing 8.8 lbs., half spear, half club, the rifle with bayonet made a truly dangerous melee weapon; and the British soldiers were expected to become familiar with it. To that end, the manual lays out a regiment of 17 lessons consisting of drills lasting an hour a day over the course of twelve days leading eventually to "Assaulting" or "Loose Play."< Less
Wrestling By E. C. Gallagher
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Edward C. Gallagher is credited with practically reinventing modern amateur wrestling in the first quarter of the 20th Century. A natural athlete with a degree in electrical engineering, he turned... More > his logical mind to wrestling in 1916 as Director of Athletics for Oklahoma State. Claiming a knowledge of more than 400 wrestling moves, he instantly produced a winning team claiming 138 wins with only 5 losses the first year. His simply titled wrestling manual was considered the zenith of collegiate level wrestling books for decades. Faithfully transcribed from the original by Kirk Lawson and boasting a massive library of 148 photos reproduced with digital precision, “Wrestling” by E. C. Gallagher is a must for martial artists, wrestling historians, and devotees of the sport.< Less