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Banned from Boxing, The forgotten grappling techniques of classic pugilism, 2nd Edition By Kirk Lawson
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"I recommend Kirk's 'Banned from Boxing'..." -Terry Brown "...the most important work on classical boxing I have seen so far." -Ken Pfrenger "'Banned from Boxing' is a... More > unique valuable resource..." -Tony Wolf "Invaluable Contribution to Martial Arts" -Internet review Revisiting the subject in this revised and expanded 2nd Edition work, Kirk Lawson, a Martial Artist with more than 25 years of experience in the Martial Arts, both Western and Eastern, and an avid Western Martial Arts researcher, explores the exciting and mostly forgotten world of grappling in historic boxing. Using antique boxing manuals as reference as well as a healthy dose of experience, Kirk systematically presents in easy to follow terms and sequences the throws, trips, and grapples of historic boxing. With 90 historic images and new illustrations, modern martial artists and boxing historians alike will find this book an indispensable reference.< Less
Wrestling - Part Two By Billy Sandow and Ed "Strangler" Lewis
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An early superstar of Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestling, at the time called "Hooking," instructor and mentor to the equally famous Lou Thesz, and holding at least 8 "World Champion"... More > titles, Ed "Strangler" Lewis laid out his system of wrestling and physical culture in 8 volumes. Partnering with his long time manager Billy Sandow, "Strangler" poses for 61 instructional photos in this volume alone. Describing each technique with multiple sequence photos and exposition on each photo, Lewis shows many basic and advanced skills. Most interestingly, several of Lewis' "signature" techniques are showcased, including his "famous" get-behind. Truly a unique and important piece of Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling history.< Less
The Teacher of Sparring By Edwin F. Shaw
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Little is known of Edwin Shaw, save what he writes of himself. That he was an “experienced” boxing instructor, studied under Professor J. B. Bailey, and taught professional at Hotel... More > Berkeley, Evans House, and “elsewhere in Boston” as well as at Harvard College. His book is somewhat transitional between London Prize Ring rules and amateur boxing rules, focusing on Boxing as a legitimate gentleman’s fitness sport. Interestingly, Shaw also decries professional “Prize Fighting” as ungentlemanly and condemns as, “low, savage, barbarous, and disgusting” engaged in by the “bully” and best being thoroughly discredited. Shaw’s manual contains a wealth of unusual information, documented in clear “cuts” illustrations, supposedly from photographs at great expense, and succinct instruction. This includes grapples, throws, and even the seldom heard of, and less often instructed “chopper.” Altogether, this manual represents a rare and important documentation of pugilistic evolution, sure to please.< 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
Physical Energy By Billy Wells
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In 1923 "Bombardier" Billy Wells, wrote "Physical Energy." Inside, Wells, 8 time British Champion, describes his method of Physical Culture using Boxing. In it, he builds his... More > case for why it is superior to previous methods of Physical Culture, explaining that the primary ingredient of health is "nervous energy," describeing how lack of "nervous energy" due to ineffective, or outdated Physical Culture methods allow illnesses ranging from anemia, to "Incipient Tuberculosis." All of which, and more, may be cured by his method. Further, use of his method will promote intelligence, due to the fact that "nerve energy" is a primary component of intellect and creativity. The original book is intended for an upscale audience with heavy weight, high rag, paper and artist attributed photos of the Wells himself posing in the manner of a greek god, in the buff, complete with a fig leaf. This book offers an absolutely fascinating and priceless look at theories of health and fitness in the early 1920's.< Less
The Art of In-Fighting By Frank Klaus
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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in Frank Klaus was a German-American boxer. His professional career spanning 39 matches netted 32 wins 21 by KO. He won the Middleweight Championship of the world... More > in 1913 and was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1974. Acclaimed as an inside fighter, in approximately late 1913 or some time thereafter he penned his book of instruction on in-fighting. Klaus packs a great number of photograph into his work for such a comparatively short and focused book: 27 in all including several “action shots” from his fights giving this book a ratio of about 1 photo for every 2 ½ pages of instruction. Particular gems include “The Liver Punch,” “Feigning ‘Grogginess’,” and “Beating an Opponent by Punching his Gloved Hands or Arms.” Truly a Historic Boxing “must have!”< Less
How to Wrestle, Instructions of Frank Gotch By George Robbins
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Writing decades after Gotch's death in 1917, George Robbins pens this instructional manual on Frank Gotch's wrestling style. It is unclear where Robbins got his material and quotes from Gotch, but... More > working for the Sporting Staff, The Chicago Daily News would have potentially given him access to Gotch personally at some point and the two may have even been friends. The 27 instructional pictures included are clear, well done, drawings which some have suggested may have partially been redrawn from the photographs of Gotch's earlier book, "Wrestling and How to Train." The real gems of this little instructional manual are Gotch's discussion of his famous "toe hold," including, most interestingly, its origins, and instruction on the Strangle hold with a drawing of the legendary "Farmer" Burns demonstrating. Altogether, this manual is a unique and important bit of catch wrestling history.< 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
Principles of Squad Instruction for the Broadsword By Corbesier A. J.
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In 1868, A. J. Corbersier, then a Sword-Master instructing fence at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, wrote this Broadsword manual. Drawing on his experience and the specific course of... More > instruction he used while teaching at Annapolis, Maestro Corbersier laid out a basic introduction to the Saber, often referred to as a “Broadsword.” This course of instruction builds on the basics of terminology, position, movement, attacks, and defenses, to include squad drills. Uniquely, Maestro Corbersier also includes instructions to a squad level instructor who would be leading the group through the introduction and drills. The manual quickly gained the recommendation of Vice-Admiral David Porter and was subsequently published in 1869. This is a fascinating and educational look at 19th Century Military Saber.< Less