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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
Boy Scouts Master at Arms Badge By James Brown & Son
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The Boy Scouts long have issued a Master at Arms Badge. In the U.S., the Badge was retired in 1911. In England the badge lives on and can be fulfilled with many great sports such as Target... More > Shooting, Archery, or after-school Asian martial arts. However, to many western martial artists, it lives on as a pale shadow of its former self, consisting all too often of “a note from the boy’s Sensei saying, ‘yes, he attends class regularly’.” Ah, but in “the good old days,” when politicians represented the will of the people and the grass was greener, the Master at Arms Badge reflected a more western heritage by requiring skill in any two of Singlestick, Fencing, Boxing, Quarterstaff, Ju Jitsu, Wrestling, or Gymnastics. While myth, as usual, overshadows reality, I was excited to read the post by Robert Reinberger of http://www.budoforum.net when he made the 1925 English text available in raw scans. I am grateful that he has preserved this text and given me permission to republish.< Less
The Walking Stick Method of Self Defence by H.G. Lang By Kirk Lawson
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In the early 1920's, Superintendent of Police in India H.G. Lang introduced the Walking Stick Method of Self Defense based upon the instruction of Swiss la canne Professor Pierre Vigny. He published... More > this historic manual documenting his cane fighting system. This manual, faithfully transcribed by Kirk Lawson from the original (copyright held on text formatting and images), Lang included 116 pages of text in his orginal manual including 66 pages of specific instruction and 60 images illustrating his techniques. Special thanks to Ralph Grasso for preserving this historic text in his library. Additional thanks to Joseph P. Sullivan for providing a copy to me. Finally, special thanks to The Exiles (http://www.the-exiles.org) for hosting the original PDF transciptions.< Less
A Hand-Book of Wrestling By Hugh Leonard
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In 1897, Hugh Leonard published this Magnum Opus of Catch as Catch Can manuals. A wrestling prodigy, Leonard became the protege the great “Billy” Muldoon and by 16 he was a pro,... More > wrestling all comers for $100 to any who could throw him. In 1893, Leonard became wrestling instructor at the Buffalo Athletic Club. A year after, the instructor for the Manhattan Athletic Club and shortly thereafter, the instructor at the New York Athletic Club, where he remained until his 1914 death. His wrestling career included bouts against such wrestlers as Plen Shoemaker and Evan “The Strangler” Lewis. Predating the introduction of Jui Jitsu to the West, Leonard’s book details hundreds of grappling and throwing technique, including rare chokes and joint locks. With over 200 photographs, digitally retouched, this is one of the most rare and valuable wrestling manuals, weighting in at well past 250 pages, it is an essential part of every Catch wrestler or western martial arts historian’s toolbox.< 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 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
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
The Art of Gatka-Fighting By K. S. Akali
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In 1936 K.S. Akali, the Physical Director of his college, published a book on the then little known Martial Art from India known as Gatka. Boasting 19 photographs and illustrations, K.S. Akali's... More > book offers over 60 pages of instruction on footwork, handling, and use of "the Gatka." This instruction, considered training for the sword, offers a unique perspective into not only the Martial Arts of India, but also the efforts to include "scientific" physical education of the time. The emphasis of K.S. Akali's book is on the sporting aspect of the Art which is similar to Japanese Kendo or English Singlestick. He ends his book with rules for the competition with specific instructions for both the competitors and the judges. Faithfully reproduced by Kirk Lawson, this book is an invaluable resource that both historic researchers and modern Martial Artists alike will find beneficial.< Less
Jiu-Jitsu and Other Methods of Self Defense By Percy Longhurst
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A promoter of Jiu-Jitsu in the early 20th Century in England, Percy Longhurst studied under Senseis Tani and Uyenishi. He was familiar with, and possibly studied Bartitsu under Barton-Wright and... More > Pierre Vigny. A prolific writer, and accomplished amateur athlete, Longhurst quickly turned his skills to Self Defense and the mysterious foreign martial art of Jiu-Jitsu. In 1906 he published the first edition of this celebrated and oft reprinted manual. Combining western defensive methods and Japanese, Longhurst's innovative manual included a section for ladies self defense. So dense with material, yet so clearly written, that it was revised and reprinted for decades, at least until the 1950's with at least 11 editions. This is one of the most important of the early western self defense manuals due not only to its emphasis on Jiu-Jitsu but its combination with other western methods. It's sure to please western martial artist and early Jiu-Jitsu researchers alike.< Less
Boxing By Philadelphia Jack O'Brien
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Philadelphia Jack O'Brien, Light Heavyweight, claiming "American Middleweight," and boxing in all divisions, including a Championship match for the Heavyweight Championship of the World... More > against Jack Johnson, wrote his manual in 1928. In his career he fought such notables as Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Bob Fitzsimmons, and even Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. O'Brien's comprehensive manual includes not only the standard instruction on how to punch, defend, and footwork but also covers fine aspects of ring generalship such as reading an opponent's intention, likely fighting styles, how to escape being cornered. O'Brien also provides in depth instruction of training up, diet, even sleeping advice. He includes instruction on how to minister to common injuries, advice on body toughening methods, and teaches the aspiring Referee. This manual is a classic piece of history and an indispensable addition to the library of any boxing historian, boxer, and aspiring martial artist.< Less