Kirk Lawson is a leading member of the Western Martial Arts community, participating as both a scholar and practitioner. Originally a 20-year veteran of the Asian Martial Arts with ranks in Tang Soo Do, Akido and Judo, Kirk has turned his attention to the historical martial systems originating primarily in Europe and also in America. In addition to his interest and practice of classical pugilistic methods, Kirk is a leading member of the Bartitsu Society, a student of the Tomahawk and Bowie Knife, a Free-Scholar in the Cumann Bhata, and a Coach in the IBKBA. In addition to leading his Western Martial Arts study-group "Cumann Bhata-Dayton", Kirk regularly transcribes and reproduces historical Western Martial Arts Manuals, providing free electronic versions online. Kirk's original works include his contributions to Volumes I & II of the Bartitsu Compendium, and the authorship of "Banned From Boxing! The forgotten grappling techniques of historic Pugilism."