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By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions; 10th anniversary edition (Modern Library Paperbacks)
by Richard Cohen

Napoleon fenced. So did Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Grace Kelly, and President Truman, who would cross swords with his daughter, Margaret, when she came home from ...

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I remember when Richard Cohen's "By the Sword" first came out in hardcover. The subtitle--"A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samuari, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions" immediately intrigued me. While I was checking the book out, I read Cohen's version of the ...
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—Updated Sep 15, 2005



The Russian Kettlebell Challenge: Xtreme Fitness for Hard Living Comrades
by Pavel Tsatsouline

Both the Soviet Special Forces and numerous world-champion Soviet Olympic athletes used the ancient Russian Kettlebell as their secret weapon for extreme fitness. ...

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I had been intrigued by kettlebells for quite some time before I finally ordered Pavel's book, video, and a 16 kg (36 lb) kettlebell. 5 months later, I am far stronger than I was (I'm now working with 45 and 53 lb models). I am also considerably faster, as I am 15 ...
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—Updated Sep 15, 2005



Magellan's Voyage : A Narrative Account of the First Circumnavigation
by Antonio Pigafetta

In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan, leading an expedition of five ships and over 270 men, set sail from Spain in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later, one ship ...

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Read the version of Magellan's death which appears in most Filipino martial arts books and websites. Then, read Antonio Pigafetta's first-hand account of the same thing. You will then be privy to a truly deadly martial arts technique--the "20-to-1 Bum Rush".
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—Updated Sep 14, 2005



Western Boxing and World Wrestling: Story and Practice
by John Gilbey

John F. Gilbey exposes wrestling as a series of circus exhibitions and decries boxing as an unbalanced martial art, the true purpose of which is to maim. In place ...

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Robert W. Smith writes under the pen name of "John F. Gilbey" for this book, but, unlike most of the other "Gilbey" titles which were mostly a sort of inside joke between Smith and his cronies, this text is predominantly legitmate material (unlike "Secret Fighting Arts ...
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—Updated Sep 14, 2005



Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
by Donn F. Draeger, Robert W. Smith

Fighting arts are as old as man himself and as varied as his languages. In Asia they developed to a degree of effectiveness probably unsurpassed elsewhere in the ...

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This book by Smith and Draeger is a justifiable martial arts classic, and covers various Asian arts in a manner similar to the way the various methods of European swordplay are outlined in Castle's "Schools and Masters of Fence". Of particular interest to me are the ...
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—Updated Sep 14, 2005



Mastering Jujitsu (Mastering Martial Arts Series)
by Renzo Gracie, John Danaher

In recent years, the grappling arts have proven to be the most effective form of combat in mixed martial arts (MMA) and no-holds-barred (NHB) competitions. Above ...

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"Mastering Jujitsu" is the best single text on no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu and NHB/MMA fighting. Authors Renzo Gracie and John Danaher have done a tremendous job here. The section on the history of Japanese jujutsu, Kodokan judo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu is especially ...
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—Updated Sep 14, 2005



Do Or Die: A Supplementary Manual on Individual Combat
by A.J. Drexel-Biddle

The timeless techniques of the infantryman are demonstrated in this classic manual of hand-to-hand combat, which teaches soldiers how to win fights using bayonet ...

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Lt Col AJ Drexel Biddle's classic USMC combat manual, "Do or Die", is noteworthy primarily for the knife fighting system that Biddle created, which made use of the Springfield '03 bayonet with its huge 16-inch blade. Based on Western fencing (in which Biddle had a ...
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—Updated Sep 13, 2005



Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense
by Jack Dempsey

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Dempsey's book on boxing is truly compelling, for he taught a rather different style of punching that is rarely seen today--the use of the "vertical fist" punch, a remnant of bare-knuckle pugilism (one of Dempsey's trainers also worked with bare-knuckle greats like ...
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—Updated Sep 13, 2005



Italian Rapier Combat: Ridolfo Capo Ferro's 'Gran Simulacro'
by Ridolfo Capo Ferro, Ridolfo Capoferro

This beautifully-illustrated and detailed book presents one of the world's most influential fencing treatises. Ridolfo Capo Ferro was a legend in his own lifetime ...

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It's about time that a modern English version of Capo Ferro's classic rapier text was put into print. We should all give a hearty "thank you" to Jared Kirby, Maestro Ramon Martinez, and Maestra Jeanette Acosta-Martinez. Having the translation done by expert fencers ...
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—Updated Sep 6, 2005



The art of the foil
by Luigi Barbasetti

"The Art of the Foil is a classic of fencing literature. Within it's pages, famed swordsman Luigi Barbasetti divulges the gathered insights of his fifty years as a ...

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Luigi Barbasetti's "Art of the Foil", originally published in 1932, is interesting not only as a basic text on the Italian style of foil fencing, but also for the rather curious chapter which presents a brief history of the Western swordfighting tradition. Like other ...
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—Updated Sep 6, 2005



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