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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

“Like swordplay itself, By the Sword is elegant, accurate, romantic, and full of brio—the definitive study, hugely readable, of man’s most deadly ...

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Reviewed by David Black Mastro
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 infamous duel between the rapier-armed Italian, Jeronimo, and his broadsword-armed English ...
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—Updated Sep 15, 2005



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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 lbs lighter (I went from 173 to 158 lbs). I'm sold.
—Updated Sep 15, 2005



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Reviewed by David Black Mastro
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".
—Updated Sep 14, 2005



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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 of the World"). Smith covers Western boxing from Ancient times until today, and the ...
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—Updated Sep 14, 2005



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Reviewed by David Black Mastro
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 sections on the Japanese samurai arts and Indo-Pakistani wrestling, but the whole book is ...
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—Updated Sep 14, 2005



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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 interesting--we learn about the exploits of early Japanese grappling exponents like Mitsuyo ...
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—Updated Sep 14, 2005



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Reviewed by David Black Mastro
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 rather unique and varied background), one cannot help if the "Biddle System" of knife work ...
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—Updated Sep 13, 2005



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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 Peter Jackson). This alone makes it a must-have.
—Updated Sep 13, 2005



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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 is a big bonus.
—Updated Sep 6, 2005



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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 authors from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, several of Barbasetti's notions about ...
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—Updated Sep 6, 2005



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