Bare-Knuckle Boxer's Companion: Learning How to Hit Hard and Train Tough from the Early Boxing Masters

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The fighters of the great bare-knuckle boxing era were tough men and skilled combatants. They had to be to endure brutal brawls that could last for hours, testing the skills and guts of both participants. In this fascinating tutorial on this poorly understood combative art, martial artists David Lindholm and Ulf Karlsson Tada extract the practical material from historical bare-knuckle boxing and show how it can be applied in modern self-defense.

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Overview


The fighters of the great bare-knuckle boxing era were tough men and skilled combatants. They had to be to endure brutal brawls that could last for hours, testing the skills and guts of both participants. In this fascinating tutorial on this poorly understood combative art, martial artists David Lindholm and Ulf Karlsson Tada extract the practical material from historical bare-knuckle boxing and show how it can be applied in modern self-defense.

Lindholm and Tada have analyzed the surviving texts and illustrations of the masters of bare-knuckle boxing and organized what they've discovered into a complete program for training, conditioning and applying these skills in a real confrontation. In doing so, they show how bare knuckle is an ideal system for real-world self-defense. It contains strikes, throws, parries and a few basic kicks, so it is simple to learn. The techniques are remarkably powerful, which means you get a good payoff for each shot you land. It works regardless of the clothes you wear, the surface you stand on, the space you will fight in or how many attackers you meet. Bare knuckle is also easy to practice alone or with partners, because you need minimal space and equipment to train and enjoy its benefits.

The bare-knuckle boxing era ended in the early 20th century, when gloves were introduced, stricter rules implemented and oversight organizations formed. This book is devoted to reviving this practical combative art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581607000
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 813,313
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


David Lindholm has an MA in medieval archaeology and history from the University of Lund and works as a writer and archaeologist. He has been training in European swordsmanship since 1986 and has some experience in Western fencing, iaido and kenjutsu. He is a member of ARMA (the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts) and directs the ARMA study group in Malmo

Ulf Karlsson started training in the Japanese martial art Taido in 1984 and has instructed in that art since 1987, currently holding the grade of Godan Renshi. He has also trained in ESDS(Explosive Self Defense System), Ryu Te and most recently the Okinawan martial art Te.

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Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION 1
Who Are We? . . . . . 1
CHAPTER 1: THE PUGILISTIC ARTS IN EUROPE 3
Boxing in Ancient Greece . . . . . 3
Boxing in Ancient Rome . . . . . 8
Boxing in the Medieval World . . . . . 9
Boxing in the Post-Medieval World . . . . . 11
CHAPTER 2: BARE-KNUCKLE BASIC TECHNIQUES 13
The Basic Techniques . . . . . 14
Target Areas . . . . . 28
CHAPTER 3: BARE-KNUCKLE STRIKES 33
The Straight Strike . . . . . 33
The Round Strike . . . . . 36
The Uppercut . . . . . 38
The Back Fist . . . . . 38
The Backswing . . . . . 39
The Head Butt . . . . . 39
The Trip . . . . . 40
The Cross Buttock or Over-the-Hip Throw . . . . . 41
The Chancery . . . . . 42
The Parries . . . . . 43
Defending the Mark and the Sides . . . . . 47
Kicking . . . . . 49
Giving the Return . . . . . 49
Additional Techniques from Sullivan . . . . . 50
CHAPTER 4: BARE-KNUCKLE PRACTICE PATTERNS 61
Lesson 1 . . . . . 62
Lesson 2 . . . . . 66
Lesson 3 . . . . . 73
Lesson 4 . . . . . 79
Lesson 5 . . . . . 84
Lesson 6 . . . . . 89
CHAPTER 5: BARE-KNUCKLE CONDITIONING 91
Essential Attributes . . . . . 91
Physical Conditioning Exercises . . . . . 92
Cardiovascular Fitness the Bare-Knuckle Way . . . . . 105
Sparring and Training the Bare-Knuckle Skills . . . . . 105
CHAPTER 6: ADDITIONAL TECHNIQUES FROM THE EUROPEAN TRADITION 107
Pugilistic Techniques Prior to the Bare-Knuckle Era . . . . . 107
Nicolaes Petter . . . . . 108
Johann Georg Paschen . . . . . 108
Sigmund Ringeck . . . . . 112
CHAPTER 7: SELF-DEFENSE IN THE REAL WORLD 115
Thoughts about Self-Defense . . . . . 116
Bare-Knuckle Boxing as a Self-Defense System . . . . . 119
CHAPTER 8: SCENARIO-BASED BARE-KNUCKLE TRAINING 121
Training Method 1: Recover from Cover Up . . . . . 121
Training Method 2: Attacked from Behind . . . . . 121
Training Method 3: Getting Off the Ground . . . . . 121
Training Method 4: Preemptive Strike . . . . . 122
Training Method 5: Hidden Knife . . . . . 122
Training Method 6: Creating Distance . . . . . 122
Training Method 7: Disorientation . . . . . 122
Training Method 8: Suddenly Surrounded . . . . . 122
Training Method 9: Two On One . . . . . 122
Training Method 10: Break for the Door . . . . . 122
Training Method 11: Group Pounding . . . . . 122
Training Method 12: Group Squeeze . . . . . 123
Training Method 13: The Gauntlet . . . . . 123
Training Method 14: Fight Bystander . . . . . 123
Training Method 15: Fencing with the Hands . . . . . 123
CHAPTER 9: RECOMMENDED SELF-DEFENSE BOOKS 125
BIBLIOGRAPHY 127
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