Fighting Arts: Their Evolution from Secret Societies to Modern Times

Overview

This book traces the evolution of the Fighting Arts from the 'old worlds' through today's modern societies. It divides it's contents into two parts. "The Early Development of Martial Arts" & "Our Modern Culture and Martial Arts".Part one explores ancient classical fighting arts and the cultural influenced that helped to shape them. Time is spent discussing the differences between civilian and military warfare along with the myths and legends of old.Part two focuses on the assimilation of these "ancient arts" ...
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Overview

This book traces the evolution of the Fighting Arts from the 'old worlds' through today's modern societies. It divides it's contents into two parts. "The Early Development of Martial Arts" & "Our Modern Culture and Martial Arts".Part one explores ancient classical fighting arts and the cultural influenced that helped to shape them. Time is spent discussing the differences between civilian and military warfare along with the myths and legends of old.Part two focuses on the assimilation of these "ancient arts" into modern western societies. The segmentation of these arts for the western practitioner along with the role martial arts have in today's society is given prominent attention. A final section discusses the realities of terrorism yesterday and today.Learn why there are so many martial art styles.Understand why the military doesn't train "classical" martial arts.For all styles and all levels of experience.
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Editorial Reviews

Wisconsin Bookwatch
"The Fighting Arts…provides the interested reading with a fascinating and informative survey tour of martial arts from the depths of history down to the modern day…The Fighting Arts is a wealth of information and reason, and confidently recommended for anyone looking to learn more about how these martial arts came to be what they are today."
News Sentinel - Lois Reagan Thomas
"The Fighting Arts…takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey in this treatise on how to fighting has evolved."
Black belt Magazine
"Few people in the self defense arts are familiar with the term “hoplology,” or the study of human combative behavior. But after reading…The Fighting Arts…they will be. The author cuts right to the essence of the concept in this college level text as he guides you to a higher level of understanding of the pursuit you’ve dedicated your life to."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886969216
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,349,621
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosenbaum was born on May 12, 1961 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He started his martial arts training at the age of five when his father instructed him in both Judo and Boxing. At the age of fifteen, he began studying Isshin Ryu Karate and by the time of his seventeenth birthday he had been introduced to the Burmese fighting art of Bando. At the age of eighteen Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2006

    A Must for Serious Martial Artists

    Love it or hate it, you have to accept the extensive research and overall comprehension Rosenbaum brings to the study of martial arts. He traces the martial spirit back to it's roots and explains the difference between, and evolution of, styles. His work is non-judgemental, working on the premise that if you study an art you should have a clear understanding of why you are doing so - for sport, combat, fitness, spirituality, etc. The book seems to be composed for people already familiar with martial arts, but his writing is clear enough for a beginner. Don't mistake an easy read for shallowness. You may zip through the book, but every page carries weight. I enjoyed the chapter notes at the back for their comments that didn't waste page space in the chapters. Also, you might like to know he quotes Lt. Col. Grossman quite often.

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