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Consideration of Grappling & Wrestling in Renaissance Fencing - Part 2
By John Clements

Just as the Samurai on the battlefields of Japan often used jujutsu techniques as a backup to their weapon arts, fencers in Renaissance Europe were also versed in grappling and wrestling.

Savate: Martial Sport of France
By Mark V. Wiley

Boxe Francaise savate was developed in the 1800s and is a highly effective means of self-defense and reality-based full-contact 'kickboxing' sport.

Forty Hours of SCARS: An Exclusive Look Inside the Worlds Most Expensive Self-defense Training
By Herb Borkland

An introduction to the Navy Seal fighting system

Getting to the Point: The European Art of Fencing
By Ken Mondschein

As with most things in the martial arts, the story of fencing is not a simple one.

It's All in the Timing: Concepts of Combative Timing in Historical Italian Swordsmanship
By Ken Mondschein

The same principles of timing found in historical Italian swordsmanship also apply to your martial art.

Early Cornish Wrestling
By Ken Pfrenger

The indigenous wrestling of England's West Country and of the Cornish people themselves has a history that extends before Medieval times and possibly back into ancient times as well.

Pankration: Martial Art of Classical Greece
By Paul McMichael Nurse, Ph.D.

What is also not generally known is that there existed in the ancient world an unarmed fighting art known as pankration, a blend of Hellenic wrestling, boxing, strangulation, kicking and striking techniques, as well as joint locks.

Swords of Western Martial Arts
By Ken Mondschein

Most martial artists know little about western fencing, but it is every bit as worthy of study as kendo, karate, arnis, or gung fu.

Consideration of Grappling & Wrestling in Renaissance Fencing - Part 1
By John Clements

Just as the Samurai on the battlefields of Japan often used jujutsu techniques as a backup to their weapon arts, fencers in Renaissance Europe were also versed in grappling and wrestling.

The Flower of Battle: An Interview with Bob Charron - Part 1
By Deborah Klens-Bigman, Ph.D.

I was fascinated as Charron led workshop students through a brief outline of a 15th century fighting manual entitled?Fior di Battaglia?(The Flower of Battle) written by Fiore dei Liberi that included empty hand techniques, followed by dagger and sword techniques. I had to learn more about this.

The Flower of Battle:An Interview with Bob Charron - Part 2
By Deborah Klens-Bigman, Ph.D.

The key to this 15th century fighting manual is to realize how the opportunities to use its techniques are constantly available. You simply have to take advantage of the attacker?s movement to lead them to a lock, break, throw, or the space and time in which to safely deliver a blow with a weapon.

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