(Cold Steel) [Free] ¸ John Styers

I gave this book a 4 star rating not 5 simply because the knife methods in it are not as star rating not 5 simply because the knife methods in it are not as perfectThe knife work obviously heavily influenced by Styers instructor AJ Drexel Biddle Author of Do or Die *is very duelistic that is to say it stays entirely within the realm of two combatants knife on *very duelistic that is to say it stays entirely within the realm of two combatants knife on at ong range vying for the right cut or hack to open up the opponent for a kill shot Now it s not uite as bad about this as Biddle S Work And Puts s work and puts practice a combative platform Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story less of a stylized fencing platform but it s still duelistic Now If real fights with knives happened this way this would be the method for doing it but they don t Most fights involving knives will start unarmed at close range and be a drag race between adversaries to get to a weapon first if that weapon is a knife you have a fight with a knife Most knives easily carried and accessed will be small Range is close there is veryittle baiting and dancing around there is simply up close hooking cutting and hacking to clear imbs and stabbing to end itThat said the knife material presented in Cold Steel contains many things you can extract for modern closer range knife combatives Targets the handslimbs the throat the chest and heart and the back are excellent Use of snap cuts bi directional cutting using both primary and sharp back edges bo. Paladin has obtained exclusive reprint rights to this classic originally published by Leatherneck magazine Cold SteelOrce for great successThe bayonet material also very good although of applicability to anyone not military or not issued a bayonet and a solid rifle to put it on It seems practical and effective when viewed with common sense by someone who s never done itthis book is extremely worth having as itThis book is extremely worth having as combatives practitioner soldier police or security officer or self protection minded citizen You will earn something from it if you open your mind take what you can use and discard the rest Take the knife work out of the box its presented in put it with what you do take what works and eave the rest behind Although the content of this publication is historical in nature it actually provides riveting analysis of America s combat revolution Incrementally militarized weaponry has evolved throughout time This guidebook presents a snapshot of World War II battle preparedness While the text emphasizes the obsolete bayonet the mental tactics are still adaptable to the basic regimens of any security personnel Further there is excellent information on knife combat in this book including invaluable throwing techniues Unarmed combatstick fighting sections are still usefulthe knife and bayonet sections are of course outdated all were throw out during the war and considered pure BSby some instructors such as rex applegate. Ing this rare volume also provides short courses in unarmed combat and knife throwing For academic study onl.

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Dy mechanics and footwork to improve power are all very good Also of interest is the attempt to develop physical mechanics for using the knife that directly translate to using empty hands A *very progressive concept for the age of the bookFor the big knife practitioners a big blade does dictate some *progressive concept for the age of the bookFor the big knife practitioners a big blade does dictate some of range and the work in Cold Steel will apply there very well but it may still be an un eually armed fight the same unarmed beginning and there very well but it may still be an un eually armed fight the same unarmed beginning and race to achieve superiority with a weaponThe knife throwing segment is the only part of the knife work I have no use for throwing your weapon is osing it and the ikelihood of doing any good with a thrown knife under extreme stress in the mad rush and clash of combat is slim to noneThe segments on Unarmed Combat and Stick Fighting are great The Unarmed segment makes excellent use of Elbows Feet and Body Mechanics as well as the combative classic Edge of Hand blow the Chin Jab and a few chokes releases from holds and a ittle work from the ground Very simple and concise materialThe stick material is fantastic both the Long End and Short End techniues as presented Very realistic directly applicable material for both close and Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi longer ranges Simple and direct attacks and defense with the stickbaton that are easy to practice andearn and easy to apply with great brutality and Hich was the Marine bible of unarmed combat Emphasizing the practice aspect of bayonet knife and stick fight. ,

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