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

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

David Lindholm , Ulf Karlsson
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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.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5801 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (1 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CJ8ZBG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Introduction to old style boxing 24 April 2012
By Charles TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This book is a basic introduction to old fashioned bare knuckle boxing.

It is interesting to see the difference between the old style boxing and the modern boxing especially in the way they punch and the basic fighting stance. Old style boxing used a vertical fist hitting with the bottom three knuckles while modern boxing uses a horizontal fist hitting with the top two knuckles. There is a lot of arguing in the martial arts over what way is better. If you think the old way is dumb you may like to know that the old style bare knuckle boxers would pound each other in the face for hours on end (there was no time limit in the old style rules) without breaking their hands.

Some people (including the authors of this book) reckon that the old style is better suited to self defence than modern boxing because the old style is intended for bare knuckle fighting ( modern boxers wear gloves which effect technique and tactics) and old style boxing also has less rules, thus old style boxing is closer to a real fight.

This book is a very basic introduction. there is nothing really detailed here just brief overview of the basics. The entire book can be read in a very short time. It also has a small amount of pages with OK advice about real life violence and a decent book recommendation list.

If you're already familiar with old style boxing you would have seen most of the stuff here already, but for beginners it might be worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BKB 13 Dec 2013
I must say that this art has been taught in England for as long as can remember. I have been a student of Terry Brown for over twenty years and as part of the curriculum we have trained in BKB. It really is a complete fighting art, as it covers all ranges, in fact there is standing grappling, takedowns, fist work, kicking using the elbow and the knee etc, but it is only part of the whole art. the one thing missing is the use of the English principles, time of the hand etc. the english Martial Arts teaches weapons and BKB and has done for a very long time, so this is nothing new, but it is a very good book, as for being beaten by a Burmese boxer or a Thai boxer, I dont think so, as a lot of the men who competed were just as skilled and probably twice their size and weight, which matters a lot in a fight.
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By Hoopei
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I don't understand some of the comments about the author being hammered in a real fight? They don't ever state that they are rock solid street fighters, they just write investigating the origins of boxing and techniques used. It's a ok read with some interesting parts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bare-Knuckle Boxing Book 10 Jan 2012
This is an unusual subject and bare-knuckle boxing is, as far as I know, illegal in public.
The book should however help those readers interested in self-defence in the street.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Historical but Boring 10 Sep 2010
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These 2 chaps would get thrashed by a Burmese Boxer or even a Muay Thai man.
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In bare knuckle, you want to strike with the largest and flattest surface in order to spread the force of the impact over a larger area of the fist. That means you want to hit with the three lowest knuckles-the pinkie, the ring finger, and the middle finger to be precise-and you aim with the ring finger knuckle. &quote;
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A reasonable conclusion would probably be that all fighting arts develop in a context. Taken out of that context, they lose much of their practical applicability. &quote;
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When boxers punch, it is often done with the middle of the fist. This works well when wearing gloves, but if you try that without gloves you will break your knuckles. &quote;
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