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Stick Fighting: Techniques of Self-Defense [Paperback]

Masaaki Hatsumi , Quintin Chambers
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31 Dec 1995
Step-by-step instructions and over 300 photographs allow the trainee to follow and learn the techniques with ease. The ideal weapon for self-defense is a stick. To find a comprehensive system of techniques using the stick, we must turn to the East, for systems known to the West have fallen into disuse. In this book, the techniques of Kukishin Ryu-an ancient Japanese method-have been updated and adapted for use today. A thorough grounding in the fundamentals dealt with here will enable you to disarm and control any assailant. CONTENTS Section 1: Basic Movements Section 2: Techniques against First Attack Section 3: Techniques against Foot Attacks Section 4: Techniques against Wrist Holding Section 5: Techniques against Sleeve and Lapel Holding Section 6: Techniques against Seizure from Behind Section 7: Techniques against Stick Holding Section 8: Immobilizations

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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870114751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870114755
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. MASAAKI HATSUMI was born in 1931. After progressing through various martial arts, he found his life's mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years, becoming the 34th Grand Master of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. Dr. Hatsumi has taught thousands of individual students as well as instructing at law enforcement agencies all over the world, and has received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He has also worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series, is the author of many books and DVDs on Ninjutsu and Budo, and was for many years Chairman of the International Department of the Japan Literary Artists' Club.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick fighting ... but not as we know it. 14 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you're looking for a book on Arnis or Eskrima, then don't buy this book.
If you're looking for a book that shows techniques that can be used with virtually any kind of stick and that will compliment any Arnis/ Eskrima training that you have done, then this book is a must buy!
All the pictures and text and clear, concise and written in such a way that a complete novice to the martial arts can understand. I paid ... for this at my local store, wish I'd bought it here! :-(
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for all Martial Artists 7 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Stick Fighting is a book with multiple defence techniques to be learnt using various types of stick. The Kali is the most regularly used stick in the book; however a smaller stick and a hand stick are also used. It has defences for a punch, front kick, grabs from behind, grabs to the stick, to the wrist and to the sleeve. Each technique is explained with great accuracy and illustration are provided to aid the learner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dont just look,BUY 19 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
an excellent well written and illustated book for the beginner and experienced martial artist also for anyone wanting to learn awesome combat skills a must for anyone intrested in the japanese art of stick fighting.Make sure you have a training partner otherwise you will find it difficult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick fighting 7 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
I would like to start by saying that this is a good book; providing you know what it is "actually about". The title is a little misleading I think. This book isn't a book about "stick fighting" in the plural sense of the title, in truth it is solely teaching you the techniques for use of a stick/Jo (and other sticks alike) against an unarmed person. So in my humble opinion this book is a good book and a good study but from a different angle to most books on stick fighting. I would only buy this book if you already have some experience in the art of stick fighting and (or) if you plan to use a stick against an unarmed person (such as a police officer might).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny AND Painful. 19 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'll start out by admitting that I train in the style, so this really was a necessary investment for me. However, since buying the book and since we've been going through it in more detail, I have now resultantly been thrown, clocked and locked in more ways than I ever thought possible (and when I was first face-planted by a tiny woman with a stick, well that's when I realised both how funny and how painful it could all be). Now, as has been pointed out, this isn't a book on stick-on-stick fighting, but rather a way to apply the stick against an assailant. "Oh, but why would someone attack a guy with a big stick?", many people will say. Well, I don't know. Why would some young fellow attack an old fellow with a walking stick? And how might the old fellow apply his walking stick to the breaking of bones and cranking of limbs? Plus, as has also been said, practice with the stick leads to greater understanding of space, body mechanics and leverage.

Now, to be balanced, I found most of Hatsumi's other instructional texts to be a little bit hmmm. This book, however, this is a book worth owning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not one wasted page 18 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Nothing but solid, very clear information on every conceivable attack, parry, lock and block possible with a stick, for the reader to digest and practice. If you're interested in this tyoe of self defence, then it is a very good resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and to the point. 23 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a great manual for those that wish to learn, or add to, practical stickfighting skills without all the flowery paraphenalia that usually goes hand-in-hand with the martial arts. In the book Hatsumi builds a simple, strong system that is designed to quickly dominate an attacker; it shows good evasion skills, effective strikes and realistic takedowns and locks. The system he shows is not about looking good, it is about getting the job done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You want to learn stick fighting? Get this book! 21 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Best book on stick fighting that I have in my library. I haven't seen a better book yet which covers this topic. Get the book, you won't be sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but why such a small size?
Excellent book, but the size is quite small, hence the b/w pictures are not very clear. For a few dollars more this book could be released in a larger format. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adriana van den Bogart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent one
I chose this book due to practical interest. I was so impressed with content of this book! I would say this book structure, content follows tradition: less talking - more action. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandris
5.0 out of 5 stars Self Defense?
Learn why using a stick against an unarmed assailant leads to prison, a carefully worded novel on self defense, use at your caution. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Scarlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick Fighting Techniques of Self-Defence
This was a very well written book which was easy to follow. Because these techniques are based on a Han bo they can also be applied to a walking stick.
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by George Law
2.0 out of 5 stars A very Eastern approach
If you are used to the western styles of stick fighting such as Vigny's la Canne, Barton Wright's Bartitsu or other such works, and want something similar, then this is probably... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by Atticus273
5.0 out of 5 stars stick fighting
This book is well worth every penny, 5 stars just isnt enough its well written and fully illustrated, get it learn the Hanbo and thrash any would be attacker (with or without a Bo)
Published on 13 July 2010 by P. J. De Maziere
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Jo
I found this to be an excellent text for a refreasher or learning the use of the Jo. The pictures are excellent and with a good training partner you can get most of the basics... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2007 by M. A. Ramos
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for ideas!
Was gifted this book from a friend.
It shows uses of not only the Bo staff, but also shorter stick techniques. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2005 by Kooner
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book; however I do have one complaint...
I love the way this book is set out. Diagrams are very user friendly with clear and concise instructions in technique deployment.
My complaint? Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2003 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A misleading title
Lets be clear, this book is not about stick fighting but the application of techniques using a stick against an assailant with no weapon at all. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2001 by dr99tkw@brunel.ac.uk
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