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The Modern Swordsman: Realistic Training for Serious Self-defense Paperback – 1 Sep 1998


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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S. (1 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873649958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873649957
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,992,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fred Hutchinson is an avid martial artist who focuses on practical, systematic training in traditional combat methods for use in effective modern self-defense.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Lees on 5 May 2004
Format: Paperback
First off this book is not a swordsmanship manual - there are no techniques on display, no particular style of sword or martial art favoured by the author. If you want to "learn how to sword fight" this is not the book for you.
What this book contains is a series of training drills designed to improve your speed, accuracy and striking power with an edged weapon as well as exercises to build up the strength and suppleness of your wrist and forearm. The author advocates the use of the sword for self-defense, which isn't really a good idea but it does give the book the interesting angle of seeing swordsmanship as a form of combat instead of a sport or hobby and has interesting information of fighting from crouching or prone positions. It might be thin but there's a lot of information packed into it which would be of use to martial artists training with a variety of weapons, not just the sword, although the quality is let down by the extremely poor illustrations.
Overall it's an interesting read for the serious martial artist and might add a new dimension to your weapons training.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec 2002
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This book sadly lacks the depth to be a training manual, nor the breadth to be a good book of anecdotes. Anyone looking for training information would be better to pick a sword martial art and adapt from there.
Whereas if it's general banter about swords you're looking for, I'd suggest the "Secret History of the Sword", which has a great deal of information from throughout the history of the sword and it's related arts.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sep 2002
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This work is a comprehensive and realistic introduction to the defense of your home and person (and pets) using edged weaponary; providing you live shoulder to shoulder with either Walter Mitty or Mad Max!
The frankly humourous illustrations of how to wield both sword and pistol (for "home defense"!) and the (presumablely unintentional) labeling of a dog as a left-handed weapon , are capped only by the idea that one should be attacked by 'Bad-Guys' (who are presumably wearing black stetsons ... or towels on their heads) whilst walking one's dog in a wood.
As for the author's advice regarding maximum aggression and going for the kill; obvious the practitioner would view sewing mail-bags as an important skill to aquire or wished to become intimately acqainted with Bubba from 'C' Wing. In short much of the advice in this tome has no evidence to back it up, and is likely to end up in you becoming either very incarcerated or very dead.
The above aside the author does make a number of vaild points regarding the benefit of weapons drill over "meditating under waterfalls" (meow!), the possibility of one's blade becoming lodged in one's victim (or Bad Guy), and some novel physical training methods.
In summary, a must-buy if you are likely to be hacking foe-men limb from limb in anything over than your imagination. Otherwise read and return to the shelf
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As some other reviewers have stated, this book is about training rather than techniques. This is a manual about building strength,dexterity and accuracy rather than learning different techniques for fencing or what other sword art you practise.

As with some of the other reviews, I agree that this manual is not geared towards any particular style.

The illustrations are not fantastic but I found them more than good enough to see what was being taught.

The best part of this book has to be the numerous ideas for making training equipment.

The author has listed numerous things that could be easily made out of every day items. These training aides and drills will also work for knife and stick fighting as previously mentioned by others. No I'm not some nut who runs around with a sword when I'm out in the streets, but I do some times carry a walking stick or use a machete in the garden. Who knows when you may be attacked.
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