Stick Fighting: Techniques of Self-Defense Paperback – 31 Dec 1995
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A manual of self-defence techniques using a long or short stick. The book shows some 50 moves, each demonstrated in photographs with step-by-step instructions.
About the Author
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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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!
Book itself if well laid out and all techniques are clearly depicted and explained.
Book consists of many techniques with different stick lengths (30" , 12-15"), you might be interested in that book if you want to explore some of the locking techniques using sticks. For me as Escrima practitioner it's more informative in a sense what other styles have to offer rather than practical .
Most techniques are quite difficult form beginner point of view and include Aikido like takedowns , and throws - not very practical and difficult to execute especially in life threatening situations. Also no empty hands applications are presented, it's assumed you always carry some sort of stick with you to defend yourself.
All in all you might like that book if you're into Japanese styles of Martial Arts, if you're not I wouldn't recommend it