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Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts

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Fighting arts are as old as man himself and as varied as his languages. In Asia they developed to a degree of effectiveness probably unsurpassed elsewhere in the world. This book explains the relationships between fighting arts, assesses their strengths and weaknesses, and presents new material about hitherto unknown fighting methods. Written by two of the best-known and m ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 15th 1981 by Kodansha
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Arthur Rosenfeld
Nov 02, 2015 Arthur Rosenfeld rated it liked it
This is one of a cluster of classics from the early period of martial arts books. While Smith is greatly appreciated by many for his chatty style, I prefer a more polished authorial voice. All the same, it's a worthwhile read.
Jun 16, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing
Excellent history and graphics on forms, masters, and weapons.
Jutsu - combat. Do - form/practice/mindful (typical loss in intensity and combat effectiveness).
Exceptional book - loved the section on ninjas!
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recommended by kung fu tai chi class
Jul 21, 2011 Darin rated it really liked it
This book has a well-deserved reputation for covering the history of martial arts. The emphasis is on martial arts that originated in Japan or Okinawa.
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Dec 31, 2010 Jim Bouchard rated it really liked it
A near doctoral thesis on the fighting systems of Asia. Must read for the serious martial arts student.
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From Wikipedia:

Donald 'Donn' Frederick Draeger (April 15, 1922 – October 20, 1982) was an expert practitioner of Asian martial arts, an author of several martial arts books, and a United States Marine. Draeger was widely known and respected in the martial arts community, and was a leading martial arts researcher.

Throughout his life, Draeger was known by his nickname 'Donn.' He held the rank of Cap
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