Martin J. Dougherty


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Hailing from northeast England, Martin J Dougherty is a professional writer specialising in military history. He has been at times a games designer, an engineer, a self-protection instructor, a teacher and a defence analyst. Martin has published a range of books covering topics as diverse as self-protection, medieval warfare and space flight, and has addressed international conferences on anti-shipping missiles and homeland security issues.

Martin's interests include martial arts and fencing. He has coached Fencing, Ju-Jitsu, Self-Defence and Kickboxing for many years at the University of Sunderland, and has competed to national level as a fencer. As a martial artist he holds black belts in Combat Ju-Jitsu, Nihon Tai-Jitsu and Self-Defence.
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Average rating: 3.79 · 1,278 ratings · 192 reviews · 120 distinct works
A Dark History: Vikings

3.50 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 2013
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Norse Myths: Viking Legends...

3.89 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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A Dark History: Celts

3.90 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 2015
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Battles that Changed History

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The World's Worst Weapons: ...

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Special Forces Unarmed Comb...

3.66 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 2010
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The Wars of the Roses: The ...

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The Medieval Warrior: Weapo...

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Vikings: A History of the N...

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Celts: The History and Lega...

3.48 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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“It may seem from a cursory look at the news that the streets are a battleground, a deadly arena of fists, guns and knives. In fact armed attacks are not at all common, though they are serious enough to merit attention when they do happen. Lesser levels of violent assault are more frequent, but even these are not as likely as many people think.
The perception of constant street violence derives mainly from the fact that it gets reported while its absence does not. Headlines like 'nobody got stabbed today' would not sell a lot of newspapers, so we are told about incidents that do happen and never hear about the millions of people who go about their business unharmed. To illustrate that, look at this page. The words stand out but there is a lot more white space between and around them. You do not notice it because it is not brought to your attention. So it is with violence - a lot more people do not encounter violence than do.”
Martin Dougherty, Special Forces Unarmed Combat Guide

“Even if you cannot achieve much in the way of fitness, every little [bit] helps. The other guy might be getting tired too. If he has five seconds' worth of fight left in him and you have 10, you will win.”
Martin Dougherty, Special Forces Unarmed Combat Guide

“Good form and technique is a means to an end - for example, your punches will be more powerful if done right - rather than the objective itself.”
Martin Dougherty, Special Forces Unarmed Combat Guide

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