Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Liar The Cheat and The Thief: Deception and the Art of Sword Play” as Want to Read:
The Liar The Cheat and The Thief: Deception and the Art of Sword Play
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Liar The Cheat and The Thief: Deception and the Art of Sword Play

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  6 reviews

You don't fight bodies you fight minds.


In this slender volume, Maija Soderholm of Sonny Umpad's Visayan Style Corto Kadena and Larga Mano system presents the details of one of the most important and least understood aspects of personal combat. How to control the opponent's mind.


The Liar, The Cheat, and The Thief explores the drills and the mindset of one of the last mode

...more
Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Published December 12th 2014
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Liar The Cheat and The Thief, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Liar The Cheat and The Thief

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.49  · 
Rating details
 ·  41 ratings  ·  6 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Liar The Cheat and The Thief: Deception and the Art of Sword Play
Anne Beardsley
This sassy, skinny book is mostly made up of drills. They are brilliant. Since I practice a Japanese sword style and know only about three things about Escrima, I had to look up a number of the terms, but it was worth it. Most of these drills are things I can use with fellow students of my totally different style...because sword fighting is sword fighting.

Carefully, one step at a time, the author adds new elements to her drills. She tells you what to do, what not to do, and how not to do it. She
...more
No
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mma
A must read for any blade practitioner.

"Sonny Umpad lived as a virtual recluse in a booby trapped house. He taught classes in his living room, the walls of which were hung with swords and knives and coated in the brown oily residue of nicotine." - Maija Soderholm (The Liar, The Cheat, and The Thief, Pg.3)

"From verse 73 of the Hávamál :

"Tveir ro eins herjar tunga er höfuđs bani er mér í heđin hvern handar væni"

Two men are the destroyers of one: the tongue is the head's slayer; I expect a fist in
...more
Adam Smyer
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book because of a general interest in martial arts; I have never practiced sword play. This book is about so much more than sword play. As with all helpful fighting systems in my experience, there is a framework laid out here. And, in this case, underneath that framework there is a philosophy - one that resonated for me. I incorporated that philosophy into my martial and non-martial interactions, and the results check out.

I’ve never read The Art of War but I did stumble across
...more
Raymond Goss
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book covers a good number of drills. While a few links to videos are provided, the book would be better if there were more videos or pictures. The drills need to be practiced and I did this with a few of my students, but it will be a while before digesting most of the information. I think reading Rory Miller's "Drills" book in conjunction would be beneficial to the reader. What I enjoyed most about this book is the coverage of the psychological aspects of training and fighting, learning to read ...more
Timothy Nichols
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-goals
In martial arts, the real secrets are not techniques, but training methods. This little gem of a book delivers a treasure trove of learning experiences to try with a partner. I'll use some of these; I'll adapt others, because they are optimized for a dueling environment, and that's not what I train for. But the whole book is a worthwhile read for its commentary on human nature. ...more
Raven
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet, this excellent book describes techniques for misleading one's opponent into errors of judgement during a fight. A series of progressive drills are included which I intend to try out with my friends and martial arts group, mixed in with illustrative anecdotes from the author's time training which describe the principles brought out to be worked in in the subsequent drills. I've tried some of the solo drills already, and they're challenging and worthwhile even for experienced prac ...more
Lennis
rated it it was amazing
Nov 03, 2015
Jared G Block
rated it really liked it
Mar 07, 2016
Scott
rated it it was amazing
Jul 05, 2019
Joseph F. Killion
rated it really liked it
Mar 17, 2018
Ingmund Forberg
rated it it was amazing
Dec 27, 2018
R Stewart
rated it it was amazing
Jan 08, 2016
Dan Lange
rated it it was amazing
May 30, 2020
Roland Cooper
rated it it was amazing
Feb 16, 2015
Jason
rated it liked it
Jun 30, 2018
Theodore W
rated it it was amazing
Apr 06, 2020
Shawn Mcvay
rated it really liked it
Jan 16, 2015
Juan
rated it it was amazing
Jul 10, 2018
Ryan Ng
rated it it was amazing
Feb 20, 2019
Edwin
rated it it was amazing
Jan 14, 2015
Jennifer
rated it really liked it
May 30, 2019
Laura Peterson
rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2019
Robert
rated it really liked it
May 30, 2015
Alvin
rated it it was amazing
Aug 16, 2020
Howard D Vitkus
rated it it was amazing
Jun 02, 2016
Brent.
rated it it was amazing
Nov 01, 2020
Douglas
rated it really liked it
Nov 30, 2020
Jonathan
rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2018
digitalis
rated it it was amazing
Apr 16, 2019
Josh Street
rated it liked it
Jan 13, 2021
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles
  • Human by Design: From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice
  • 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness
  • Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals
  • Magical Midlife Love: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel
  • The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation
  • Kobold Guide to Magic
  • Designers & Dragons: The '70s (Designers & Dragons, #1)
  • The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
  • Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding (Kobold Guides to Game Design)
  • Legacies of Betrayal (The Horus Heresy #31)
  • Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)
  • Whale Day: And Other Poems
  • God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World
  • Light of the Jedi (Star Wars: The High Republic)
  • The Carrion Throne (Vaults of Terra #1)
  • The Devastation of Baal (Space Marine Conquests #1)
  • The Hollow Mountain (Vaults of Terra #2)
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Ciannon Smart has been holed up in her England home since the pandemic began a year ago, but by no means has she been idle. She’s been on...
31 likes · 6 comments