IN Arwrology one attempts to do the unexpected, quickly, accurately. It is a science based on some understanding of neuro-vascular anatomy and physiology, using balance and leverage to the best advantage.
For many years the most intimate details of the science and art of hand-to-hand fighting have been analyzed by the Society of Arwrologists. With meticulous anatomical care, various techniques have been dissected and reconstructed into a comparatively new science called "Arwrology", derived from the old Welsh word Arwr, meaning a Hero, an All-Out Hand-To-Hand Fighter. Created from a medical background, it frequently has the corresponding nomenclature and explanations.
Great strength is not required
Arwrology does not need to have the prerequisite of a powerful physique, usually associated with boxing, wrestling or other sports.
Thus a captured soldier whose strength has been sapped, whose senses have been obfuscated by lack of sleep, or whose vitality has been vitiated by poor food or germane causes, may still be strong enough to overcome his guards and effect his freedom.
Thus a wounded soldier may still have enough strength to employ its methods for his own defence.
The psycho-physical calisthenics of this science can develop individual groups of muscles to an extraordinary degree of efficiency and it can give the student a specialized neuro-muscular co-ordination so necessary in unarmed combat.
One of the main features is psychological. It gives a man a feeling of self-confidence. Like an imaginary gun at his belt, it is always ready to assist him when he tries "to do the right as he sees the right".
Psychology has been applied to war in vocational guidance by personnel corps, in placing men to best advantage. It is imperative that a man should be placed in the army where his abilities or training can be utilized to the greatest advantage.
Although a soldier may have ability, he must have also a conviction of his own power. Basic training should be so designed as to instill in him a sense of resourcefulness, of superb fearlessness in individual combat. If he knows from his training that he can overcome four men, then he will be able to project and sublimate this feeling of confidence into whatever mechanized instrument of war he is employing.
Beat them at their own game
Let us not underestimate our foes. That would be almost crassitude. Many of the Japanese, through training, have attained remarkable self-confidence. Some of the men in the Ishikawajima, the two-man tankettes, and in the two-man submarines have such confidence in themselves that if they do not vanquish their enemy, they consider themselves disgraced and candidates for suicide. (Sepukku)
What can be done with such people? You have to beat them at their own game!
For over ten years, I have observed the acquisition of self-reliance, initiative and general fearlessness in many graduates of the Society of Arwrologists, whose members represent a cross section of society, chosen from practically every profession.
The medical profession is represented by professors of anatomy and surgery, specialists and general practitioners. Members and executives of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Provincial Police, the Canadian National Railway Police and other police forces have been accepted. In the armed forces, members are drawn from all ranks. Civilian members include prominent scientists of the National Research Council of Canada, and elsewhere, presidents and employees of some of the largest industrial concerns, and university instructors and students. High nobility is also represented.
Why is there such a varied interest in Arwrology? Why do so many different types of men study it as a hobby? Is there some hidden desire for security from aggression by force? I am inclined to think so. Once this sense of security is obtained, better work can be done in any field.
In time of war, the non-professional soldier has to be weaned from his civil life values and in a short time lie must attain an aggressive maturity along military lines. He must be able to consider himself invincible in some form or other. He needs confidence in personal combat regardless of his size.
Many of our foes have an implacable idea that their army, airforce or navy is invincible, but when left on their own, personally, they may know how to follow, but not how to lead, even themselves sometimes. They are frequently confused and puzzled, unable to cope with the conflicts of an environment thrown solely against them. Here we can build up an advantage by a training which will help the development of individualism. A study of Arwrology could aid this, and not inadvertently.
The four "Nelsonic" principles of Admiral Lord Fisher of Kilverstone for winning a war are said to have been (1) Self-reliance (2) Fearlessness of responsibility (3) Fertility of resource, and (4) Power, of initiative.
Without being carping and too opprobrious, I would like to suggest that some revisions of physical training as it is practised to-day are necessary to underline these ideas. Many of the present methods are incommensurate with the needs. Often old smug institutionalized methods of instruction have adherents, generally of the gerontocracy class, whose sclerosed intellect eclipses their vision. They become negationists, refusing to abrogate out-moded customs.
I do not wish to write interminably about this, but under such a system, archaic methods of physical training which are not pragmatic can act in an astringent manner by drying up the freshness of modern troops. Arwrology is of use here. It can help in developing an accipitral zeal for seeking the enemy
The start of "P.T." is good from the aspect that it does fit a man out with a reasonable standard of health. The lack which may be pointed out is one of purposefulness. While learning the routine exercises, it could be shown how to put good physical condition to advantage, by teaching Arwrology. In this science, all exercise has the avowed purpose of making each individual, even the agnothic type, an excellent fighting unit, with or without weapons. Thus, an important factor is added to useful, enjoyable exercise. This factor is "Self-Confidence". Psychologically, it is very important for any member of the Armed Forces to feel capable of handling all situations where physical contact with the enemy is at hand.
Though death is more "mechanized" than ever before, it should be realized that it is the individual behind the machine who must show superiority in the final assay. Self-reliance must be developed as well as technical skill. Mental attitude is very important, and Arwrology can be a cure for Gremlin-phobia.
Regarding army calisthenics, we should abrogate a lot of the hands up, hands in every direction "P.T." exercises as absonant. Instead of the knee bending with arms up, arms forward, arms sideways and then arms
In Commando work especially, Arwrology could work like an arrow in the dark.
Captain W. Aalto, XIV Guerrilla Corps, Spanish Republican army, said in a letter to me:
"For swift, silent work at the proper time, it is of course invaluable."
down exercises, teach the Arwrology upward thrusts of the arms, which the soldiers and students should be told, may reach up with trained accuracy and speed into the neck of a Nazi, some night in the jungle or concentration camp.
Teach the powerful "T-D" forward thrusts of the Arwrology D-U-R-A throws which some day may hurl an amazed and permanently dazed Japanese over the head of a Commando.
Teach the edge-hand blows which, against the carotid sinus in the neck of any Nazi ally, will help to silence his vocal cords forever. Never teach "Hands up", or "Arms down."
Silent, crawling exercises in assault positions could do more to stimulate circulation, imagination and fighting ambition that all the "Ceremonial Drill" ever used to fill in time.
Whoever heard of soldiers practicing "Ceremonial Drill" in their spare time? "Ceremonial Drill" and "Spare Time" have a definite celibate relationship. But Arwrology practice could act like some missing emotional vitamin in maintaining esprit de corps. It has the play element, so valuable in times of nervous strain. The practice of Arwrology could remove a bored soldier from the nadir of depression to the zenith of zeal. It could be continued by the men when off duty in desert, on ship, or in barracks, and the physical and morale conditioning would not stop when the specified short training time has elapsed.
Arwrology is the improved bitter medicine to treat the enemy with in hand-to-hand fighting.
The old and comparatively weaker medicines of Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, boxing and wrestling are periodically rechristened with new names, each one of which reminds me of Byron's "Gilded halo hovering round decay."
Arwrology is not only a new word, it is a new, improved science of combat. This fact will be appreciated the more it is studied.
Some boxing, wrestling, unarmed combat, defendu, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Tan-Jitsu, Taku-Jitsu and many other methods have been taught to members of the fighting forces already. That is fine. The more the better. All knowledge is not new, but much quietly becomes obsolescent. It is high time that all these old miscellaneous bits of teaching were objectively evaluated, and the few effective methods incorporated into one master programme for teaching all-out hand-to-hand fighting methods.
The advanced knowledge of Arwrology can add more to the training curricula now being used. It should be incorporated or substituted since it includes the best methods of the fighting arts.
As explained in a requested lecture to McGill University students, some of the purposes of Arwrology are to assist the individual to maintain his right of self-preservation, to develop his physique and general health, and to enable him, regardless of physical handicaps, to do the right as he sees the right.
At a lecture to the Duke of Connaught 6th Royal Canadian Hussars, several methods of Arwrology applicable to war work were shown. The enthusiasm of the men for such training was high. Desire has been evidenced among military units for such instruction, as shown following lectures to the armed forces by members of the Society.
As believed by a well-known member of the Society, the late Colonel E. M. Renouf, the methods of instruction should be facilitated by simple text books. This is the first of such a series.
In the usual classes of the Society of Arwrologists, after a student's membership application has been accepted, he is started on a series of hardening exercises which include methods of striking an opponent with everything from the edge of his hand to the heels of his feet, Blow Power. Then come the endless interlocking sequences of paralyzing nerve grips, bone twisting and dislocating locks, vindictive throws and the silent, death-dealing Arwr locks.
The student learns how to hurl four or more of his comrades consecutively through the air in almost as short a time as it takes him to grab them, and, especially if he has had an inferiority complex, he gradually develops a confidence in himself which assures him that he need not kneel to anyone through domination by force. He feels freedom. He can project this feeling into all his endeavours. The psychological effect is remarkable, even with the opsimath, and permeates with strength every future conflict and problem. He is elated with the illation that he can be equal to his task.
The psychological effect of possessing a working knowledge of Arwrology is bound to give soldier and civilian alike, a sense of security which in turn will help to foster in him initiative, fearlessness and self-confidence.
Arwrology will help to develop the self-confidence so necessary before persistence, determination and the ambition to use every faculty and resource can be pushed to ultimate limits.
In this book and the volumes to follow, I shall attempt to explain some of the methods outlined above as taught in the Society.
Arwrology—Like the exdless knot
The beauty of Arwrology is that nearly all the methods can interlock with each other or reinforce each other. So that if one method happens to fail, another should be ready for just such emergency, Arwrology is a rhythmical science, with interlocking holds, and follow-up methods. As your knowledge of the art progresses, your actions become more rhythmical, deadly and automatic.
Arwrology is a death trap of which the student
Arwrology is a living trap. A suitable but rather abstruse comparison would be the amoeba.
The amoeba is a small organism, having a nucleus at its centre. Around this is another portion called the peri-nucleus. Outside of these two, there is a soft, liquidlike substance, forming the pseudopodia, which move about, snaring objects, drawing them in toward the peri-nucleus and finally the nucleus,—like the arms of an octapus.
Ill becomes the master
In Arwrology, the most important holds are the death dealing "Arwr" locks. They form the nucleus of the science.
Second in importance are the blows and kicks, many of which are fatal, and they form an accretion around the "Arwr" locks, comparable to the peri-nucleus of the amoeba.
The rest of the science includes nerve grips, throws and locks. They are like the pseudopodia of the amoeba, feeding the deadly centre. They are designed to lead the opponent into positions for receiving the death blows or the death locks.
Before you Start
1. Be Too Careful. Too much emphasis cannot be placed on care when practising the methods which follow. Great strength is not a prerequisite for this science. Necks and hearts may be broken easily by premature enthusiasm or horseplay.
2. Two Taps. Two light taps anywhere by you or your partner demand IMMEDIATE release from any hold.
3. Know Both Sides (K.B.S.) After learning a method using either the right or left side of your body, practise the same method again, using the other side.
4>. Does It Work? Be sceptical. Do not trust every hold you have read about or have seen. Try it yourself, on different people. Put it to a test. If you find that some of these methods do not work as well as expected, it may be that you have misunderstood some important point. Read the instructions again. The method may not be suitable for your size, weight and development. Slight variations may be necessary. Not all stereotyped methods are fool-proof; but they can contribute something to your aggregate knowledge of hand-to-hand fighting.
5. Individual Differences. Because of the differences in size, weight and strength, among students and opponents, slight variations may be used, governed by the individual need. Practise the tricks against many partners. Employ group practice. Experiment with all methods, adding little points to suit your particular physique and ability.
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