Imprimatur

THE writer has been an ardent student oi the arl of self-defense in all of its branches. During the past twenty-five years he has pursued an intensive study and training in the use of fencing blades. In the course of these studies he lias sought every opportunity to obtain instruction and personal training under the most eminent authorities and experts in the I nited States and abroad. It is with the knowledge and experience so gained that he now undertakes the preparation of this manual....

The Chair Sword Contest

The sword is the master weapon of all the blades. A complete defense can be had by skillful wrist movements of the seated sword scientist he must score his point with the riposte. At the Cercle Hoche in Paris, where the author frequently fenced with men many years older dian himself, he recalls the special skill of a Monsieur Priam, an elderly gentleman more than seventy-two years of age who, at the time, continued to be one of the great foil professionals of France. In his fencing bouts he...

Remember

The assailant's eyes are an easy mark. At close range a handful of gravel or any handy article might be thrown at the eyes, or a hat whipped into them. Lt. Col. Taxis prescribes that a handkerchief worn in the upper left-hand coat pocket can be loaded widi a few buckshot sewed, in small bulk, into one corner. Such handkerchief can be seized out at die top edge by the right hand, and die loaded corner can be deftly flicked into the eyes of an assailant. Fig. 40. Lift...

The Killing Shift

This was the movement with which Fitzsimmons scored his knockouts. With the shift he won the heavy weight championship of the world over the late James J. Corbett. To execute the shift, a right hook is aimed at the opponent's chin at the same time the right foot steps forward, adding speed and force to the blow. This right step must land toes forward with the heel or back of the foot securely placed directly against and in rear of the opponent's forward left foot (Figure 41). Then, if the...

Passata Sotto

Passata Sotto

Command Passata Sotto Time Thrust This movement is executed on an opponent who lunges forward with a high thrust. It is so graphically illustrated in Figure 22 diat a detailed description seems unnecessary. Here the more skilled knife fighter avoids the thrust of an adversary by stooping to his own left under his adversary's outstretched arm and bringing the dagger point to die middle section of his adversary

Defendu and jiujitsu

Defendu Hand Hand Combat

Taxis, whose initial lessons in jiu-jitsu were taught him by the writer, brought to the Marine Corps die science of the celebrated Mr. W. E. Fairbairn, originator of Defendu. Colonel Taxis has instructed a battalion of the Fourth Regiment of Marines in jiu-jitsu and Defendu. This the colonel did in China where he trained and managed die Marine boxing team that Avon the boxing championship of China. Colonel Taxis also look part as an instructor with Mr. Fairbairn, in...

The On Guard Position of the Bayonet Fencer

Old Style Bayonet

While the stance of the bayonet fencer in the on guard position is similar to that prescribed in the ordinary bayonet course, there is one distinct difference. The bayonet fighting position is rigid, Lut absolute elasticity must be had in die fencer's on guard position. Figures 3 and 4 show correct positions herein preseriled. The bayonet point must be presented to the opponent widi die blade flat and ths edge directly to the right as blades of every type are scientifically presented towards an...

Master of the Bayonet

Biddle Bayonet

Drexel Biddle, US-MCR. lie is noted for heing kind, thoughtful, generous and gracious. He is also noted for his ability to snap a man's neck, break an opponent's arm or otherwise render him painfully useless in a matter of split seconds. Thousands of United States Marines, old and new in the service, have met the colorful colonel. Many more will have the good fortune to meet him and see him in action as the months roll on. They will find him kindly, helpful...