Links that lead to off-site pages about martial arts (MAs). I do not list schools unless they have good informational content, have particular significance, or are located in Chicago; Search this page for Chicago or the hashtag #Chicago.
Aikido = 合気道 = union/harmony energy way = The way of harmonized energy. Founde by Ueshiba, Morihei = 植芝盛平 (1883-12-14/1969-04-26).
Midwest Aikido Center [AikidoMAC.org]. 4349 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, (773)477-0123. Nice dojo, very traditional, Aikikai style. Tohei, Akira (1929-07-02/1999-07-02), the most senior Aikido instructor in the U.S. taught there since 1972.
'The international governing body of archery is the International Archery Federation (FITA). Founded on the 4th of September, 1931 in Lwow, Poland, by seven countries (France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary, and Italy), FITA serves to promote and regulate archery world-wide through its more than 130 Member Associations (National Federations or Associations) and in conformity with the Olympic principles. It aims at framing and interpreting the FITA Rules and arranging for the organization of World Championships and other international competitions.'
Atlatl.com. Info about atlatls but they also sell them.
Crossbows-Bolts.com. 'This website is designed to answer all your questions related to crossbows and accessories, crossbow hunting, and more - so spend a few minutes prowling around this informative website, and enjoy! Also remember to pop over to our community forum for more great crossbow related discussions.'
Flight-Toys.com. 'Boomerangs, Slings, Bolas, Atlatls and Throwing Rings [including chakrams, quoits & Aerobies®]. All of these aerodynamic devices have their roots as primitive airborne missiles used by early man for both weaponry and sport. These devices are still in use by both primitive and advanced technology societies today. Flight-Toys is your one-stop-source for information about these flying toys and hunting devices.'
2005-02-23t00:29:50Z: I've driven by this place many times before. I finally checked this place out the place today while my daughter was at tap dancing class. I spoke with Si Shong Rob Page (rob@TsaisKungFu.com) who seemed nice professional. I love their high warehouse ceilings, their soft sprung floor, and the large variety of equipment they have. Funny thing is that they had kali there for a while. They cover a wide range of CMAs: weapons/empty hands, hard/soft, formal/reality.
2006-06-05: The part of the preceding paragraph in italics was modified by request.
Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Original ca. 6th century BCE.
Translated by Thomas Cleary. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1988. 0-8777-3452-6.
The Illustrated Art of War. Translated by Thomas Cleary. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1998. 1570624224. [Amazon]
" Taijiquan, t'ai chi ch'uan or Tai chi, what's the difference? Only the spelling. There are two major systems for the Romanization of Chinese characters. The older Wade-Giles system transliterates the three Chinese Characters for this art as T'ai Chi Ch'uan. This is often misspelled without the appostropies, which are used to indicate the "T" is pronounce as a t and not a d, for example. The more contemporary pinyin system transliterates these three characters as taijiquan. This system has the advantage of not confusing words such as qi (energy) with the ji in taiji, which are written ch'I and chi in the Wade-Giles system, simply by forgetting to use the appostrophy. The pinyin system has been the internationally accept system for many decades now and is the standard for international organizations, libraries, etc. the short hand, Tai chi, is a bit of a misnomer because it simply refers to the Chinese symbol we know as the yinyang symbol. The quan in taijiquan literally means fist of martial art. Taijiquan means the art based on the ideas of alternating yin and yang, yield releasing power etc."
iKungFu.net. 'We are an Australian owned company which specialises in eBooks on Chinese Kung Fu forms in consultation with Masters in Mainland China. Our founders have had over 20 years experience in Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi.'
'This site has been developed to provide information to the public regarding the traditions of the Shaolin order, including Shaolin martial arts (kung fu) and philosophy. It is dedicated to those Shaolin priests that risked their lives to flee a country wracked by civil war so that Shaolin knowledge might survive even if the temples themselves did not. This web site is a testament to their legacy.'
'On these pages you will find some of the most interesting, comprehensive and unusual information on the art of Shaolin Kung Fu. You will also find information on our Venues, our current & future instructors, curriculum, around 200 different traditional Chinese weapons, about health and how you can also train much of this at home with Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu Program.'
'Here you can find everything you'd like to learn about the Hung Ga Gungfu style, the style of the late Wong Feihung. The style is also known as Hung Ga Kung Fu, Hung Gar, Hung Kar, Hung Kuen, Siulam Hung Pai and Fu Hok Pai.'
'Bakbakan International is a brotherhood of martial artists from different disciplines of martial arts. It is not a style nor representative of any single style. It is a center for the sharing of ideas, techniques and knowledge.'
Some good articles and some PMA-specific books offered. They also sell PMA equipment and aluminum blades.
Eskrima tournament rules [bandalan.com/wekafrules.htm]. "World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation Rules and Regulations Governing Tournament Competition Draft June, 2002 This rulebook is a slightly modified version of the original "Eskrima-Kali-Arnis Tournament Rules", written by Grandmaster Dioniso Cañete in 1991."
'Khalid Khan's webpage of Historical Photos of Serrada Eskrima featuring Angel Cabales'
'Angel Ovalles Cabales was born in 1917, in the island of Visaya, in south-central Philippines. He learned the Close Range stick-fighting system of SERRADA from a master named Felicissimo Dizon.'
'His art of escrima is different from other styles of escrima in many components, such as the next-move sampling and checking in each of Serrada's counters for the 12 Strikes of the Serrada system, the LOCK & BLOCK method, the FLOW fighting method, the REVERSAL principles, and other concepts.'
Inosanto.com. 'The highly sophisticated and comprehensive martial art from the Philippines is weapon based, but ultimately an empty hand system. The Filipino martial arts taught at the Inosanto Academy are drawn from 26 primary sources, the instructors who Magulang Na Guro Dan Inosanto has spent his life training under. With influences such as the late Grandmaster John La Coste, Magulang Na Guro Dan Inosanto has developed a program that introduces students to 12 main areas, including, but not limited to single stick, double stick, stick & dagger, double dagger, panatukan (Filipino boxing), Sikaran (Filipino kicking methods), Kuntao & Silat. In the US as long ago as the 1500's, the Filipino Martial Arts have something to benefit everyone. Developed for "mass attack" as well as single opponent confrontations, the training heightens student's awareness of their surroundings and teaches them to use their environment as tools of combat. Everyday objects, such as umbrellas, books, bandannas, etc., become effective means of self-defense in the hands of a properly trained individual. Use of left and right hand techniques develop coordination. Drills and techniques taught in a fluid, non-restrictive manner allow students to enhance their natural attributes and improve their sense of timing, speed, awareness, balance, agility, and confidence.'
LamecoEskrima.com. 'In 1981, Edgar Sulite (1957-1997) created the Lameco System of Eskrima. The name Lameco is actually three words joined together. La = Largo (long) me = Medio (Middle) co = Corto (close)'
YawYan.com. 'It sounds chinese, the movements slightly resemble that of Thai-Boxing and Korea's Tae-kwon-do but the origin is strictly Filipino. Yaw-Yan is billed as the Philippine's most lethal martial art. The acknowledged originator of Yaw-Yan is Grandmaster Napoleon A. Fernandez, a native of Quezon province, himself an undefeated All-asian and Far-East Kickboxing champion. The word Yaw-Yan was derived from the two last syllables of "Sayaw ng Kamatayan" meaning "Dance of Death".'
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) [W]. Distinct from No Holds Barred (NHB) or vale tudo = "anything goes" (in Portugese) fighting, since MMA is a sport with rules. The combat sport closest to NHB was Pankration of Ancient Greece which only barred biting and eye gouging.
International Fight League (IFL) [W]. U.S.A. based. Teams of 5 fighters. 2007: This league was the first MMA league to be on broadcast TV (Fox). The 2007 Chicago Read Bears was coached by Igor Zinoviev.
'Incorporated in 1937, The Naperville Sportsman's Club is the current legacy of gun clubs dating back to the 1880's. The property, owned by the City of Naperville and leased to the Park District, was developed by the Sportsman's Club in the late 1940s. The Naperville Sportsman's Club is dedicated to the preservation of our outdoor heritage and the conservation of our natural resources. We promote shotgun shooting sports, placing emphasis on safety, education, training, and recreation. To protect our environment we use non-toxic ammunition and targets.'
I've done trap shooting at their fine outdoor range. As a non-member and non-resident, it was $5 per round of trap (25 targets) plus $5 for ammo.
Hours: Sunday 12:00/18:00, Thursday 18:00/22:00.
Location: Just south of West Street & Martin Avenue, Naperville, IL.
AGSFoundation.com. 'The Americans for Gun Safety Foundation, a project of the Tides Center, a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to educate Americans on existing gun laws and new policy options for reducing access to guns by criminals and children and to promote responsible gun ownership. The AGS Foundation supports the rights of individuals to own firearms.'
CartridgeCollectors.org. ' The IAA [International Ammunition Association] was founded over 40 years ago [ca. 1960] to serve cartridge collectors and professionals in the areas of ammunition research and forensics.'
FirearmsLawCenter.org. "The Firearms Law Center is dedicated to reducing gun violence. Our goal is to serve communities nationwide by providing information and resources relating to the regulation of firearms at the federal, state and local levels."
IPSC.org. International Practical Shooting Confederation.
'In practical shooting, the competitor must try to blend accuracy, power, and speed, into a winning combination. Targets are 75 centimeters by 45 centimeters with a 15 centimeter center representing the "A zone" or bullseye. Most shooting takes place at close range, with rare shots out to 45 meters. Hitting a 15 centimeter A zone at 45 meters or less might seem easy to an experienced pistol shooter, but in IPSC only full power pistols are allowed (9mm or larger). This power minimum reflects the heritage of this modern sport, and mastering a full power handgun is considerably more difficult than shooting a light recoiling target pistol especially when the competitor is trying to go as fast as possible. Time, also plays a factor. In Comstock scored stages, the scores are divided by the time, adding to the challenge. Competitors may enter any one of five Divisions depending on the style of firearm they use.
Multiple targets, moving targets, targets that react when hit, penalty carrying targets mixed-in, or even partially covering shoot targets, obstacles, movement, competitive tactics, and, in general, any other relevant difficulty the course designer can dream up all combine to keep the competitors enthusiastic and the spectators entertained. While the rules of IPSC state that the course of fire should be practical and diversity is to be encouraged, to keep the sport from becoming too formalized or standardized. In fact, some matches even contain surprise stages where no one knows in advance what to expect.
Although the roots are martial in origin, the sport matured from these beginnings, just as karate, fencing, or archery developed from their origins. Now, IPSC shooting is an international sport, emphasizing safety and safe gun handling, accuracy, power, and speed, in major competitions around the globe. The crowning glory for practical shooting is to become the IPSC World Champion. '
NRAILA.org. ' Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. '
Cornered Cat [corneredcat.com]. 'This site is about women and guns, not about cats. But in a way, it's about the cornered cat in all of us. It's about the determination to get away from an attacker if you need to. It's about making the decision to say, "Not me. Not mine. Not today." And it's about the tools to make that decision stick. If you have to fight ... Fight like a cornered cat.'
Cruffler.com. 'a site dedicated to the needs of the firearms historian, collector and enthusiast "The Internet's Premier Electronic Magazine for the Firearms Historian, Collector, and Shooter" '
'Training, Tradition, Defence ... Gallowglass Academy, Inc., provides an eclectic variety of short classes and seminars to the Student of Defence. Law Enforcement Officers and their Agencies will find a range of Police Combatives and Firearms Training Seminars. Civilians also may choose among Martial Arts and Firearms-related classes. The Scholar of Western Martial Arts will find classes on Rapier and Sidesword, as well as workshops with guest instructors expert in other historical combat styles.'
Located in Leaf River, IL 61047, which is only 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Chicago. Run by C. Allen Reed, a former member of the CSG in good standing.
'Mid-Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship ... MASHS then is a group of dedicated enthusiasts and practitioners who come together to study, analyze, and practice Historical European Swordsmanship and Western Martial Arts. Our focus is on Medieval weapons, Renaissance sword arts, and later period dueling swords. We use real techniques based on historical manuals and treatises. We also develop practical tactical experience through drilling and safe bouting using historically accurate replica weapons and simulators.
Located near Washington D.C. Founded by Larry Tom. The Order of the Seven Hearts sub-group was founded by Tom Leoni.
Focuses on Western swordsmanship. The Order focuses on Fabris rapier.
'St. Martin's Academy is located in Madison, Wisconsin. The primary focus of the Academy is the study and application of medieval combat--this includes wrestling, dagger and swordplay, staff, spear, pollaxe and various other staff weapons. The core program revolves around the study of basic combat principles in combination with the specific techniques and methods described by various manuals of the medieval period. Currently, the primary manual of study is the Flos Duelletorum of Fiore dei Liberi. Other manuals that are studied are by Vadi, Talhoffer, Marozzo, Silver, Swetnam, di Grassi, and the anonymous Tower MS I.33. There are so many manuals available (and even more are coming to light), and in consideration of St. Martin's goals of studying medieval combat, the Academy will certainly examine others in the future.'
Located in Madison, WI. Founded and run by Bob Charron one of the lead authorities on the Getty-Ludwig copy of Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle) by Fiore dei Liberi.
SwordForum.com/articles/ams/char-rapier.php. "Characteristics of the Rapier". Excellent article. Traces the evolution and characteristics of the rapier. Classical explanation of the superiority of the point over the edge (as well as critique of this explanation).
A displaced point can be re-aligned faster than an edge.
A sword raised for a cut leaves the body exposed to a counter thrust.
The point reaches the target faster than the edge because it travels in a straight line, whereas the later has to move in a curved path.
The thrust is deadlier than the cut.
Academie Duello [academieduello.com]. 'a school of European Swordplay, based in Vancouver British Columbia, with a sister school in Seattle, Washington. We specialize in the Rapier, Backsword, Sidesword, Longsword, and grappling techniques of Europe from 1300 to 1700 AD.'
' Dedicated to preserving and promoting in classical fencing and historical swordplay, the true art, science and spirit of the sword. Our name is taken from our motto "In Ferro Veritas," which means "In the Sword is Truth." '
Dawn Duellists Society [dawnduellists.co.uk]. 'a historical fencing group studying the martial art of fencing, based in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. We aim to replicate as closely as possible the study of the arts of fencing in Western Europe from the 13th to 19th centuries.'
Malipiero.com. 'In 1995 Massimo Malipiero founded the "Compagnia de' Malipiero" whose aims are not only the historical research and the practice of swordfighting, but also the teaching of the italian fencing covering the period from the 13th to 20th Century. This sport discipline follows the original rules of the art of swordsmanship practiced by the nobility in private or public duels and in battles. Therefore it requires a good training under a qualified supervision.'
Martinez-Destreza.com. 'The Martinez Academy of Arms is a unique school that preserves the tradition of fencing as the study of the sword in its realistic application in personal combat. Entering the Academy, one steps into another era and finds a serious group of practitioners dedicated to the art of the sword. '
Old World Martial Arts [italianswordplay.com]. 'a school of European Swordplay, based in Kent Washington, with a sister school in Vancouver British Columbia. We specialize in the Rapier, Backsword, Sidesword, Longsword, and grappling techniques of Europe from 1300 to 1700 AD.'
Federazione Italiana Scherma Antica E Storica (FISAS, the Italian Ancient and Historical Fencing Federation).
'The Italian Ancient and Historical Fencing Federation, (FISAS) was found in order to preserve the traditional teachings of the Art and the Science of True Fencing. FISAS has been active in Italy since 1995 and documents with others qualified international organisations the main groups of styles: Ancient Fencing, Historical Fencing and Classical Fencing. '
Scherma-Tradizionale.org. 'The International Masters at Arms Federation [IMAF] is an organization of professional teachers of Historical and Classical fencing, that is to say, fencing of the 14th through the 19th centuries, based on surviving traditions and historical documentation
The School of the Sword [schoolofthesword.com]. "The School of the Sword was founded in its current form in 2002 by Caroline Stewart for the study and practise of historical swordplay, following six years previously doing demonstrations of historical combat at many premier heritage sites and museums around the UK."
'The Stoccata School of Defence is based in Sydney, Australia, and is dedicated to the study of European swordsmanship. We use replicas of historic weapons, and systems and techniques drawn from fencing manuals and treatises written between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. We offer regular courses of instruction in Italian rapier, single sword (in various styles, mostly English), including the use of companion weapons, and German long sword. English long sword and staff weapons are also taught, and research is being conducted in various other areas.'
'The School of European Swordsmanship, founded and run by Guy Windsor, teaches the historically accurate use of most European sword types from the period 1300 to 1900 AD, according to the principles written down by the original Masters. We practise these styles as a martial art; this is not re-enactment, sport-fencing, live-role-playing or theatrical stage fighting, though many students do engage in these activities.'
I have his book, The Swordsman's Companion, and it is excellent.
I walked by their triangle corner real estate when I was picking up my kids, but they were closed then. I did see them demo their stuff on cable TV. They seemed pleasant and straight forward.
Judo-Jujitsu Institute [http://www.geocities.com/jjichicago/jji.html]. 'The First Martial Arts School in the Midwest, Since 1938 providing the Chicago Community with top level instructors from their native country Japan, Starting with Sense Tamura who passed To Sense Namba the current Shihan (head instructor) with Sense Hollis Barnett (5 Dan Kodokan) as Main Instructor.'
4427 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60640, (773)784-7766. In the same building as the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) and down the street from Little Quiapo, a little Filipino restaurant.
I've practiced here a bit. A very good traditional judo dojo.
'BJJ.Org is an information site for students of the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as developed by the Gracie family. ... In 1914 a Japanese Judo and jiu-jitsu master named Mitsuo Maeda (called Count Koma) came to Brazil. In return for help from the Brazilian politician Gastao Gracie, Koma taught jiu-jitsu to Gastao's son Carlos. Carlos in turn taught his brothers (most notably Helio). They went on to further refine the art via constant no-rules competition, developing what is now known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.'
Techniques illustrated. 'Most of the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu address grappling on the ground. There are some takedowns, self-defense techniques, and striking, but the core of the art involves improving, maintaining, or defending ground positions; along with submissions such as chokes and armlocks. Most of the techniques are organized around specific positions. BJJ is sometimes described as "position first, then submission". What follows is a small sampling of the many hundreds of techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.'
Ju-Jitsu International Federation [JJIFWweb.com]. 'The JJIF is the international forum for Ju-Jitsu where the National Official Sport Authorities can debate issues related to the practice of Ju-Jitsu in order to establish International Programmes and activities, and in order to elect the institutions, which will implement them. As JJIF is Full Member of GAISF (General Assembly of International Sports Federations) and IWGA (International World Games Association) it is the only governing body of Ju-Jitsu worldwide.
United States Ju-Jitsu Federation [USJujitsu.net]. 'The United States Ju-Jitsu Federation is the National Governing Body for Ju-Jitsu in the United States of America as the officially recognized United States member of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF).
Fonseca Martial Arts [fonsecamartialarts.com]. Founded by John Fonseca. Was Elite Martial Arts & Fitness [elitemaf.com]. I blinked but sometime before 2011 he took over Mr. Sugiyama's JKA Chicago spot in Belmont! His program is focused on karate, but he also has classes on aikido, BJJ, judo, kali, muay thai, and wing tsun.
'The dojo was established by Walter Nakamoto in 1962 as the Chicago Karate Club. The name was changed in 1963 when Shojiro Sugiyama^ was invited to come to America from Japan to become head instructor.'
A Shotokan karate school where some emphasize ki. Affiliated with the Nishiyama of JKA/AAKF.
I've trained there before, just upstairs of the Toguri J Mercantile Co. Japanese Gift Shop which sells some Toakaido/Nozawa gis. A great place to get gifts too!
853 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, 773-472-2244.
'The WSKF representative in the USA is CHICAGO SHOTOKAN KARATE INC. The chief instructor in Chicago is Mr. Colin Smith, rokudan'
I trained and taught with Mr. Smith^ fairly extensively.
'We train in the EXECUTIVE SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER 77 W. Wacker Drive (cnr Clark), Chicago, IL.'
2007-03-15: It seems that Colin has moved --possibly out of Chicago.
Organizations. *Direct student of Gichin Funakoshi and Masatoshi Nakayama.
Japan Karate Association (JKA) [JKA.or.jp]. The original Shotokan organization founded by Gichin Funakoshi in 1949-05. It is a world body for Shotokan karate. Chaired by Nakahara, Nobuyuki with Sugiura, Motokuni*^ as the chief instructor.
'The Japan Karate Association has given birth to numerous organizations some having affiliations to the JKA and many who no longer wish to affiliate and those who while they follow the JKA syllabus have never been affiliated. This site is the place to come to find out what is going on in the world of JKA style Shotokan Karate regardless of affiliation. International and national organizations that either have an affiliation to the JKA or are based on the JKA Shotokan will be listed. This site will also list up coming events and post results of competitions. Any organization that meets the criteria can submit information.'
This site does a great job of listing the different JKA style Shotokan karate organizations.
An interesting discussion on the difference between Shotokan and Shotokai.
"He decided that the only way to find out would be to start to receive blows from all type of Martial Artists (karateka of all styles, judoka, kendoka, boxers, etc.) and even common people. Master Shigeru Egami recounts: "I knew this way of testing was dangerous, but I decided to try anyway, as there was no other way and I thought that the way of striking was not really effective" (Egami, 1976). He received tens of thousands of blows in his abdomen and face. The conclusion was devastating, Egami recounts: "The result of the studies were extremely depressing because I was able to discover that the karate tsuki was the least effective. And I had to admit a very shocking thing: the more and more seriously a karateka had trained, the less effective were his tsuki. The most percussive tsuki was that of the boxers. Another very surprising fact was that the blows from a person that had never studied anything were surprisingly percussive" (Egami, 1972). The problem, Master Egami said, lay in the fact the different martial artists put too much power in the wrist, elbow and shoulder, this inevitably would dissipate the energy that was intended to be received by the objective."
Taekwondo [W]. The Republic of Korea (ROK, aka South Korea) ordered that the various kwan = martial arts schools unify under a common name and thus a government body formed the Korean Taekwondo Association (KTA) in 1959. For a while the KTA renamed itself the Korea Tae Soo Do Association (KTSDA) but then it renamed itself back to the KTA. Major General Choi Hong Hi was head of the KTA (and coiner of the word "taekwondo" but he fell out of favor and moved to Canada and split from the KTA to form the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) in 1966. In 1972, the KTA built the Korea Taekwondo Association Central Dojang, which was shortly renamed the Kukkiwon = National Technique Center. The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was formed in 1973 and it is an international body distinct from the KTA.
The traditional karate branch of the AAU was established in 1975 using WKF style rules. The AAU is a multi-sport not-for-profit organization established in 1888 dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.
The AAU Karate National Chairman is Joe Mirza in Mt. Prospect, IL. I have trained with him and he has always been very gracious and friendly.
'The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai was established in 1933 by Karate supporters from Hawaii's Okinawan community. The first instructors of the Seinenkai were Mizuho Mutsu, Kamesuke Higashionna, Seishin Uehara and Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro. '
Knife Forums [KnifeForums.com]. 'dedicated to providing a forum where the knife enthusiast can meet to discuss the industry, politics, and personal experiences, in a intelligent and non-combative way.'
Martial Blade Concepts [MartialBladeConcepts.com]. 'An Edged-Weapon Self-Defense System Developed by Michael D. Janich. ... Martial Blade Concepts(MBC) is an edged-weapon training program specifically designed to meet the needs of today's concerned citizen and armed professional. Originally known as Martial Blade Craft and taught under the auspices of the Spyderco knife company of Golden, Colorado, as of 1 July 2004, it became the official edged-weapon training program of the prestigious Masters of Defense knife company and their parent organization, BlackHawk Products Group.'
Full tang. Avoid hollow handled knives and folding knives. If survival accessories are kept with the knife, they should be on the scabbard. A smaller or folding knife like a Swiss Army knife has other uses.
Small sections of serrated teeth on the false edge are not for sawing but for cutting shallow, squared notches on bound items so the binding won't slip.
Countoured grip for comfort.
Textured grip and sufficient cross guard to resist slippage, esp. on to the blade.
Butt end must function as a hammer.
An unsharpened false edge can be used for applying pressure
"Sec. 12-1. Assault. (a) A person commits an assault when, without lawful authority, he engages in conduct which places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. (b) Sentence. Assault is a Class C misdemeanor."
"Sec. 12-3. Battery. (a) A person commits battery if he intentionally or knowingly without legal justification and by any means, (1) causes bodily harm to an individual or (2) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual. (b) Sentence. Battery is a Class A misdemeanor. "
"Sec. 12-6. Intimidation. (a) A person commits intimidation when, with intent to cause another to perform or to omit the performance of any act, he communicates to another, whether in person, by telephone or by mail, a threat to perform without lawful authority any of the following acts: ..."
8-20-040. Firearm registration is required in Chicago.
Sawed-off shotguns, machine guns, short-barreled rifles, firearm silencers are not allowed in Chicago.
Except for peace officers, security personnel, and private detective agencies, handguns are generally not allowed in Chicago.
8-20-080. Annual fee is $20 for 1, $25 for 2-10, or $35 for more than 10.
Chapter 4-144 Weapons
Chapter 8-24 Firearms And Other Weapons.
'No person shall carry concealed on or about his person a pistol, revolver, derringer or other firearm or dagger, dirk, stiletto, bowie knife, commando knife, any blade of which is released by a spring mechanism, including knives known as "switch-blades" or any other type or kind of knife, any blade which is more than two and one-half inches in length, ordinary razor or other dangerous weapon except that no person 18 years of age or under shall carry concealed on or about his person, any knife, the blade of which is two inches in length or longer.'
Martial Arts (MAs) in general. General Eastern Martial Arts (EMAs) are folded into this section.
Shinjinkai.org. 'The Japanese Martial Arts Society (Japanese name: Nihon Bugei Shinjinkai) is an international association of students united by a common purpose: bettering themselves through disciplined training in the classical martial arts of Japan. The Society is headquartered at the Shinjinkan, a beautiful traditional dojo on Chicago's north side, a short distance from Wrigley Field. The facility is also home to Chozen-ji Illinois Betsuin, a Zen Buddhist temple, which offers training in meditation and traditional fine arts such as tea ceremony (chanoyu), flower arrangement (ikebana) and brush calligraphy (shodo). At present, Society headquarters in Chicago has sections devoted to training in the following martial arts: Aikido, Iaido (Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo), and the feudal-era samurai arts of the Shinbukan Kuroda Ryugi.'
'A.T.A.M.A. [American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts] is a democratic martial arts organization of students and instructors of all ranks, from all styles, seeking to improve the level of competency within the martial arts through a mutual exchange of knowledge. Dedicated to the belief that proficiency in the doing of an art is not synonymous with proficiency in the teaching of an art, A.T.A.M.A. has created an ever-changing learning environment in which children, students, and instructors learn what is best, from the best, in martial arts today.'
Christopher Caile's Fighting Arts is 'a cyber community and network of traditional martial artists, historians, and writers dedicated to the promotion and understanding of their arts through the exciting new medium of the Internet.'
MartialTalk.com. 'MartialTalk is dedicated to the friendly discussion of the martial arts, and the promotion, preservation and support of both the arts and the artists that study them.'
Martial-Way.com. They try to cover many different martial arts. Here's their list as of 2004-04: Aikido, American Kenpo, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Capoeira, Choi Kwang Do, Daito-ryu, Aiki-jutsu, Freestyle wrestling, Gatka, Greco-Roman wrestling, Hap Ki Do, Hung Gar Kung Fu, Hwa Rang Do, Iaido, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Jujitsu, Kajukenbo, Kalaripayit, Kali-Escrima-Arnis, Karate, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Kumdo, Kung Fu, Kyudo, Kyokushinkai Karate, Muay Thai, Naginata, Ninjutsu, Pentjak, Silat, Praying Mantis, Sambo, San Shou, Savate, Shintaido, Shorinji Kempo, Shotokan Karate, Shuai Chiao, Sumo, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi Chuan, Taido, Tang Soo Do, Thai boxing, Vovinam Viet Vo Dao, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Wrestling, Yoseikan Budo.
New England Martial Arts Group [NewMAG.org]. 'The mission of the New England Martial Arts Group is to provide a general online resource for the martial arts enthusiast. All combative arts are supported without prejudice.'
Practical Marial Arts [practical-martial-arts.co.uk]. 'dedicated to martial arts and martial art techniques that can be practically applied on the street and on the mat. High quality martial arts goods are also available on this site ranging from t-shirts to Practical Karate mitts.'
SengokuDaimyo.com. About medieval Japan, including Japanese armor. By Anthony J. Bryant, a Baron in the SCA and a Japanese historian.
USADojo.com. 'the encyclopedia of all things Martial Arts: Martial Arts Systems, Martial Arts Styles, Martial Arts Organizations and Martial Artists. This new site will cross all discipline boundaries to bring you information that will increase your knowledge about Martial Arts and keep you informed about organizations, instructors, schools, tournaments and events from all over the world.'
ADTDL.Army.mil. American Doctrine and Training Digital Library, aka the General Dennis J. Reimer Digital Library. As of 2004-04, this site is being transitioned to the login required site of Train.Army.mil, but content (such as the Soldier's Manuals of Common Tasks) is still available at the old site.
These are modern mercenaries. Not just p rivate security but soldiers for hire.
'Blackwater Training Center was founded in 1996 to fulfill the anticipated demand for government outsourcing of firearms and related security training. Located on over 6000 acres in Moyock, North Carolina (just south of the Virginia border), Blackwater has the finest private firearms training facility in the U.S. Blackwater has set a new standard for firearms and security training and is recognized as the industry leader in providing government outsource solutions in training, security, canine services, aviation support services, range construction and steel target equipment. Since its inception, Blackwater has trained over 50,000 military and law enforcement personnel and provided solutions to hundreds of satisfied customers.'
CFR.org. Council on Foreign Relations. "Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments."
'The goal of the Government Training Institute, Inc. (GTI) is to inspire, encourage, and instruct the driving force law enforcement, educators, and leaders hold in their pursuit of safety, protection, and specific duties in their fields of operation. GTI is committed and dedicated to those having the responsibility of our national security, safety of the U.S. citizen, and the future of our nation. GTI utilizes the most intense and realistic hands on training, QAE (quality enhanced) educational courses, a comprehensive and ongoing research base, and honest, and ethical consulting, as tools in our mission.'
HK94.com. 'You will find this a valuable resource for your military, intelligence, firearm inquiries. The HK 94 Team provides data, gun pictures, and reference on the assault weapon, military weapons, rifle, pistol, shotgun, and gun varieties from around the world. Participate in the gun discussion forum. View various gun makes and models. This website is for adults 18 and older.'
Janes.com. "The world's foremost civilian authority on Military Intelligence."
Not combat sport but hand to hand combat (HTH; H2H) self-defense/combat in real-life situations by civilians, security, police, and the military when grenades and firearms are not practical. Aka close combat; close quarters combat (CQC); mano-a-mano.
Headed by John P. Kary, Joe Green, and Scott MacDonald.
'American Combatives is the premier training center for personal protection. Whether you are a corporate executive who travels internationally, a law enforcement officer, or a member of a special operations unit within the military, ACI has a program to meet your personal protection needs. It is an easy to learn system that can be retained and depended upon to work under the most stressful environment. This personal protection system is based on WWII close quarters combat. It's effectiveness has been proven by individuals throughout the world, from all walks of life, against armed and unarmed assailants.'
'The Close Quarter Combat Training Institute Located in Chattanooga, TN ... Training Law Enforcement, Military, Corporate Security and the Aware Citizen In Less-Than-Lethal and Lethal Hand, Stick, Knife and Gun Close Quarter Combat ... CQC Training Institute, in association with the Scientific Fighting Congress, is commited towards researching and developing the best combat techniques, tactics and strategies and making them available to all law enforcement, military, security specialists, martial artists and concerned citizens, thereby helping them to preserve life under dangerous and extreme circumstances.'
'W. Hock Hochheim's The Hochheim Group Hand, Stick, Knife And Gun Close Quarter Combatives'
' I saw it all coming together into the true essence of combat. I came to understand the only reason I learned and taught fighting systems was to defeat two targets, the enemy soldier and the criminal, not to pass on grandmaster dynasties, become a trophy/sport champion or to preserve art for the sake of tradition. There are two ways to defeat the enemy, less-than-lethal means and lethal means. In short-sometimes we take them prisoner and sometimes we have to kill them. A competent warrior can do both as legally, morally and ethically needed in a proper use-of-force continuum. If you want to defeat the enemy soldier or the criminal, this is the system for you.'
'This site contains mature subject matter of a tactical nature. This includes, but is not limited to: Knife collecting, cutlery in general, firearms, hunting, martial arts, military subjects, law enforcement topics, travel, adventure and survival. '
MaajakWorld Cyberzine. 'The world of Master At Arms James A. Keating (Maajak) on his terms and about his interests. A news page and more.'
'Reality Combat Online was created with the sole purpose of providing a forum for truth and reality in the combative arts. RCO is committed to being the world leader in the advancement of reality-based fighting arts and a voice for those who practice them. As a magazine we vow to exceed your expectations by providing the most realistic information and objective coverage available.'
This is an excellent site, but they should get a different URL.
'This site will provide you with free, easy-to-use information to keep you safe from crime and violence, including robbery and rape. Our goal is is to assist you in your quest for personal safety. The information we provide is tailored for your needs in the modern world. You will find a wide spectrum of crime prevention information, including home security, property protection, robbery prevention, self-defense, martial arts and many other topics related to surviving high-risk situations. '
Uncle Fester Books [UncleFesterBooks.com]. Steve Preisler (aka "Uncle Fester") is best known for Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture, his first book, but Home Workshop Explosives teaches you how to make explosives at home.
'The Mission of the Pritzker Military Library is to acquire and maintain a collection of materials and develop appropriate programs focusing on the concept of the Citizen Soldier as an essential element for the preservation of democracy.'
610 N. Fairbanks Court, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL, 66011, 312-587-7917.
Armouries.org.uk. ' The Royal Armouries is Britain's oldest national museum, and one of the oldest museums in the world. It began life as the main royal and national arsenal housed in the Tower of London. Indeed the Royal Armouries has occupied buildings within the Tower for making and storing arms, armour and military equipment for as long as the Tower itself has been in existence. '
'The Higgins Armory Museum, with 8,000 objects on 4 floors, is the only institution in the Americas dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of arms and armor. A visit to the Higgins will spark your imagination with the fact behind the fairytale!'
100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA 01606-2444 USA - 508-853-6015.
CENorm.be. The CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation), i.e. the European Committee for Standardization, European standards body. CEN standards are used for certifying most OSF equipment. EG: A CEN 2 OSF mask can withstand 1600 N of piercing.
ExRx.net. 'ExRx (Exercise Prescription) on the net is a resource for the exercise professional, coach, or fitness enthusiast. ExRx.net consists of approximately 1500 pages, most of which are found in the Exercise and Muscle Directory.'
Aka modern fencing, collegiate fencing, Olympic fencing, and strip fencing. Related to classical fencing, academic fencing (mensur), and rapier fencing. Consists of 3 weapons: Foil (thrust only, target torso, right-of-way), Épée or Epee (thrust only, target all, no right-of-way, pronounced ay-pay), and Sabre (cut and thrust, target waist and above except hands, right-of-way).
"Fencing" [exra.org/FencingChptr.htm]. Studies on injuries from fencing. This is chapter 12 from Epidemiology of Sports Injuries, D. Caine, C. Caine, K. Lindner (eds.), Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, pp. 186-195 (1996).
The transition from stick to pole is roughly at 90 cm ~ 3 feet. Regarding pole arms, George Silver recommended two particular lengths for pole arms: (1) long pole weapons ("short staff, half pike, forest bill, partisan, and gleve") should be roughly as high as you can reach plus the width of your grip, which comes to ~ 240 cm ~ 8 feet to ~ 280 cm ~ 9 feet. (2) medium pole weapons ("battle axe, halberd, or black bill") should be roughly man height.
Sticks differ from clubs in that the latter are usually heavy and rely on bashing.
Jo (weapon) = 杖. ~120 cm ~ 4 feet ~ 4 shaku. Officially, a jo is 4 shaku 2 sun 1 bu = 127.56 cm = 4'4.25" = 50.25". For a personal fit, a jo come to just under your armpit. Roughly the length of a two-handed sword. The only person who ever beat the legendary Miyamoto Musashi in a match was Muso Gonnosuke with his jo. Jojdo or Jojutsu uses the jo.
Goshaku Bo is 5 shaku = 1.5151 m = 59.651 inches.
Bo (weapon) = 棒. ~180 cm ~ 6 feet = 6 shaku. Aka Rokkushaku Bo or Cho Bo. 6 shaku = 1.8182 m = 71.582 inches.
Jogo do Pau. The staff or vara of Portuguese stick fighting is ~150 cm ~ 5 feet, or up to your chin.
Juego del Palo. The stick fencing of the Canary Islands, Spain uses a variety of lengths for their palillos.
Silambam. The staff of this southern India style is up to the user's nose.
Bata (martial arts). Irish stick fighting uses sticks of a variety of lengths but they are most famous for their bata siúil éille (shillelagh) which is commonly a ~ 120 cm ~ 4 foot stick shod with iron on both ends.
Qiang (spear). qiāng = 槍. The common Chinese spear had a leaf shaped blade and had red-horse hair tassles below the blade. Then length varied from 2 m ~ 6.5 feet to 4 m ~ 13 feet.
Yari. 槍. A Japanese thrusting spear with a straight double edged blade. The pole ranged from 1 m ~ 3 feet to 6 m ~ 20 feet. The blade ranged from 10 cm ~ 4 inches to 1 m ~ 1 yard. The two major categories of yari were Su Yari (素槍, simple spear) and Kama Yari (鎌槍, sickled spear).
Trident. A three-pronged spear. Used by gladiators and also as a cultural symbol.
Pollaxe. From Old English "head axe". A "short-staff" (man-height pole) with a head that was a triple-weapon combination: axe (taillant), hammer (maillet; mail), and spear or spike point (dague dessus; point de dessus). Sometimes a curved spike or bec de faucon (falcon's beak) would replace the axe. The staff would often also be reinforced with metal straps (languets). The butt end (bout d'embas; queue; dague d'embas; dague dessoubz; point d'embas) could be plain or also have a spike. The preceding terms are from Le Jeu de la Hache (The Art of Axeplay), a period manual on the pollaxe.
Some cutting pole weapons, all of which had variations which included thrusting point or guisarme or both.
Bardiche. Aka long poleaxe. A large blade attached to the pole by two sockets. The pole was usually less than 150 cm ~ 5 feet.
Lochaber axe. Aka Jeddart axe. A Scottish bardiche with a distinctive hook that could also be used to scale walls.
Bill (weapon). Aka English Bill, Brown Bill. Longer versions aka Forest Bills. Shorter versions aka Black Bills. Bill pole weapons are based upon the agricultural billhook, which has a distinctive recurved blade. [armor.com/pole030.html]
Glaive. A smaller blade attached to the pole by a socket.
Guan_dao. Aka kwan dao = 關刀 = guān dāo; Yanyue dao = 偃月刀 = reclining moon blade. A heavy and curved blade mounted on a 150 cm ~ 5 foot to 180 cm ~ 6 foot pole that had a metal counter weight on the other end.
Axe Forum [AxeForum.com]. 'Where fellow Axe, Pole arm, Fire-arm and sword collectors alike can visit and enjoy the hobby most of us have come to love. We are home to smiths of various weapons that are very accomplished in metallurgy and other aspects of weapons fabrication so if you have any technical questions don't hesitate to ask.'
This section covers historical Recreationists, Revivalists, Reenactors, LARPs (Live Action RolePlaying games), etc. The historical periods cover range from Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, U.S. Civil War, etc.
RenFair.com. These Renaissance fairs are commonly attended by arms and armor vendors.
BeautifulIron.com. ' Dedicated to the display of tools, work methods, and products of the blacksmith, and to the use of horses as the main source of power on a farm. Building on the history of the blacksmith's trade, this website offers a tremendous amount of information and documentation to help other smiths to build their own forges and to see forges other smiths have built.'
Belegarth [belegarth.com]. 'Belegarth Medieval Combat Society is a safe, cheap, and fun sport where participants wear medieval or fantasy themed clothing and fight with foam padded weapons. The fighting is hard and fast and has, over the past 25 years since people started fighting with foam weapons, refined into its own brand of martial art. The rules are easy to learn and after a few practices you will be hooked.'
' Dagorhir Battle Games are many things to many people. Dagorhir combines fast-paced full-contact combat simulation with elements of live action role-playing. Dagorhir combines elements of both history and fantasy. Dagorhir is both a sport and a game. Dagorhir's participants experience their fantasies on a variety of levels. This wide ranging appeal is the reason for Dagorhir's nationwide success. Dagorhir was founded in 1977 by a bunch of college friends who shared an enthusiasm for Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and medieval history. '
Rules. Interesting division of weapons into blue, red, green, yellow, and white categories.
SAL.org.uk. "Society of Antiquaries of London ... We are one of the UK's oldest learned societies, having held our inaugural meeting in 1707 and having received our Royal Charter in 1751. Our aims, then as now, are 'the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries'. "
SwordMaiden.com. ' This web site came about after both Eichling and Kolfinna were asked to teach about women fighters in the SCA. This web site portrays our feelings, knowledge and insight into this subject. We have enlisted the opinions, comments and stories of other people in the SCA to help expand our understanding of women in this field.'
The Order of Selohaar [selohaar.org]. 'The Order is a serious modern chivalric tradition, rather than an attempt to recreate the past. We do not assume personae and we often integrate influences from periods other than the Middle Ages and Renaissance without reservations about being out of period. Also, we are an initiatory order: members progress through a system of degrees as they experience and learn our tradition. Finally, our study of the mystic arts and our use of ritual magick are quite unique among organizations using a medieval motif.'
' Training Today's Ninja - Rick Tew's Martial Science and Tew Ryu Ninjitsu is your source for up to date total warrior information and training. American Ninjitsu systems upgraded to a non traditional program of martial arts training. What Ninjutsu wants to be - the Martial Science is your solution for becoming a ninja based on reality or what we call a "Total Warrior." '
'The Magician's Network Self-Defense System ... A dangerous combination of magic, modern psychology, karate, kung-fu, pankration wrestling, and savate, the Magician's Network Self-defense System is coming into the world scene as an incredibly innovative, highly street-ready martial art system.'
'Competitive orienteering involves using a detailed map and a compass to navigate one's way round a course with designated control points which are drawn on the map. On the route, orange and white control markers are set in the places that correspond to the points on the map. The competitors punch their control cards at each control point. The winner of the competition is the participant who has used the shortest time to visit the control points in numerical order. Fast running alone does not make you a winner. You must also choose the best route between the control points and find the markers without wasting unnecessary seconds.'
'This is my personal blog. Yes, it's about what interests me. If you don't like guns, people with guns, atheists, libertarians, polyamorists, occasional foul language, and otherwise have trouble understanding someone with my rather unduplicable confluence of interests, you're in the wrong place. Otherwise, feel free to jump in with constructive and useful comments.'
SurvivalIQ.com. 'As your personal survival handbook, SurvivalIQ provides information, resources, strategies and techniques you need to know whether you're preparing for a back country camping trip or the Green Berets.'
Survivalism. 'A survivalist is a person who anticipates a potential disruption in the continuity of local, regional or worldwide society, and takes steps to survive in the resulting unpredictable situation. Some survivalists take an interest in survival in the wilderness or at sea.'
'Kampai Budokai unites budoka from various martial arts clubs located in Ternat (Belgium). It was founded one morning after numerous rounds of beer, for a rather unclear purpose. This website will attempt to reflect this philosophy of the Kampai Budokai.'
Toyama-Ryu.org. 'Originally a small sub-system of sword drawing techniques created for officers of the Japanese Imperial Army, Toyama ryu is now represented in various forms throughout the world as an independent sword art.'
"Characteristics of the Rapier". Excellent article. Traces the evolution and characteristics of the rapier. Classical explanation of the superiority of the point over the edge (as well as critique of this explanation).
A displaced point can be re-aligned faster than an edge.
A sword raised for a cut leaves the body exposed to a counter thrust.
The point reaches the target faster than the edge because it travels in a straight line, whereas the later has to move in a curved path.
Most of the videos that I've remembered to link to can be found on my channel at YouTube. I had also set up the channel for the Chicago Swordplay Guild. There are of course many other videos and channels at YouTube.
The videos that I'm going to list here are ones that are not at YouTube! There are also martial arts shows mentioned elsewhere on this site. There are also many other videos on the Internet, martial arts DVDs and such that I don't mention.
WMA (Western Martial Arts), aka HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), is a superset of HES (Historical European Swordsmanship). This term is used to distinguish it from OSF (Olympic Style Fencing), EMA (Eastern Martial Arts), modern combat, or sport combat. The CSG actually belongs in this category but the CSG has a slight emphasis on swords so I put it under HES.
The Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts. A Canadian group.
Online library of original texts. Fabulous but $15 per year as of 2006. I can see paying for translations, but for scans of originals that should be in the public domain just isn't right.
Schielhau.org. 'The focus of this site is the translation of selected sections of several fechtbücher, German manuscripts on the fighting arts. ... This site is the German fechtkunst research site of the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts (AEMMA)'
Saber History. "The basics of the saber consisted of stance and steps similar to the bayonet and 21 core techniques. These consisted of three wards or guard positions, seven cuts, seven defenses for these cuts, three thrusts, and a circular parry."
Arms and Armour Society [ArmsAndArmour.net]. 'formed in 1950 by a small group of dedicated enthusiasts to further the study of arms and armour, from earliest times, by bringing together scholars, collectors, professional experts and all who share this common interest. It has now grown into one of the leading groups of those concerned in the study, collection and preservation of arms and armour. A Journal, published twice yearly, is recognised worldwide as one of the most authoritative publications in this field and is the preferred medium for original research papers. A quarterly Newsletter keeps members in touch with the Society's many activities and major events in the world of arms and armour.'
Ars Gladi [ArsGladii.com]. 'a study group devoted to the research, reconstruction, practice, and promotion of historical European Martial Arts. Specifically, we currently concentrate on several Medieval manuals written in Germany between the early 14th century and the late 15th-early 16th centuries. The group operates out of the Detroit Metro area.'
Davenriche European Martial Arts School (DEMAS) [davenriche.com]. Site of Steaphen "Davenriche" Fick. 'Starting with plate armor and the long sword in 1989, Fick pursued studying unarmored swordsmanship, and traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland in 1998 to study with Maestro Paul MacDonald, one of the recognized leaders in historical sword fighting. He returned to Edinburgh in 1999 to spend six months learning over 11 different weapons and styles with Maestro MacDonald. He has also studied under Maestro Andrea "Lupo" Sinclair of Italy, and Maestro Ramon Martinez of New York. '
DeReMilitari.org. ' De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History, is an international scholarly association established to foster and develop interest in the study of pre-modern military affairs. '
HEMAC.org. ' The Historical European Martial Arts Coalition was founded in 2001 by western martial arts practitioners and researchers from various European countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Poland. '
'Higgins Armory Sword Guild. The Sword Guild practices techniques from medieval and Renaissance combat manuals. Areas of focus include the longsword (also called the hand-and-a-half sword or bastard sword), staff weapons, dagger, sword and shield, and rapier, based on German texts dating from 1300 to 1570.'
Maisters.demon.co.uk. The Company Of Maisters Of The Science Of Defence. 'This site is intended as an information centre and moderated forum for all interested in traditional English/British fighting systems. Contributions from students of native European systems are also welcome.'
' The Oakeshott Institute has been founded as a nonprofit education and research center with the purpose of furthering the study of ancient arms and armor. Ewart Oakeshott has dedicated his life's work to the study and sharing of knowledge in this field. He and his wife Sybil Marshall have founded this Institute with the objective of supporting further research and distribute the information to as wide an audience as possible. '
'Mair's Opus [Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica or Ultimate Book of Athletics] is the largest extant manual on Renaissance Martial Arts and covers an impressive array of weapons and techniques, both armored and unarmored, afoot and on horseback. It reflects a transitional period between the battlefield systems of the High Middle Ages and the salon styles of later Renaissance authors such as Joachim Meyer.'
'The Exiles is a company of Western Martial Artists concentrating on the hand-to-hand fighting techniques of Western Europe during the medieval and early renaissance periods. We are active participants in the growing international Fechtbuch community, interpreting a variety of surviving historical manuals and intensively practicing the techniques we uncover.'
Arador Armour Library [Arador.com]. 'Since 1995 Arador has served as a hub for education, information and camaraderie to those in the Internet community with an interest in armour and armour-related subjects.'
ArmourArchive.org. "The Archive is an on-line Journal devoted to teaching people how to make armour." Lots of patterns.
Dousing in the martial arts community is the practice of breathing and relaxing while having water, usually cold, dumped on you in natural settings. Some people call this a primitive form of showering but other consider it to be very invigorating and healthy.
'Unlike Kendo and its Korean equivalent, Kumdo, the focus in Haidong Gumdo is not dueling but on the tactics of outdoor, pitched battles.'
'Hai Dong Gum Do translates best to East Sea Swordsmanship. This translation does not carry all of the meaning for all people. Hai refers to the sea but it also refers to the sun. Dong is east and it too speaks of the sun, specifically the light energy of the sun. Gum means sword and Do has many shades of meaning.'
'Advanced Fighting Systems is dedicated to preserving and exposing Martial Artists and the general public to the Kachin Systems of Burmese Arts. The Kachin Style is a 16 animal system, due in large part to the Jinghpaws animistic tradition. The animal systems in Kachin martial arts mentioned earlier are patterned after human attributes both physical and mental. It is believed that fighting must fit the individual nature and not that the individual fitting the system.'
'Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates continues to be recognized as the premier consulting and training company on interview and interrogation techniques. We are dedicated to assisting public and private sector professionals to improve their ability to obtain the truth through legally acceptable techniques. To this end, WZ continues research to provide the highest quality training, products and professional services to an ever-increasing number of organizations throughout the world.'
About. Their About page has lots of links to police sites.
'Hontai Yoshin Ryu is currently headed by Inoue Tsuyoshi Munetoshi, 18th Soke. The honbu dojo is based in Nishinomiya, a small town about 2 hours south of Osaka. Membership is open to all people of good character, and the school currently boasts a worldwide membership of about 5,000. At the heart of the Hontai Yoshin Ryu are its teachings of jujutsu, bojutsu (six-foot staff art),and kodachijutsu (short sword art).In addition, the curriculum includes iaido (way of drawing and cutting),hanbojutsu (three-foot staff art),tantodori (knife taking),tachidori (sword taking), and kumitachi (sword combat).At some levels the school also offers instruction in Yamaguchi-ha Toyama Ryu Iaido, shimewaza (strangling techniques), toritsuke (binding techniques),newaza (mat techniques),and sojutsu (spear art).'
Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association [JKDAssoc.com]. 'It is well known to the students of Bruce Lee's that he was forming his own martial arts concept, Jeet Kune Do. We trained using Single Direct Attack (SDA), Attack By Combination (ABC), Attack By Drawing (ABD), etc. During this time Bruce was experimenting and changing his system by constantly adding and deleting. The whole concept of training in the different ranges was very important. The four ranges were what Bruce worked on and emphasized. The idea was to be able to flow from the Kicking Range, Boxing Range, Trapping Range, Grappling Range, (vice versa) and being able to flow from one to another easily. At the time of Bruce Lee's untimely death there were only 33 formal techniques in the Grappling Range. As the final and closest range there was much research to do in this range and Hartsell has continued his research into this area with various discrete techniques that now form the core of the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association.'
Killology.com. 'The scholarly study of the destructive act, just as sexology is the scholarly study of the procreative act. In particular, killology focuses on the reactions of healthy people in killing circumstances (such as police and military in combat) and the factors that enable and restrain killing in these situations.'
'We concentrate in the English boxing, French savate, American kickboxing, Filipino and Thai martial arts, with a philosophy closely aligned with Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do. Our experience has shown that by training in specific skills from a variety of martial arts, the practitioner instinctively uses what is best for a given situation.'
'Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts-Lincoln Square'. 4717 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, (773)728-5300
'Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts-Milwaukee Avenue'. 3596 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641, (773)545-3423.
Hyun's Hapkido & Tae Kwon Do.
'2743 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60647-2015, (773) 252-8300'
I dropped in once since I lived nearby. He shows you a video and then gives you a price schedule. Triangle corner real estate.
GuardUp.com. This Burlington, MA school has an intermixing of EMA and WMA.
HwarangDojang.com. 'Hwarang Dojang is a certified martial arts school in Orem, Utah that teaches Korean-style martial arts, including Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do, and Haidong Gumdo (Korean swordsmanship).'
Ring of Steel [RingOfSteel.org]. 'Ring of Steel--Ann Arbor, established in 1989, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to developing and promoting the art of stage violence. We believe that the skills necessary to practice theatrical combat compose a martial art unto themselves. To this end, as the largest theatrical fencing salle in the nation, the Ring of Steel teaches classes, provides in-house workshops, choreographs shows, and maintains an aggressive performance schedule in a wide variety of public venues.'
Ring of Steel [rso.cornell.edu/rosi]. 'The Ring of Steel Action Theatre: Ithaca[, NY] is a theatrical stunt group created to bring the "art of stage violence" to Cornell University and Ithaca College students as well as the Ithaca community via teaching and performances. Members begin their fencing training using bokken (or boken) and then advance to steel swords. We study rapier, rapier and dagger, broadsword, quarterstaff, and hand-to-hand combat. The club began in Spring 2003 and is a chapter of the The Ring of Steel Action Theatre located in Ann Arbor, MI. '
'The Viking Answer Lady website is the offshoot of my personal fascination and love for Viking Age literature, history, and archaeology. Over the years, questions from my readers have prompted me to research a number of facets of Viking life that I might not otherwise have considered looking into.'
American Women's Self Defense Association (AWSDA) [awsda.org]. 'an international, non-profit, educational organization, made up of women and men who are dedicated to ending violence against women by providing training programs for instructors and services for women, designed to increase their awareness of self defense and rape prevention.'