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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158160484X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581604849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dwight C. McLemore is a retired combat arms officer with the U.S. Army and is an accomplished bladesman and instructor. He is renowned for his vast knowledge of Bowie and big-knife fighting and has more than 18 years of experience in self-defense and martial arts. The owner of the School of Two Swords, McLemore is rated expert level with the American Knife Congress, is certified in kung fu and holds 1st dan in kendo.

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They are well worth the read, and re read..
Dana Rocco Macri
Even if you only learn one technique from this book it is money well spent.
culdee
Highly Recommended - A Graduate Course in the Use of the Bowie Knife!
Michael Chesbro

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By culdee on May 7, 2006
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I have rated this book at five stars and feel it is a great companion to Mr. McLemore's earlier book. I bought his first book when it was still put out in a 3 ring binder. The drawings are again great but still require a pretty good imagination to follow through step by step. This is not a criticism since I have experienced the same difficulty deciding on photos to accurately describe training sequences in my own book "The Rhythm of One." I too tried to explain how to use the Spanish Circle and I'm not sure that this book is entirely successful at that either. This is a very difficult concept to teach without a live instructor, relying on drawings of foot placement. The concepts in this book are quite advanced and will refine the prospective knife-fighters movements. They define the use of a big knife better than any other book I have read so far. Even if you only learn one technique from this book it is money well spent. If you like big knives be sure you buy both volumes and practice what Mr. McLemore says. I'd like to offer a personal thanks to Mr. McLemore who encouraged me to finish writing my own book "The Rhythm of One" many months ago.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chesbro on October 15, 2006
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Advanced Bowie Techniques is Dwight McLemore's follow-on text to his outstanding 2003 book "Bowie and Big-Knife Fighting System".

Advanced Bowie Techniques offers more techniques for using the Bowie (or other large knife) in combat situations. It includes advanced drills and engagement scenarios, and Mr. McLemore's concepts on effective use of the Bowie knife (which I found to be a very effective and well-developed system).

Advanced Bowie Techniques is divided into five major sections:

>1. The Spanish Circle

>2. Engagements Sets

>3. Application of Kicks

>4. Putting the Bowie into Action

>5. Multiple Opponents

The book is copiously illustrated with easy to understand drawings showing how to apply the various advanced Bowie techniques. It should be noted that the skills shown in Advanced Bowie Techniques are in fact more advanced techniques that require a foundation in the basics to apply most effectively.

Advanced Bowie Techniques stands on its own as an excellent reference, but is even more valuable when combined with Mr. McLemore's foundation text "Bowie and Big-Knife Fighting System".

Highly Recommended - A Graduate Course in the Use of the Bowie Knife!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on April 26, 2006
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Dwight C. McLemore's ADVANCED BOWIE TECHNIQUES: THE FINER POINTS OF FIGHTING WITH A LARGE KNIFE provides high-quality and large-size step-by-step line drawings to accompany specific insights on bowie knife engagements. From an introductory history of James Bowie and his special knife to a basic fighting system which builds upon foundation skills and teaches more complex fighting techniques with the knife, ADVANCED BOWIE TECHNIQUES is for any who already has some familiarity with the big blade and seeks skills improvement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Broman Björn on July 31, 2013
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I rely enjoyed the pedagogic drawings and the explanation of how to use the Spanish circle is something I will also apply in my other training techniques. Great work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2011
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The author has a great style for expressing his thoughts on bowie combat. The drawings are out standing. Is it the ultimate knife manual? No there are many subjects that could be covered(karambits, pikal style, etc.). But as to covering large western style knife techniques it's fantastic !!
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By mike j. justin on March 8, 2013
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That well illustrates the decidedly lost art of knife fighting this is more than a martial art book but a history book of sorts as well, if you spend any time at all in the outdoors around big knives and axes and such this would be worth reading in case you ever did have to use one to defend yourself against a wild animal with just a knife, whether it walks on two legs or four :D
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By Brandon on October 11, 2013
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A comprehensive and entertaining look at multiple attacker scenarios, finer Bowie points and creative use of the legendary blade.
Utilitarian as well as more intricate instruction.
Detailed and informative illustration.
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