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American Combat Judo: 186 Photographs Illustrating Jiu Jitsu Wrestling, Foot-Fighting and Police Tactics Paperback


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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581605315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581605310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A champion intercollegiate wrestler and chief hand-to-hand fighting instructor for the U.S. Coast Guard, Cosneck is perhaps best known as the man who teamed up with boxing great Jack Dempsey to write How to Fight Tough for rookie Coast Guardsmen during the war.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. McDaniel on October 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Some books about fighting are heavy on philosophy, or history of a "system" or "style". I'm not making fun of them, because there are systems and styles that I like a lot.

This is a different sort of book. Little less talk, little more action.

The photos are perfectly good but they aren't museum quality. They aren't pretty at all. There is no consideration whatsoever to esthetics in this book.

This is a legitimate tough guy from a tough era talking about a bag of tricks. The book is heavy on demonstration in a LOT of grubby little pictures, and light on talk.

If you practice nothing but the techniques in this book, you'll be more effective than you were before.

Note that this edition probably doesn't contain the eye gouge waza. The author discusses and illustrates his favorite approach to an eye gouge, and the editors, in their infinite wisdom, left it out. They also left out an illustration of a groin attack.

My guess is that you'll find them on the internet if you look for them.

Anyway, if you've ever had an interest in expanding your bag of tricks, this is a cheap, easy, effective source.

And some of these are pretty nasty (if the editors took out the eye gouge and one groin attack, they left in plenty of other down and dirty stuff), so don't give this one to your eight-year old grandchild.

Just reading this book tells you AGAIN why you really, really don't want to get into fights. Somebody may have been reading the unedited version of this thing!

Don't buy this book if you want a coffee-table-sized, beautifully photographed book full of artistic martial arts techniques. This is straight-up tough guy stuff from another era.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T.A.L. Dozer VINE VOICE on December 27, 2011
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This compendium of lethal and brutal combative techniques was written in 1944, by Cosneck a former wrestler, who was the United States Coast Guards combative instructor. The book contains broad spectrum of fighting arts to down and dirty gutter fighting methods. All designed to rapidly sap your opponents will to continue the fight. All the material in this book is practical and effective, and I recommend it highly recommended it for academic and historical study for the modern combatant. The book has various photos throughout the text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Costner on August 6, 2011
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If you could only buy one book on how to defend yourself against a bully or how to seriously injure or kill a dangerous person, and you only had a few days to learn how to, this is an awesome book for that purpose. Also, many of these techniques are very effective offensive techniques like when you need to sneek up on a terriorist or a person who is trying to hijack the plane, ship or bus you are on and eliminate them. Yes indeed, this would be a great book to take with you on a plane and read so that not only will these techniques be fresh in your mind, this book will keep you in the right frame of mind. From simply defeating a bully to seriously hurting or even killing someone with your bare hands who plans to harm you, I greatly recommend this book.
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