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Prison's Bloody Iron: Deadly Knife Fighting Tactics Revealed Paperback – September 1, 1978
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Let me preface by saying that I am not a fan of violence. The purpose of studying such a book is to prepare mentally for the possibility of an such an attack. About 10% of violent confrontations occur with the use of a sharpened instrument, and lest we forget, the 9/11 hijackers were armed with box cutters. This book delves into a practical method of defense in such encounters.
The authors, though not scholars themselves, manage to inform the reader in practical terms: the mindset, posture, movement and defensive maneuvres that can save your life. Much of what is taught today about defense and offense related to knives is analyzed and dismissed so in this respect, I think the authors deserve great credit for dispelling myths without resorting to style preferences. What remains is tested knowledge for your benefit.
A sense of humor is generously added to make this book enjoyable. I have seen some posters complain about the authors guidance on nutrition and training as a put off. My advice is to take what is valuable to you from this book. The authors intend well and this should not be a point of debate or criticism that draws away from the core purpose of this material.
If you are a practicing martial artist, this book is a very useful guide as it will require you to take your skills further than the typical dojo training on hand-to-hand techniques. In my opinion, if you can handle a knife attack while unarmed, your skills to handle bare handed attacks will improve tremendously.Read more ›
[Aside:I read Harold Jenks died a few years ago; having passed away from conditions probably exacerbated by awful medical care he received in prison. Jenks before he died, claimed that while in prison in the 1960s, he learned "secret" knife skills from another prisoner, a former SS veteran and Jenks was his only student. This is the unverifiable claim of "dead granfather school" of martial arts transmission.]
"Prison" permeates PBI; its intensity is responsible for what is both good and bad of its sometimes rambling text. If you are SERIOUS about the reality of edged weapons, both in and out of incarceration, this book is a must read, not only describing the techniques, but in giving a window into the mindset of those live by the short blade.
Put this up on your internal "heads up display" when reading PBI, the authors were/are not "nice people".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This title was originally released by the same publisher under the title "Bloody Iron: Deadly Knife Fighting Tactics". Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. J. Hardman
Ridiculous book ....talks about history of knife fighting which is not why I purchased this book .
Basically worthless would not recommend. .....nonsense outdated information
I liked this book, I think that some of the information is spot on. Also grim tales of prison knife murder. It is certainly one of the better books on the subject. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book but a lot different than knife work taught in an Arnis studio. The knifers in the book learn from sparring at reform school, with a slightly sharpened nail clipper. Read morePublished 20 months ago by timprater
rough book very detailed pictures on cuts and stab wounds behind bars not for the faint of heart. I would recommend this book to military or anyone really into knife fighting.Published on January 2, 2014 by zundlem
This book isn't bad. I am glad that I bought a copy of it. Even if I don't live in prison and have to servive any knife fights.Published on November 17, 2013 by Victor Williams
pretty good. Teaches you some cool stuff. Dont expect to be a master knife fighter after reading it but its cool none the less.Published on December 11, 2012 by 1234