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Unfortunately, the book does indeed suffer from a rather glaring credibility gap.
While delving deep into training European martial arts, I found this book great to describe the culture, atmosphere and techniques concerning Spanish knife fighting.
If your intent is to read a knife fighting manual for self defense purposes then do not read this book.
The reviews written here that say that the author, James Loriega, falsified these Spanish knife fighting schools and quite simply made stuff up are right on point. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ray Hamilton
love the book it is well documented and historically correct in terms of it's history and cultural traditional content... Read morePublished 19 months ago by alberto perez
Mr Loriega has written a comprehensive study of the spanish navaja. He has devoted equal time to its history, and use. Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer
While delving deep into training European martial arts, I found this book great to describe the culture, atmosphere and techniques concerning Spanish knife fighting. Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Benjamin Bowles
I'm not too sure what the point of this book really was. It is more like a phamphlet than an actual book. Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by Philip Sim
All this book is made of lies. There are no "navaja fighting" schools in Spain. I am from Spain, I have trained for more than 30 years in many martial arts including some western,... Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by Alf
The book is written by the translator of the "Manual del baratero". It seems to be mainly based on this last one and explains the technics of the Spanish fighting art with the... Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by Vincent Dugat
This book is pure fantasy. I've talked to people from Sevillian fencing schools who say it just doesn't exist. The book has many geographic inaccuracies. Read morePublished on March 17, 2007 by Hermes
if you want to buy this book it's your chioce, but you have to knwo first that the "Sevillian school of edge weapons" is near the bus stop to Kripton...it has NEVER existed. Read morePublished on August 30, 2004 by Pankratos