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Damascus ATX95 All-Leather Gloves with Knuckle Armor, XX-Large
Damascus ATX95 All-Leather Gloves with Knuckle Armor, XX-Large

5.0 out of 5 stars True Urban Hand Protection, January 20, 2015
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These all leather gloves are very well constructed, strongly stitched, made of rugged, but pliable cowhide leather. The knuckle supports are very protective, but not too hard and annoying that they diminish the flexibility and dexterity needed with hand mobility needs. I use these when training with my AKM and large blades, of which good protection and support are found when wearing these gloves. The palm supports are of excellent construction and design, as well.

Finding gloves that actually fit me, comfortably, that are durable to the kinds of abuse I put gloves through, is a very difficult task. Few measure up. I got what I needed and wanted in these gloves, however--in fit, durability and optimum functionality. TRULY, these are a superb product. I recommend them for those with extra large hands, wanting a durable but comfortable and flexible glove that protects the hands well, during rough and ready urban tactical work and training.

These will not be good protection against sharps, like needles, however. This requires a specially designed glove anyway.Just be aware of that. They are not designed for such use. ALWAYS use the tool as it has been designed to be used. These work as designed--very well.

Tai Chi Chin Na Revised: The Seizing Art of Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chin Na Revised: The Seizing Art of Tai Chi Chuan
by Jwing-Ming Yang
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Neijiaquan Martial Arts Manual, November 5, 2014
As Dr. Yang (2014) likes to stipulate, Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) or the actual combat aspect of Tai Chi (Taiji), which is also one of the predominant Neijiaquan (Internal combat methods), is expressed externally in four functions: wrestling (shuai), striking (da), kicking (ti) and seizing/controlling (na), and this book deals specifically with the Chi Na (also Qin Na). (p.xii)

This is exactly what is offered in this updated version of the 1995 Tai Chi Chin Na manual. The book is divided into seven chapters, where the first two chapters detail the general concepts of chi na, and the basic theory behind Tai Chi, respectively. A thorough investigation differentiates between Shaolin and Tai Chi chi na, the different levels of chi na applications, the fighting ranges and postures found in Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan), and mind-breath control unity and harmony. Dr. Yang also describes the five different physical consequences of chi na (qin na) techniques being—all in Pinying—“fen jin” or dividing muscle and tendon; “cuo gu” or misplacing the bone; “bi qi” or sealing the breath “dian mai” or pressing the arteries; and “dian xue” or cavity press.

Chapters 3 and 4 lavishly illustrate and explain the eight fundamental patterns of “jing” manifestation (peng—wardingoff, lu—yielding, ji—squeezing, an—stamping, cai—plucking, lie—splitting, zhou—elbowing, and kao—bumping) in Tai Chi Chuan (Tainjiquan, and how these are deployed in the physical expressions of chin na (Qin na) techniques. There are numerous, well-focused black and white photographs showing the specifics of these applications with an adversary. Movement arrows are superimposed on the photos, to enhance the directional comprehension of each technique’s action.

Chapter 5 details Chin Na (Qin Na) applications found within the various Tai Chi (Taiji) postures and how to effectively engage such actions. This chapter affords one a look into the pragmatic deployment of Chin Na, as it would be properly deployed in a combative environment.

Chapter 6 provides an introduction to Tai Chi push hands with Chin Na (Qin Na) activated during push hand exercises.

Appendix A provides the names of the various Chin Na (Qin Na) technique.
Appendix B offers a translation of 37 Tai Chi postures.
Appendix C is the translation and glossary of Chinese terms used in the book.

Overall, if one has a strong interest in Chin Na (Qin Na) and Tai Chi (Taiji) specifically, and Neijiaquan (internal Chinese martial arts) generally, this will be a comprehensive manual, offering a solid foundation in the combative applications of Chin Na through a Tai Chi (Taiji) format. This is especially helpful for any academic research into traditional Chinese and Japanese martial systems.

I recommend this manual, highly.

Tai Chi Sword Classical Yang Style: The Complete Form, Qigong, And Applications, Revised
Tai Chi Sword Classical Yang Style: The Complete Form, Qigong, And Applications, Revised
by Jwing-Ming Yang
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Manual of Sword Work, November 3, 2014
YMAA Publications presented this book to me, directly, for the purpose of reviewing it. I was very pleased with this updated version of Dr. Yang's 1999 edition.

The sword is the one tool man designed that was specifically designed as a weapon for combat. The spear, the bow and arrows and axe all had other primary purposes for survival, but also seconded well as weapons for combat. This very aspect of the sword has given it a unique place in combat, over which humans possess both spiritual and functional reverence for this tool of war.

The very structure of the sword dictates its overall, optimal functionality and movement criteria. The Tai Chi sword in Dr. Yang’s book is a double-edged, hand-and-a-half hilted sword, approximately a yard long, with a uniform profile taper. This form of a sword finds its strength in sheering powerful blows and deep, penetrating thrusts, and this is exactly the applications Dr. Yang demonstrates through the book, both as individual, basic movements, and then later as advanced applications against an adversary. The uniqueness of this specific design Dr. Yang has chosen in the teaching of the Tai Chi, is that this style of sword can be wielded powerfully single-handedly, with the second hand adding to the power transfer when required.

The complex history, design, anatomy and basic sword actions of this Tai Chi sword from China of Old is well explicated in the beginning chapters, with subsequent chapters detailing a progressive study, conditioning and training paradigm, in a smooth, unfolding way. The basics are all here. Conditioning for sword work, gripping the sword, stances, footwork, power generation, cutting and stabbing actions, parrying correctly—edge to flat, and body evasiveness. The book explains the essence and importance of power generation and the unique applications of breath and body control found in all neijiaquan methods of combat.

Dr. Yang provides the esoteric and poetic names for the different sword movements and their combat applications, which is a practiced found in all sword traditions—Occidental and Oriental. What I always have enjoyed about Dr. Yang’s books are the translations within the book. One always can find the English, the Romanized version of the Chinese and then the actual Chinese characters of that Romanized Chinese word or term. One gets a richer account of the actual history.

The book itself, is a 226 page 7 1/8th x 9 3/8th inch paperback, filled with clear, well-focused, black and white photographs (at least in my version), expressing all of the movement applications with directional arrows conveying the correct direct in the swords are moving. The book concludes with a detailed glossary of terms and index.

Overall, this book is well done, from its construction to contents. What one might also discover with close academic study of this book and how it relates to universal sword work, is that when you compare this training manual, say, to the old Western Martial Arts medieval treatises, sword work is sword work. Such movement reflects a combative structure, designed for real combat, or an entertainment structure designed for enjoyment. In this book, applications remain combative in their form and essence.

The book reflects how there is much more the same and similar when using the sword, across cultures, than there are differences. One will witness this, reading the book, when one’s perceptual assessments are removed from personal confirmation biases to a certain way of doing things. The sword’s structure dictates its optimal function within the hands of a human being moving it. Sword and man remain the connecting parameters, dictating how one moves in relationship to another sword and man. Dr. Yang has captured this truth in his book and shares it well.

Simplified Tai Chi Chuan: 24 Postures with Applications & Standard 48 Postures (Revised)
Simplified Tai Chi Chuan: 24 Postures with Applications & Standard 48 Postures (Revised)
by Shou-Yu Liang
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Amalgamation of Tradition, June 25, 2014
Simplified Tai Chi Chuan is a detailed and updated work providing comprehensive demonstration of the traditional 48 forms of tai chi, along with the 24 postures based on the Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan, created by the Chinese Athletic Committee in the 1950s.

The first aspect of the book covers the history of tai chi chuan, and its fundamental Taoist history, addressing the philosophical approach to explaining life’s ambiguities through Yin/Yang concepts and qigong. From here, we are able to receive a full body warm-up, preparing us for our exercises and utilizing qigong. The book is very progressive in its format, offering a sequential order of applications.

The black and white photos depicting all of the postures are all well done and easily viewed without confusion—good contrast for the most part, especially when two models are working together demonstrating the combative applications.

The 24 postures found in this text, with their combative applications, represent the simplified version of tai chi created in 1956 by the Chinese Sports Commission, “with the goal of standardizing and popularizing” tai chi chuan. All of the English names with the Chinese components are listed. The combative applications provided with the simplified 24 postures retain their original combative flavor, consistent with what is utilitarian in a combative environment.

The 48 postures depicted in the manual are a 1976 creation of the Chinese National Athletic Association, whereby combined components of the Yang, Chen, Wu and Sun styles of tai chi chuan were amalgamated to create this unique sequence that is still performed with the Yang Style flavor. The English and Chinese names are all listed for each of the postures.

Over-all, the book remains a solid reference and instructor’s guide for those who wish to instruct/teach tai chi chuan, while keeping its combative nature intact. After all, China has a long, harsh experience and tradition of military and war sciences and arts that transcends Western thought or application.

Shaolin Staff Basic Sequences (YMAA Kung Fu)
Shaolin Staff Basic Sequences (YMAA Kung Fu)
DVD ~ Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflective of Medieval Pole-Arms Work, June 8, 2014
YMAA provided me with a copy for review, directly from their company.

Dr. Yang’s "Shaolin Staff" is indicative of medieval spear and halberd work, born of a time when the spear/halberd were the principal battlefield weapons, and traditional martial arts were about men closing with and killing one another with arrow, spear, sword, mace and dagger on the linear, three-dimensional battlefield. The actions demonstrated in detail within this DVD selection, reflect this linear, three-dimensional environment that was traditional warfare.

The staff used is a heavy wooden staff that has a length from the ground to the practitioner’s eyebrows. The fundamental footwork, coordinated smoothly with all of the staff’s actions clearly inform the viewer how to manipulate this weapon with power and grace. Diagonal, vertical and horizontal striking, pronated, supinated and neutral hand position thrusting, sliding, adhering, evading, and power production are all included in the fundamentals of this video offering. Dr. Yang takes the practitioner first from a stationary position, gaining the feel for the correct procedural memory of actions, and then engages dynamic, three-dimensional movement with the staff, instructing how to generate coordinated power and accuracy, in a fluid execution of combined movements. Power and grace remain the theme, with elusive, yet direct application of the staff as a weapon and not an accessory to a judged dance.

Following the fundamental lessons, there are pre-arranged, two-person sparring drills and free sparring drills, shown at various speeds and degrees of power, such that, the viewer captures a clear idea about how to ingrain the specific skill-sets into one’s procedural memory.

Finally, two formal sequences are demonstrated, which contain all the fundamental elements of combative staff work, which remains true to its original roots of medieval combat. With the rise in popularity of Western European Martial Arts, where groups are resurrecting combative elements of European medieval combat from old treatises and academic guess work, this video offers very solid, realistic actions of how long pole arms were used as weapons during this time frame. Don’t let the name Shaolin deter from the fact that spears and glaives remain spears and glaives, whether from the Orient or the Occident, and the staff work in this video reflects this solidly.

Well done, Dr. Yang.

Ontario Spec Plus Gen II SP43 Knife (Black)
Ontario Spec Plus Gen II SP43 Knife (Black)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Tactical Design, March 31, 2014
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The Ontario SP-43 that I received possesses an 8 inch, drop-point blade of 5160, well-tempered steel blade. The blade owns a full flat grind with a sharp, 20 degree edge bevel on this specific blade. The over-all length is 13 inches. The widest portion of the belly of this knife measures in at 1 5/8 inches, which provides superb cutting geometry. The blade's distal profile is acute, measuring from the hilt at 3/16 of an inch to the tip of 1/16th, with a even profile taper up to the last 2 inches of the blade and then acutely tapers into its drop point, making for excellent, swift thrusting geometry.

The blade weighs less than 16 ounces, over-all, with the balance point directly at the blade/hilt junction, making this specific design extremely fast in the hand.

The initial survivability exam proved the blade's tough, resisting cracking and breaking at the hilt juncture, or along the length of the blade itself at below freezing temperatures (14 degrees outside).

The one weakness of this total product is the sheath. The sheath is an inexpensive nylon shell with a removal plastic insert that does not fit the blade. There is much movement of the blade within this sheath, and the horizontal snap designed to secure the handle and knife, does not fit the circumference of the handle. Therefore, the knife cannot be secured in its sheath, making the sheath unusable. My remedy will be to make my own kydex sheath for this knife to sustain its potential tactical design.

I have no issues with this item's poorly made and fitted sheath. I buy the knife--not the case in which it arrives. I tend to make my own sheaths, anyway, as most sheaths today are really NOT well made nor very tactical. This is why I do not subtract my rating from the product, which is all for the knife and not the sheath. If a sheath is a deal breaker, well think long and hard before buying.

Over all, the knife alone is five stars. The sheath is a negative five stars.

Arthur Bodhi Chenevey
Hikaze Learning Corner
Home of DCAS in USA

Staff Fundamental Training - Tai Chi and Shaolin Techniques
Staff Fundamental Training - Tai Chi and Shaolin Techniques
DVD ~ Dr. Yang
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the Contextual Nature of Linear Combat of Yore, March 27, 2014
When we approach any martial discipline from the stand-point of what is actually traditional, we must go back to when armies clashed with armed men on the battlefield, fighting each other in organized formations. Be it Western or Oriental warfare from Ancient to Medieval times, the primary weapons were spears and halberds, arrows and bows. The sword was transitioned to finish off the enemy—usually already wounded from spear or arrow.

When we understand the contextual environment of such weapons used in this form of combat, we can better understand the two dimensional clash, with warriors using their spears, pikes and other haft-weaponry, three dimensionally. The powerful use of the weapon demanded getting one’s full body behind every movement made with this staff-weapon.

Keeping this in mind, we see Dr. Yang explaining the basics of his staff work, as an art that has clearly evolved from this aforementioned martial (traditional) context—two dimensional clash with three-dimensional application of the weapon.

The video provides are detailed demonstration of the six primary groupings of motor skill movement that make up the traditional usage of the battlefield spear in its two-dimensional battlefield, three-dimensionally deployed.

The fundamental grouping of motor skills first shows the proper hand-hold manipulation of this extension weapon with “sliding.” From this hand-held manipulations, we observe the powerful “stinging” with the staff as though it was used as a spear, in its second grouping of “sliding stinging.” These are powerful actions, where the entire body is behind each application, along the three planes of orientation and movement: frontal, transverse and sagittal.

The third group is “chopping,” which is striking with the staff. If one were to imagine a halberd or glaive type weapon, we can understand the utility of power strikes using an extension weapon. Dr. Yang instructs that the staff is the fundamental weapon from which all other movements will arise, with slight variations.

The fourth grouping of motor skills with this staff is the “coil stinging,” which are very fast and deceptive whipping actions, which would be actions one would use to deflect another’s spear and proceed too riposte with a strike of our own. These actions are also very deceptive and can change directions quickly, feinting one way and striking on a different angle altogether. Throughout the video, which is indicative of Tai Chi/Shaolin movements, is the need for adhering and sticking to the enemy, while we repel and elude the enemy’s weapon, assisting our own movements with feints and body elusiveness.

The fifth group of skills includes: Advancing-retreating actions coupled with Circle-sealing. These are full body movements that show a powerful grace indicative of correct spear/pike work through this staff work. This is evasive body movement that allows one to avoid incoming attacks yet still adhere to the enemy’s movements to effectively counter strike and neutralize the enemy’s ability to counter.

The sixth and final grouping of fundamental motor skills is Four-corners Repel and Neutralizing, which involves utilizing the staff as a counter-offensive weapon against other staff-like weaponry, all along the three dimensional planes of movement. Defeat the attack by attacking the attack on an off-angle or feint or body evasiveness, sums up the basics, mastered.

The unique quality I appreciate with this video presentation is the true offensive and counteroffensive nature of this weapon, which remains true to its origins as the primary battlefield weapon: spear/glaive/pike/halberd, all of which were offensive/counteroffensive in their deployment.

The three students that we demonstrating these groups of actions showed varying levels of skills, to which Dr. Yang made the necessary corrections. I appreciate it when video producers allow different levels of skills being demonstrated. From these different skill levels, one gains a much more in-depth example of how the skills develop progressively.

Over all, I found this video presentation to offer a solid foundation of traditional staff work, which remains true to the actual offensive and counteroffensive nature of the principal battlefield weapon of yore. There are no theatrics or fancy twirling, whirling and flipping of the staff so common today in the highly competitive and entertaining sport’s karate tournaments. If one visualizes a spear point and a butt spike on the staff throughout the teachings, one gains a better understanding as to why we do this, this way. Dr. Yang remains true to the combative roots of this weapon from start to finish, with the solid basics that made this THE primary battlefield weapon (along with the bow and arrows) in Ancient and Medieval times.

Arthur Bodhi Chenevey, RM, DD
Hikaze Learning Corner

Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers in Mixed Martial Arts and Why There’s No Such Thing as a Fair Fight
Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers in Mixed Martial Arts and Why There’s No Such Thing as a Fair Fight
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There's no such thing as a fair fight...", March 20, 2014
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Statistics often get a bad wrap, usually from people who neither understand what statistics provide, or that that someone is on the negative receiving end of what the statistics are showing. Stats are merely objective numerical measurements to show relationships exist. They are not supposed to prove the truth--that's what experimentation is for with control groups and a specific independent/dependent variables set up to prove causation.

This book offers a very solid account and measurement of all the various motor skill occurrences within mixed martial arts fights, with the various correlations that exist between actions and results of those actions from the individuals engaging these actions. Again, cause and effects are not being proven--merely relationships are established. But with these numbers, one can discover objective measurements of what happens in the arena. How one then interprets these measurements become the task of the interpreter, and his conclusion then become where the errors lie--not with the numbers themselves.

An example is we see the book offering positional breakdowns, measuring the likelihood of achieving positional control over your opponent per takedown. We see back control is at 20%(does that mean it has an 80% failure rate? Or does it mean other positions were attempted, and this was what occurred 20% of the time? Or does it mean back control is easier to achieve than full mount?) and full mount control is at 13%. On the following page we see how long these positions are maintained with time spent in this positional control. In seconds per position achieved, when back control is obtained, the competitor measures in at sustaining the position for forty seconds of control over the twenty-four seconds of control in the full mount. What does this mean? The numbers are there--what they mean are arguable--but this is a start into really seeing the who, what, when, where, why and how of motor skill applications with subsequent results. make sure you see all the existing variables interacting before coming to a conclusion.

For those who like objective measurements to assist them in training more wisely and getting a more, in-depth understanding to what is going on in this highly competitive, athletic endeavor, FIGHTNOMICS provides the objective numbers, and the author's evaluation of those numbers. The numbers don't lie. These alone make the book incredible valuable for any coach, student, practitioner, and/or trainer in the MMA arena. This is the purpose for me choosing to obtain the book, as I can then look at the numbers myself and draw my own conclusions. Without the numbers, I am flying blind.

The author writes in a relax style that I found flows well, even as he assesses the numerical values, and more often than not, I found myself agree with his many assessments. Where he was emphatic about something, I found myself being a tad more flexible and open to other assessments with the numbers, but that is what stats provide: An objective measurement of events. How one interpret the numbers remains the responsibility of each interpreter, and herein lies the place for the errors--not in the stats--of course, unless someone miscounted or used the incorrect formula.

The book is well made, well published, fun to read and offers the objective measurements of motor skill occurrence and their outcomes. It is a excellent, one-of-a-kind manual for seeing past the emotional hype the UFC-MMA generates to see more clearly what actually occurs in the octagon.

Well done, Mr. Kuhn.

A.Bodhi Chenevey
Hikaze learning Corner
Home of DCASinUSA (YouTube)

Joint Locks by Rory Miller
Joint Locks by Rory Miller
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth of Joint Locks Finally Revealed, February 21, 2014
This review is from: Joint Locks by Rory Miller (DVD)
I received this DVD directly from YMAA Publications for the purpose of reviewing said material.

I personally have been waiting for someone with real world experience managing human violence, who also owns the same practical contextual approach to jujutsu training and grappling martial arts. Enter Rory Miller and his new video offering addressing the truth of joint locks.

In this 60 minute presentation, Miller provides an in-depth explication on the simplicity and functionality of joint locks, as well as their fundamental weakness and failings.

Six principles (maximizing leverage, two-way action, using gravity, ‘basing,’ ‘stacking,’ and ‘gifts’—buy the DVD for details) are covered that must be engaged and adhered to in a simultaneous fashion in order for any joint lock to actually work under duress against uncooperative, resistant suspects. He then proceeds to demonstrate how to apply these six principles to the various joints of the body, detailing the specific anatomy of the various types of joints, and how to best apply these principles, making for a lock that actually does what it needs to do.

Miller conducts a class with various individuals present, each owning a specific level of skill, and then shows these practitioners the very easy approach to learning and applying joint locks. This provides the viewer with a more realistic example of how we learn these manipulations and how we may apply them on different people, from different angles of approach, while under duress. Miller then demonstrates how easily it is to slip out of, and walk away from, standing joint locks and restraints when all of the six principles are not applied simultaneously.

This reviewer began his journey in martial arts, beginning in 1958 with wrestling and Traditional Kodokan Judo. The very first thing one learns in these two disciplines is that to mechanically shut down a human entity not wanting to be mechanically shut down, head and hip control must be forthcoming, simultaneously. I am excited that this truth is finally revealed and demonstrated clearly by a man of skill and experience.

A. Bodhi Chenevey
Director: Hikaze Learning Corner
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Stay in the Fight!! Warriors Guide to the Combat Pistol
Stay in the Fight!! Warriors Guide to the Combat Pistol
by Kyle E. Lamb
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Explication on a Difficult Subject, December 1, 2013
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The teaching and learning of combat pistolcraft with and to a high degree of combat proficiency is both a difficult and timely process. Kyle Lamb has done a splendid job in dissecting this difficult task into key components and then presenting them in a progressive learning format that guides the student to potential mastery, should the student put in the hard and long work required.

This well designed manual, with its oversized, glossy paper and photo-rich environment, is organized into three parts of "core skills," "tools of the trade," and "intermediate and advanced skills." From here, each part is further broken down in the specific skill sets and tools making up each specific part.

For example, in part one of "CORE SKILLS" we will find firearms safety addressed first and foremost, followed with dry firing work, stance, grip, sighting, presentation of the pistol, the draw, DON'T double tap, loading/unloading, reloads, malfunctions, concluding with analyzing marksmanship errors.

Each subpart provides distinct photographs demonstrating the minute details of both correct and incorrect execution of the above skill sets, such that, even with different body builds, one can capture the relaxed, yet paradoxical aggressive postures, positions and motor skills being taught. The elaboration on correct motor skill execution is clearly witnessed and thoroughly explained in a common, well-written language that keeps things on track without digressing into any philosophical biases.

The second part offers the reader an in-depth explanation of the various pistol hardware and accessories available to the student. The information addressing firearms and firearms' accessories offers choices based on what has proven successful in hostile environments. We see pistol selection, lights, lasers, compensators and porting, handwear, training mentality, mindset and visualization training to facilitate procedural memory in all the aforementioned skill sets. Again, the photographs show in detail what is being imparted and discussed with clear black and white photos on a top quality, glossy paper, numbered in the typical Military Field Manual format that is easy to follow and find.

The final part three, delves into that complex realm of intermediate and advanced skill sets, which has much to do with actually managing the surrounding hostile environment and the shooter's relationship to this environment as it does with proper deployment of the tool itself, correctly. Here we will find the specific nuances of shooting on the move and while moving; one hand shooting with either the strong hand OR the support hand; weapons retention and contact shooting, along with shooting at distances and multiple flashlight techniques to aid the shooter in low-light and dark environments.

As a man who knows his material inside and out, the prose Mr. Lamb presents is a comfortable flow of coherent thought, without any literary jerks or jabs in the delivery to distract the reader. The book reads as though Mr. Lamb is offering a well-rehearsed, informative lecture to a captivated audience, professionally dictated in kind.

The Hikaze Learning Corner's library owns over 30 manuals specifically addressing the art and science of combat pistolcraft, from both well-known, popular authors and some less well-known professional shooters. And having read and reviewed them all over the years, Kyle Lamb's work does surmount all of these works, both in its specific approach to instruction, and in its solid A-1 data on combat pistol craft. Given the photographic details of both correct and incorrect actions of shooting the sidearm, this book is what I would label a college-level text on the subject of pistol craft with its subsequent skills requirements.

Well done, Mr. Lamb. I find few, if any weaknesses in this manual, and I am glad it is in our library for future reference, and as a teaching aid for those needing such professional guidance.

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