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.
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 !!
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
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.
Easy to read. Drawing pictures gives a good idea of the techniques. Footprint-diagrams are sometimes more difficult to understand..but not impossible. Mr. McLemores ideas can be transferred to other fighting arts as well.