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Highland Knife Fighting: With the Dirk and Sgian Paperback – January 1, 2007

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About the Author

Christopher Thompson is the author of Lannaireachd:Gaelic Swordsmanship, a training manual on the use of the Highland broadsword. A resident of Portland, Maine, Thompson is the president of the Cateran Society, a national organization that promotes historical fencing with Highland weapons.

In 200, Louis Pastore began researching martial arts that were practiced throughout Scotland and Europe. In 2004 he was accepted as a pupil of John Wesencraft, the only surviving teacher of the Highland dirk dance, as taught to Tom Flett in the 1950s.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581605668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581605662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highland Knife Fighting with the Dirk and Sgian" is both a fun-to-read and instructional book about a unique style of knife-fighting. Numerous photos (with the instructors in Highland kilt) show how to use the dirk in the Highland fighting style.

The book consists of the following chapters:

1. The Dirk in Gaelic Society
2. Mastering the Dirk
3. Guards
4. Responding to an Attack
5. Throws from Highland Wrestling
6. Bone-Breaking
7. Knife Against Knife
8. Going on the Offensive
9. The Dirk Dance Positions
10. Exercises and Drills
Appendix 1-3
Glossary
About the Authors

The techniques of Highland Knife Fighting work best with a large knife (the Dirk), but the book also considers the Sgain Dubh as a hidden back-up to the Dirk.

As a student of knife fighting you can learn some basic techniques from this book. A student of Gaelic Society can learn a fun bit of history from this book as well.

More information about this style of fighting can be found from the Cateran Society.

Overall a great book !!!
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This book in combination with the info available on the authors websites are exactly what you need to learn this style. I've practiced martial arts for 30 years and have learned many forms from books. It can be difficult. Not so with this book, and especially if you join the organization and/or use the videos. Most, if not all of the information is given freely other than the cost of the books, which I find quite admirable and rare. I tried at first to learn from the videos alone, but the book gives more information and detailed instruction. Makes learning much easier because of the extra detail, and more fulfilling due to the history shared. All of the books in the series are very good and there is plenty of history, diagrams and reference. Again, quite rare these days. If you are interested in authentic information for the Highland and Gaelic martial culture, you probably wont find better than this. I will repeat this message on all the books because I feel the same for all of them. Each provides great instruction and history for the various weapons.
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Most books on knife fighting are written poorly and give a fantasy view of the subject and offer formulaic methods for dealing with knives and knife fighters, this book goes back to bare bone basics. It's written under the premise of men intent and killing each other in warfare. It helps shatters myths associated with knife combat because it goes back to brutal reality. While it won't impress those in search of what I deem "Jack in the Box" defenses ( I.e preempted attacks where both the attacker and defender know the move and harmonize in a prearranged set of scenarios)
It does however offer cold realities of blade combat and tactical food for thought , even though its written as historical reference its very useful information. It's one of the few books I've ever read that doesn't paint a favorable picture for the unarmed defender ( Realism) although the days of the Scottish highlander are long gone we can learn from the period and make well informed training methods in our present day skill sets, It offers a concise picture of warriors in combat to the death and the ruthless methods employed. A very good book if you study combatives or knife fighting or Scottish Warrior Culture. Highly recommended
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This is a good book and I think it's almost a five star book; I just wanted more material. What there is is well written and interesting. Good historical background and the illustrations are well done. A nice addition to the knifists library.
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I brought this book, thinking it would be another of those boring history books, talking a lot about what this group did, and what that group did. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while there is a history section, it is by no means boring. And the lessons on the Highland style of Knife fighting are both informative and useful. They are easy to follow, and once you have the basics, the rest just seems to flow from there.

If you are interested in Historical combat, re-enactment, or just like the idea of Highlanders, then this is the book for you.

I highly recommend this book.
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A fun read and silly coffee table book. Very informative but definitely not a "read this and put on a kilt and become the William Wallace of knife fighting". For anyone interested in Highland culture/history, HEMA-bros; or anyone interested in martial arts or knife fighting looking for a unique take on wielding a big freaking knife.
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Dieses kleine Buch vermittelt anschaulich und nachvollziehbar Dolchtechniken, die, auch ohne schottische Bekleidung, nüchtern auf den Punkt kommen. Keine Spielerei, sondern reine Anwendbarkeit. Dass man dazu noch etwas über eine Tradition lernen kann, wertet dieses Buch durchaus auf.
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More than a curiosity, nicely written manual on some appropriately ancient and yes, dangerously appropriate maneuvers, given the subject matter! Arrrrgh!
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