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Modern Hand to Hand Combat: Ancient Samurai Techniques on the Battlefield and in the Street [DVD Included] Hardcover – October 10, 2010
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"I have personally observed Hakim Isler teach his system to my soldiers operating in the toughest parts of Ramadi, Iraq. The confidence with which these soldiers were able to operate on the forward edge of the battlefield always paid dividends." —Michael Layrisson, LTC, USA
"I believe in Hakim Isler, and I believe in the system he has built based on our training together in Ohio and his life-saving experiences in the sands of the mideast. Enjoy Hakim's book. Learn and grow." —Stephen K. Hayes, from the Foreword
About the Author
Hakim Isler is the founder and owner of Elite Guard. LLC. a martial arts, fitness and security training company. He has been involved in the martial arts for 22 years and in the security field for eight years. He is a second-degree black belt in T-Shin Do (modern ninjutsu) as taught by world-renowned author and Black Belt Hall of Fame member, Stephen K. Hayes. Isler served as a sergeant in Army Special Operations, completing more than 300 combat missions in Iraq. He also developed and instructed military combatives systems for the army.
Stephen K. Hayes has spent over one-third of his life practicing and teaching the Oriental fighting arts. He is the first American ever accepted as a personal student by the master of the last historically unbroken ninjutsu tradition in Japan. He is the author of Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Ability.
Top Customer Reviews
The Modern Hand to Hand Combat book addresses the issue, looking back at the ancient Samurai warrior who was just as encumbered as the modern Infantry fighting man and fought the hard fights against their foes and still came on top.
A pretty good read, and the author has an extensive knowledge of various martial arts, but don't take his word for it. Read the material and take it with a grain of salt. In the end you, the reader decide what you want to believe.
In fact, at the beginning of Chapter 10 Technique Set One, the author states, "The purpose of this chapter is to give the reader an abbreviated view of the BPC Beginner Technique Set 1. Not all the techniques in this set are shown, because I didn't want the reader to look at the techniques and feel as though they could use these techniques in the real world without proper instruction." He continues with, "Furthermore, because this system was designed primarily for the American military combatant, it is important that the full dynamics of the techniques (as well as the curriculum) not be divulged in an open source fashion." This is why I say this book and accompanying DVD teach about the system, rather than teach the system itself.
With that said, I still believe there is much value in this book and DVD.Read more ›
Mr. Isler does a great job of showing the similarities between the warriors of old (the Samurai during the Sengoku period in 16th century Japan) and today's modern combatant on the fields of Iraq and Afghanistan. It truly lends itself to the adage of `what is old is new again.' He offers a no-nonsense approach to the fact that a confrontation should be handled and then the mission continued. This is something that is lacking in today's MMA `arena based' confrontations. In actuality, the mission may continue for minutes, hours, even days after an encounter and BPC (Battlefield Proximity Combat) addresses this in detail.
The book is well written and has detailed pictures and easy to understand text. The accompanying DVD is a great supplement and an added bonus at the price. I would highly recommend this to the service member, law enforcement, security or anyone involved in deployment operations. Great addition to your library!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for those that are looking at realistic self-preservation in combat. Many assume that they may have the time to strip down to surf board shorts, and know the rules of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
To say soldiers Need to fight like the samurai in body armor is a stretch. The main thing that we have in common with the samurai is the warrior spirit. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Mike
I bought this book under the premise it was a technical manual, as it was so presented. It is not really so. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book should be titled "Combatives by Ninjas for Ninjas" If you want to know how people who have been traiing in Ninjitsu for the last ten years think Soldier should be... Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by James J
I have read this book at the local bookstore. It does have good color pictures however it does not address all of the needs of the modern fighting system. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by William B
Great read! As a soldier and veteran, we are always taught, "TRAIN AS YOU FIGHT!" So why haven't we been doing that in our combatives training? Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by Timberlyn
14 years of teaching western martial arts, Rapier and Long Sword 10 plus years of armored sword combat. Read more
Reading this book was a great experience. The techniques described are very useful in an armored combat situation, and I like the way they are presented. Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by BTE