- Paperback: 147 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Pub (1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804816085
- ISBN-13: 978-0804816083
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secret Fighting Arts of the World Paperback – 1989
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I have since understood that Smith may have written Secret Fighting Arts of the World as something of a spoof, but I also found that at least one of the techniques outlined in this highly entertaining book actually works. As such, the book appears to contain both fact and fiction, leaving the reader to sort out which is which.
The MVD Special, for example, is an effective technique for dropping a belligerent to the ground suddenly, leaving him with no further desire to fight. I won't go into detail, only to say that I was surprised at its effectiveness in reducing an aggressive opponent helpless to continue.
I have no doubt that many of the other stories told so well by the author have at least some measure of basic truth, and having now purchased and read it again recently, I am still as entertained as I was when I first read it all those years ago.
The book is not up there with Smith's "Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods" but it is still a handy addition to one's martial arts library, just for its uniqueness alone.
I rate it 4 stars.
Thank You !!!
its just depend on the trainee or student who wants it bad enough
The delayed death touch, the Liverpool nutter, fist fighters of Benares, Ganges groin gouge, strangle of the thug, The Mexican knife, Parisian halitotic attack, the Canton corkscrew, a method to increasing Chi, the Macedonian buttock, the MVD special, the unexpected tactic, the Patagonian purr-kick, the dinky little poke, last of the great savate men, the Peking man, mélange of mayhem, a master of Kiai-jutsu, Icelandic postscript, and about the author.
In conclusion, this is a book that is amusing and fun to read. However, keep in mind that you will not learn any secrets about fighting but you will be entertained with lots of tall tales which are quite unique.
Rating: 4 stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths)