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Bowie and Big Knife Fighting System


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Introduction: The Migration of Fighting Methods to the American Continent 1 Section One: Grips, Holds, Stances, Guards, and Presenting 17 Grips 19 Holding the Weapon 23 Fighting Stances 24 Guards 38 "Presenting the Blade" 41 Section Two: The Thrust 43 Fundamentals of the Thrust 49 "Giving Point" (Point of Impact) 50 Straight Thrust 52 Punta Mandritta 54 Punta Reversa 57 Reverse-Step Thrust 60 Matador Thrust 61 Punta Lunga (Lunge) 62 Primary Targets for the Thrust 64 Knife-Fighting Concept A: Target Areas 65 Knife-Fighting Concept B: Timetable for Death 72 Section Three: The Cut 75 Cutting Techniques 77 Application of the Cut 89 Knife Fighting Concept C: Window of Combat 89 Knife Fighting Concept D: Angles of Attack 94 Eight Angles of Attack 96 Angles of Attack to the Hand 105 Twelve Angles of Attack 109 Knife Fighting Concept E: Parry Against Angles of Attack 121 Parrying with the Edge, Flat, and Heel of the Blade 122 The Parry as a Single-Flow Drill 123 Knife Fighting Concept F: Disruption Attack (Taking the Hand) 141 Twelve-Angle Drill versus Eight-Angle Disruption Attacks to the Hand 142 Section Four: The Forever Principles 167 Anatomy of a Knife Fight 170 Inside the Area of Engagement 171 Ranges of Combat 172 Movement 173 Into the Engagement Area 173 Inside the Engagement Area 173 Distance 184 Angles (Angling) 185 The Spanish Circle 191 Seeing 198 Height or Elevation 199 Section Five: A Portfolio of Techniques, Drills, and Training Notes 201 Side Parry 204 Solo Set 1 (Side Parry, Punta Mandritta, Curl to Midline Back Cut or Side Parry to High-Line Back Cut) 211 Solo Set 2 (Inside Parry to the Left, Attack with Angle 3, Cross-Body Chamber to Punta Reversa) 217 Selected Bibliography

About the Author

Dwight C. McLemore is a retired combat arms officer with the U.S. Army and is an accomplished bladesman and instructor. He is renowned for his vast knowledge of Bowie and big-knife fighting and has more than 18 years of experience in self-defense and martial arts. The owner of the School of Two Swords, McLemore is rated expert level with the American Knife Congress, is certified in kung fu and holds 1st dan in kendo.

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