The Fighting Sword: Illustrated Techniques and Concepts

The Fighting Sword: Illustrated Techniques and Concepts

by Dwight C. McLemore

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Overview

The second in Dwight McLemore's Fighting Weapons series, The Fighting Sword began as a way for the author to chronicle his experience of commissioning a custom-made sword and then designing a training program to use with it. As he developed the sword-fighting concepts, techniques and combat scenarios for use with his sword, however, he realized that they could be adapted and used by anyone with a sword.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781983429781
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 737,505
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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.

Table of Contents

BOOK ONE: THE BIRTH OF A WEAPON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Deciding on a Sword Maker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Choosing a Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Selecting a Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
BOOK TWO: IN SEARCH OF FORM AND FUNCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Handle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Pommel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Guard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
BOOK THREE: TECHNIQUES AND CONCEPTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
The Influence of Kumdo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Guards, Footwork, and Movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Ground Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
Visualization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Cuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Thrusts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Blocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
Parries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111
Summary of Book Three . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127

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