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  1. lklawson

    Looking for original 1910 BSA merit badge handbook

    Help me find a book! I'm looking for an original 1910 U.S. Boy Scouts "Master at Arms" merit badge handbook. I've already found and republished the 1926 edition but that is a much later edition and it's British. The U.S. BSA "Master at Arms" badge was discontinued almost immediately, in 1911...
  2. lklawson

    Passing of Dwight McLemore

    Sadly I have heard that Lt. Col. Dwight McLemore (ret.) has passed. The world has lost a good man, a talented martial artist & instructor, and a skilled author & illustrator. Dwight wrote, illustrated, and even published, many books, including Quarterstaff and Tomahawk, but was best known for...
  3. lklawson

    Belt Bunnies

    I used to think that Belt Bunnies really weren't a big deal. Consenting adults can have sex with whoever they want. But we've got a belt bunny who's dragging drama along with her. Fortunately, she's mad at me and didn't show up for class this last time. Seems that when she couldn't seduce...
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    Source for training staff wasters

    I'll be teaching a series of classes on the historic use of staves and "quarterstaff" in western culture soon. I'm looking for a source of inexpensive staves. These will get beaten about, smashed into each other, and generally chewed up. I want something like 1.25" - 1.5" rattan or bamboo...
  5. lklawson

    Fighting with a Flail

    From Jakob Sutor, in his 17th Century "fight book." No, I can't read it. ;) but there is a translation here: Jakob Sutor von Baden ~ Wiktenauer, the world's largest library of HEMA books and manuscripts ~ Insquequo omnes gratuiti fiant Peace favor your sword, Kirk
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    Jack Hood's Unusual Left Hook

    How Jack Hood Used to Land a Left Hook. Thumb down. 19553 by lklawson Just something fun and interesting. :) Peace favor your sword, Kirk
  7. lklawson

    Careful Boy. There is a good reason I am old...

    I've seen this "T-Shirt meme" several times, usually with a "tactical" or "viking" theme, but I couldn't find one with a Judo theme. So I made them myself. The custom Dark T-Shirt I designed on The custom Men's Classic T-Shirts I designed on The custom Sweatshirt...
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    Unarmed martial arts and self-defense law in the US

    It is a common misconception that unarmed martial art techniques are not considered deadly force in the United States. Very often they are. And not just punching to the head or the like. Did you know that even joint locks at the elbow knee or ankle can be considered deadly force under most law...
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    NRA Certified Rifle Instructor in/near Lewistown, PA needed

    NRA Certified Rifle Instructor in/near Lewistown, PA needed to assist with youth High School air rifle team. I have a friend who has managed to convince his PA HS to start an Air Rifle team. They've put him in charge of it, even given him a budget for equipment. But he needs an NRA certified...
  10. lklawson

    Green Belt Syndrom and Firearms

    I wrote this a couple months back. Thought you might find it entertaining. :) Green Belt Syndrome Peace favor your sword, Kirk
  11. lklawson

    Teddy Roosevelt

    "While President I used to box with some of the aides, as well as play single-stick with General Wood. After a few years I had to abandon boxing as well as wrestling, for in one bout a young captain of artillery cross-countered me on the eye, and the blow smashed the little blood-vessels...
  12. lklawson

    Weapon/Tool Development/Anthropology... Formerly Blocking useless?

    Why? What if the goal of studying that MA is to maintain a historic art form? In that case if it "evolved" then it would be changed, different, and no longer the historic art form. Not every reason for studying a martial art, not every reason for the existence of a martial art, is the same...
  13. lklawson

    Question on Your Testing Standards

    This is related solely to my own personal development. OK, knife-arts guys & gals. What is your "belt test" requirements for each belt going up through your equivalent of Black Belt? What is the time-in-grade, required "techniques" list, level of acceptable skill for the listed techniques...
  14. lklawson

    Free Combat Revolver manual

    Those of you who know me on Facebork may have seen this timeline post just go up. I have completed the republishing the rare WWI combat revolver manual "The Service Revolver and How to Use It" by Captain Charles D. Tracy. Tracy explodes some myths about skills and knowledge that we now have...
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    Ring Combat, not that kind of ring. Wrestling over possession of a large rubber ring as a sport. Ring-Combat A Novel 1920s Wrestling Sport Peace favor your sword, Kirk
  16. lklawson

    The Danger of Credential Inflation

    First, apparently I am not charging enough for my classes! But I digress... I like what this guy writes so I'm inclined to be charitable but his credential count of "certifications in more than 75 different weapons systems, defensive tactics programs, and law enforcement specialty areas" seems...
  17. lklawson

    Review: Remington R51

    My review of Remington's re-released "Gen 2" R51 compact pistol. Review - Remington R51 Peace favor your sword, Kirk
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    RIP Ken Pfrenger

    My good friend Ken Pfrenger died yesterday. He was 1 year older than I am, birthday late May, like me. They think it was a heart attack. When I first started studying Western Martial Arts, including old style Pugilism & Wrestling, I first reached out to Ken. Did a lot of good training with...
  19. lklawson

    Poll: Utility of Red Dot sights

    This is a poll about the utility of Red Dot sights in making consistent "minute of man" hits to the target. Do they offer quicker hits on target over traditional iron sights? This is only about their utility, not their durability or longevity. For the purposes of this poll, assume an "ideal"...
  20. lklawson

    Recreational Violence, Fall 2014

    You're invited to a day of martial arts from Western Civilization! Facebook page for the Event: All day event. $45 at the door. $35 for preregistration. Preregister by clicking "attending" here and pay by PayPal to...
  21. lklawson

    Celtic Martial Arts seminar

    OK, it's a subset of a Celtic Culture Festival. I'll be teaching some WMA, with a focus on Irish/Scottish material, at this Fest. I will be joining Ken Pfrenger and Randal Gustitis. Entrance fee is $20. October 26 - 27. Hagerstown, MD. Martial Arts instruction: Irish collar & elbow...
  22. lklawson

    Post Zimmerman public perception of Ground & Pound

    Here's a question for my Martial Arts friends. What impact will the Zimmerman trial have on martial arts in general and MMA in particular? To be specific, one of the key elements of the Self Defense narrative was that Martin had achieved a Mount position and was striking Zimmerman repeatedly and...
  23. lklawson

    The Four Pillars of Justifiable Deadly Force

    I've posted this elsewhere on some other boards, but I think it goes well here too. There has been a lot of discussion recently over what constitutes "Self Defense" and what is, and is not, "Justifiable Deadly Force." What has become clear is that many people simply have no idea whatsoever...
  24. lklawson

    New CBD Article: The Cross Counter: Where Boxing's "Cross" came from.

    New CBD Article: The Cross Counter: Where Boxing's "Cross" came from. Ever wonder why boxers call a certain punch a "Cross?" What, is it a religious thing? Did some olde timey English dude get mad, back when being "cross" was synonymous with being mad or something? Well, in a word... No...
  25. lklawson

    New article: How they hold the knife doesn't tell you if they know how to use it.

    New CBD article:How they hold the knife doesn't tell you if they know how to use it. "In the last few years, I've seen a lot of ink (electrons?) spilled over trying to gauge a person's skill based on how he holds the knife. Most of it revolves around looking at how a person holds the knife and...
  26. lklawson

    Recreational Violence X - now taking requests (sorta)

    In the planning stages of Recreational Violence X. It's a 10th Anniversary blowout so I'm looking at a "best of" selection as a possibility for my class(es). If you're considering going, hop on over to and sift through the old schedules. Sadly it doesn't have...
  27. lklawson

    Review of the 9th Annual Cumann Bhata Recreational Violence Weekend:

    Review of the 9th Annual Cumann Bhata Recreational Violence Weekend: Very small this year, by design. Ken probably should have canceled due to the fact that his wife, Shannon is more than just a little pregnant. Shannon, for her part, was, as always, the consummate hostess and insisted on...
  28. lklawson

    FS: Antique Boxing Manual - Corbett

    For Sale: "Scientific Boxing" by James J. Corbett. Fox's Athletic Publishing 1912. "Gentleman" James J. Corbett held the title of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion 1892 to 1897. Boxing under the Marquis of Queensberry rules, he is sometimes called The Father of Modern Boxing. Dubbed so because...
  29. lklawson

    FS: Nazi Mauser K98

    For Sale. Nazi marked Mauser K98. Why? Because I need to spend many hundreds of dollars getting trained up to help my son's Boy Scout troop (Ohio Troop 57). They want to do their Rifle Shooting Merit Badge. Since I ain't made of money, something must go. 1942 Mauser K98. I believe this...
  30. lklawson

    Bunkai/Hidden techniques - Split from "How Do I Quit"

    No, they're practical. You (as was I when I took Tang Soo Do) were just never taught what they were or how they actually work. Probably because no one else there knew either because they've never actually been in semi-real fighting, even a friendly fight. Let me see if I got this right...