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All Power Fighting: A Fighter's View of Mixed Martial Arts from Achilles to Alexander


(The Broken Dance) (Volume 3) Paperback – April 14, 2018

All Power Fighting is the third Volume of The Broken Dance, and is the history of Pankration, of “The-All-Power-Thing” from its earliest inception in Archaic Hellas down to the death of Alexander the Great. Copiously illustrated, the lives and the methods of the ancient mixed martial arts champions are brought to vivid life. From the perspective of the fighter the martial culture of the ancient Greek warrior is examined, including the war arts of wrestling, dueling, archery, spear-throwing, stone-throwing and the pentathlon—the famed five contests.

https://www.amazon.com/All-Power-Fighting-Fighters-Alexander/dp/1986909581/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523785555&sr=1-4&dpID=41OF2zhdhiL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

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ShepApril 20, 2018 3:53 PM UTC

Winged Hermes hath alighted on my doorstep this morn with my copy of APF!

Praise Zeus!
BobApril 18, 2018 10:52 PM UTC

Cutting back to the dueling pistol stance, see Olympic "rapid fire" @ 08:08 where the aim comes from body rotation with fixed arm. (Interesting, potentially important point about dry firing for the budget-constrained, @ 12:15)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk-4maiu3hg
BobApril 18, 2018 10:16 PM UTC

Thanks for the clarification. 6lbs! That's frighteningly low.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpZpfuLfnR0
BobApril 17, 2018 11:44 PM UTC

A query for the MMA guys: researching arm-wrestling techniques, I was shocked to learn how fragile the humerus is to torsional pressure - 6lbs. is enough to shatter it. Apparently many arm-wrestlers break their own arms through poor technique. Isn't this tantamount to saying that a blow to the upper arm has a good chance of fracturing the limb and ending a fight/assault?

(Please excuse my intrusion on your book-launch post.}
responds:April 18, 2018 11:06 AM UTC

Bob, when Manny paid my partner and I last week we arm wrestled for the odd $20 and I thought about this as I gambled my Popeye forearm against his much larger bicep. I lost, of course, making sure to not fight on too hard after he started pressing my hand toward the countertop, as my Doctor had told me three days earlier, while we were at dinner with Dope Dick Jones, that he had spent the afternoon piecing together a shattered upper arm that had been broken in a Virginia MMA contest.
BobApril 17, 2018 11:33 PM UTC

Congratulations on the book!

Parenthetically, I was reading the Combat Shooting part of "USMC Kill or Get Killed" and thinking of the pistol duels of yore. The contenders never adopt today's LEO's favorite two-handed, frontal stance, but rather a single-handed, lateral body one. Given both speed and accuracy determine the winner, wouldn't this give pause to the modern sights-based approach to self-defense?
responds:April 18, 2018 11:25 AM UTC

I will dig into my dueling books and answer this as an article, Bob. Thanks.
ShepApril 16, 2018 4:10 PM UTC

Ordered!