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Below are links to vintage and historical martial arts articles, documenting the techniques of the past, which have been transcribed for this website.

WESTERN MARTIAL ARTS:

STICK DEFENSE:

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A History of Cane Self-Defense in America: 1798-1930

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Stick Defense for Women in New York: The “Royal Cane” Fencing of Regis Senac, 1898

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The Cane Self-Defense of Maitre d’Armes Justin Bonnafous, 1898

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French “La Canne” stick defense in the New York Sun, 1887
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Cane and Umbrella Self-Defense, by the Marquis of Queensberry

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Cane Defense Against Stick-, Knife-, and Gun-Wielding Thugs in the New York Tribune, 1903

PUGILISM:

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A Visit with Colonel Thomas Monstery, and a Conversation About the Art of Defense, 1886

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Vintage Boxing Techniques in the New York World and Daily Eagle, 1895

GRAPPLING:

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Cornish Wrestling and Grappling in America, by a New York City Professor

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Boxing Versus Wrestling: Proposal for an Early MMA Contest, 1922

JIU JITSU:

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“How the President is Taught Jiu Jitsu”

ASIAN MARTIAL ARTS:

JAPANESE SWORD ARTS (KENJUTSU):

"The balance of the body is entirely different from the Frenchman's."

Jigen-Ryu Swordsmanship, by a New York City-based Japanese Kenjutsu Master, 1903

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Jigen-Ryu Swordsmanship, by a New York City-based Japanese Kenjutsu Master, 1903. PART 2

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Japanese Sword Technique in the New York Sun, 1904

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Japanese Sword Technique in the American News, 1906

FILIPINO MARIAL ARTS (KALI / ARNIS):

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Filipino Martial Arts Reported in a New York Newspaper, 1900

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