Friday, March 13, 2009

EBOOKS: American Combat Judo by Bernard J. Cosneck

Kirk Lawson did it again! He transcribed another classic book. Check out Paladin Press reprinted the book but from my understanding there's 2 editions... the older one from 1940's and a newer one from after the War, in the 1950's. The newer edition doesn't have at the very least, the eye gouge. I'm not sure what else is not in the the 1950's that was in the older edition. Regardless, Kirk Lawson has available as a free pdf download the 1940's edition. As always, if you want the 'dead tree' version, you can order it from him to support his work in transcribing out-of-print martial arts manuals.


As a student at the University of Illinois, "Barney" Cosneck won two Big Ten wrestling championships. Later he served as Judo instructor in the armed forces, where he co-authored "How to Fight Tough" with Jack Dempsey. In "American Combat Judo" he has adapted the best of Japanese ju jitsu, French foot fighting, Chinese boxing and American wrestling to produce simple but effective techniques for defense and counterattack.

Authored in 1944 and illustrated with 188 photo sequences, this book, considered one of the cornerstones of American WWII era "Combatives" is a unique window into self defense theory and the early evolution of combined martial systems.


Steven M. Vance said...

Wow! I didn't know about his work preserving/publishing all these old manuals and books. I'll download 'em on my days off. Thanks for sharing.

Stickgrappler said...

hello Sun Bear:

*bows deeply*

Kirk Lawson is "teh awesome"! He rocks. Check his lulu page on and off as he is a hard-working man in transcribing all these rare/OOP manuals/books. Buy a book from him to support his efforts if you can.

While you are it, if you are interested in other ebooks and haven't checked out my other ebooks posts... do so when you can... loads available.

very truly yours in the MA,


Steven M. Vance said...

Ahhh...I see how where the people selling martial arts ebooks on Ebay have been getting there info. I'm glad, now, that I didn't spend the money with them to get this stuff. I'd rather give money to the people who did the actual work. Thank you.

Stickgrappler said...

Sun Bear:

Yes, never buy stuff off of ebay or websites until you check the net. Even if you google-fu is whitebelt level, you should be able to finid the stuff.

Of course, the vendors' argument is that they have collected the materials and burnt to disc and ready for your use and you saved on time where time is money. I guess it depends if you are the type of person that is willing to pay to save on your own time or the person who refuses to pay for something that is free.

Good luck!



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