Friday, December 29, 2017

Paladin Press - The Complete Book of Urban Combatives

The Complete Book of Urban Combatives

by Lee Morrison

11" x 8.5", 194 pages



The Complete Book of Urban Combatives is based on what Lee Morrison teaches in his Urban Combatives (UC) curriculum. Morrison formed UC after 22 years of researching various Asian and Western methods of combat, incorporating the teachings of W.E. Fairbairn and E.A. Sykes, Charles Nelson, Geoff Thompson, Bob Kasper, and Kelly McCann, to name just a few. 

Morrison's reality-based UC is neither a sport nor an art. It is designed to counter street violence. Having been in his share of real blood-and-snot fights, first as a somewhat misguided youth and later as a doorman at pubs and nightclubs, Morrison knows that 30 seconds on the street is worth three years in the dojo any day of the week. His hard-earned experience also taught him that no one system has all the answers, necessitating that you keep an open mind and stay on the cutting edge of combatives. At UC, the essence of good self-protection is threefold:

  • Master a few well-honed personal security concepts. 
  • Add a realistic understanding of your enemy. 
  • Gain an understanding of fear and how you will react under pressure.

In this book, Morrison includes attribute-developing drills to help you develop these and other key combatives principles, as well as the combative mentality that must accompany every aspect of your training. The goal is to provide you with a functional game plan that can be tapered to your specific needs, whether for personal protection, or for law enforcement, military, or executive-protection duties.


Lee Morrison was born in Southeast London during the latter part of the 1960s to a single parent on a low income. Coming from a rough area and humble beginnings, he learned two things early on: that you have to stand up for yourself and that people treat you the way you let them. He began karate when he was 11 years old, training in various styles for the next seven years, but sought combat proficiency elsewhere after his karate moves failed him during a mugging by two thugs outside a London tube station. Over the years he has trained in Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Filipino weapon systems, wrestling, and Western boxing and combatives, but it was only after he started working as a club doorman that his urban combatives learning curve kicked in. He rapidly realized the need to whittle down his fighting moves to one or two good strikes that worked against all attacks.


1) Urban Combatives Influences 
2) What Does the Term Combatives Mean? 
3) What's the Difference between Martial Arts and Combatives? 
4) Formulating a Self-Protection Game Plan 
5) Understanding Fear and the Survival Stress Response 
6) Natural Resources and Body Weapons 
7) Combative Principles 
8) Street Grappling 
9) The Combative Use of Improvised Weapons 
10) Impact Delivery for Preemptive Striking 
11) Continuous Attack Sequences 
12) Situational Combatives against Common Attacks 
13) Awareness and Observation Drills 
14) Counterweapons Training 
15) Unarmed against the Blade 
16) Adapting to Your Environment

Index of Paladin Press site archived pages:

Stickgrappler's Note: I am guessing the Paladin site will be shut down at the end of the year and I'm archiving select Paladin Press pages to my blog to preserve an essential part of martial arts from 1970-2017. Archiving some of my favorite Paladin titles.



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