Monday, December 04, 2017

Paladin Press - Dwight C. McLemore's The Fighting Tomahawk

The Fighting Tomahawk

An Illustrated Guide to Using the Tomahawk and Long Knife as Weapons

by Dwight C. McLemore


296 pages, 11" x 8.5"


The low-tech, high-impact tomahawk has been carried by American soldiers in every conflict since the Revolutionary War. The same versatility and effectiveness that endeared the multipurpose tomahawk to frontiersmen and Native Americans also make it a valuable addition to the arsenal of modern combatants. It saw service in Vietnam, and it is currently being used by Special Forces members in Afghanistan and Iraq, including U.S. Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, for everything from engaging enemies to digging foxholes to opening ammo containers.

In The Fighting Tomahawk, Dwight McLemore traces the origins of the tomahawk and the fighting techniques that make it so brutally effective. Then, just as he did for the Bowie knife in Bowie and Big Knife Fighting System, McLemore utilizes his dynamic drawings to show how the tomahawk can be used singly or in combination with the long knife to win in both single- and multiple-opponent engagements. The illustrations depict offensive and defensive uses of the tomahawk and long knife, including the chop, cut, rake, deflection, intercepting punch, circular catch and pull, stab and more.

McLemore's home-study package for the tomahawk also includes step-by-step fighting scenarios, solo and two-person training schedules, instruction in throwing the tomahawk and applications of the war club.


Dwight C. McLemore is a retired combat arms officer with the U.S. Army and is an accomplished bladesman and instructor. He is renowned for his vast knowledge of Bowie and big-knife fighting and has more than 18 years of experience in self-defense and martial arts. The owner of the School of Two Swords, McLemore is rated expert level with the American Knife Congress, is certified in kung fu and holds 1st dan in kendo.


1) The Basics of The Tomahawk 
- History of The Tomahawk 
- Grips 
- Stances 
- Guards 
- Drawing the Tomahawk and Long Knife 
2) Offensive Use of The Tomahawk 
- The Cut 
- The Chop 
- Flourishing Drills for the Cut and Chop 
- The Punch 
- The Rake 
3) Defensive Use of the Tomahawk 
- The Deflection 
- The Intercepting Punch 
- The Circular Catch and Pull 
- The Two-Handed Block 
4) The Long Knife 
- Brief History of the Long Knife 
- Grips 
- Flourishing 
- The Stab 
- The Scissor Catch 
5) Engagement sets 
6) Training Supplements 
- Solo Sets 
- Throwing the Tomahawk 
- Sample Training Schedule 
- Applications for the Indian War Club

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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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