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The Fighting Arts—Their Evolution from Secret Societies to Modern Times

by Michael Rosenbaum

This book traces the evolution of the martial arts from the ‘old worlds’ through today’s modern times. Expounds on cultural influences, differences between civilian and military warfare, myths and legends, segmentation of the arts in modern cultures and a discussion of the realities of terrorism.


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Release date: 
October 1, 2002
Paperback: 144 pages
8.94 × 6.26 × 0.5 in
ISBN: 9781886969216
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This book traces the evolution of the Fighting Arts from the 'old worlds' through today's modern societies. It divides it's contents into two parts. "The Early Development of Martial Arts" & "Our Modern Culture and Martial Arts".

Part one explores ancient classical fighting arts and the cultural influenced that helped to shape them. Time is spent discussing the differences between civilian and military warfare along with the myths and legends of old.

Part two focuses on the assimilation of these "ancient arts" into modern western societies. The segmentation of these arts for the western practitioner along with the role martial arts have in today's society is given prominent attention. A final section discusses the realities of terrorism yesterday and today.

  • Learn why there are so many martial art styles.
  • Understand why the military doesn't train "classical" martial arts.
  • For all styles and all levels of experience.


About the Author

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael J. Rosenbaum began his martial arts training at the age of five when his father instructed him in both Judo and Boxing. At the age of fifteen, he began studying Isshin Ryu Karate and by the time of his seventeenth birthday he had been introduced to the Burmese fighting art of Bando. At the age of eighteen Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army. He went through infantry school, airborne school, jungle warfare school, and was a member of the elite 82nd Airborne division, where he put his … More »