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Combatives Historical

Jack Dempsey vs. the Evil Robots

“I can whip any mechanical robot that ever has or ever will be made.” So said Jack Dempsey. Captain Billy Fawcet, former WWI Army Captain, apparently talked Jack Dempsey into doing this puff piece for Fawcett’s biggest magazine, Modern Mechanix, in 1934. The idea of the early sci-fi robot battling the hard hitting fighter is […]

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Combatives Self Defense Weapons

Paper Bludgeon: the Millwall Brick

The other day I read a post on Boing Boing about constructing the Millwall Brick, which is the first I had heard of it. The Millwall (or Chelsea) Brick is an improvised weapon constructed out of rolled and folded newspaper. The history behind the Milwall Brick is that football (soccer) hooligans, frisked at the gates, were […]

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Chinese M.A. Combatives

Mystery: Did Black Belt Ever Publish This Article?

I had an interesting email exchange the other day. The foremost researcher on H2H/Combatives instructor Dermot “Pat” O’Neill sent an image of page 10 from the January 1967 issue of Black Belt magazine. Here is the page (click on the image to open up to full size): As you can see, Black Belt announces that […]