Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

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Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby MEversbergII » 25 Apr 2014 14:35

This one: http://www.lulu.com/shop/hugh-knight/th ... 8C657D3E01

Is it worth picking up? How does it read?

My informal little club has come back to wrestling as our primary focus, after realizing nobody was going to shell out for weapons-grade equipment and that our dagger-game wasn't going to advance well without good wrestling. Also, it is basically a full body workout, which is nice.

So I'm setting out on a quest to find some good sources, especially those that deal with the "clinch", as it is. I have codex Wallerstein but I haven't gotten to go back through the wrestling section. We have noticed that by and large we end up at what I think Wallerstein calls "the long arms" - where we grip each other somewhere around the elbows. Guessing that's a good place to start.

I've a bunch of modern combatives manuals I should probably mine through as well, though I think I'd like to preserve the "historical" part of our meets best I can.

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The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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Re: Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby Cutlery Penguin » 25 Apr 2014 16:06

Any styles in particular?
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Re: Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby MEversbergII » 26 Apr 2014 03:45

Could be my brain-rot, but I'm not following you, mate.

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But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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Re: Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby Cutlery Penguin » 26 Apr 2014 07:53

Are there any styles of wrestling that you are looking for sources for? Are you specifically interested in wrestling at the sword, or just wrestling? Do you want standing wrestling only? Ground wrestling? Any time periods you aren't interested in? Is place of origin important?
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Re: Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby MEversbergII » 27 Apr 2014 20:07

Let's say unarmed, unarmored ringen.

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With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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Re: Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby Cutlery Penguin » 27 Apr 2014 23:22

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Re: Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby MEversbergII » 01 May 2014 20:22

Cheers; looks good. Take it the book isn't so useful?

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Re: Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby Cutlery Penguin » 03 May 2014 10:26

Personally I haven't read it, but then I've never been a big fan of Hugh Knight's work. Nothing against the man specifically, but he always comes across as being heavy on opinion and light on substance.
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Re: Anyone read "The Last Resort" by Hugh Knight?

Postby Reinier » 07 May 2014 06:28

Cutlery Penguin wrote:heavy on opinion


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