History of Professional Wrestling...

The Unreal Story Of Professional Wrestling Not many people know that the circus that we know today as Professional Wrestling actually owes its beginning to submission grappling and prize fighting. This documentary discusses some of the early origins of this form of entertainment.   The Unreal Story Of Professional Wrestling by...

The Japanese Sword

Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of a Katana? This insightful documentary interviews people in each stage of the craft. Vol. 1 – Japanese Swordsmiths Vol. 2 – Sword Polisher Vol. 3 – Bizenden Style Silversmith Vol. 4 – Scabbard Maker 10 Vol. 5 – Scabbard Painter Vol. 6 – Handle Wrapper Vol. 7 – Sword...

Renaissance Era Italian Fencing...

Renaissance Italian Lunge – A class on the lunge with the rapier in the Renaissance Italian style, taught by Warder Adrian Flechyr. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Italian Rapier: Four Invitations and...

Turkish Archery

Gökmen Altinkulp reveals his passion for archery. In this video, we get to see a real life depiction of the warriors described in historic sources. Altinkulp displays some of the incredible techniques mastered by medieval warriors   Extraordinary techniques in Turkish archery: Jarmakee and Majra Turkish archery is unique in many aspects. It has had remarkable influences on “Saracen Archery” through the Turkish mercanaries employed in early Islamic armies and have later founded the Mameluk State. The very early European records, especially that of Crusaders, was about Seljuk Turks who Crusader armies encountered at the very beginning. The video is about an interesting shooting technique, jarmakee, and using an over-draw device called “majra”. Pulling and releasing the string of a bow were executed with various techniques and thumb-release (or Mongolian release) was one of them. It is an old technique and has been used widely by many nations and tribes in history. Turks were one of those who perfected the technique and used for centuries successfully both on battlefields and in sport archery. Here we demonstrate how the shot is stabilized by this shooting technique and what an ancient Turkish archer might have been capable of. In Ottoman era sportive archery existed as early as 15th century. In the earliest capital cities Bursa and Edirne there were special archery fields called “okmeydani”. After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 Sultan Mehmed II “the Conqueror” established an okmeydani for archers in the newly named city Istanbul. Flight archery has always been popular all the 623 years (1300-1923) in which the Empire survived. Bilek siperi or siper was an over-draw device that has been used by flight archers to draw shorter arrows beyond the bow grip. Here you can see how it is used. Unboxing the...

Life Through Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu popularity as a self defense system has increased alot in the last couple of years. It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger person by using leverage and proper technique. The practioner applies joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Life Through Gracie Jiu Jitsu from olih on...

Wing Chun Documentary

A documentary on the art of Wing Chun, a sacred Chinese martial art and the ground roots of Bruce Lee’s success. This documentary follows William Cheung, decedent and one of the first students of Ip Man and close trainer and friend of Bruce Lee. The relationship between a father and son and the passing on of a Legacy so great that it will change the art of Wing Chun forever. Should the Legacy prevail or shall it collapse? Created by Alexander Innes. The Legacy (Documentary) from Mesmeric Film on...

African Stickfighting Methods

South African Underground Stick-Fighting Intonga stick fighting is a martial art that has been practiced in southern Africa for centuries. Each combatant is armed with two long sticks, one of which is used for defense and the other to attack. In several townships around Cape Town, stick fighting is making a comeback, and earning some people some money. Trans World Sport feature on the traditional South African sport of Nguni Stick Fighting. A former boyhood past time of Nelson Mandela. Some broadcasters felt it was too violent for TV. A demonstration of Zulu stick fighting that we saw as part of the village tour at DumaZulu, near Hluhluwe, South Africa. The Suri The Suri, also known as the Surma is a population numbering around 20 thousand that live in Southwestern Ethiopian by the Sudanese Border. The Suri, along with the Mursi and Meen all speak languages that belong to the Surmic language family under the larger Nilo-Saharan language phylum. The Suri, Mursi, and Meen are sometimes all referred to collectively as Surma numbering collectively around 80 Thousand. Cattle Culture Cattle are enormously important to the Suri. They bring status; when two Suri meet they’ll ask each other how many cows they have. Cows are a store of wealth to be traded, and a source of milk and blood. Bleeding a cow is more efficient than slaughtering it for meat, and blood can be drawn during the dry season when there’s less milk. An animal can be bled once a month, from the jugular. The animals aren’t generally sold or killed for meat, though they are slaughtered for certain ceremonies. They are treated with reverence. Fires are lit to keep them warm and to protect against insect bites, they are covered with ash. Every boy is given a young bull to look after, and his friends call him the name of his bull. The Suri sing songs in praise of their cattle, and mourn them when they die. Stick Fighting A sport and ritual the Suri take extremely seriously is stick fighting. In many cases, its a way for young men to prove themselves to the young women. The fights are held between Suri villages and the fights begin with 20 to 30 people on each side. Of these 20 to 30 people, all get a chance to fight one on one against someone from the other side. During these fights there are referees present to make sure all rules are being followed. Many stick fights end within the first couple of hits. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part...

Guro Dan Inosanto – 2012 Interview

If you saw Bruce Lee’s final film, The Game Of Death, you may remember Dan Inosanto from the infamous nunchaku duel. A Filipino-American martial arts master and member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Mr. Inosanto has graced the big screen as well as the cover of countless martial-arts magazines. &nbsp: In Part 2 of our discussion with Guro Dan Inosanto, the master schools us in a bit of Filipino martial art history, walks us through some basics, and explains why an eye gouge can be the best way to end a...

Guro Dan Inosanto on Kali...

From Rick Young’s Private Martial Art Collection this superb video shows a rare insight to one of Dan Inosanto Seminars in Edinburgh organized by Sifu Rick in...

Gurkhas Documentary

Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years, but who are these fearsome Nepalese fighters? “Better to die than be a coward” is the motto of the world-famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers who are an integral part of the British Army. They still carry into battle their traditional weapon – an 18-inch long curved knife known as the kukri.In times past, it was said that once a Kukri was drawn in battle, it had to “taste blood” – if not, its owner had to cut himself before returning it to its...

Renaissance Martial Arts Documentary

Explore the little known history and heritage of Medieval and Renaissance Fighting and Fencing skills of European Martial Arts in this unique one of a kind 10 part documentary. Distributed by Tubemogul. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part...

Kyuzo Mifune – The Essence of Judo...

Filmed in 1948 when Sensei Kyuzo Mifune was 73 years old Kyuzo Mifune-san was born on April 21, 1883, in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture, on Honshū Island in Japan, a year after the Kodokan was founded. On May 25, 1945, he was promoted to judan (10th dan), the fourth of 18 judoka to ever be so honored. In 1956, he wrote his classic book, The Canon Of Judo, still a remarkable exposition of judo history, philosophy, and technical description. To E. J. Harrison, he wrote a book foreword that was simple but expressed Mifune’s philosophical nature: “Freedom in continuous...