Dirty Ground (Paperback)

The Tricky Space Between Sport and Combat

By Kris Wilder, Lawrence a. Kane

YMAA Publication Center, 9781594392115, 144pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2013

List Price: 18.95*
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Goals--what you are fighting for changes every element of how you fight

If you fight, you fight for a goal and you fight in an environment.

In a sport environment you want to win quickly and decisively, with solid assurances that your opponent will be able to get up and compete again tomorrow.

In a combat environment you also want to win quickly and decisively, but with solid assurances that your adversary cannot get up and re-engage.

In the tricky space between sport and combat, termed "drunkle" (a commingling of the words drunk and uncle), you may be wrangling an out-of-control friend or relative, someone you need to restrain but do not want to injure. This puts the responsibility of their safety entirely on you.

Understanding these environments is vital Appropriate use of force is codified in law and any actions that do not accommodate these rules can have severe repercussions. Your martial art techniques must be adapted to best fit the situation at hand.

The authors analyze 30 fundamental strikes, kicks and locks, and present 12 well-known sport competition forms modified for each of the three vital environments: Sport, Drunkle, and Combat.

Be Smart. Know how to adapt.

About the Author

Kris Wilder is author of seven books and the head instructor/owner of West Seattle Karate Academy. Kris has trained marital arts across the United States and Okinawa, and teaches seminars worldwide. Kris resides in Seattle, Washington with his son Jackson. Lawrence Kane is a martial artist, author, security professional, and a senior manager at an aerospace company. He has authored seven books and numerous articles on martial arts and self-defense. Lawrence resides in Seattle Washington.