Swordfighting for Writers Game Designers and Martial Artists

This carefully crafted book provides essential information on diverse topics with piercing clarity. “Whether you are a writer or game-maker seeking the kind of information I sought while writing The Baroque Cycle, or just a general reader ...

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: The School of European Swordsmanship

ISBN: 9789526819303

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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“Useful, helpful, absorbing, entertaining. Whether you are interested in weaponry or, like me, researching details for a novel, this is the book for you.” - Helen Hollick Your search for a book that will feed your passion for and deepen your knowledge of swordsmanship ends here. Guy Windsor’s Swordfighting offers insight into this magnificent historical European martial art: you will find answers to your burning questions about swordsmanship, its theory and practice. This carefully crafted book provides essential information on diverse topics with piercing clarity. “Whether you are a writer or game-maker seeking the kind of information I sought while writing The Baroque Cycle, or just a general reader with an interest in the arts to which Guy Windsor has dedicated his career, you should find much that is rewarding in these pages.” - Neal Stephenson, New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author Made up of a selection of Guy’s essays and articles, with a great deal of brand new material, this engaging and revealing book makes this complex subject accessible, enabling you to deep-dive into — - Benefits of training - Types of weapons - Sword fighting principles - Historical accuracy If you are an actor, writer or games designer creating or writing fight scenes, this book provides cutting-edge research on our European martial arts heritage. You will also discover the dos and don’ts of producing a stunningly realistic sword fight. Swordfighting is not a training manual. For technical instruction on specific swordsmanship styles, pick up The Medieval Longsword and The Duellist's Companion.

Swordfighting for Writers Game Designers and Martial Artists

Made up of a selection of Guy's essays and articles, with a great deal of brand new material, this engaging and revealing book makes this complex subject accessible, enabling you to deep-dive into -- Benefits of training Types of weapons ...

Author: Guy Windsor

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ISBN: 952679348X

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From the Foreword by Neal Stephenson: "Whether you are a writer or game-maker seeking the kind of information I sought while writing The Baroque Cycle, or just a general reader with an interest in the arts to which Guy Windsor has dedicated his career, you should find much that is rewarding in these pages." This book is a collection of essays and articles, about half of which have been adapted from Guy's successful blog, at guywindsor.com, the rest have never been published before. It is in eight sections: "What is Historical Swordsmanship?" covers some aspects of researching and recreating the Art. "Martial Essentials" covers some of the less-well-understood aspects of what martial arts are and how they work. "Lessons from the Art" covers some of the wider real-world benefits of training, especially dealing with questions of mistakes, risk, and fear. "Swords" describes the main classifications of the weapons we use, and includes discussion of appropriate training tools. "Fighting" includes historical examples of duels, and discussions about the nature of real violence. "Writing Swordfights" is about how swords and swordfights should be represented in fiction, with examples of fights done both well and badly. "Gaming" is a discussion of the ways in which swordsmanship can be adapted for game design purpose. "Training" includes key insights into how we train swordsmanship."

The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts

Useful beliefs that I have adopted include: • Swordsmanship training is necessary for many people if they are to live ... Readers of my blog and my book Swordfighting for Writers, Game Designers, and Martial Artists will already know my ...

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9789527157312

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 344

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"Benefit from the experience of one of the most accomplished experts in the field. A must-read for beginners and advanced practitioners alike." - Roland Warzecha, DIMICATOR The warriors, knights and duellists of old depended on their skill at arms for their lives. You can learn their techniques and tactics too. From renowned swordsman and teacher Guy Windsor comes an indispensable resource for anyone interested in martial arts, swordsmanship, and history. Through this book Guy will teach you how to train your mind and body to become an expert in historical martial arts. It includes the seven principles of mastery, considers the ethics of martial arts, and goes into detail about the process of recreating historical martial arts from written sources. On the practical side, Guy explains how to develop your skills, and lays out the path for students to become teachers, covering the basics of safe training, looking after your body, and even starting your own training group and teaching basic classes. An accessible, motivating read that includes many suggestions for further study, including courses, books and other resources, this book sets out to answer every question about historical martial arts you may have. Note that this is not a training manual for a specific style: it provides the foundations for every style. Your journey starts here. You decide where it ends.

The Art of Sword Fighting in Earnest

author. The Swordsman's Companion, a training manual for medieval longsword. 2004. The Duellist's Companion, a training manual for 17th century Italian rapier. 2006. ... Swordfighting, for Writers, Game Designers and Martial Artists.

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9789527157398

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 186

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“Guy has the rare talent of making this material accessible” -Neal Stephenson (from his Foreword to Swordfighting) “Guy Windsor's greatest gift to WMA/HEMA is his marvellous ability to translate period language into a meaningful experience for modern WMA/HEMA practitioners and he has once more shown his ability to do exactly that.” - Adam (review of Veni Vadi Vici) NOTE: THIS EDITION DOES NOT INCLUDE A FACSIMILE OF THE MANUSCRIPT From the late fifteenth century comes a detailed manuscript on knightly combat, written by Philippo Vadi. Dedicated to one of the most famous Italian condottiere of the age, Guidobaldo, Duke of Urbino, this book covers the theory of combat with the longsword, as well as dozens of techniques of the sword, the spear, the pollax, and the dagger. The Art of Sword Fighting in Earnest includes a detailed introduction, setting Vadi and his combat style in their historical context, a complete translation of the manuscript, and a detailed commentary from the perspective of the practising martial artist. Please note it does not include a facsimile of the manuscript, but that may be downloaded from a link provided in the text. This volume is the second edition of Dr. Windsor’s earlier work, Veni Vadi Vici, updating the translation and the introduction. This is essential reading for any practitioner of knightly combat, academic historian, or enthusiast for the quattrocento period of Italian history.

From Medieval Manuscript to Modern Practice

From the beginning (on 17 March, 2001) I've made my living researching and teaching these arts full time, ... Swordfighting for Writers, Game Designers, and Martial Artists, and The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts. In ...

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9789527157565

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 326

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In From Medieval Manuscript to Modern Practice, renowned historical swordsman Guy Windsor demystifies one of the greatest martial arts books of all time, Fiore dei Liberi's Il Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle). In the late 14th century dei Liberi, an Italian knightly combat master, wrote Il Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle). This magnificent, illustrated manuscript described how to fight on foot and on horseback, in armour and without, with sword, spear, pollax, dagger, or with no weapon at all. Windsor spent the last twenty years studying Fiore's work and creating a modern practice of historical swordsmanship from it. In this book, Windsor takes you through all of Fiore's longsword techniques on foot without armour. Each technique (or “play”) is shown with the drawing from the treatise, Windsor's transcription and translation of the text, his commentary on how it fits into the system and works in practice, and a link to a video of the technique in action. The book also contains a detailed introduction describing Fiore's life and times, and extensive discussion of the contexts in which Fiore's art belongs. From Medieval Manuscript to Modern Practice is essential reading for all martial artists and historians of the medieval and early Renaissance.

Swords in the Time of Corona

Go to my website and join my mailing list at https://guywindsor.net/newsletter/ to get a free ebook copy of Swordfighting, for Writers, Game Designers, and Martial Artists. Or have a look at the list below: The Swordsman's Quick Guide ...

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN:

Category: Sports & Recreation

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When this coronavirus, SARS-CoV-19, emerged at the beginning of 2020, I didn’t worry too much about it, because I recognised it as being outside my area of control. There was nothing for me to do, so I just ignored it. Then bit by bit things started to change—the twin threats of death by plague and economic ruin came front and center into our collective awareness. As lockdown progressed it was soon obvious that many of my students were struggling. Things they depended on for their physical, mental, and economic health were simply gone. I realised that I had to focus on my core mission, which is to help my students. Normally, that means help them with their sword problems, but the whole point of practising swordsmanship is to improve your quality of life. And not all the help they needed was directly sword related. Then I thought of the things that were working for me: the mental postures learned from swordsmanship training, that were easing my way through lockdown with minimal stress. I started blogging these ideas as they came up, between March and June 2020, and before long was getting requests from readers to create a book of them. So here it is. Guy’s Lockdown Survival Guide, or, Swords in the Time of Corona. Some of the advice here is lockdown-specific, but most of it is applicable to all sorts of crises. I hope you find it useful.

Advanced Longsword Form and Function

of swordsmanship arts get over the problem of how to incorporate sharp swords into their training. ... (I've written extensively on this concept on page 232-256 of Swordfighting, for writers, game designers, and martial artists.) ...

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: The School of European Swordsmanship

ISBN: 9789527157039

Category: History

Page: 198

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This book builds on the foundation laid in The Medieval Longsword, and teaches you how to train Fiore dei Liberi’s Art of Arms, as shown in his 1410 manuscript ll Fior di Battaglia. Renowned swordsman and author Guy Windsor explains three of the longsword forms that are used every day in The School of European Swordsmanship: The Cutting Drill, The Farfalla di Ferro, and The Longsword Syllabus Form. Each form is explained step by step and application by application, with abundant photographs and images from Fiore’s manuscript. Guy takes you through each step first as a pair drill, then as part of the form, then as a starting point for further training, or for further research into Il Fior di Battaglia. Within these pages you will find in-depth instructions and analysis, dozens of tips for how to improve your skills, and enough material for years of study.

The Medieval Longsword

Get her this book, though her parents might hate you. Or do you just like swords? If you’ve ever wanted to turn your sword dreams into reality, then this book is for you. Anyone can learn the medieval Art of the longsword.

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: The School of European Swordsmanship

ISBN: 9789526819341

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 242

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Ever wonder how good you’d be with a sword? This book is for you. Do love movie sword fights? Learn how real sword fights work. Are you into stage combat? Add depth with historically accurate technique. You’re a bad uncle looking for a present for your niece? Get her this book, though her parents might hate you. Or do you just like swords? If you’ve ever wanted to turn your sword dreams into reality, then this book is for you. Anyone can learn the medieval Art of the longsword. This book will give you a thorough grounding in the techniques and tactics from the 600-year-old manuscript Il Fior di Battaglia, and includes free access to additional resources such as videos and full-sized images, to help you translate the movements from page to real life. Sure, it’s a 600-year old manuscript, but you know what? People who studied this manuscript lived. Why not stick with something that works? The Medieval Longsword covers everything you need to know from tools of the trade, to footwork, strikes and defences, to how to exploit your adversary’s mistakes, and how to disarm your opponent. This complete and approachable guide to the Art of Arms provides a gateway to a world-wide community of likeminded people also practicing this historical martial art. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a competent fencer, this book by author and internationally renowned swordsman Guy Windsor will guide you towards mastery of this ancient Art.

The Medieval Dagger

Both a primer on the art and a methodology for on-going training, this book will give the complete novice a solid starting point, while providing useful drills and ideas for advanced martial artists.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher:

ISBN: 9527157595

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 184

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In Mastering the Art of Arms, Volume One: The Medieval Dagger, Guy Windsor presents a complete guide to the principles and practice of Italian dagger combat, as set down in Il Fior di Battaglia, a manuscript written in 1410. Readers are guided step-by-step through the process of mastering this six hundred year old art, from choosing a dagger to striking with it; from guard positions to steps and turns; from disarms to locks and takedowns; from safe falling practice to formal drills, and finally pressure testing their skills with sparring. Both a primer on the art and a methodology for on-going training, this book will give the complete novice a solid starting point, while providing useful drills and ideas for advanced martial artists. Those who study other traditional knife arts, and modern military combatives, will find many familiar techniques present in this ancient system. Dr. Guy Windsor is a world-renowned instructor and a pioneering researcher of medieval and renaissance martial arts. He has been teaching the Art of Arms full-time since founding The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki, Finland, in 2001. His day job is finding and analysing historical swordsmanship treatises, figuring out the systems they represent, creating a syllabus from the treatises for his students to train with, and teaching the system to his students all over the world. Guy is the author of numerous classic books about the art of swordsmanship and has consulted on swordfighting game design and stage combat. He developed the card game, Audatia, based on Fiore dei Liberi's Art of Arms, his primary field of study. In 2018 Edinburgh University awarded him a PhD by Research Publications for his work recreating historical combat systems. When not studying medieval and renaissance swordsmanship or writing books Guy can be found in his shed woodworking or spending time with his family.

The Rapier Part Four Sword and Dagger and Sword and Cape Workbook

Rapier and dagger fencing is fast, complex, and fun. In this workbook you will learn how to quickly develop the knack of parrying with the dagger while striking with the sword, using a series of games.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9527157501

Category:

Page: 60

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If you have two hands, and only one of them is holding the sword, you might as well have a second weapon. The most common companion weapon for the rapier is the dagger. Rapier and dagger fencing is fast, complex, and fun. In this workbook you will learn how to quickly develop the knack of parrying with the dagger while striking with the sword, using a series of games. You will then be taught a selection of rapier and dagger sequences from Capoferros Gran Simulacro, and develop from these sequences into freeplay. We also cover the use of the cloak as a secondary weapon, drawing from Capoferro and Alfieri, teaching you how to use the cloak to parry attacks, to weigh down your opponents weapon before you attack, and even to blind them prior to running them through. This version is laid out for right-handers, with space for written notes on the right-hand page. If you are left-handed we recommend choosing the version laid out for you. All technical exercises are shown in the videos for both right-handers and left-handers.

The Rapier Part Four Sword and Dagger and Sword and Cape Workbook

Rapier and dagger fencing is fast, complex, and fun. In this workbook you will learn how to quickly develop the knack of parrying with the dagger while striking with the sword, using a series of games.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 952715751X

Category:

Page: 60

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If you have two hands, and only one of them is holding the sword, you might as well have a second weapon. The most common companion weapon for the rapier is the dagger. Rapier and dagger fencing is fast, complex, and fun. In this workbook you will learn how to quickly develop the knack of parrying with the dagger while striking with the sword, using a series of games. You will then be taught a selection of rapier and dagger sequences from Capoferro's Gran Simulacro, and develop from these sequences into freeplay. We also cover the use of the cape as a secondary weapon, drawing from Capoferro and Alfieri, teaching you how to use the cape to parry attacks, to weigh down your opponent's weapon before you attack, and even to blind them prior to running them through. This version is laid out for left-handers, with space for written notes on the left-hand page. If you are right-handed we recommend choosing the version laid out for you. All technical exercises are shown in the videos for both right-handers and left-handers.

The Rapier Part One Beginners Workbook

Take a beginners' course with world-renowned swordsmanship instructor Dr. Guy Windsor, through this innovative workbook format. With this 70+ page workbook you can learn the basics of rapier fencing.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9527157455

Category:

Page: 76

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Take a beginners' course with world-renowned swordsmanship instructor Dr. Guy Windsor, through this innovative workbook format. With this 70+ page workbook you can learn the basics of rapier fencing. The book is illustrated with extracts from historical sources, and supported by over twenty video clips, linked to in the text. All you need is a training partner, a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and a couple of practice rapiers and fencing masks. The book is organised in four sessions or classes, which covers all this and more: - footwork - sword handling - stringering - attack by disengage - parry riposte in one tempo - feints - parry riposte in two tempi - thrusts - cuts - beat attack The workbook is laid out for left-handers with the space for notes on the left hand page. All video clips show the techniques done right-handed and left-handed.

The Rapier Part Three Develop Your Skills

With this workbook you can take your skills to the next level.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 952715748X

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Page: 56

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With this workbook you can take your skills to the next level. We will cover how to train: how to take things you already know, and make them actually work under pressure. To become a swordsman/swordswoman/swordsperson, not just someone who knows some sword moves. This is the heart of swordsmanship, and its most sophisticated element. You will learn how to systematically add depth and complexity to the basic drills you already know, bridging the gap between choreographical drill practice, and free fencing. You will learn how to keep your practice in the optimum band between too-easy and too-hard, and you will learn the basics of coaching, which is all about creating that optimum level of difficulty for your partner. This version is laid out for right-handers, with space for written notes on the right-hand page. If you are left-handed we recommend choosing the version laid out for you. All technical exercises are shown in the videos for both right-handers and left-handers.

The Rapier Part One Beginners Workbook

Take a beginners' course with world-renowned swordsmanship instructor Dr. Guy Windsor, through this innovative workbook format. With this 70+ page workbook you can learn the basics of rapier fencing.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9527157447

Category:

Page: 76

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Take a beginners' course with world-renowned swordsmanship instructor Dr. Guy Windsor, through this innovative workbook format. With this 70+ page workbook you can learn the basics of rapier fencing. The book is illustrated with extracts from historical sources, and supported by over twenty video clips, linked to in the text. All you need is a training partner, a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and a couple of practice rapiers and fencing masks. The book is organised in four sessions or classes, which covers all this and more: - footwork - sword handling - stringering - attack by disengage - parry riposte in one tempo - feints - parry riposte in two tempi - thrusts - cuts - beat attack The workbook is laid out for right-handers with the space for notes on the right hand page. All video clips show the techniques done right-handed and left-handed.

The Rapier Part Two Completing The Basics Workbook

Complete your basic training! With this 80+ page workbook you can complete your knowledge of Capoferro's rapier plays, building a strong foundation on which to construct your fencing skills.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9527157463

Category:

Page: 88

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Complete your basic training! With this 80+ page workbook you can complete your knowledge of Capoferro's rapier plays, building a strong foundation on which to construct your fencing skills. The book is organised through the Rapier Footwork Form, with each chapter adding steps to the Form, first as pair drills, and then practised solo. This ensures that you will have little difficulty remembering the new material. The book is illustrated with extracts from historical sources, and supported by video clips, linked to in the text. All you need is a training partner, a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and a couple of practice rapiers and fencing masks. This version is laid out for right-handers, with space for written notes on the right hand page. If you are left handed we recommend choosing the version laid out for you. All techniques are shown in the videos for both right handers and left handers.

The Rapier Part Two Completing The Basics Workbook

Complete your basic training! With this 80+ page workbook you can complete your knowledge of Capoferro's single rapier plays, building a strong foundation on which to construct your fencing skills.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9527157471

Category:

Page: 88

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Complete your basic training! With this 80+ page workbook you can complete your knowledge of Capoferro's single rapier plays, building a strong foundation on which to construct your fencing skills. The book is organised through the Rapier Footwork Form, with each chapter adding steps to the Form, first as pair drills, and then practised solo. This ensures that you will have little difficulty remembering the new material. The book is illustrated with extracts from historical sources, and supported by video clips, linked to in the text. All you need is a training partner, a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and a couple of practice rapiers and fencing masks. This version is laid out for left-handers, with space for written notes on the left- hand page. If you are right-handed we recommend choosing the version laid out for you. All techniques are shown in the videos for both right-handers and left-handers.

The Rapier Part Three Develop Your Skills

With this workbook you can take your skills to the next level.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9527157498

Category:

Page: 56

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With this workbook you can take your skills to the next level. We will cover how to train: how to take things you already know, and make them actually work under pressure. To become a swordsman/swordswoman/swordsperson, not just someone who knows some sword moves. This is the heart of swordsmanship, and its most sophisticated element. You will learn how to systematically add depth and complexity to the basic drills you already know, bridging the gap between choreographical drill practice, and free fencing. You will learn how to keep your practice in the optimum band between too-easy and too-hard, and you will learn the basics of coaching, which is all about creating that optimum level of difficulty for your partner. This version is laid out for left-handers, with space for written notes on the left-hand page. If you are right-handed we recommend choosing the version laid out for you. All technical exercises are shown in the videos for both right-handers and left-handers.

Mastering the Art of Arms Volume 2

The Medieval Longsword covers everything you need to know from tools of the trade, to footwork, strikes and defences, to how to exploit your adversary's mistakes, and how to disarm your opponent.

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher:

ISBN: 9526819373

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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Do you like swords? Do you want to know how to use them? Then this book is for you. Renowned swordsman and author Guy Windsor will take you through the principles and practice of medieval knightly combat with the longsword. The tactics and techniques come from Il Fior di Battaglia, written in 1410 by Fiore dei Liberi, one of the greatest trainers of knights in the Middle Ages. In this book Guy covers everything you need to get started, including principles of swordsmanship, training mindset, and choosing equipment; as well as a complete system of physical practice, from basic footwork all the way up through sword handling and pair drills to free fencing. Beginners will find this a complete and approachable guide to taking up the Art of Arms; experienced swordsmen will also find many tips and tricks for developing their skills. Guy Windsor has been training martial arts for almost 30 years, and teaching professionally since 2001, when he founded The School of European Swordsmanship. The School now has branches and study groups on all over the world. Guy's other books include The Swordsman's Companion, The Duellist's Companion, Veni Vadi Vici, and Mastering the Art of Arms vol 1: The Medieval Dagger.

Medieval Swordsmanship

Indeed , the very term martial art was used in the West for a considerable time . ... Additionally , those who regularly enjoy games of fantasy swordplay or live - action Dungeons and Dragons - style role - playing adventures will ...

Author: John Clements

Publisher: Paladin Press

ISBN: PSU:000045705168

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From the author of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the most comprehensive and historically accurate view ever of the lost fighting arts of Medieval knights, warriors and men-at-arms. Based on years of extensive training and research in the use of European swords, it contains highly effective fighting techniques for the sword, sword & shield, long-sword, great-sword, pole-arm and more. And with more than 200 illustrations and rare historical documents, it is a scholarly reference as well as a hands-on training guide for martial artists of all levels.

Black Belt

It is Invincible, a TBS pilot that executive-producers/creators Jet Li and Mel Gibson hope to turn into a television series. ... Onimusha: Warlords is sure to spark a myriad of copycat martial arts/horror video games and movies.

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The oldest and most respected martial arts title in the industry, this popular monthly magazine addresses the needs of martial artists of all levels by providing them with information about every style of self-defense in the world - including techniques and strategies. In addition, Black Belt produces and markets over 75 martial arts-oriented books and videos including many about the works of Bruce Lee, the best-known marital arts figure in the world.