Oldest manual on Spanish knife fighting ever published; the only known historical text on the subject. Foreword by Maestro Ramon Martinez. Illus; 5.5x8.5 inches, 176 pgs.
'First published anonymously in 1849 in Madrid, Manual del Baratero
has the distinction of being the oldest manual on Spanish knife fighting ever published and is the only known historical text on the subject. The often-cited, rare Spanish manual has long been surrounded by an aura of mystery and intrigue among aficionados of the knife-fighting arts. Now presented in both English and Spanish for the first time, this annotated translation provides a window to the methods of knife fighting practiced by the working class, the criminal class and the Gypsies in 19th century Spain. With original drawings supplemented by illustrations of the period by noted artists José Luís Pellicer and Gustave Doré, it offers a revealing glimpse into the ways in which armas blancas cortas, or small edged weapons, were used on the dark and grimy cobblestone streets of the Spanish underworld.ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
is the founder of the New York Ninpokai, the city's premier training academy for the traditional arts of ninjutsu. In 1990, while conducting ninjutsu seminars in Spain, he discovered the acero sevillano knife arts of Andalusia. He began spending summers in Seville learning the intricacies of these arts and in 1996 became certified as an instructor de Armas Blancas Sevillanas under Maestro de Armas Santiago Rivera, then headmaster of the Escuela Sevillana de Armas Blancas. At this time he also completed his first translation of Manual del Baratero
. Since 1996, Loriega has operated a recognized branch of the Escuela Sevillana in New York City known as the Raven Arts Institute. In 2000, he was formally acknowledged as a maestro de Armas Blancas Sevillanas.