The Fighting Tomahawk, Volume II

Further Studies in the Comabt Use of the Early American Tomahawk

by Dwight C. McLemore


378 pages, 8.5" x 11"

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The 2004 book The Fighting Tomahawk revolutionized modern study of the combat use of the American tomahawk. Now, author Dwight McLemore presents an expanded course in every aspect of this formidable, iconic weapon.

In The Fighting Tomahawk, Volume II, McLemore shares additional details, thoughts, and informed speculation on the tomahawk of the American frontier of the 18th and 19th centuries and the explorers, settlers, long hunters, traders, and Indians who used it. He has mined original historical sources from the colonial era to develop more in-depth insight and instruction in such essential areas as cutting, chopping, using the back spike, frontier "rough and tumble" fighting, throwing the hawk, and training with and without a partner. As always, the centerpiece of McLemore's latest book is the hundreds of precise illustrations depicting step-by-step details on wielding the hawk in training and combat.

Anyone who uses a tomahawk today—armed professionals, martial artists, historical reenactors, and stage combatants—will gain valuable insights into this hallmark weapon of the traditional American blade arts.
Dwight C. McLemore is a retired combat arms officer with the U.S. Army and is an accomplished bladesman and instructor. He is renowned for his vast knowledge of Bowie and big-knife fighting and has more than 18 years of experience in self-defense and martial arts. The owner of the School of Two Swords, McLemore is rated expert level with the American Knife Congress, is certified in kung fu and holds 1st dan in kendo.
1) One Foot in the Past and One in the Present
2) Awareness of the Tomahawk's Potential
3) Some Thoughts on Footwork and Such
4) Cutting, Chopping and Such
5) Working the Angles
6) Building on the Angles
7) Putting a Weapon in the Left Hand
8) Putting a Weapon in the Left Hand in Reverse Grip
9) Working the Pell, Swinging Bag, and Such
10) Working with the Long-Handled Tomahawk
11) Two-Man Sets with a Training Partner
12) Using the Back Spike
13) The War Club, The Tomahawk, and a Conceptual Perspective of the American Indian
14) Walking with Ghosts: Considering Footwork and Terrain to Enhance Tomahawk Training
15) Rough and Tumble
16) Throwing the Tomahawk
17) Aspects of the Circular Release
18) A Sample Bridging Technique
19) Aspects of the Hand Change
20) A Portfolio of Assorted Tomahawk Techniques
21) Source Material