After yesterdays failed attempt at getting enrolled for the Krav Maga course [For the record, I've been trying to get in there since the spring of 2008!] I decided to return to my "roots" and will be enrolling once again in American Combato under Bradley J. Steiner.
In his training ventures, Professor Steiner studied under a number of instructors; one of them being Charles Nelson. Mr. Nelson is no longer with us, but his established school remains... as does his renowned system.
Unfortunately, Steiners videos are no longer available. I own two in VHS format. The first is a session on the basics of self-defense under the American Combato system. The second is an excellent representation of defense with the walking stick. Not only would I like to see these made available again (in DVD format!) but I'd like to see some additional content. Perhaps something reflecting the skill sets for the different belt levels. The basics video is a good introduction however, as are Professor Steiners various books.
On that general theme, I thought I'd post some of Nelsons course material. These courses are currently available & were done with the intention of supplying the average individual with the ways & means to defend themselves without having to invest the capital in time, tuition & GAS MONEY! They was intended to go out to those who could not attend his school...
The Nelson school currently offers DVD copies of all of Nelsons classic course material as well as the original Little Red Book. Paladin Press offers their own version of the nelson title which is actually a combination of both the Little Grey and Little Red books. It's a great value! Paladin is also a great source for this type of material.
Nelsons stuff is great. Carl Cestari is another one of my favorites. Unfortunately, due to unscrupulous "partners" much of his material has been chopped up, edited & watered down to allow maximization of profits. If you can find copies of the original Cestari material, GRAB IT! Some video clips are available on YouTube. Otherwise the material may be found on eBay or similar sources.
Here's a beginners library list, courtesy of Bradley J. Steiner:
1. KILL OR GET KILLED, by Rex Applegate
2. ALL-IN FIGHTING (GET TOUGH!), by W.E. Fairbairn
3. COLD STEEL, by John Styers
4. V-5 HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT, by the U.S. Naval Institute
5. HANDBOOK OF SELF-DEFENSE IN PICTURES AND TEXT,
by John Martone
6. UNARMED CLOSE COMBAT (LETHAL UNARMED COMBAT),
by Malcolm Harris
7. AMERICAN COMBAT JUDO, by Bernard Cosneck
8. U.S. ARMY FIELD MANUAL 21-150 (COMBATIVES) - 1971 EDITION,
by the U.S. Army
9. DYNAMIC SELF-DEFENSE, by Sam Allred
10. BRUCE TEGNER'S COMPLETE BOOK OF JUKADO,
by Bruce Tegnér
11. BRUCE TEGNER'S COMPLETE BOOK OF SELF-DEFENSE,
by Bruce Tegnér
12. STICK FIGHTING FOR SELF-DEFENSE, by Bruce Tegnér
13. INSTANT SELF-DEFENSE, by Bruce Tegnér
14. MODERN SELF-DEFENSE, by Robert H. Sigward
15, ARWROLOGY, by Gordon Perrigard
16. SELF-DEFENCE COMPLETE, by Pat Butler
I may add some additional titles to this list... assuming that someone will eventually stumble across this stuff & be genuinely interested.
There may be additional volumes by Tegner available now. Amazon lists more of his books as newly available. Steiner has re-released The Tactical Skills of Hand-to-Hand Combat... a classic in its own right. In addition to this title, he has another volume on disarming & defense against weapons titled No second Chance. Prof. Steiner has also authored several other tomes that are currently out of print, but may still be found if one has the wherewithal to go on safari. I recently saw ads for Subway Survival (written during his time in Phoenix) & the book was valued at between $200 & $300. So... I'm glad that I have a copy.