Robert W. Smith (1926-2011)
Martial arts author Robert W. Smith passed away on July 1. He, along with Donn F. Draeger, was a true pioneers of the serious study of Asian martial arts in the west. Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts remains one of my favorite books on the martial arts.
There is thread discussing the man, his life and his long involvement in the martial arts at Rum Soaked Fist:
I'm very sorry to hear this - always hoped I'd meet him.
May he rest in peace.
Thanks for posting this.
I have his auto-bio Martial Musings, which I bought at Sportpages in Charing X road (it's gone now). It was bloody expensive but I knew I had to buy it cos he knew EVERYONE. I learned quite a lot about the various MA personalities.
I also have his Chinese Masters etc. Pa Kua, Hsing Yi. etc.
Rest in Peace, indeed, sir.
May Mr. Smith Rest In Peace.
His passing is a great loss.
My two favorite Robert Smith books were Chines Boxing, Master and Methods, and Hsing-i, Chinese Mind Boxing.
For me it was Masters and Methods, and his co-written book with Donn Draeger, Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts.
Originally Posted by Jade Dragon
Mine were Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts and (especially) the "John F. Gilbey" books - Secret Fighting Arts of the World and Way of the Warrior. Smith's memoir, Martial Musings, is also well worth reading.
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