Posted On:1/15/2012 9:29pm
Now *this* is how to write a fight scene ...
The technical descriptions sound a lot like Irish shillelagh stick fighting, which would still have been part of pop-culture consciousness in 1924.
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Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)
Posted On:1/16/2012 1:49am
Well, Dashiell Hammett, after all. Even I can follow it.
I always liked Louis L'Amour's boxing scenes (such as in "Lando"), and he had been a professional boxer at one time.
Posted On:1/16/2012 7:06am
One of the best fight scenes I've ever read was the jiu-jitsu match in D.H. Lawrence's "Women in Love" (1920); almost zero technical content, but he really captured the energetic subtleties of grappling.
Posted On:1/16/2012 7:20am
Style: BJJ / Kyokushinkai Karate
@DdlR: Do you have that scene from the JJ match somewhere in electronic form?
Posted On:1/16/2012 7:35am
The jiu-jitsu contest between the characters Gerald and Birkin starts about 1/3 of the way down the page here - http://www.classicreader.com/book/979/20/ . It's not overtly sexual, but energetically and erotically sensual. I'd say that it's probably the finest writing ever applied to a jiu-jitsu bout.
Posted On:1/16/2012 7:43am
Thank you :)
Posted On:1/17/2012 11:25pm
Style: Jiu-jitsu & HEMA
Originally Posted by DdlR
almost zero technical content, but he really captured the energetic subtleties of grappling.
I think that's really the key to writing a great fight scene, & it's incredibly difficult. The author has to give enough information to set the tone of the fight & give some basic sense of what's going on so that people who understand fighting can fill in the details for themselves rather than knit pick what seems wrong & people who don't know fighting will still know who's winning & losing, but be free from a confusion of technical details.
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