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    A couple of years ago I read Neal Stephenson's Anathem, and there's something called Vale Lore in it. Basically it's an umbrella term for fighting arts, ranging from the tactics that armies use, down to small groups and individuals.

    In the novel, many intelligent people live in semi-closed societies. Imagine a cross between a college and a monastery.

    Anyway, one of these places, the Ringing Vale concent is known for studying and practicing the fighting arts. Some members from this place play a role in the novel. Their methods aren't really gone into, they just kick some ass.

    When reading it, I thought of this place. What sorts of badasses would be forged by a three millennia long commitment to BS-free martial arts.

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    people like Don Fry :)

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      #3
      Originally posted by hurr2323 View Post
      Stephenson is one of my favorite authors and Anathem is an awesome book with some very nice martial arts depictions. My all time favorite book, Snow Crash also by Stephennson, does a good job with martial arts and action scenes in general. Although, Snow Crash focuses less on hand to hand and more on weapons combat, i.e samurai swords, glass surgical knives, bamboo spears, and atomic powered chain guns.

      Stephenson is a great writer and also a fellow martial artist as you may be able to surmise from his writing. I believe he is a member of the Bartitsu revival movement in England which is strange, but the man does everything in style. I believe if you watch the bonus features on Sherlock Holmes (film, Guy Ritchie) you can see him practicing hitting people with a cane wearing a top hat or some such.
      Neal is seriously involved in both Bartitsu and historical fencing, and is also one of the creative minds behind the Mongoliad online interactive novel - http://mongoliad.com/ . He certainly doesn't appear in the special features of the Sherlock Holmes film (!) but he is interviewed, and shown training in Bartitsu, in the soon-to-be-released documentary Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes. He appears a couple of times in the preview trailer:



      Finally, he is also one of the Featured Guests at the upcoming CombatCon martial arts/geek culture convention is Las Vegas - http://thecombatcon.com/featured-guests
      Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.

      Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)

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        #4
        Originally posted by hurr2323 View Post
        Stephenson is one of my favorite authors and Anathem is an awesome book with some very nice martial arts depictions. My all time favorite book, Snow Crash also by Stephennson, does a good job with martial arts and action scenes in general. Although, Snow Crash focuses less on hand to hand and more on weapons combat, i.e samurai swords, glass surgical knives, bamboo spears, and atomic powered chain guns.

        Stephenson is a great writer and also a fellow martial artist as you may be able to surmise from his writing. I believe he is a member of the Bartitsu revival movement in England which is strange, but the man does everything in style. I believe if you watch the bonus features on Sherlock Holmes (film, Guy Ritchie) you can see him practicing hitting people with a cane wearing a top hat or some such.
        Neal is seriously involved in both Bartitsu and historical fencing, and is also one of the creative minds behind the Mongoliad online interactive novel - http://mongoliad.com/ . He certainly doesn't appear in the special features of the Sherlock Holmes film (!) but he is interviewed, and shown training in Bartitsu, in the soon-to-be-released documentary Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes. He appears a couple of times in the preview trailer:



        Finally, he is also one of the Featured Guests at the upcoming CombatCon martial arts/geek culture convention is Las Vegas - http://thecombatcon.com/featured-guests
        Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.

        Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)

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          #5
          Stephenson is one of my favorite authors and Anathem is an awesome book with some very nice martial arts depictions. My all time favorite book, Snow Crash also by Stephennson, does a good job with martial arts and action scenes in general. Although, Snow Crash focuses less on hand to hand and more on weapons combat, i.e samurai swords, glass surgical knives, bamboo spears, and atomic powered chain guns.

          Stephenson is a great writer and also a fellow martial artist as you may be able to surmise from his writing. I believe he is a member of the Bartitsu revival movement in England which is strange, but the man does everything in style. I believe if you watch the bonus features on Sherlock Holmes (film, Guy Ritchie) you can see him practicing hitting people with a cane wearing a top hat or some such.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Johnny Y. View Post
            A couple of years ago I read Neal Stephenson's Anathem, and there's something called Vale Lore in it. Basically it's an umbrella term for fighting arts, ranging from the tactics that armies use, down to small groups and individuals.

            In the novel, many intelligent people live in semi-closed societies. Imagine a cross between a college and a monastery.

            Anyway, one of these places, the Ringing Vale concent is known for studying and practicing the fighting arts. Some members from this place play a role in the novel. Their methods aren't really gone into, they just kick some ass.

            When reading it, I thought of this place. What sorts of badasses would be forged by a three millennia long commitment to BS-free martial arts.
            This: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fist_of_the_North_Star

            Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been destroyed by a nuclear war, the story centers around a warrior named Kenshiro, the successor of a deadly martial art style known as Hokuto Shinken, which gives him the ability to kill most adversaries from within through the use of the human body's secret vital points, often resulting in a violent gory death. Kenshiro dedicates his life to fight against the various ravagers who threaten the lives of the weak and innocent, as well as other rival martial artists, including his own "brothers" from the same clan.
            Hokuto Shinken (北斗神拳?, commonly translated as the Divine Fist of the North Star) is a fictional two thousand year old martial art that is shrouded in mystery even to this day. The art's power lies in channeling one's energy in a single blow and striking the 708 Keiraku Hikō (経絡秘孔?, "Hidden Channeling Points") in the human body (also known as acupressure points, power points, vital points, tsubo, etc.). This causes the victim to explode, be controlled involuntarily or otherwise incapacitated.
            Last edited by W. Rabbit; 2/08/2011 10:09am, .
            '�I am no advocate of passivity,� Coffin Mott said in an 1860 speech. �Quakerism, as I understand it, does not mean quietism. The early Friends were agitators; disturbers of the peace; and were more obnoxious in their day to charges, which are now so freely made, than we are.�'

            My Glossary: https://www.bullshido.net/forums/sho...d.php?t=129294

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              #7
              OH how could I forget. The Dark Tower / Gunslinger series by Stephen King.

              "The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed."
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              Oh boy where do I start....the protagonist is trained from birth in brutal hand to hand and firearm arts, with falconeering and master horseriding on top. Only to have his father killed, mother raped, and kingdom and birthright stolen out from under him by Stephen King's epic Man in Black, causing him to embark on a marathon run for revenge through time and alternate realities that includes meeting up with...Stephen King.
              Last edited by W. Rabbit; 2/08/2011 10:54am, .
              '�I am no advocate of passivity,� Coffin Mott said in an 1860 speech. �Quakerism, as I understand it, does not mean quietism. The early Friends were agitators; disturbers of the peace; and were more obnoxious in their day to charges, which are now so freely made, than we are.�'

              My Glossary: https://www.bullshido.net/forums/sho...d.php?t=129294

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                #8
                I've been getting into the Dune books as of late, and I really enjoy the Herbert's take on fighting; in the future, mankind has evolved and athletic conditioning has improved to the point where characters can kill a man with a good solid kick in the heart.
                The introduction of the Shield (portable force fields which repels anything moving over a certain speed), as well, leads to a style of warfare that marginalizes missile weapons in favor of highly trained soldiers slowly stabbing one another with poison knives. It's pretty great.
                The fool thinks himself immortal,
                If he hold back from battle;
                But old age will grant him no truce,
                Even if spears spare him.

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                  #9
                  Laurel K Hamilton's Anita Blake stuff is good up until Obsidian Butterfly then it turns into soft core porn. Blake is a BB in Judo, necromancer, pistol expert and vampire executioner. Cool read but jumped the shark after OB. Another character is Edward who is just awesome.

                  In this reality vamps and werewolves are real and deadly and Blake is licensed to take out rogue vamps. The supernatural community calls her "The Executioner" and they simply call Edward "Death".

                  Also the Horus Heresy books for 40K have lots of action in them.
                  Judo is only gentle for the guy on top.

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                    #10
                    Barry Eisler's "Rain" series of thrillers where the assasin protagonist uses mostly Judo to mess people up, he later trains in BJJ while spending time in Brazil.

                    Steve Perry's "Musashi Flex" is a good sci-fi martial arts book, Perry is a martial artist and it shows.

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