The Martial Chronicles

John "Nottheface" Nash's amazing history series chronicling the progression and integration of both western and eastern martial traditions into the modern world.

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Martial Chronicle: 1913: women's lib & jiu jitsu

As the UFC counts down to its first ever women's fight, a century before women were literally fighting in the streets of London for their rights.

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All-In Down Under

Before there was MMA in the United States there was Vale Tudo in Brazil. And before that? Well there was boxing legend Sam McVea taking part in "all-in fighting" in Australia.

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Nate Diaz & the Manly Art of Self Defence

The Pugilist 2: John S. Nash takes a look at Nate Diaz and his unorthodox boxing resembling the 18th and 19th century pugilists.

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The Martial Chronicles: In the trenches

On Veteran's Day, John S. Nash looks back at the hand-to-hand combat of World War I.

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The Olympic History of Catch Wrestling

With the 2012 Olympic Games drawing to a close the United States wrestling team will be leaving London the proud owners of two gold medals in men's freestyle thanks to the efforts of Jordan Borroughs and Jake Varner. In an odd coincidence, over a century ago, the United States achieved those identical results. At the London Games in 1908, George N. Mehnert and G.S. Dole both captured gold in wrestling, though neither competed in freestyle nor in Greco-Roman, but instead in catch-as-catch-can wrestling.

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Trial By Combat; or, Dog Fight

The gulf between supporters and detractors of prizefighting, be it mixed martial arts or boxing, sometimes seems insurmountable. To fans of combat sports, it the purest of endeavors, harkening back to a tradition of men proving their mettle mano-a-mano in single combat.

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Johnson-Jeffries and the Match of the Century.

"The fight of the century is over and a black man is the undisputed champion of the world." Those were the opening words of former champion John L. Sullivan's report from ringside of the Jack Johnson versus James Jeffries fight on this day 102 years ago.

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Why the Baddest Man on the Planet's a Pro Wrestler

Think Junior Dos Santos is the "Baddest Man on the Planet"? Sorry but that title and boxing's lineal title belong to someone else. The Martial Chronicles: Why CM Punk Is 'The Baddest Man On The Planet'. What?

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Before Fighting Was Ultimate It Was Super

Would you be a fan of the UFC is it was called Super instead of Ultimate? The forgotten but true story of the first MMA league in the United States. The Martial Chronicles: Before Fighting was Ultimate It was Super

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