Bloody Knuckles and Broken Noses describes a time when people trained to fight without pads and injuries were common at tournaments and during martial art classes. The author, Kent Mortimer, shares his 45 years of experience and training in the world of martial arts. A lifetime of wisdom, insight, theory, and practice is contained in this book. It covers a period of time from the early 1970s to 2020. Includes Kent’s personal experiences with legendary masters and is a great resource and enjoyable read for anyone passionate about martial arts. This book is not style specific.
The evolution of American martial arts has been shaped over the years by movies, television shows, video games, and social media. Many notable actors and great martial artists such as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Ed Parker, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme and others are discussed in the book. The origin of several styles of Asian martial arts and how they migrated to America are covered including kung-fu, karate, tae kwon do, aikido, etc…. Kent talks about tournament fighting and promoting, belt ranking and how it has evolved, the creation of new American styles, profitable school ownership, and tells a lot of funny experiences the reader will enjoy. This book is a great reference for anyone looking to gain more knowledge about the world of martial arts.