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ne "stem of . efense in hand-to-hand encounter that you J".i-l tearn from the fol1o~ring pa. es las been. d .. veloped through trio I and error over a" period of rwenry-five years, b ginnillg in [he author's early youth. I g'rew from the realization [hat self-confidence. which should be acq.ui ed in childhood, is an aU-im orrant factor in laterife rei a £ ion sh ~ Ps and h 3;[ (0 [lEi ence in on e) s bo d HY conrrcl, s 'first evidenced in childhood games and group S .....•. is 0.1 .rear importance rrs in '[he development o:f tha. se] ..reliance. This SJ'stem may be paced and adapted -0 .man', uses - by men, women, and chi dren of any age. .11 ;1 b si__IIJIl e~ucation ft;,. lilriflg" not fOI" fightitl'g.
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TH,E ,HAND A MA'Ny ... SID,ED B,LADE
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the' hand may become a hatcher, lance club, pikle~ S;3l er, or c eave.r .
. -eapun '(here rnu t be perfect cuordination and riming',! backed up' by the fun rnomenrum uf the body" if a specific (a.r,glf[ is ro 'b reached, The slight est s hilt or movemen if of the opponent's. body causes I' e b,lo"'..

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Held fim:m~'y] the edge below the l.iJtd,e fingler may be used as, 3; cleaver nrn:' hat,heI' on a down stroke, or by SUri,£lgulg ,il: to' ~he 0 ursid e. It, becomes a saber when making a. do,. n sweep from. the

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In comparing this picture with the' one on. ,age 10, note particularly [he position of the righm: hands, in both. The fist of the fighter has [0 travel much farther [0 reach his opponent. The cornpararive weaknesses and advantag s of thes e stances v iMl beco .r e more 3.pparen as 'Y'ou proceed through these .pa.ges. A powerful attacker is no SltOnge- than. his' -eakesr point, and, as shown above) he has many of them. Every nerve 'mat can be reached, e re '~oint of his body -- even, his own s[rengrh and momentum - can u.sed againse him, His feelmg of confidence in superior streng . espec'" jaly will wor [0. our ad anra.ge Ior he' will probably arrem.pc tO overcome you first by direct blows vhich you can easily parry~ This will give ylOu the' oppo[runi~ YOIU, need. [01 reach his vulnerable spotS and gift him under control before' he can reorganize his plan of arrack. You will also have the element of surprise in, flour favor,
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B1lockiog a, rig.ht hook (10 rile rein with the back of the left hand, The hand and arm l hich are not engaged are always on guard, a,gainst the adversary s othe-r fisr,
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A left hook 00 '[he chin is blo: ked by '[he back 0' _ (be rigb.t hand hich aga~n diverts the b'~OI from (he [3rget. ~ Hold your arms relaxed, but ,firm ennui h 'to meet his next mo re and, ,I'ea,dy ro counter it. Note that these are purel ' defensive moves, Counter and arrack measures Iollow,
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off by going through them in a son of ~'5[OW motion:' wa . fum a'[ being correct~· speed and strength "'ill come later!
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1. A fly,jog tackle, when attempted in 'ib ind ragle.:~ can, be extremely dang.erlous.. Meet this 'with an effective , tartio-« remain in on gua rd" posi tion, Ilean[D.,g' sligh,tilly forward ,to absorb shock, extend ,rigid arm 'with open· palm, to your attacker's head,
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positions: the boxer stands with his left arm extended and fists clenched; Mendell with body perfectly b a]anced , [eft foot forward, hands open to pro,tect head, elbows down to protect body, 2~ A left jaJo or st,raight punch to the chin is parried with the pl,aIm of th e right hand, and the blow is diverted ([IO,m i.ts intended course. Mendell's open hand, plrovides maximum surface' for' protection and givlf's greater (:0(11.:[01 ,aDd, power, 2S
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BoY"S trained like these ill n ver 'want "just (0 wa ..ch." They' kno t ch.ey can pa.[[[,cipame in a.., .s,p<lrt with [he best of them, This knowledi e gives them. allimportant self-confidence on the athletic field, and somerhie --more ~ at con ce in eheie abili ro meer life sir rations effecrively. Since the Mendell system is based on the prinicp e of each making the best' possi re use of all hi pov.rers 'both physical and m1ental,' does no' stOPI '_ 'j'[h mere muscle-training .. In addinon the: ch ·Id learns something more important - that spoc£s and exercise are not ends,in-the S Vies". but means [0 _ ard the 'higher goal of emotional stability and mental health.
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The lolilO'wing can be gu.ar,anteed [0 discourage [he advances of any male, They are not, however, recommended as desirable additions [0 a woman's wiles, nor are th ley to b:e CO.nuse d' WJ'irh co)-'ness~ [. f

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