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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Manual of the Baratero by Anonymous. Manual of the Baratero: This is the oldest manual on Spanish knife fighting ever published and is the only know historical text on the subject. This annotated translation provides a window to the methods of knife fighting practiced by the working class, the criminal class and the Gypsies in 19th century Spain.

With original drawings, it offers a revealing glimpse into the ways in which armas blanc This is the oldest manual on Spanish knife fighting ever published and is the only know historical text on the subject. With original drawings, it offers a revealing glimpse into the ways in which armas blancas cortas, or small edged weapons, were used on the dark and grimy cobblestone streets of the Spanish underworld.

Manual of the Baratero: The Art of Handling the Navaja, the Knife, and the Scissors of the Gypsies

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mar 23, Keturah Stickann rated it really liked it. This is such an interesting little dip into Spain's past. I loved that the translation is first, followed by the whole book in its original spanish. Perfect for anyone interested in hand-to-hand combat as well as anyone like me about to direct a Carmen. Wild Roses rated it liked it Jan 07, Sean rated it really liked it Nov 14, Carmela Stotts rated it liked it Nov 03, Geordie Mcelroy rated it it was amazing Nov 14, Rivera rated it liked it Dec 25, Ray Kelly rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Roberto Hernando rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Other books are better about justifying why a move should be done a certain way, but for how old it is, it's probably more efficient at explaining tactics than other documents of that era.

The translator has inserted some commentary and attempted to supplement the images. One person found this helpful.

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Because of the overwhelming good reviews I decided to buy this book but I am a little disappointed. Just to be clear I am a beginner and maybe the ideas and concepts are guided to people who have a better understanding of small edge weapons. I learn more about the history and culture of the "Baratero" than actual techniques.

I also read some other reviews of people pointing out that one half of the book was in Spanish and the other one was in English and that maybe some hidden gems where in the Spanish section. Well, I read both and actually the English section has comments and easier to understand. The Spanish section probably is the original written in and is full weird spelling Andalusian and very difficult to follow old Spanish.

One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book provides a translation of a knife fighting manual used by gypsies and contains a lot of history of how Spanish sword fighting influenced these techniques. It also contains the original Spanish document as well as notes and translations to help the reader understand these historical fighting techniques.

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Not being immersed in a Gypsy community, it is hard for anyone to judge what it is like for a male representetive of this colorful ethnicity to work the knife, the whip, to sing and dance to a guitar, to love and to hate. However, until the age of about 14 i lived in Moldavia, a region known for its Gypsy population and for its influence on the local culture.

People have often held a certain fascination with the personal steel there, and i wasn't an exception. Unconsciously for the most part i carried an ice pick from my father's taylor shop around the age of , having no notion of what it's like to put that thing into anyone's body The book "Manual of the Baratero" is a one of a kind piece of literature, describing a way of life of the low ones, and their knife wielding style of fighting.

In truth, its more about quick punishment than about fighting, although it looks like tet-a-tet encounters weren't uncommon.

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As much as it is strange to have a "Manual of how to be a Yakuza", this book is not really a "how to-" manual, but rather as the translator sharply points out a sort of written vengeance on the upper crust of society - too proud and too busy to note that dark impeccability of the representetive of the "hood". I have to assume they did eventually, as flamenco is widely excepted for its beauty complexity and harmony and is one of the more well-known symbols of Spain. In any case, this book is a valuable source document, and it comes both in English and in Spanish. Not A How-To Book.

Mildly interesting, but don't expect to learn anything about how to handle a knife or fight with one. I own two copies-one hardcover, one on kindle. We chose to run through this book at a Monday study group and ended up using less than a third of the material. Nice to have a translation and some opinion from Maestro Martinez and James Loriega and am grateful we have the material. The book has an actual foot placement chart for the "hero" and "counter hero" positions which is something one rarely sees.

It was nice to see something other than the usual German or Italian for western martial arts.


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There isn't a lot of overall material and quite a bit is interpretation, not translation or original material. I think it depends on what you hope to find. Overall, I enjoyed it-especially some of the colorful descriptions of the Baratero and the references in the contemporary literature of its time. Some of the 'tricks' and unusual blades are great to read about and if you are a stage performer this can offer some fun items for shows. If you don't mind reading ready-made interpretation and opinion, then this book is for you. Your mileage may vary.

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This book provides the reader with two very valuable things: As with the martial arts traditions of other societies, one is left with an authentic means of understanding the mind-set of a given people. See all 21 reviews.

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