Kirk Lawson is a leading
member of the Western Martial Arts community, participating as both
a scholar and practitioner. Originally a 20-year veteran of the
Asian Martial Arts with Ranks in Tang Soo Do, Akido and Judo, Kirk
had turned his attention to the historical martial systems
originating primarily in Europe and also in America.
In addition to his interest and practice of classical
pugilistic (boxing) methods, Kirk is a leading member of the
Bartitsu Society (a group studying the 19th Century fusion of
English Boxing, French Savate, the Vigny Walking Stick System, and
Japanese JuJitsu), a student of the Tomahawk and Bowie Knife (from
the American Frontier period), and a Free-Scholar in the Cumann
Bhata (Irish Stick Fighting Society).
In addition to leading his Western Martial Arts study-group "Cumann
Bhata-Dayton", Kirk regularly transcribes and reproduces historical
Western Martial Arts Manuals, providing free electronic versions
online. Kirk's original works include his contributions to Volumes I
& II of the Bartitsu Compendium, and the authorship of "Banned From
Boxing! The forgotten grappling techniques of historic Pugilism".