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The history and culture of a typical Netherlands phenomenon: Bekkesnijders (Maul Cutters), a violent and crude traditional knife fighting art as practiced through at least 3 centuries with a full training manual describing the techniques and strategies.

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Biography and training manual of the 17th Century Wrestling Master and Wine Merchant Nicolaes Petter

Published October 2013.
Biography and training manual featuring the life and martial art of Nicolaes Petter from Amsterdam. Written by Jerome Blanes after many years of intensive research and reading a large number of predominantly original books from the 17th century. Foreword by Mixed Martial Arts legend Bas Rutten (, the only man comparable with the talented and undefeated wrestler Nicolaes Petter and his entertaining antics.

ISBN 9781105916694,
Pages: 642,
Size: 14.81 cm wide x 20.98 cm tall x 3.5 cm thick,
Weight: 1.04 kg,
Language : English. 

Who is Nicolaes Petter?
Nicolaes Petter was a Wine Merchant and a well-known and undefeated Wrestler in Amsterdam during the 17th century. In 1674 his knowledge about wrestling and self-defence was published in a book with 71 etchings by the famous artist and illustrator Romeyn de Hooghe. According to martial artists and historians, it is one of the most important martial arts books ever published. Copies of his book are highly valued items in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and in many other collections of museums and universities all over the world. The name of the book is ‘Klare onderrichtinge der voortreffelijke worstel-konst’ (‘Clear tuition in the excellent art of wrestling’). Petter must have had a great love for everything Greek like sports, mythology, science and wisdom which he shared this with all merchant-gentlemen in Amsterdam at the time. After a decade of working in a wine and beer garden with a dancing room (lusthof met mighel kit/danskamer) he started his wine business at the Prinsengracht at a house he named Gustaafsburgh. His students were mostly merchants and other gentry like people from the government, the city regents and from royal background, but also had commoners as students. One of his most valued students was a humble musician.

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