Combat Gymnastics

The 19th century martial art of Jacob Happel.

Due to be published 2024.

A5 format, Perfect-Bound Paperback, Matte finish.

350 pages.

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“...Our best gymnasts have also become our best boxers”

So observed Jacob Happel in 1863.

He proposed gymnastics as an excellent foundation for the martial arts, and vice-versa.

This Belgian System of Gymnastics, was what Happel named ‘The Six-lateral and Proportional System’. Circa 80,000 people were trained in this approach, and Happel's school (the Gymnase Normale) was invested in by the King himself.

And then around 1916, just like that, the art was forgotten.

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