On Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:36:34 -0500, Rabid Weasel Lawson
>I have republished:
>SHOWING HOW PHYSICAL AND MENTAL
>ENERGY MAY BE DEVELOPED BY
>MEANS OF THE PRACTICE OF
>BOMBARDIER BILLY WELLS[/CENTER]
>The eBook download is, as always, free.
> Writing in 1923, two years before he retired from the ring,
> "Bombardier" Billy Wells, penned "Physical Energy."
> In his book, Wells, British Champion from 1911 to 1919, describes his
> method of Physical Culture, focusing on Boxing as the means. In it, he
> builds his case for why his method is superior to previous methods of
> Physical Culture, explains what he believes to be the primary
> ingredient of health, "nervous energy," describes how lack of "nervous
> energy" due to poor, ineffective, or outdated Physical Culture methods
> create or allow illnesses ranging from "neurasthenia" to anemia, gout,
> and even "Incipient Tuberculosis." All of which, and more, may be
> cured by the application of his Physical Culture method. Not only
> that, use of his method will promote intelligence, he claims, due to
> the fact that "nerve energy" is a primary component of intellect and
> The original book is clearly intended for an upscale audience with
> heavy weight, high rag, paper and artist attributed photographs of the
> "Bombardier" himself posing in the manner of a greek god, in the buff,
> complete with a fig leaf. This book offers an absolutely fascinating
> and priceless look at theories of health and fitness in the early
>Peace favor your sword,
Good that you see the fascinating and aspects of the book.
Various nostrums have existed throughout the history of man, from star
gazing incantations to spiritual/shaman conducted babblings to human
sacrifice into the age of elixirs, and into the 20th century. The
greates is yet to be. All this stuff has been under continuous
correction by scientific methodology as to issues of health, strength,
thinking, loving, fighting or just fooling around. Yet, in boxing,
there still exist a lot witchcraft-likened training methods of which
trainers and fighters still stubbornly adhere.
The three basic elements that go into any sports activity, save for
Championship Poker, are: strength, speed, technique. No athlete posses
all three at once. Championship level athletes come close. Each
athlete varies in the use of the three elements supported by training
in specifics, nutrition for the health of body, understanding of
limits and how to adapt skills/techniques when needed.
In boxing, today I still see the bullshit foisted off on youngsters as
if God was using trainers as a mediums. And I still see in the pros,
fighters still lacking knowledge of movement, setting up to counter or
out fox the opponents, etc., etc. Worse is allowing youngsters to
engage in boxing from pitty-pat stuff to going all out when they
completely lack one or more of the elements of sports and do not
possess the ability to learn and make crucial adaptations.
There's more, but the above is enough for now. :)
Just an opinion of an old man.