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The Fall of Rome, the End of Fighting Sports

Fightland Blog<p>Clash between Byzantines and Arabs at the Battle of Lalakaon (Wikimedia Commons)<p><i>This article is the beginning of a series on Europe’s Medieval martial arts guilds, known as the “Masters of Defence.”</i><p>The Middle Ages in Europe are often described as dark times in which there was a dearth …

Photos of Bruce Lee and the Early Martial Arts Culture of San Francisco Bay

Fightland Blog<p><i>Charles Russo is a San Francisco journalist and contributor to Fightland. His new book Striking Distance: Bruce Lee and the Dawn of Martial Arts in America</i><i>chronicles the formative days of a young (pre-Hollywood) Bruce Lee as he navigates the heated martial arts proving ground of the</i> …

Martial Arts

It’s time to take action on road safety: Keenan

On Tuesday, according to the Twitter feed of the Toronto Police Operations Centre, at least seven cyclists and pedestrians were hit by cars. It seems …

Geek book of the week: How a writer colonized another planet

Like the great pulp sci-fi writers of yore, Allen Steele loves to colonize other planets. As a modern writer of so-called "hard" science fiction, he …

Top 10 modern medieval tales

From George RR Martin to Umberto Eco, many writers have been inspired by stories of the middle ages. Here are some of the best<p>How far do hit television series such as HBO’s Game of Thrones and the BBC’s recent The Last Kingdom reflect the real medieval worlds of early (and late) medieval Europe and …

Literature

The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

Don't sleep on these bad boys.<p>In 2015, we were overwhelmed by the thoroughly kickass roster of new books on offer. We tore through some, and others we savored slowly. A few disappointed us, while many more thrilled us unexpectedly. Sci-fi, memoir, magical realism, short fiction, very (very) long …