At The Martialist we believe that knowledge is power.  In order to empower you, the reader, we make a great deal of information available for free.  It is our hope that you will find this information of use.

Shorthand Empty Hand
In 2005 I published my first book on self-defense, Shorthand Empty Hand.  The hardcopy book is now out of print, but you may download a free PDF version of the book as its “Second Edition” from my website.  That’s right: It’s completely free.

Be A Martialist
This is the booklet that started it all — our prototypical discussion of the philosophy of martialism, as practiced by the martialists who participate at this site and in our discussion forum.  Be a Martialist is a PDF file that you may download right to you computer.  This material will eventually be expanded into a full-length book that we hope will be a comprehensive treatment of the subject.

The Homeless Threat
I’ve written extensively on the personal security threat represented by street people, con artists, beggars, and the homeless.  While I’ve gotten a lot of grief for daring to point out that such people are a threat to you, the facts remain the facts.  Download this booklet and become informed on this controversial topic.

A basic guide to the mechanics of the nunchaku, a thoroughly misunderstood martial arts weapon.

The following are PDF archives of various articles not available in more traditional post format, preserved here for posterity:


Monday Morning Hindsight Second-Guess 20/20 Quarterbacking

Self-Defense in Context and Within Constraints

Why You Should Hate The Martialist

Creation versus Criticism

The Case for Insecurity in your Fighting Skills

Liberate Yourself from Hero Worship

Martialism Meets Shorthand Empty Hand

Chi Power, Pyramids, and Silliness

Loading and Unloading: The Key to Power Striking and Flow

The Dreaded Pak Sao Circle

Self-Defense and Vision Impairment

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3 thoughts on “Downloads

  1. I really enjoy your writings Phil. Wonderful perspective and refreshingly independant. Keep up the nice work!

  2. Phil, you really are doing alot more good for this world than you may think, keep up the good work.

    It is a scary place out there.

    youtube: IronTigersFist

  3. Greetings Mr. Elmore,

    I must say you have an impressive web site and youtube vid channel. I had no idea in speaking with you on the iscqc ( I am the moderator for the hand to weapon forum), that you were this deep into it. I’m impressed.
    Just downloaded my copy of SHEH, and am looking forward to reading it. Take care of yourself,


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