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The Grapple Manual by Kendo Nagasaki
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Kendo Nagasaki, a masked wrestler for over 40 years, celebrates the hilarious and theatrical 'sport' of professional wrestling. Alongside the golden greats - Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Mick McManus and Hulk Hogan - this highly illustrated book profiles over 30 often ridiculously named, bizarrely dressed wrestlers from Britain and America. This is the cue for truly fascinating, anecdote-packed biographies - remember, these are not normal people - and hilarious imagery: think horrendous haircuts, over-the-top outfits, ludicrous stage personas and 30-stone men in leotards. Making this a truly unique book, there's the opportunity for the reader to learn, through step-by-step instructions, the wrestlers' flamboyant fighting moves- clothes lines, body splashes, pile drivers and flying head butts (don't worry, all will be explained) - thus proving that anyone can put the showmanship back into self-defence.

Author Biography

Kendo Nagasaki is a masked samurai who has been a professional wrestler for over 40 years. He nearly represented his country at Olympic level but a mysterious life changing experience led to him to live the life of a deceased samurai warrior. A man of mystery, Kendo has been painted by Sir Peter Blake and could be described as a British institution. He was the subject of a BBC2 ARENA documentary and recorded their highest ever audience figures. Dickie Davies was the highly-respected presenter of ITV's WORLD OF SPORT. Famed for his 'badger' white-steaked hair and smooth style, he is fondly remembered and has established an enormous retro-cult status.
Release date NZ
September 8th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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