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Dan Rubin
07-04-2011, 09:34 AM
The following is a message from Michael DeMarco, publisher of Journal of Asian Martial Arts:

Robert W. Smith [born 1926] passed away the evening of July 1st. He was a noted martial art researcher, writer, teacher, and practitioner. He was the author and co-author of 16 books and numerous articles dealing with the fighting arts. His work no doubt touched many martial artists regardless of style.

Over the years, we published ten articles by Mr. Smith in our Journal of Asian Martial Arts.

"Fifty Years in the Fighting Arts - Interview with Robert W. Smith" is an encompassing piece by Russ Mason.

In addition, I worked closely with Mr. Smith to publish his last book, Martial Musings - A Portrayal of Martial Arts in the 20th Century. It records insightful details associated with Smith's years of involvement with combatives in the U.S. and overseas. He was a gifted writer, and could austutely couple combatives with literary panache, and a ready wit.

It was a blessing to work with him and to get to know the real person. We met in New York city, helping with a production of the documentary "Martial Arts - The Real Story," which appeared on the Discovery Channel. He was friendly, cordial, and certiainly humorous.

We wanted you to know of Mr. Smith's passing as it marks an end of an era. His life will continue to inspire many. If you wish, you can view a humble tribute to him on [the Journal of Asian Martial Arts] FACEBOOK page.

Mark Uttech
07-04-2011, 12:44 PM
Onegaishimasu,
condolences all around, I have been aware of Mr. Smith's research and have read his books and articles. Another icon has passed.
In gassho,
Mark

Beholder
07-04-2011, 01:42 PM
As well as being an accomplished and credible writer on the martial arts, a field in which credibility and rigour seems to be rare, Mr Smith was also, under the pseudonym of John F. Gilbey, a superb writer of parody.

I wrote about this a couple of years ago, as his book "Secret Fighting Arts of the World" was a big, slow-burning influence on my Fudebakudo project. It was a masterpiece of restrained fakery.
http://www.fudebakudo.com/blog/2009/11/08/robert-w-smith-the-master/

Good parody is only funny if it's accurate. It's also an important way of reminding people to check their facts, and in the world of martial arts and credulous martial artists that's an important message.

Sorry that Robert W. Smith, is gone. What an excellent man.

Yours
Dave

George S. Ledyard
07-09-2011, 08:15 PM
As well as being an accomplished and credible writer on the martial arts, a field in which credibility and rigour seems to be rare, Mr Smith was also, under the pseudonym of John F. Gilbey, a superb writer of parody.

I wrote about this a couple of years ago, as his book "Secret Fighting Arts of the World" was a big, slow-burning influence on my Fudebakudo project. It was a masterpiece of restrained fakery.
http://www.fudebakudo.com/blog/2009/11/08/robert-w-smith-the-master/

Good parody is only funny if it's accurate. It's also an important way of reminding people to check their facts, and in the world of martial arts and credulous martial artists that's an important message.

Sorry that Robert W. Smith, is gone. What an excellent man.

Yours
Dave

I never knew that Gilby was Robert Smith in reality... I was given one of the Gilby books and always classified it in the "Wowie Zowie" martial story telling genre. I had no idea that it was parody done by Robert Smith... what a kick.