John F. Gilbey earned a Ph.D from the Sorbonne in Oriental Languages. Scion of a large textile manufacturing family, he has been a government civil servant in intelligence abroad and is a linguist comfortable in seven languages. He is a 7 dan in judo and a 5 dan in karate, as well as the holder of a master's certificate in Chinese boxing. His previous books, "Secret Fighting Arts of the World" and "The Way of the Warrior" have been read and praised all over the world.
"His knowledge is broad and very interesting...View the author as a sort of armchair companion on a voyage through the world of the wild and woolly martial arts, real and fake."- "Dragon Times"