B.J. Cosneck is not as well known as some of the big names in hand-to-hand combat instruction in the World War II and postwar eras, but his work is often listed as essential reading when talk turns to the history and evolution of the unarmed combat arts. A champion intercollegiate wrestler and chief hand-to-hand fighting instructor for the U.S. Coast Guard, Cosneck is perhaps best known as the man who teamed up with boxing great Jack Dempsey to write How to Fight Tough for rookie Coast Guardsmen during the war.
His 1959 solo effort, American Combat Judo, is a lengthier training session in vicious close-in fighting skills. In it, Cosneck combines elements of jiu-jitsu, boxing, wrestling, savate and plain old dirty fighting into an easy-to-learn set of practical unarmed combat techniques designed to incapacitate any attacker as quickly and painfully as possible.