Arnis Self-Defense: Stick, Blade, and Empty-Hand Combat Techniques of the Philippines

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Blue Snake Books, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 178 pages
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The book features a twofold, interrelated focus. First, it looks at the unique Filipino culture; how it was greatly influenced by Spanish colonization, the oppression it suffered under foreign rule, and how the native yearning for freedom led to the development of the martial art of arnis. The book then presents the distinct technical aspects and resultant physical manifestation of the indigenous fighting art. Centering upon the Kombatan method forged by Grandmaster Ernesto Amador Presas Sr., it describes numerous maneuvers utilizing stick, blade, and empty hand components, and offers information on their myriad practical applications.

This volume is unique in that it is one of but a few composed by a native-born and bred Filipino author, one who absorbed lesson in the Philippines, directly under the guidance of an established system’s founder. The book seeks to present arnis in a proper light, as a simple and pragmatic method of self-protection, while debunking the more fanciful theories and concepts that have crept in as it makes its way into world consciousness.
 

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This book is good for those who might not have a background or knowledge of FMA Filipino Martial Arts. Its about the Kombatan method of arniseskrima of Ernesto Presas. It does a good job of explaining ... Read full review

Contents

The Name
3
Through the Mists of Time
7
Portrait of a People
15
The Visayas The Cradle of Amis
23
The Golden Age of Amis
27
From Modern Amis to Kombatan
31
The Practice
45
The Foundation
49
Blade Combat
113
EmptyHand Combat
139
Preparing for Battle
151
Weapon Characteristics
159
SelfDefense A Matter of Survival
165
Glossary
169
Recommended Reading List
177
About the Author
179

Stick Combat
65

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About the author (2007)

Jose G. Paman was born in the Philippines, holds advanced instructor degrees in arnis, karate, and jujitsu, and is a kung-fu expert. A resident of the Sacramento area of California, Paman practices, researches, teaches, and writes about traditional and contemporary martial arts.

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