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Eskrima: Filipino Martial Art
     

Eskrima: Filipino Martial Art

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by Krishna Godhania
 

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The history, evolution, and essential principles and concepts of the Filipino martial art
 

Eskrima, also known as Arnis or Kali, is the indigenous martial art of the Philippine Islands and this fascinating book explains why Eskrima uses training weapons, such as rattan sticks and daggers, from the earliest stages, alongside unarmed techniques.

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The history, evolution, and essential principles and concepts of the Filipino martial art
 

Eskrima, also known as Arnis or Kali, is the indigenous martial art of the Philippine Islands and this fascinating book explains why Eskrima uses training weapons, such as rattan sticks and daggers, from the earliest stages, alongside unarmed techniques. Dynamic and flexible, with a wide range of training methods, the technique can be practiced by students of all ages and levels of fitness. Well-known and respected as a highly practical weapons-based system, Eskrima is practiced worldwide by civilians, law enforcement personnel, and special units within the military. These training methods have been found particularly effective at increasing coordination and reflexes, providing a fast track to developing the qualities needed for practical self-defense. The instructional section of the book illustrates how the Eskrima martial artist is able to succeed in a wide range of combat situaions involving fighting with both weapons and open hands. Techniques, two person flow drills, self-defense applications, training with specialized equipment, and the philosophy of the art are all covered in depth.

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Library Journal - BookSmack!
Flipping through this book-which details the history and techniques of the "tribal fighting art" of Eskrima-kind of freaked me out. Most martial arts I've seen seem focused on calmness and involve using someone else's aggression against them and being sort of stoic and steadfast, all in the name of self-defense. This one, however, seems seriously aggressive, and I think practitioners can most probably kick ass Rambo-style. Most photos depict author Godhania fake-beating the living crap out of various victims with weapons, sticks, knives, and bare hands. The photos also emphasize the moves and are all totally kosher, but they're all intense. He whips them, slashes them, breaks their necks, their limbs, their noses. It looks to me like hand-to-hand combat emphasizing reflexes, coordination, accuracy, and speed, something a special-forces type guy would do. Bottom line: Are you interested in trying something new? And getting damnably good at ass kicking? Then this seems awesome. Plus, like the Filipinos did in the 1500s, it's good for defeating Conquistadors. Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes", Booksmack!, 11/4/10

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847971524
Publisher:
Crowood Press, Limited, The
Publication date:
07/09/2010
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
639,171
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Krishna Godhania is an experienced martial artist who has spent the past 18 years studying Eskrima in the Philippines. He is the Eskrima technical editor and columnist for Martial Arts Illustrated magazine and he heads the Institute of Filipino Martial Arts.

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