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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (February 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873643542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873643542
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was skeptical when I bought this book.
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Anyone with an interest in Filipino martial arts should really have this in their library.
J. Finder
This book is one of the best I have on martial arts and I have over 100.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) VINE VOICE on July 1, 2006
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This was an interesting book. It would, however, be easy for a novice to misunderstand a few concepts, as they are not always presented clearly. For example, in the section on traditional slashing methods, it seemed as if the author was advocating a 19 step kata to be followed precisely when confronting an adversary. I doubt very much if this was the author's intent. Indeed, a 19 step kata -- with several plates illustrated with a series of numbered arrows (then later backed up with B&W photos) is provided, along with instructions to memorize the moves as shown. This is wrong. It is important to repeatedly practice certain movements to integrate them into one's "muscle memory"; and it is advisable that all multi-step moves be performed in a flowing and circular manner; but I feel that the author meant to convey that, while the kata should be practiced, only select portions of it are meant to be used during a given confrontation, as all scenarios are different (i.e., a flowing 3-step movement, rather than the entire kata).

Other concepts were presented that I have not seen elsewhere. The use of balisong as a fistload is nothing new, nor is the use of the tang to crush pressure points. Snapping the tang -- like a sap -- is also familiar to FMA enthusiasts. However, using the partially opened balisong -- both as an extended fistload and a hinged sap -- is something I've never seen before. Of course, such moves are unique to balisong and cannot be applied to other knives.

Another interesting topic was that of compelling an opponent to "yield." One technique finished by brushing the opponent's arm wth the flat of the blade, rather than cutting him, as a "warning." Another finished with the blade lightly resting on the opponent's throat.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2000
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A well put together book. Gives a variety of openings and closings to the Balisong (Butterfly) knife. Good for beginners. Exceeded my expectations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eagle Vision TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2010
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This is a good book on the basics of Filipino knife fighting which covers very basic information. The illustrations are adequate but at times confusing. The 4 basic attacks of the slash, rake, gouge and rip are discussed, and although I already knew the principles, there was still a hearty discussion. There are a few important key points such as the "Visayan Knife Cutting Do's and Don'ts" and the "17 Slashes of Death". These 17 "Slashes" are the main vascular pathways that, if attacked, will lead to incapacitation. Defensive and Offensive drills are illustrated but author/photographer do not make it clear on who the actual person is that we are supposed to emulate (both wear black shirts).

It's a decent book but there are far better titles than this one. It's worth a read but more detail is covered in other texts, such as The Balisong Manual and Advanced Balisong Manual by Jeff Imada.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gonzalez on August 9, 2006
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This was a pretty informative, well written book. It lacked a little depth, but that wasn't a problem seeing as how I was up and using the balisong in no time.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Finder on February 25, 2005
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Sonny Umpad is an innovative master of Filipino martial arts, creator of the Visayan Corto Cadena system. I've had the privilege of knowing him for many years, and I've watched many skilled practitioners of other systems come to him for advanced training. This book is an introduction to one aspect of his system, co-written by Sid Campbell, another martial art master, and Gary Cagaanan, one of Sonny's long-time students. Anyone with an interest in Filipino martial arts should really have this in their library.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.rodriguez on August 1, 2011
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Where to begin? Maestro is a title of extreme respect given to a master. Maestro Sonny Umpad was a reclusive and humble man who taught small groups of students in his living room in order to devote sufficient attention to each student's progress. Preferring being anonymous, and doing his own thing. Sonny's research, which he synthesized into his own unique contribution to the art is still alive in his students.
This Book was the start to the laying out of his system. Maestro was creative genius that went beyond just movement. His system was always improving. This book could have been number 1 of many volumes. It's very sad that he has passed. I was a long time student of his, and miss him daily.
VKC System , (Handwork) Panamote, (sticks)- Single, double, long and short, long cane and staff ,Sikaran- Moro- Moro footwork ,(Blade) all kinds ,(Dumog)-closing, Principles, Skills, Concepts, (WAYS OF UP GRADING YOUR SKILLS)The list can go on. Truly a Great man!

RIP Maestro
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I bought this for my brother who is a novice @ knifework but has a passion for them. I would suggest this and a practice knife to anyone interested.
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