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Modern Arnis: The Filipino Art of Stick Fighting Paperback – June 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications (June 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089750089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897500890
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Remy Presas was one of the Philippines’ premier stick fighters. He became a national figure in his native country for blending the countless styles of the island—including important aspects from kali, escrima, tjakalele, and arnis de mano—into one system, which he named modern arnis.

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I recommend this book for the non-martial artists alike.
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Now the book has good basic instruction which is very clear to understand so I feel I can recommend this book.
RJA
This book is very good book for begginers include all basic empty hand, sticks (single&double).
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Farris on February 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I disagree with anyone that says this book is not a good one. I am an arnis instructor with the IPMAF, and Remy's book is exactly what many lucid readers have deduced: an introduction to a great martial art. Also, keep in mind that for years, the art of arnis was considered, even by some of its own practitioners, a "stick-fighting" art. It wasn't until Ernesto Presas and his brother Remy developed this into a more comprehensive art.
In closing, this book is a good, fundamental book upon which one may make a somewhat educated decision on whether or not they would like to further pursue the art.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a long time student of the Filipino martial arts, I have seen many books on the subject, and this is a must have. This book is an introduction to the art of Modern Arnis written by the man who spread the art around the world. "Modern Arnis : Filipino Art of Stick Fighting" is great for beginners or as a reference for those more advanced. Many basic exercises are photographed step by step and are easy to follow. The instructions are very clear and the pictorials are well done. Anyone interested in stick fighting should own this book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ann E. Ladis on November 18, 2001
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When I first started training in Modern Arnis 6 years ago,this book was my bible. It provides the most clear and concise breakdown of techniques of any martial arts book that I have ever read (I own about 75). As a student of a Master of Tapi-Tapi in Modern Arnis, I can not reccommend a better to supplement to training.
Sadly, Professor Presas passed away this fall, but his art and his spirit live on through his books, videos, and Masters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Now over 20 years old, this was one of the first books in English on escrima. At just over 150 pages and with 9 chapters covering the different topics, Guru Presas packs much good information into this small book. Many of the most important topics and skills are covered, and the photos and decriptions are clear and easy to understand. Although I have a more recent edition, the photos are still clear and not too dark or too light, as sometimes happens with the plates with older books. Close-ups are used when needed to show the details of hand positions. There is also a brief history of escrima at the beginning of the book.

Nowadays videos have in many ways replaced books as instructional materials in the martial arts, but video was still relatively new when this book was written, and it still stands on its own as one of the best early treatments of escrima. To see the actual movements, though, there is really nothing like a video, many of which are available used on the web for less than the price of the book. But books on the martial arts can still serve a useful purpose by discussing more technical matters such as theory, strategy, and topics like history, and perhaps as as catalogs and references for the techniques of a particular style.

Among Guru Presas's many legendary abilities, he was perhaps best known for his ability to perform disarms, and this is covered in the last chapter of the book, in addition to hand techniques, flow drills, trapping, the various single and double stick techniques, and other topics.

I have to mention that I had an opportunity to do a demo for Guro Presas back in the mid-80s with my teacher of Chinese Chin Na, the Kung Fu holding and locking art.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Ball on December 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is not a comprehensive primer on Modern Arnis, but is rather a very simple overview of the basics. It covers the 12 basic angles of attack and a defense for each angle, then briefly touches on the empty handed applications of the art. The coverage of sinawali was interesting and clear, but was, again, very simplistic, although I did find the basic flow drills to be useful.
In short, this book is interesting and a potentially useful source of information for someone who studies an art that doesn't incorporate the concept of flow, however, if you study Escrima, Arnis, Kenpo, etc., you might want to keep looking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2000
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This is a decent introduction to Arnis, which typically begins with sticks before moving to knives and empty hands (hence the focus of this work is the stick and basic stick technique). Presas has, I believe, produced some additional volumes since this one, though I'm not sure of their publication status.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bushido Practitioner on September 26, 2007
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This is a good introduction to the system. It is unfortunate that master martial artists have not worked with professional writers to produce detailed volumes chronicling their systems. This, like most works of its kind- leaves the advanced student wishing MORE had been written.

The book will be informative to the beginner of Modern Arnis and a source of fond nostalgia for advanced students who know that this great man taught us all so much MORE than the pages of this book contain.
Filipino Combat Systems: An Introduction to An Ancient Art For Modern Times
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2004
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This is a great book. My Jeet Kune Do instructor and I had the privelage of meeting Remy at a seminar he was conducting in NC. Needless to say Remy was a priceless instructor and it shows in this text. Mr. Presas conveys the information of stickfighting in an easy to understand format. While this book may have some age on it now, it has invaluable tools for the modern day martial artist.
In addition, if you enjoy studying lineages, histories, and influences of other martial arts, this is also a good book. I always knew that other martial artists would pull from other martial arts, but I had never actually "seen" or read it. As a student in Self Defense Systems Jeet Kune Do I automatically picked up on all the trapping hands influences from Filipino Martial Arts found in our system. You can also see the influence Filipino Trapping hands had on Bruce Lee as well and the slight changes he made in taking them as his own. Regardless of your style, modern or traditional, with an open attitude and a desire to learn, there is alot to take away from this simply constructed and well thought out book. I recommend this book for the non-martial artists alike.
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