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Balisong: The Lethal Art Of Filipino Knife Fighting Paperback – February 1, 1986
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Sid Campbell is a leading authority on traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts and holds a 10th degree black belt in shorin-ryu karate. He is an artist, lecturer, inventor, scriptwriter, and World Martial Art Masters Association Hall of Fame inductee. He also supervises over 48 shorin-ryu branch schools around the world and had the opportunity to share martial arts knowledge with both Bruce Lee and James Yimm Lee when they visited his dojo in Oakland, California in the late 1960's.
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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.
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. However, this is not the Phillipines, and a "Master" who spares an opponent is not likely to receive a humble apology from a bested former aggressor. Crackheads and wannabe Gs have no concept of honor or chivalry, and would blindside you the moment you turned your back to walk away. Sad, but true.
This was a good book, with unique concepts and sound advice. One of the few things I took issue with was the recommendation that one utilize an "aerial" opening technique versus an opponent!!! That is known as "show boating" and I wouldn't even try that against someone who was both drunk AND retarded. If your EDC knife is a balisong, this would be a good book to have. If you carry something else (as most of us do), the section on slashing techniques is worthy of study.