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Filipino Combat Systems: An Introduction to An Ancient Art For Modern Times Paperback – March 7, 2005
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The core text of Filipino Combat Systems offers a great deal of information for warriors, written by someone who obviously as a true warrior's mindset. The book begins with a description of the birth, history and origins of the Filipino Combat Systems.
Several core concepts of the Filipino Combat Systems and basic martial concepts are demonstrated. This includes flowing drills, quadrants, and combat distances, and much more. We are also introduced to weapons, including single and double sticks, the karambit, the kris, and the modern expandable baton.
We are also presented with a review of Musashi's strategies from the `Book of Five Rings'. We are also presented with the author's idea of the basics of self-defense, discussing awareness and preparedness, including:
> Be aware of all avenues of escape, cover and concealment
> Look for potential improvised weapons within your environment
> Attempt to stay informed about criminal activity and other dangers in your area.
> Be aware of defensive options and the pros and cons of each:
* Other weapons: Tear gas, knives, impact weapons, and stun guns
* Martial arts training... and more
> Take security measures to make yourself more difficult to victimize.
And perhaps most importantly:
>Be aware that your safety is YOUR responsibility.Read more ›
Now, the principles and concepts featured are very well chosen nad valuable, but the presentation could have been much better. I mean, the "fortune cookie" type advice gets kinda irritating after a while, no matter the "wisdom" it caries.
Finally, with all due respect to author's background in karate, and its influence on is understanding and interpretation of FMA, there could have been less stuff directly referring to karate/bushido/zen...as in essence it has very little to do with FMA. After all, that is why Mr. Cody has authored another book on that subject.
Also, I have no ide whatsoever why have some reviewers described the book as "ultimate" knife fighting resource, as it is clearly not. For that, go to Rey Galang's "Masters of the Blade", or several other books, for that matter.
On the good side, the book does have a sort of familiar atmosphere to it, which is very nice, and I liked the dictionary section quite a bit, and it is technically very well done.
The bottom line is, it is not a bad book, but if your interest is FMA in particular, you should look elsewhere, as this one should not be on your priority list, though it makes an interesting read in certain points.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the history of Filipino martial arts, and also enjoyed the chapters dedicated to weapon work, particularly the karambit. This book inspired me to look into the karambit, which is a curved knife that is excellent for in-fighting. I purchased a karambit off of Amazon.com shortly after reading through FCS. If you are interested in a good introduction to Filipino martial arts, I definitely recommend this book. However, if you are already an intermediate to advanced student, you probably won't get much use out of this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great e-book. Great price. Need knowledge of FMA to get the most out of it.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great introduction to FMA for anyone. If you have prior experience this will help you translate it. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Blair
Having studied filipino for 25 years, I didnt find the book very authentic or from a combat standpoint, which is what I look for. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
this is a very good book that gives a glimpse of the fcs kali system founded by master ray dionaldo with a showcasing of techniques.nice!!Published on May 2, 2011 by jali
I`m very glad from the Amazon`s team reaction for my problem - I didn`t receive my book from the first order may be because lost in transffer. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Milena Peeva
Overall the philosophy is sound and well presented. I do feel more comprehensive flow drills should have been included; but other than that, the book was excellent & very... Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by A. Miles