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Jogo do Pau: The Ancient Art and Modern Science of Portuguese Stick Fighting Paperback – January 1, 2010
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So, why four stars?
Mostly, it's a comment about production values. I was particularly intrigued by Figure 4.3, a three page montage of a changing hand parry that is never mentioned in the text. Despite the claim in the introduction that everything is being revealed, a close look at the pictures reveals several techniques that aren't discussed. To me, this is not a reason not to buy the book, but it is a comment on the quality of the editing.
Finally, I probably should comment on Mr. Preto's posture on the cover picture. Yes, he does always have his knee over his toe, and I've always been taught that was a no-no. In this book, he always has this posture, and even comments at one point that this is a book about effective stick-fighting, not healthy stick-fighting. While I won't argue with jogo do pau's effectiveness, I will point out that his teacher (the grand master of the system) and most of his fellow students use a more conventional posture, with the knee behind the toe where itbelongs. I would love to see a rewrite of this book in ten years, to see if Mr. Preto has changed any of his opinions.
As it stands, this is a fascinating book, and well worth the price. It is not perfect, and there is definitely room for a sequel.
Foreward by Nuno Russo
CH 1 The History of Jogo Do Pau
CH 2 Definitions
CH 3 Today's Jogo Do Pau
CH 4 Single Combat Foundations
CH 5 Single Combat Attacks
CH 6 The Parries
CH 7 Combinations
CH 8 Single Combat
CH 9 Multiple Opponents
CH 10 Baton / Single-Handed stick
CH 11 Art and Science of Teaching
CH 12 Sports Science
CH 13 Training Jogo Do Pau
CH 14 A Personal View of Self Defense
The author does seminars of which I look forwards to. I would also like to see more JDP on DVD. JDP is a fascinating martial art and I would recommend this book to any martial artist.
Train hard and have fun!
Guro Dennis Servaes
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jogo do Pau is the Portuguese art of stick fighting. While this art can be translated as "Game of the Stick" and certainly has a sporting aspect, Jogo do Pau is also an effective... Read morePublished on November 13, 2007 by Michael Chesbro
Love this book!Finally an English language book on this art.Very straightforward,easy to follow,well edited,and very informative on Portuguese history as well. Read morePublished on July 20, 2007 by Rickey L. Esteves Sr.