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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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About the Author

Luis Preto is an accomplished martial artist and sports professional who has been studying Jogo do Pau for many years. His insights into this dynamic art, and into the psychology of modern training techniques, make him uniquely qualified to offer this material.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Chivalry Bookshelf; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891448315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891448317
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,959,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dragan Milojevic on January 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Here is an excellent book on the little known are of Jogo do Pau. The author has obviously dedicated a lot of time and effort in studying the art and finding the way to communicate about its value. I find the book very well conceived and realized. The order of presenting the information is meant to help the progress if you should try practicing the techniques, and I'd say it achieved that goal. Which is not a surprise, as the final section of the book is actually on the methods of training in aartial arts, and I think is a must read for any instructor of combative sports of fighting arts. It shows Mr. Preto's true understanding of his work and his genuine wish to give others an opportunity of taking advantage of his knowledge and expertise.
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Format: Paperback
I'm currently rereading this book, and I'm glad I bought it. For someone interested in the western traditions of staff fighting, this book is definitely worth the price. What it teaches is how to use a 5 foot staff primarily for swinging strikes, with thrusts used to a minor extent. The system as presented here is fairly simple: strikes, parries, and (refreshingly) almost as much on strategy as on technique. There are also chapters on taking on multiple opponents (three techniques and strategies), and on mindset and training.

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.
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I read Jogo do Pau by Luis Preto, and I rate the book five stars. JDP is an ancient Portuguese Stick Fighting Martial Art, and I am impressed with the book.
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
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