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Masters of the Blade
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Manufacturer: Arjee Enterprises
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796
EAN: 9780972767927
ISBN: 0972767924
Label: Arjee Enterprises
Manufacturer: Arjee Enterprises
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 457
Publication Date: 2006-01
Publisher: Arjee Enterprises
Studio: Arjee Enterprises

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Discover the essence of the Filipino martial arts utilized worldwide by law enforcement officers, armed forces personnel, frontline operatives, and members of the public interested in self-protection with and against edged weapons. Destined to become another classic resource on the Warrior Arts of the Philippines, this massive collection, profusely illustrated with more than 2,700 photos, presents the core tactics and concepts of many world acclaimed edged weapon combative experts.



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Summary: Masters of the Blade
Comment: Master Galang has done it again, this is extremly informative and ecceptional work, any F.M.A. student needs this book in there library!

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Summary: Must read!
Comment: Mr. Rey Galang did a great job with this book, and I hope that otehr authors will in the future try to reach the same level. The book is beautifuly done, instructors presented are well chosen, and the overall atmosphere breathes good will and cooperation. Subjects covered by different instructors do not overlap, which contributed to even greater information value. I would like that some people (most notably Jim Keating and Ron Balicki) had the time for better illustrated efforts, as well as that there had been some other experts as well...but than againg, maybe thet would make the book grow out of proportion. Still, nobody says there shouldn't be a sequel! Just one suggestion to Mr. Galang, in case he should see this review - maybe in the Part II, you could introduce some more European instructors, thus providing greatly appreciated info for those of us living out of USA.

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Summary: Splendid Overview of the Profession
Comment: This book identifies the major knife instructors currently active in the U.S.A., permits them to briefly discuss their art, and illustrates through a series of photographs some of the techniques characteristic of their particular style.

While there is one bowie knife instructor, most of the instruction is based on the Filipino arts. A surprising number of styles are offshoots of Lameco Eskrima, the art of the late Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite. Lameco is a blend of long (LArgo), medium (MEdio), and short (COrto)range movements, and appears particularly agreeable to knife.

The book does not list instructor's addresses or telephone numbers. Some instructors (Guro Felix Valencia, for example, who tends to be fully booked with government agencies) are difficult to find even with modern search engines, but a few moments with google should solve most of the problem.

The defensive knife world is in a constant state of change as some instructors retire or otherwise leave the arena and senior students rise to take their places. Over time, the book may (unless revised) become dated, but Masters of the Blade accurately reflected its subject matter on the date of publication.








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