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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796
EAN: 9781420823332
ISBN: 1420823337
Label: AuthorHouse
Manufacturer: AuthorHouse
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2005-03-04
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Studio: AuthorHouse

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Filipino Combat Systems chronicles the creation, evolution and core concepts of one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world. It overcomes the shortcomings inherent in martial art instruction manuals by focusing not on technique, but on the strategy and philosophy of movement behind the technique. Written by a first generation student under the authority and supervision of the system's Founder and Grand Master, this work is an excellent introduction to the system. FCS is one of the most practical combat oriented martial systems in existence, bridging the gap between the ancient fighting arts and the modern world.

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Summary: Do not buy if you hope to learn
Comment: It has concepts yes but other than that it doesnt have much.

It is not a book for those looking to learn the art.

It does not contain flows or drills.

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Summary: missed potential
Comment: When I ordred this book, I expected lot more after seeing the contents in the preview. First of all, I do not like Ray Dionaldo being signed as a co-author...I mean being interviewed in the book does not exactly make one an author, even if the book is on the system he has created.
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.

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Summary: Finally Somethiing New in the Martial Arts
Comment: It was a late friday night when I picked this book up off the front porch. All I wanted was a hot shower and to go to bed. That didn't happen because I started browsing through this book. Before I knew it, it was much later and I was still going over the photos sequences. This is the freshest breath of air I have had in the martial arts in a long time! From the author's dedication to the closing pages it is the passionate writing of a man who understands what warriorship is all about. It is a terrfic blending of spirituality, mentality, and technique. The photo sequences are sufficient to explain the technique and show a great awareness of line, spacing, energy, and groundedness. I could not find any glaring errors in movement or openings anywhere in the techniques. Most of the books today written by so-called experts are filled with bad techniques, rehashed from one volume to the next. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It is absolutely tops on my list of over 50 books on the topic. I want to thank the author and his instructor for producing this book.

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Summary: An Excellent Introduction to the Core Concepts of the Tribal Arts of the Filipino Combat Systems
Comment: Filipino Combat Systems (FCS) by Mark Edward Cody begins with a preface written by Guro Ray Dionaldo where he describes FCS as a "Tribal Art" as opposed to a martial art or martial science. He explains that "tribal arts" have the mindset that they are training family members, and lack the political hierarchy found in more traditional "martial arts".

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:
* Firearms
* 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. Do not depend on others to protect you.

Filipino Combat Systems is very well illustrated with numerous photographs and contains well-written, informative text offering insight for those who follow the way of the warrior.

Highly recommended!

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Summary: This book sucks!
Comment: I made the mistake in buying this book. I thought it was about Filipino Martial Arts....it's about how a supposedly avid practitioner of the FMA keeps refering to Japanese and Indonesian arts trying to lump everything and anything under FMA. It's really sad because these so called 10th degree grandmasters let these guys crap all over Filipino Martial Arts and get away with it. It's not Japanese or Indonesian..it's Filipino....The author wrote a book with nothing but his own opinion...he probably never been to the Philippines.
Sorry but Sarongs and Kerambits are not Filipino...Guys need a reality check. Stop bastardizing the art! I'm sorry I bought this book and I'm sad that this is how some Filipinos are teaching the art just to make everybody happy and to fatten their wallets!

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