Filipino Martial Culture

Filipino Martial Culture Widely practiced but not always understood the Filipino martial arts have a rich history and distinctive character that have not fully been documented until now Written in the context of Philippine h

  • Title: Filipino Martial Culture
  • Author: Mark V. Wiley
  • ISBN: 9780804820882
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • Widely practiced but not always understood, the Filipino martial arts have a rich history and distinctive character that have not fully been documented until now.Written in the context of Philippine history and culture, Filipino Martial Culture uncovers the esoteric components of the Filipino martial arts and the life histories of the men who perpetuate them Included are Widely practiced but not always understood, the Filipino martial arts have a rich history and distinctive character that have not fully been documented until now.Written in the context of Philippine history and culture, Filipino Martial Culture uncovers the esoteric components of the Filipino martial arts and the life histories of the men who perpetuate them Included are the history of turbulence and war in the Philippines from prehistoric times to the present day the culture of the Filipino martial arts, including warrior ethos and worldview, spirituality, folklore, and weaponry biographical sketches of eighteen Filipino masters and descriptions of their respective fighting styles and a comparative study of the ethos, ideology, and development of the Filipino martial arts in relation to the considerable martial traditions of India, China, and Japan.In the course of his research, internationally renowned martial arts master and scholar Mark V Wiley traveled the globe, interviewing top masters and recording their life histories, thoughts, and anecdotes In addition, he collected 320 historical photographs and illustrations, including step by step sequences of the masters demonstrating the distinctive techniques of their particular martial styles A classic reference for practitioners and researchers alike, this Filipino martial arts book is as much a definitive anthropological textbook as it is a practical guide to Arnis, Kali, Eskrima, and the other martial arts of the Philippines.

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    1. I took this book and gave it to my boyfriend because he was heavily into the martial arts. Being that we were both Philipino i thought it was sort of fitting. I ended up reading it first, and I came to find out that one of me own relatives not far off of a relation, was a grand master of his own form of Kali Escrima called Cabales Serrada. I wish i could have seen him before he died, and if i would have known him sooner i would most likely have had the chance to. But other than relations, the co [...]

    2. A great anthropological study - not a technique book. Wiley's hard work has shown great results in this overview of FMA in the late 90's. It's good to see that there are hopologists of such erudition trying to cut through the BS that many well-intentioned practitioners and teachers bandy about. Also shows some insight into the Filipino characters. 4.5 stars, losing half a star to spotty editing.

    3. This is a landmark text on the martial history and warrior cultures of the Philippines, and an essential read for any practicioner of Filipino Kali/Arnis/Eskrima, or anyone who either practices or is interested in the Martial Arts.

    4. A detailed scholarly account of the Filipino martial culture including histories, interviews, and insights into the cultural significance of weapons, talismans, and martial arts. It was entertaining and insightful. I recommend this to anyone involved in Filipino martial arts.

    5. I like the part about the Moro warriors of the Southern Philippines and the martial arts-based fanatical subversive political groups. That's where I'm at right now.

    6. I loved this book because it was not a book of techniques. one of the reasons I study traditional Martial Arts is because of their historical and anthropological value and this book certainly ticks those boxes.

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