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on 14 July 1999
If you're looking for a book on Arnis or Eskrima, then don't buy this book.
If you're looking for a book that shows techniques that can be used with virtually any kind of stick and that will compliment any Arnis/ Eskrima training that you have done, then this book is a must buy!
All the pictures and text and clear, concise and written in such a way that a complete novice to the martial arts can understand. I paid ... for this at my local store, wish I'd bought it here! :-(
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on 7 April 2004
Stick Fighting is a book with multiple defence techniques to be learnt using various types of stick. The Kali is the most regularly used stick in the book; however a smaller stick and a hand stick are also used. It has defences for a punch, front kick, grabs from behind, grabs to the stick, to the wrist and to the sleeve. Each technique is explained with great accuracy and illustration are provided to aid the learner.
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on 19 February 2011
I'll start out by admitting that I train in the style, so this really was a necessary investment for me. However, since buying the book and since we've been going through it in more detail, I have now resultantly been thrown, clocked and locked in more ways than I ever thought possible (and when I was first face-planted by a tiny woman with a stick, well that's when I realised both how funny and how painful it could all be). Now, as has been pointed out, this isn't a book on stick-on-stick fighting, but rather a way to apply the stick against an assailant. "Oh, but why would someone attack a guy with a big stick?", many people will say. Well, I don't know. Why would some young fellow attack an old fellow with a walking stick? And how might the old fellow apply his walking stick to the breaking of bones and cranking of limbs? Plus, as has also been said, practice with the stick leads to greater understanding of space, body mechanics and leverage.

Now, to be balanced, I found most of Hatsumi's other instructional texts to be a little bit hmmm. This book, however, this is a book worth owning!
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on 19 August 1999
an excellent well written and illustated book for the beginner and experienced martial artist also for anyone wanting to learn awesome combat skills a must for anyone intrested in the japanese art of stick fighting.Make sure you have a training partner otherwise you will find it difficult.
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on 7 September 2011
I would like to start by saying that this is a good book; providing you know what it is "actually about". The title is a little misleading I think. This book isn't a book about "stick fighting" in the plural sense of the title, in truth it is solely teaching you the techniques for use of a stick/Jo (and other sticks alike) against an unarmed person. So in my humble opinion this book is a good book and a good study but from a different angle to most books on stick fighting. I would only buy this book if you already have some experience in the art of stick fighting and (or) if you plan to use a stick against an unarmed person (such as a police officer might).
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on 21 January 2015
Some of the criticisms query the practicality of the book inregards to carrying a stick or the opponent in the book being unarmed. Many of the techniques can be applied unarmed especially the evasion,strikes and certain throws although I admit that a previous background in unarmed combatives is useful to translate some of the moves. Another point is that unlike arts emphasizing striking, there are many options for restraining methods which are useful if uncontrolled strikes (where the result of the strike is unknown until it occurs and which the effects
may be delayed). And if you are against multiple attackers and / or a larger attacker using a stick like item may be the only option.

Also the strikes to the limb can be applied if the attacker is armed as can the immobilisations.

The authors quite clearly state that the methods can be used with what is available and there are techniques that can be used with a pen or mobile phone.

Although staves longer than 3 feet are not featured many of the featured methods can be used with a jo (4 feet stave) or bo (5 feet + stave).
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on 23 October 1998
This is a great manual for those that wish to learn, or add to, practical stickfighting skills without all the flowery paraphenalia that usually goes hand-in-hand with the martial arts. In the book Hatsumi builds a simple, strong system that is designed to quickly dominate an attacker; it shows good evasion skills, effective strikes and realistic takedowns and locks. The system he shows is not about looking good, it is about getting the job done.
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on 18 February 2000
Nothing but solid, very clear information on every conceivable attack, parry, lock and block possible with a stick, for the reader to digest and practice. If you're interested in this tyoe of self defence, then it is a very good resource.
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on 21 July 1998
Best book on stick fighting that I have in my library. I haven't seen a better book yet which covers this topic. Get the book, you won't be sorry.
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on 14 December 2015
This is not book about Filipino Martial Arts, All techniques are based on Japanese styles of fighting with stick.

Book itself if well laid out and all techniques are clearly depicted and explained.
Book consists of many techniques with different stick lengths (30" , 12-15"), you might be interested in that book if you want to explore some of the locking techniques using sticks. For me as Escrima practitioner it's more informative in a sense what other styles have to offer rather than practical .
Most techniques are quite difficult form beginner point of view and include Aikido like takedowns , and throws - not very practical and difficult to execute especially in life threatening situations. Also no empty hands applications are presented, it's assumed you always carry some sort of stick with you to defend yourself.

All in all you might like that book if you're into Japanese styles of Martial Arts, if you're not I wouldn't recommend it
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