Filipino Combat Systems: An Introduction to An Ancient Art For Modern Times Paperback – 7 Mar 2005
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About the Author
Mark Edward Cody began training in the Martial Arts in 1981. The Way of the Warrior led him to a lifetime study of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of the fighting arts. In 1998 he became a 5th Degree Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate/Jujutsu and a FCS Guro. In 2000 he published Bushido, his examination of warrior philosophy from a Christian perspective. Cody is an expert in many martial disciplines including Kenjutsu. For 15 years he operated one of Central Florida's largest martial art/tactical firearm studios. A lifelong friend, and first generation student of the FCS founder, Cody is uniquely qualified to write the first book about Filipino Combat Systems.
Top Customer Reviews
The book clearly Focuses more on Karate concepts with some FMA's layered on top, so if you're looking for a book on pure FMA this isn't for you.
I Returned the book for a full refund.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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:
* 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.
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the history of Filipino martial arts, and also enjoyed the chapters dedicated to weapon work, particularly the karambit. This book inspired me to look into the karambit, which is a curved knife that is excellent for in-fighting. I purchased a karambit off of Amazon.com shortly after reading through FCS. If you are interested in a good introduction to Filipino martial arts, I definitely recommend this book. However, if you are already an intermediate to advanced student, you probably won't get much use out of this.