A Guide to Panantukan (the Filipino Boxing Art): Rick Faye's Kali/jeet Kune Do Notebook Guide Series - For Use as a Training Journal and Step by Step Guide Spiral-bound – 1 Jun 2000
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I have had the privilege to train with Rick Faye at several seminars and the man is amazing, as well as very modest about his fighting abilities, a noted contrast to the many would-be-10th-dan McDojo merchants who sell books on martial arts to the general public.
I find the book most useful as a prompter for the techniques Rick Faye (and my instructor, who trained under him) taught me.
A second reviewer bemoaned the lack of kicking in Panantukan. That is because it is a boxing art. There is a kicking art, called Pananjakman, in which the arms are used mainly for defence. Both arts form part of a greater continuum of Filipino Martial Arts (often called "Kali") which use all varieties of weapons as well as grappling, healing and spiritual aspects. The idea is that the stick, knife, sword or empty hand can all use similar striking motions, which are usually trained through drills with 2 sticks, ("Sinawalli") increasing the need for (and therefore the development of) a keen idea of attack ranges.
Like all martial arts books its good to refer to & added to actual training will help all martial artists.
I first got this book years ago brought it at a seminar in Cambridge direct from the man himself & have had the pleasure of training with Guro many times here in the UK & in US, also proud to host regular seminars for him and be one of his instructors here in th UK.
Panantukan is an excellent art on many levels, good fitness training from the padwork/glove drills/sparring, drills galore for all martial art junkies & functional techniques for self defence.
This book will give you an intial look at the art of Filipino Boxing, a must for anyone who likes Panantukan is to do some basic weaponry also as most of the concepts/principles are to be found there.
Deffiantly worth a buy!
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As a novice trainee in the art I can only agree with the reviews. The information is particularly useful and well written, and comes from an experienced pratictioner of the art who has established a great following for himself. The format of the book is of a step-by-step illustrated training manual aimed at teaching the basics of the system.
If I were to comment on any negative points regarding the publication, the only one would be on its presentation. Considering the trouble I found in sourcing what seemed to be at the time the only available copy of the book left on the internet (from the author's own online store in fact!), I was a little disappointed with the format of the print.
The book is presented as an A4-sized plastic ring-bound print out, that could easily be mistaken for a domestic-quality MS Word-style document printed out on average-quality paper (single side printing only). The quality of the illustrative photo images can tend to be pixelated, giving a rather unprofessional look.
I understand that the idea of the book is to be a sequential training manual including a notes section for recording progress and development - however, the impression of the new, first-hand copy of the book I received is that someone simply printed me out a copy in the office and put it in the post..!
I believe that the price I paid for this valuable information is fair; I do also believe however that the publication would greatly benefit from a revamp in the quality of illustrative images and particularly in the print format. I would however still recommend this book to anyone interested in Panantukan.