Monday, April 29, 2013

"Mastering Eskrima Disarms" book review by Guro Michael Schwarz

It's been a couple of months since I'd received my autographed copy of the latest publication by GM Guro Dr. Mark Wiley.  Dr. Wiley has been a long time friend of co-founder GGM *D* for decades.  Mastering Eskrima Disarms as with all of Dr. Wiley's literary efforts is exquisite & chalked full of historical documentation in picture form of so many Eskrima Systems displayed by he & the system founders, Masters & Grandmasters.

As with all of Dr. Wiley's literary works, he explores the techniques from a foundational, fundamental level & moves forward to the finish. Too many times a author will delve far too much in theoretical methods as opposed to realistic methods that can work. Dr. Wiley is exceptional in word & demonstration.

Dr. Wiley has encompassed so many systems, from Cabales Serrada Escrima, D/C Serrada System of Escrima, Illustrisimo Kali, Bahala Na, Eskabo Daan, Doce Pares, Modern Arnis just to name a few.  Truly, one must read the work several times in order to appreciate the depth contained within the book.  I'm working on my 4th read & still finding refinement points that I had missed during the previous reads.  This book has so much information within it that I believe this will be counted among the most historical documentations of Filipino Martial Arts.  I commend Dr. Wiley on his continuing efforts to document the FMA with the dignity all the systems deserve.

The WSEF an organization, humbly recommend "Mastering Eskrima Disarms" as well as previous works by Dr. Wiley.  

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