After that tantrum in my last post where I lamented the scarcity of Arnis books in its land of origin, let me share with you my meager but very valuable collection.
by Remy Amador Presas (Philippine Copyright 1974)
This book is a good foundational read. Even though the paper is dark and rough making reading somewhat hard, I appreciate it that the basics were explained in simple language and accompanied by full illustrations. Considering the fact that cameras were not digital yet, I salute the enormous effort invested in making this book. Every single movement was described. I also like it that Grandmaster Presas took the time to explain the necessity of moral values.
by Remy Amador Presas (Philippine Copyright 1994)
In many ways, this book is like the first one above– both deal with the basics and provide full illustrations. But there are more advance techniques like knife defense, women’s self defense, and police techniques reminding everyone that FMA is one of the world’s most practical martial arts.
3. Sikaran. The Fighting Art of the Filipino Farmer
by Emmanuel del Espiritu Santo Querubin (Philippine Copyright 2009)
This is a well written, intelligent, and articulate book and I finished it in one sitting! Printed on high-quality paper the book is easy on the eyes. My favorite part is The History of the Filipino Fighting Arts spanning six delicious pages! But really, each page is full of interesting information. I also like it that there are many photos and that they included a very useful glossary of Filipino terms and weapons. I highly recommend this book.
To read about the fascinating things I learned from this book click here.
This has proven to be a useful book for me although, with due respect, I think it could use some more editing and proofreading. Anyway, when I’m on Facebook and someone suddenly pops up to chat and I remember that he is one of the persons featured in the book, I refer to it for some background information about my FB friend. So nice.
by Howard Reid and Michael Croucher (Copyright 1983, Great Britain)
The paradox of the martial arts — studying a lethaI skill can make us peacemakers. This is a well-researched, insightful, conversational yet so informative book. I had many attitude changes after reading it — changes that would help me become a better person in and outside the martial arts world.
After reading this book’s chapter about the almost unknown martial art of Kalaripayit, India, I also developed a more positive attitude about the fact that Arnis is not so popular. The “secretiveness” somehow brings a sense of exclusivity and worth.
The book devotes a special section for Arnis, mainly discussing Doce Pares and Cocoy Canete.
by Mark V. Wiley (Copyright 2009 & 2013)
This is my newest acquisition and it’s special because I got it personally from GM Wiley himself.
I sometimes worry that there isn’t enough written documentation of FMA techniques and they will just die with the masters. Now, a new instructional book with lots of photos and written descriptions lessens that anxiety. I appreciate it that it does not deal with just one style but more than 30 FMA styles. This is an intelligent and very credible reference book. I’m glad it’s in my collection.
So friends, these are my precious books so far. There will be more, I know.
How about you? What’s in your collection?
Thank you to fellow blogger Rick Vagas for showing his books. Both of us wish we had more. FMA Books / Better Living Personal Development and Martial Arts