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9780804831390

The Secrets of Giron Arnis Escrima

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804831390

  • ISBN10:

    0804831394

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-03-15
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub
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Summary

This is an engaging biography of Leo Giron, a renowned master of escrima. A child of revolution, Grandmaster Giron learned marital arts by necessity from five renowned master, and honed his skills in numerous hand-to-hand encounters in the Philippine jungles. The Secrets of Giron Arnis Escrima is also a visual and descriptive survey of Girons fighting art--a classical weapons and empty-hand self-defense system. Included is an overview of the twenty styles that make up the Giron system in general, and an analysis of the de fondo and cadena de mano styles in particular. Packed with over 300 historical and instructional photographs, this unique book reveals the secrets of this Filipino martial art.

Author Biography

Antonio Somera lives in Stockton, California, the hub of escrima in the United States. He is the only person to whom Grandmaster Giron awarded the maaster's degree in the art of Giron arnis escrima. He is the presiding master of the Bahala Na Martial Arts Association, and his articles have appeared in Free Voice and Martial Arts Legends magazines.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix(2)
Dan Inosanto
Acknowledgements xi(1)
Introduction xii
PART ONE: Background and Overview 1(39)
1. Development of a Fighting Art
1(15)
Regionalism
1(3)
The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
4(1)
The Symbols of Unity
5(1)
Leo M. Giron
6(1)
World War II
7(4)
Giron's Philosophy of Escrima
11(2)
The Bahala Na Martial Arts Academy
13(3)
2. The Twenty Styles of Giron Arnis Escrima
16(24)
The Master's Fan
16(1)
Overview of the Twenty Styles
17(23)
PART TWO: The Nucleus of Giron Arnis Escrima 40(30)
3. The Foundation of an Art
40(9)
The Clock Method of Teaching
40(1)
Distance
41(1)
The Eight Original Strikes
42(1)
Defining the Baston
43(1)
The Attributes of Striking
44(1)
The Natural Position
45(1)
The Attention Position
46(1)
The Ready Position
46(1)
Salutation With a Weapon
47(1)
Salutation Without a Weapon
48(1)
4. Basic Defensive Concepts
49(5)
Blocking
49(1)
Parrying
50(1)
Deflecting
50(2)
Evading
52(1)
Hand Checking
52(1)
Releasing, Reversing, and Counter Blocking
53(1)
5. Preparation for Training
54(16)
Escrima as Sport and Art
54(1)
Training the Mind, Heart, and Body
54(1)
Warm-Up Exercises
55(15)
PART THREE: Estilo de Fondo 70(44)
6. The Twelve Strikes of Estilo de Fondo
70(15)
Discipline of Delivery
70(1)
Analysis of the Twelve Strikes
71(14)
7. Basic Single Stick Defenses
85(21)
Introduction
85(1)
The Defensive System
85(21)
8. Stick to Stick Disarming
106(8)
Introduction
106(8)
PART FOUR: Cadena de Mano 114(14)
9. Empty-Hand to Knife Disarming
114(7)
Introduction
114(7)
10. Basic Hand-to-Hand Defenses
121(7)
Introduction
121(7)
Afterword 128(2)
Grandmaster Leo M. Giron
Lineage of Giron Arnis Escrima 130(2)
Glossary 132

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