Bookshelf Spotlight: Southeast Asian Martial Arts

Featured Books

* Arnis: History and Development of the Filipino Martial Arts
* Muay Thai Boran: The Martial Art of Thailand
* Pencak Silat:Through My Eyes: Indonesian Martial Arts
* Pradal Serey
* Traditional Burmese Boxing: Ancient and Modern Methods from Burma’s Training Camp

Arnis: History and Development of the Filipino Martial Arts


by Mark V. Wiley
Tuttle Publishing, 2001

The Filipino martial tradition, its history, cultural perspective and technique, makes for a rich and fascinating story. This is the first book to delve deeply into that legacy, examining the different schools of arnis and contributions made by leading arnisadores through history. This book examines training regimens, fighting techniques and innovations, and provides an exhaustive bibliography of all the books ever written on the subject. With 125 remarkable photographs, Mark Wiley’s groundbreaking study of arnis stands as an important source book for all serious practitioners of unarmed Filipino martial arts — as well as any serious student of martial arts as it is practiced worldwide.

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Muay Thai Boran: The Martial Art of Thailand


by Arjan Marco De Cesaris
Budo International, 2005

This book is the fruit of 27 years of study and research into one of the most beautiful cultural heritages that come to us from the ancient Siamese Kingdom, now called Thailand. The Martial Art of that distant country is mostly known in the world as sportive combat, which reminds everyone of a free version of Boxing. Although it is not developed for the ring, Muay Boran continues to incorporate the basic sports principles of Muay Thai. It maintains the efficiency demonstrated by Thai boxers in the Thai Boxing, Kickboxing, Boxing and No Holds Barred ring throughout the world. Outstanding champions of Vale Tudo have come from the world of Muay Thai. In Muay Thai Boran (or Traditional Thai boxing) combines an explosive mixture of ancient techniques practiced for centuries by Thai warriors with modern training methods all entirely brought up to date so that they meet the needs of the practitioner of the new millennium.

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Pencak Silat:Through My Eyes: Indonesian Martial Arts


by Herman Suwanda, Jose Fraguas
Empire Books, 2006

Complete presentation of the principles & applications of one of the most effective martial arts styles, by one of the most sought-after Silat masters of all time, the late Herman Suwanda. Explores the art & science of this Indonesian combat method, looking at tactical elements of timing, distance, rhythm, cadence & tempo.

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Pradal Serey


by Ronald Cohn Jesse Russell
VSD, 2012

Pradal serey is an unarmed martial art from Cambodia. In Khmer the word pradal means fighting or boxing and serey means free. Originally used for warfare, pradal serey is now one of Cambodia’s national sports. Its moves have been slightly altered to comply with the modern rules. This book was created using print-on-demand technology.

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Traditional Burmese Boxing: Ancient and Modern Methods from Burma’s Training Camp


by Zoran Rebac
Paladin Press, 2003

There’s a reason the word “brutal” is so often used to describe traditional Burmese boxing. This art “martial in the true sense of the word” has retained its merciless edge even as so many other disciplines have been watered down into mere sport. Through rare photographs and firsthand reports, author Zoran Rebac takes you into a world few Westerners have seen. When Rebac first traveled to Asia in the 1980s, he was a rarity himself a foreigner determined to learn the legendary martial traditions of the Burmese and Thai fighters. His keen interest and discipline quickly earned their respect and gained him access to training methods used by the best fighters in Asia. In this book, you’ll learn traditional Burmese boxing techniques from the basic stances, kicks and strikes through advanced “experts only” moves, experience the rich pageantry of the tournaments and be introduced to the grueling training exercises practiced in ancient times and the modern methods used by fighters today. Traditional Burmese Boxing is an invaluable guide to the fascinating world of the Burmese boxer.

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