Modern Arnis, the Filipino art of self-defense, was the brain child of Grand Master Remy A. Presas. From 1957 to 2001, he spread the art from its humble beginnings in Bacalod City in the Philippines to being an internationally known martial art. It was through his efforts that the dying arts of arnis and eskrima became revived. In 2001, Grand Master Presas passed away and left a void in the martial arts world. A number of senior students, both in the Philippines and the United States, continue to carry the torch.
Prof. Dan Anderson is one of them. Prof. Anderson began his training with GM Presas in 1980 and continues on to this day. A US and world karate champion, he has used his experience to formulate what he calls the MA80 System Arnis/Eskrima.
The MA80 System Arnis/Eskrima is unique as it takes influences not only from Modern Arnis, but from Balintawak Eskrima and Integrated Eskrima as well.
This manual is the first of its kind as it details, chapter by chapter, the progression from beginner to Black Belt. All the techniques, exercises and drills needed to achieve full skill in this system are meticulously detailed within this book.
Hundreds of photos depict: all the fighting ranges: the corto (close range), medio (medium range) and the largo (long range) cane and empty hand disarming techniques, cane & dagger (espada y daga), footwork, timing, joint locking, classical arnis styles, the Tapi-Tapi capture and locking tactics, and much, much more.
This book of Dan's, in your hand, or any book written by Dan, is a treasure chest of explorations and ways for you, the reader, to take part in these explorations. They are truly users guides.
Grand Master Bram Frank - Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame 2007 Weapons Instructor of the Year
Book reviews from Amazon.com
"I have several of Guro Anderson's books and this one is a syllabus on his take on modern arnis. Regardless of what style of FMA you study, this book is a great reference. Combined with his book on basic and core principles, you have enough material to practice for 2 years and longer."
"This recently released volume provides the complete curriculum of required skills to progress from beginner to Black Belt in Prof. Anderson's MA80 System of Arnis/Escrima. The book is very well organized and offers clear explanations & many illustrations of the progression of techniques through the various belt levels. Instruction includes single stick, double stick, espada y daga, disarms, empty hand applications & joint locks. I have a number of Prof. Anderson's books on Filipino Martial Arts and, while they are all excellent instructional materials, this book would likely be the best one to buy if you wanted a complete single volume explanation of his system of Arnis."
"I was excited to receive this book. Having the different techniques shown is wonderful. Many of the techniques I have seen and utilized in the past. This book is excellent as a review or for the beginner. I would highly recommend this book for all practitioners. Thank you Mr. Anderson."