Item description for Pencak Silat: Through My Eyes by Herman Suwanda...
Overview This is a complete presentation of the principles and applications of one of the most effective martial arts styles, written by one of the most sought-after Silat masters of all time, the late Herman Suwanda. The book explores the art and science of this Indonesian combat method. There is a detailed breakdown of the offensive and defensive skills used in Pentjak Silat, and the tactical elements of timing, distance, rhythm, cadence, and tempo. The unique principles and techniques of Silat as taught by the late Herman Suwanda are fully described in this authoritative book. It is a true gem by one of the legendaries masters of Pentjak Silat.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2006
Publisher Empire Books
ISBN 1933901039 ISBN13 9781933901039
Reviews - What do customers think about Pencak Silat: Through My Eyes?
Good book on Mande Munda History May 27, 2007
I really enjoyed reading the book. It gives a glimpse of background on Mande Muda and Pak Herman Suwanda. The book shows the Silat styles that make up Mande Muda. I wish the book had more in depth coverage of the Silat styles of Mande Muda. As a matter of fact, that is one of the reasons I didn't give it a 5 star. The other reason is that the book had about 2 chapters covering the Indonesian History. I would've prefered less coverage of the Indonesian History and more coverage on the Indonesian Silat. The Indonesian history chapters are outlines. I fell asleep most of the time in history class during grade and elementary school in Indonesia. So I guess this was a good way for me to catch up *haha* Nonetheless a good book on Mande Muda history. I wouldn't recommend this book if you're looking at technique or jurus illustrations. There are other Silat books that cover techniques and jurus better.
highly recommended May 15, 2007
I really like the way this book is organized. Admitedly, I would like some of the chapters shorter (history of Indonesia, without relevance to silat) and some others longer (technical portion, eg. jurus and their buah), but than again, there is no such thing as a perfect book. This time, though, I think than Mr. Somera did a great job as an editor (well, maybe some linguistic details could have been more correct...but than again, maybe that would not give us closer image of Herman Suwanda). The material is well presented and I especially like the order of chapters. In my view, the reflections of some more prominent students of the late Pak Herman included after the technical portion, are beautifullt done and really make those reders (myself included) who never had the chance to meet the man, start understanding the impact he had on people around him. I would wholehartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in martial arts, and for those into silat, I'd say it's a must read. By now you might be wondering why not 5 start then? Because I feel that this book does not meet the expectations, i.e. the potential it had. If it had mor in depth presentation ofthe technical material (like in book on Leo Giron for example) to make it a little bit better rounded, I would not hesitate giving it 5/5 rating.
Here again, my complain about the shipping conditions stand once more. I held this site in very high regard as a company, so they should not allow for mistakes like changing the shipping method without customer's consent.