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The Masters Speak [Paperback]

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Cutting across the broad spectrum of martial arts' most influential and profound teachers, this book gives rare insights into the physical, mental, and spiritual methods that have enabled these chosen few to reach the pinnacles of their particular styles. Jeet kune do icon Dan Inosanto, kickboxing great Bill Superfoot Wallace, escrima master Edgar Sulite, kenpo legend Ed Parker, taekwondo expert Jun Chong, and muay Thai master Surachai Sirisute--just to name a few--share thoughts and experiences in rare interviews that define the essence of their martial arts mastery. The concepts and theories contained within will help serious practitioners gain a deeper understanding of martial arts as a whole, and help you along the path of higher conciousness.

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Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2007
Publisher   Empire Books
ISBN  193390125X  
ISBN13  9781933901251  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fraguas, a fifth-degree black belt in shito-ryu karate, is an internationally recognized martial arts authority who is well-known to the world's top karate masters.

Jose M. Fraguas currently resides in Los Angeles Los Anglese Losang, in the state of California. Jose M. Fraguas was born in 1962.

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Personal Martial Inisghts from Martial Arts Greats  Mar 14, 2008
This book, as has been already noted, is a collection of interviews from many of the greats in various martials arts and styles. This book is stacked a lot with American Martial Artists, but since many of them were my idols when I was a kid, it is fine by me; others should beware the book is stacked and since you cannot really browse through it on this site, it is important for the buyer to know this bit of information.

With that said, this book has a lot of interviews from some greats like Ralph Castro and Ed Parker, Bong Soo Han and Hee IL Cho, Rob Kaman and Benny Urquidez, Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace, and Chuck NOrris and Dan Inosanto just to name a few. If one has followed these martial artist over the years, they will not find anything really new that they haven't seen before in a magazine or in another format.

Every interview provides something interesting and/or informative.
Another Classic from Jose Fraguas  Aug 6, 2007
This is a real hefty tomb full of stories gleaned from personal interviews with modern Budo Masters all from different backgrounds, arts & styles.

The list is huge: Bong Soo Han, Ralph Castro, Hee Il Cho, Jun Chong, Joe Lewis, Thomas B. Mitose, Hiroo Mochizuki, Kensho Furuya, Leo M. Giron, Joseph Halbuna, Andre Nocquet, CHUCK NORRIS, Richard Norton, Stephen Hayes, Heo In Hwan, Dan Inosanto, ED PARKER, Richard Rabago, Surachai Sirisute, Rob Kaman, Ben Largusa, Rene Latosa, Edgar S. Sulite, Benny Urquidez & Bill Wallace.

Quite a long & famous line-up!!.

With over 330 pages packed with their life stories of their struggles & success's, why they did it & what they all achieved out of practising & studying their particular martial art.

An absolutely fascinating read from start to finish.

Jose has a particular flair & panache for writing interviews like this. Make sure you check out his many other similar titles, you really won't be disappointed. Study the insights into the physical, mental & spiritual methods that have enabled them to reach their pinnacle of fame as great teachers in their chosen art.
Perhaps I expected too much  Feb 13, 2006
This book contains interviews with 25 leading martial arts masters, spanning a range of disciplines. The back cover claims that the interviews are "deep" and give readers "a deeper understanding of martial arts as a whole, and help them along the path of higher consciousness." In retrospect, this is laughable, of course, but I did expect something a little more substancial than questions like "when did you start training and why?"

Because there are interviews with 25 martial artists in this book, the first few questions in each interview are small talk, and each interview concludes with the unhelpful photographs of techniques that you find in so many books, there is precious little room for the 'deep' questions the cover promised. In addition, one of the unifying themes expoused by the masters is that of humility, yet each interview/chapter has a cheesy subtitle along the lines of "The Snow Tiger Roars" and "The Ultimate Warrior". It makes one wonder if the author really understood what the masters were trying to say. Another reviewer has noted the typos and other errors in the book. I find it truly disturbing that a book about martial arts -- a discipline in which practioners dedicate themselves for decades to striving towards perfection -- has clearly not even been proofread.

Okay, that's what's bad about the book. What about the good points? It does cover a range of martial arts, although it has heavily weighted towards karate, kickboxing, muay thai, aikido, and escrima. Some of the stories are interesting, such as an escrima master studying under the blind princess of a remote tribe. And it's always interesting to learn how other instructors teach their students.

Overall, the book is a disappointment. I am, however, willing to accept that the fault is mine for having unrealistic expectations. My advice to potential buyers is to consider this book a collection of short, lightweight interviews with a variety of martial artists. If that is all you want -- and typos don't bother you -- then you may find the book enjoyable.
Pretty interesting interviews  Feb 22, 2002
I found this book while wandering in a book store and ended up reading almost the whole book in the store. Some rather interesting interviews, history, and insights from different masters...most still living. Aside from a few grammatical and typographical errors, its a good read with a number of quote worthy passages.

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