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Advanced Balisong Manual

Advanced Balisong Manual ===>

Title and Author Publication info Chuck's comments The Balisong Manual by Jeff Imada Know Now PublishingLos Angles, CA1984ISBN 0-938676-04-0Softbound The classic volume for beginning balisong artists. Hundreds of photographs illustrate the basic techniques. Some of the text is getting a bit dated, but a good start The Advanced Balisong Manual by Jeff Imada Know Now PublishingLos Angles, CA1986ISBN 0-938676-07-5Softbound An excellent continuation of Mr. Imada's first book. Hundreds more pictures illustrate dozens of additional tricks. There's also a nice collection of production balisongs in the back. Again, this book is getting on 14 years old and a lot of it is dated. The Manipulation Manual for the "Balisong" Knife by Tom Wei Ding and Tom Wei Toi Sunrider Corp.New York, NY1983Honeycomb bound Probably the first manual on balisong manipulation "published" in America, this little volume with its many clear pictures makes a fine start. It also illustrates a few tricks not found in Mr. Imada's books. The Butterfly Manual by Donald S. Bitanga Magazine style publication,1984 Illustrates a few basic techniques, but there's really not much here. Balisong Knife By Tai Jo Universal PublicationsLos Angles, CA1985Softbound With clear pictures but sparse, broken text, Mr. Jo teaches a few simple manipulations. Arnis Prasas Style and Balisong By Grandmaster Ernesto A. Prasas. Printed by the Author (though actually a hard-bound book), 1988 Considered a standard manual for Prasas-Style Arnis and an excellent book for any student of Filipino combative arts, this book also includes a brief chapter on the balisong. It includes some simple, combative openings and also a chapter on combative applications. The pictures are well-done and the text is clear. This book can be hard to come by, but it's worth the effort if you're interested in Arnis. (My current teacher, Guru Kurtis Goodwin, is actually pictured in this book). The Heart of the Butterfly By Nikolai Alexandrov and Dominick Galiyeva

And here are two typical pages. (The unique BM42 shown in the picture is not included with the book but is just what I had handy to hold the book open. It also proves that the picture is in focus.) Alexi PublicationsPismo Beach, CA1999ISBN 0-9701652-1-8Softbound I am not aware of a good,.comprehensive book about balisongs. There hasn't even been a single new book about balisongs in about twelve or thirteen years. So, since this project was first announced, I've been eagerly waiting for this book hoping that it would be the significant new volume that the balisong community really needs.

One chapter contains an incomplete list of manufacturers of balisongs including such famous brand names as Rostfrei and Soligen. There's also an incomplete list of some custom makers who have made or are making balisongs.

Les DeAsis is mentioned, once. But, when you really think about it, aside from having owned three of the largest American manufacturers of balisongs, aside from having brought us the modern, one-piece handle, aside from holding patents on the manufacture of butterfly knives, and aside from owning the trademark for the word "Bali-Song", what has he really done to deserve mention in a book about butterfly knives anyway?

In conclusion, I'm still waiting for a good new book about balisongs. Balisong -- The Lethal Art of Filipino Knife Fighting by Sid Campbell, Gary Cagaanah, and Sonny Upad Paladin PressBoulder Colorado1986ISBN 0-87364-354-2184 pages While this fine book contains some material on balisong manipulation, about 25 pages of mostly pictures, the techniques presented are primarily simplier, combat-oriented techniques that compliment the rest of the book's content. The bulk of this book is about Filipino-style knife fighting, a subject that these three respected authors are well-qualified to write about. This book is a serious, hard-hitting treatment of the subject. It's well-written and well-illustrated with many clear black-and-white pictures.

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