“Grandmaster Sam Buot is one of the few survivors of the original students of the late Grandmaster Anciong Bacon. His techniques and knowledge are direct from the masters. If there is anyone who can teach them to the world, it is Atty. Sam Buot.” - GM Bobby Taboada
“In this dense volume, Sam Buot takes the reader on a deep journey into the belly of Balintawak Eskrima. This book does more than any other to establish the legacy of GM Anciong Bacon and his Balintawak system.” - Dr. Mark V. Wiley
The art of Eskrima stick fighting is indigenous to the Philippines. It was in the 1950s that one of the most popular styles emerged: Balintawak Eskrima. According to author Sam Buot, to appreciate Anciong Bacon’s Balintawak Eskrima, you have to understand set-ups, anticipation, the art of outwitting through ruses and lures; economy and simplification of motion, sans lavish and squandered movements; effective strikes fused and bonded with speed, power, elegance and grace. That is the essence of Anciong’s Balintawak and these are the methods Buot explains and demonstrates in this book.
Written largely from the author’s personal experience and hard-earned knowledge, Balintawak Eskrima presents the art from origin to modern times, as a fighting art, as cultural tradition and as a means of personal development. Illustrated with nearly 1,000 photographs—historical and instructional—this book outlines the art’s defensive stage, training drills, offensive stage, strategies of application, disarms, empty hand techniques, knife fighting in proper perspective, and an overview of how the art has grown internationally and where it seems to be headed.
“This book is a treasure trove of knowledge and a book which will be considered one of the best, if not the best, book on Balintawak.” - FMA Informative