Mastering Eskrima Disarms – Review

By on April 19, 2013

Okay, I have been wanting to write this review for a couple weeks now. But I thought it was best to read and re-read this book about 4-5 times before I did so. This is my first review in a very long time so if I do not do it justice, I apologize. This is an Awesome book.

This book, Mastering Eskrima Disarms by author and fellow Eskrimador Mark V. Wiley is a very comprehensive book looking into the many many types of disarms of the Filipino Martial Arts. It is no secret that I am a BIG fan of Marks work. I literally have every book he has published that I can find on Amazon for sale. Including some that have nothing to do with the FMA’s.

Come to think of it, I have every book on the Filipino Martial Arts that I can find anywhere. The FMA’s are at the heart of all my training that I do. I have been in self defense for over 32 years now and the FMA’s for over 20 of those years. And I will tell you this, when I read a book like this I realize that I still have a lot to learn.

The first time I read this book Mastering Eskrima DisarmsI had realized that Mark knew WAY MORE about disarms than I do. I know countless disarms, but the difference between us is that Mark has actually thought about them and broken them down logically and effortlessly. He doesn’t just practice them.

Mark truly does an exemplary job at showing foundation and structure and I am so glad he took the time to publish this work.

One of the things that I loved about this book was that this book, unlike most, show many different styles of Eskrima. Most books including some of Dr. Wiley’s are a one system type of book. Where this shows around 30 different Eskrima systems.

[colored_box color=”grey”]Taken from the Description on Amazon:

Some of the styles featured include: Arnis Lanada | Arnis Tendencia | Babao Arnis | Bakbakan Kali | Balintawak Escrima | Biñas Dynamic Arnis | Black Eagle Arnis Eskrima | D’Katipunan Arnis | DeCuerdas-Diestro Eskrima | Dekiti Tirsia Siradas Arnis | Del Mar Kali-Escrima | Derobio Escrima | Doce Pares Multi Style Eskrima | Eskabo Daan | Estalilla Kabaroan Eskrima | Garimot Arnis | Inayan Eskrima | Inosanto Kali | Integrated Eskrima | Kalis Ilustrisimo | Lameco Eskrima | Lapu-Lapu Arnis | Latosa Escrima | Lightning Scientific Arnis | Modern Arnis | Moro-Moro Orabes Heneral | Pambuan Arnis | Rapid Arnis | San Miguel Eskrima | Sayas-Lastra Arnis | Sayoc Kali | Serrada Escrima | Siete Palo Arnis | Vee Arnis Jitsu | and more…


The books contents is broken down into 3 main parts. Lets quickly go over what each are.

Part 1: The Foundation

Part 1 is broken down into 3 subsections. The first of these sections is Principles of Effective Disarming. This first part talks about the 9 Key Disarming Principles which “safe and effective disarming can be built on”. This section seems very basic, but I think that some of this stuff gets completely overlooked in the FMA world. And the author has done a great job outlining them in a simply and easily understood style.

The next two areas is on Dangerous Assumptions and Training Progressions. These two areas are very short but pack LOADS of great information that any student of Eskrima can get a boat load out of.

The second subsection of Part 1 is Supporting Structures. This is the real “meat and potatoes” section of the book. And I learned so much here. In this section Mark covers areas like Ranges of Engagements, The 4 Modes of Engagement, Positional Gates, Joint Control Concepts, and 5 Footwork Methods.

The third and final section of Part 1 is the Grip Release Concepts. This section starts out with talking about the 3 parts of a disarm and then moves right into the 5 grip release concepts themselves with each one having a couple examples. It also has important points for each of the 5 concepts.

This book is worth buying for this section alone. Not to mention the other 230 pages of awesomeness. ;)

Part 2: Fundamental Disarms

This is by far the largest area of the book. It gives examples of over 130+ techniques with hundreds and hundreds of great photographes detailing each and ever one. It is broken down into each Mode of engagement which I really enjoyed. It really helps to nail home the authors concept of modes.

It shows disarms for single stick, double stick, sword and dagger, knife, and unarmed as well. This section is around 95 pages of great stuff.

Part 3: Special Disarming Section

This is a really awesome part to have in the book. It shows various disarms from a whole host of various FMA’s from around the world. The author has also added as many pictures of the Grandmasters of each system as he could. Many of them are not with us today. I thought this was a brilliant addition to the book.


This book is a MUST GET book if you are into the Filipino Martial Arts. I highly recommend any of Dr. Wiley’s books and anyone wanting first class instruction to seek him out. My only wish is to be able to one day produce a book of such quality and instruction. Hats off to you sir.

Check out Mastering Eskrima Disarms on Amazon Here.

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Coach Karma L Senge has been in Personal Protection / Self Defense as well as the Fitness & Nutrition world for over 31 years now and continually teaches around the world. He has held seminars for many government agencies around the world as well as seminars for civilians. He currently teaches seminars in the United States, Europe, India, and throughout Central America. As well has oversees many training groups around the world.
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