The history of the Philippines and her martial arts is a history of resistance and revolt. Born into this fertile time and place, Grandmaster Leo M. Giron became a child of revolution. He grew up in a time when martial arts training was a necessity, not a luxury. His system was taught to him by five renowned masters; his experience honed in the jungle warfare of World War II.
“The Secrets of Giron Arnis Escrima” is an engaging biography of Leo Giron, a renowned master of escrima and survivor of numerous hand-to-hand encounters in the Philippine jungles. It is also a visual and descriptive survey of Giron’s fighting art–a classical weapons and empty-hand self-defense system applicable in today’s modern society. Included is an overview of the twenty styles that make up the Giron system in general, and an analysis of the “de fondo” and “cadena de mano” styles in particular. Packed with over 300 historical and instructional photographs this book truly reveals the secrets of this Filipino martial art.
This book is long overdue, and a welcome addition to my martial arts library. —Dan Inosanto, author of “The Filipino Martial Arts”
Antonio “Tony” Somera lives in Stockton, California, the hub of escrima in the United States. He is the only person to whom Grandmaster Giron awarded the maaster’s degree in the art of Giron arnis escrima. He is the presiding master of the Bahala Na Martial Arts Association, and his articles have appeared in “Free Voice” and “Martial Arts Legends” magazines.