PERSPECTIVES OF MODULAR
Author: Bram Frank
review by Wmpyr
After reading this book, I feel anxious, it's that nervous energy you get because you want to go out
there and practice! After twenty years of training and teaching Filipino martial arts, I thought that my
core foundations were built. Sure there are plenty of instructors that can teach me new techniques, new
details, new strategies, but those are all icing on the cake, the cake is done my friends, or so I
thought. Professor Bram Frank's book is showing me how to take my cake to the next level. Now that's
exciting! That's why I feel this jitteriness!
This book is loaded with easy to understand illustrations, even some gory gruesome photos, step by step
photos, and what knife nuts like to say, knife porn.
The main ideas are repeated over and over again, so it's drilled into your mind. I swear reading this
book feels like I'm training.
And how can you not like a martial arts book where the Black Knight from Monty Python (one of my
favorite films of all time) is one of the main principals!
We also have a Star Trek Deep Space 9 reference, many Bruce Lee quotes, and I also like how there are
mucho references to other martial arts styles as well, and not in a negative light but in a positive
light mind you. I also enjoyed that it explains how to teach.
And since my Filipino martial arts teacher's teacher was Professor Remy Presas it was awesome to read
about Professor Bram Frank's wild yet enlightening stories with Professor Remy Presas.
However all of that is just the frosting, the true gem is the CSSDSC (Common Sense Self-Defense Street
Combat) program itself.
You are logically told why a knife is the best answer to self-defense.
Not only do you learn what Biomechanical Shutdown is, but why it's the best.
And in my personal opinion, the Modular System helps a person understand the most complicated aspect of
Filipino martial arts in the simplest of manner without leaving anything out.
You learn in pieces that can be built and put together like Lego.
So the idea is to adapt to the chaos that is real combat, rather than trying to forcefully make your
fixed set of techniques happen. It makes perfect sense to me, you go against nature you lose, you go
with it, well it's the only way.
I think that sums up the book, it's like that saying, simple to learn, life time to master!
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