The Secret Art of Derobio Escrima
Martial Art of the Philippines
Book Specs $24.95 USD, 7″ x 10″ Paperback, 160 pages, 871 Photographs, Black & White on White Paper, Pub Date: December 16, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-943155-04-0
Dan Medina was first introduced to martial arts with a combination of Judo and the Navy Seal Quick-Kill method. He joined the Black Masters Sphinx Karate Clan of the Philippines, and discovered the art of Arnis 63 Generals. In 1978, he joined Philippine Martial Arts Studio and studied with Shihan Raynaldo Gingco a Kyokushin and Kuntaw Instructor. In 1986, Dan Medina moved to Hawaii and became a disciple of Great Grandmaster Braulio T. Pedoy and his son, Batikan Eduardo J. Pedoy.
Dan is the founder and Grand Master of Majapai Derobio and Rajah (6th Degree Red & White belt), Florida V.P. for Sphinx Karate & Arnis 63 Generals. From 2001 to present Dan Medina has been inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame, Eastern USA International Blackbelt Hall of Fame, Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors, and World Head of Family Sokeship Council hall of Fame. In 2014 Grandmaster Dan Medina has been nominated as a Legendary Figure in the Martial Arts by W.H.F.S.C as well as a Nomination to the Masters Hall of Fame.
About the Book
In The Secret Art of Derobio Escrima Grandmaster Dan Medina will take you on a journey into the lives and history of two of Leyte’s Legendary Men. One was considered to be one of the Philippines most dangerous rebels, a leader of the Pulahan Movement and later a patriot. General Faustino Ablen (aka Papa Ablen). The other was his disciple, Grandmaster Braulio Tomada Pedo, who is not only be remembered for his kindness, physical and spiritual healing, but also for his great ability in Filipino martial arts. In this book Dan Medina sheds light into the deadliness of this bone and joint crushing art.
The Secret Art of Derobio Escrima is the first look into this amazing battle tested art of Derobio Escrima. Not only does it take you through the basics of Derobio Escrima, it also gives you a glimpse into inner workings of countering. This book is written with the student in mind and will take you beyond the basics. It’s designed to walk you through the principles and theories behind striking, blocking, counter attacks and locks. Of great interest is the counter to counter movement of Derobio Escrima, which sets this art apart from other arts. It’s like the standup grappling of the Filipino martial arts with weapons. It teaches you how to move with the opponent’s force, taking and using their energy and flow against them. The stick locks which have made this system famous will make you want to jump out of your skin.
“Master Dan Medina a highly respected Filipino martial arts practitioner has put together a book that is historical in the fact that it brings to light the art of Braulio Pedoy. This is a must have book for any and all martial arts enthusiast whether practitioners of the Filipino martial arts or any other martial art.” —Steven K. Dowd, FMA Informative
“The counter locks in Derobio are the most intricate I’ve ever seen.” —Guro Dan Inosanto
“Medina has taken Derobio to new heights and created a totally new animal.” —Guro Richard Bustillo
“Medina’s command of the style is total” —Action Martial Arts Magazine
“For a “secret” style [Medina’s] heart is too big to hold back, and perhaps to a fault the book, The Secret Art of Derobio Escrima, is no different.” —Jake Burroughs, The Ground Never Misses
“What I liked the most about this book was to see the lives of the men who pioneered this in the Philippines documented and to hear of the humanity that was placed at the forefront by these masters in their lives. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the Filipino martial arts and their particular evolution from the Philippines, Hawaii, and here in the mainland USA.” — Brandon Jordan, Red Shirt Derobio Escrima
“As a long time practitioner of the martial arts, it is always refreshing to see new work being published that is ground breaking. Grandmaster Dan Medina has written a work on the rare art of Derobio Escrima. The book is written in a dynamic way so the person viewing it can have a real feel for the flow sequences. This book is a welcome addition to all martial art enthusiasts as well as those desiring to get a glimpse of a truly rare martial art. I highly recommend this book!” —Guro John Kovacs