The book Ngo Cho: Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu has just been published by Unique Publications. This is author Jose G. Paman’s second book released within four months in 2007! This landmark volume on Five Ancestor kung-fu offers a wealth of information on a rare system. For those unaware, Ngo Cho is the predominant Chinese martial art in the Philippines. It was taught in nearly all of the closed–door kung-fu schools in Manila’s Chinatown until the 1970s, when a few non-Chinese began to receive training in the system. Master Paman, one of the earliest instructor graduates at the Arjuken Karate Association at Quiapo, was one of the first exponents of mixed parentage to learn Ngo Cho in Manila. He was a member of the Tong Hong Eastern Athletic Association under Master Co Chi Po (a feared fighter from the venerated Kong Han school) and also became a personal student of Master Dee Se Giok from Taiwan. Master Paman went on to utilize his kung-fu skills in open karate tournaments and kickboxing matches, compiling a respectable record of victories. The Ngo Cho book features chapters on its history, fundamental training, iron body practice, principles of execution, techniques and fighting applications, the essential sam chien form, and the advanced song sui form. Throughout, Master Paman stresses the effective combat functions of Ngo Cho, a facet that perhaps separates it from other, more performance-oriented Chinese styles. Master Paman revealed that he relied a lot on Ngo Cho for its empty-hand aspects as he did on Modern Arnis/Kombatan for its weapons skills in his military training, competition and civilian days in Manila and later on in the states. Some FMA groups have incorporated Ngo Cho methods in their repertoire, most notably the Bakbakan organization as well as followers of the ferocious Visayan full-contact discipline called Tat Kun Tao.