MT: Another book by Kombatan Master Jose Paman

Discussion in 'Kombatan' started by timagua, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. timagua

    timagua New Member

    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.
  2. timagua

    timagua New Member

    interview, cover story and best seller

    Check out the interview with Master Jose G. Paman by Blue Snake Books. It provides an informative view on the dynamic author’s martial arts and life experiences.

    Also, the current issue of Rapid Journal, the Philippines’ leading martial arts publication, features a cover story on Daniel Kun written by Master Paman. Dan Kun was a top fighter from the Kong Han line of Ngo Cho kung-fu in Manila. He was the 1978 junior lightweight champion in the full-contact karate portion of Karate-Arnis Pilipino, a fighting league in the 1970s. An exemplary disciple of the art, Kun personifies Ngo Cho’s no-nonsense program punctuated by combat-effective forms and techniques, iron body training, and hard-contact sparring. He now teaches as head instructor of Kong Han Canada. You can view the Rapid Journal cover here:

    Master Paman’s book Ngo Cho: Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu is a best-seller for Unique Publications. It is a vital work providing a link between kung-fu and modern karate, and has become required reading for karateka everywhere.
  3. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    I'll be getting the Ngo Cho book as a (delayed) birthday present this year!
  4. timagua

    timagua New Member

    our man in Cali

    This probably escaped most of us, but the Sacramento News & Review, a hugely popular publication out of the California capital, featured Master Jose G. Paman in an enlightening article recently. Although marked with some factual errors (for instance, the article lists Master Paman’s father as having grown up in the slums of Togo – this was supposed to read ‘Tondo,’ indeed a very tough slum area in Manila), the piece drew attention to our man in Cali. He spent more than two hours signing his two new books Arnis Self-Defense and Ngo Cho at a Sacramento book store shortly afterward.

    You can read the SN&R article here:

    And...Happy New Year to those of us Pinays and Pinoys of Chinese extraction!!!
  5. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Hey, nice article!
  6. timagua

    timagua New Member

    more from our man in cali

    Rapid Journal, the leading martial arts publication based out of Manila, features an interview with Master Jose G. Paman in its current issue, Volume 12 No. 4. Entitled “How He Did It,” the interview reveals how Master Paman was able to enter the exclusive world of kung-fu training in Manila’s Chinatown in the early 1970s. This was a time when only people of pure Chinese blood, and among those solely the ones who could speak Fujian Chinese fluently, could be considered for membership in traditional kung-fu clubs.

    Through good timing, luck and a rebellious kung-fu teacher, Master Paman gained admittance to a Ngo Cho kung-fu school, the Tong Hong or Eastern Athletic Association, from the Kong Han tradition. This was no small feat as he is not full-blooded Chinese and cannot speak the Fujianese language. Surprisingly, he practiced at both the Tong Hong and GGM Presas’ Arjuken at the same time, having to keep the fact a secret from both schools.

    Master Paman went on establish himself as a leading expert in Ngo Cho. His book Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu is a best seller, and a companion DVD is in production. Of course, he likewise continues his personal practice of Kombatan, acknowledging GGM Presas as his first and true martial arts mentor. Master Paman related to me how his training in the martial arts (plus loving guidance from his Mom) was what largely kept him in line when his Father left the Philippines for the U.S. in the mid-1970s to forge the way for the rest of the family to follow later on.

    In addition, Master Paman has become Rapid Journal’s California correspondent. His articles appear regularly in the quarterly publication. Here is its current cover:

  7. timagua

    timagua New Member

    ngo cho dvd

    The DVD Advanced Ngo Cho, a follow-up to the popular book Ngo Cho: Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu (2007) also by Jose G. Paman, was just released by Unique Publications. This new DVD features the system’s distinct Principles of Execution, the iron body form Tien Te Chien, the combat form See Mun Pa Kat, and a complete section on fighting applications and combinations.

    For those unfamiliar, Ngo Cho is the most widely-practiced Chinese martial system in the Philippines. It has been so integrated into Filipino culture that it is widely considered among native practitioners to be a Filipino martial art. Elements of the system have been incorporated into, among others, the hard-hitting Visayan art of Tat Kun Tao and the Bakbakan curriculum.

    Among the noted practitioners of Ngo Cho are: Alex Co (author of Five Ancestor Fist Kung-Fu and editor of Martial Arts magazine), Daniel Go (editor of Rapid Journal, the leading martial arts publication in the Philippines), and Christopher Ricketts (a leader in the Bakbakan organization).

    You can view details of Advanced Ngo Cho here:

    ...and of the book Ngo Cho: Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu here:
  8. maliksi77

    maliksi77 New Member

    holiday treat

    I received a copy of the Ngo Cho book as a Christmas present and had it autographed...met author Joey Paman at a Christmas gala in December. This book is great, it shows a lot of Ngo Cho technique that was considered forbidden knowledge among the Chinese in Manila not very long ago.

    I remember seeing Joey Paman at the Arjuken gym from my days in Manila when he was still a student at UST. Although he did not remember me from back then, he was also kind enough to invite me to his Bagong Taon training session last weekend. He taught Kombatan techniques in the morning, and Ngo Cho in the afternoon. The way he teaches, I think, may be more in line with old-school ways. His emphasis is on the development and preservation of the basic, core techniques. On the arnis side, we only did four techniques - an inward strike, outward strike, forward thrust and a downward vertical strike, but he demonstrated different uses for each technique. He later showed three Ngo Cho hand techniques and their many applications. We also learned some iron body drills.

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