another book Arnis Self-Defense is everywhere…a simple Google search under “jose paman” yields dozens of references to dealers selling the book. On the latest news from the same author: Jose G. Paman’s book Ngo Cho: Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu has just been released by Unique Publications. This means the publication of two of his books within four months in 2007! As a new member of Master Paman’s exclusive Original Arjuken Club, I had the opportunity to preview an advance copy of the text. This landmark volume on five ancestor kung-fu offers a wealth of information on a rare system. I imagine that many readers of this forum would not be familiar with Ngo Cho so here goes… Founded by Sijo Chua Giok Beng at the end of the 19th century, Ngo Cho incorporates the vital elements of the Fukien white crane, monkey, grand ancestor, Buddhist monk and Bodhidharma iron body methods of kung-fu. Ngo Cho is the prevalent form of Chinese martial arts in the Philippines and, until recently, was only taught to people of pure Chinese descent or a few friends of the same. As noted elsewhere in this forum, Master Paman learned Ngo Cho at the Tong Hong (Eastern Athletic Association) and from several personal teachers in Manila’s Chinatown in the mid-to-late 1970s. He went on to utilize his kung-fu skills in open karate tournanents as well as kickboxing matches. Master Paman’s Ngo Cho book features chapters on its history, fundamental training, iron body practice, principles of execution, a comprehensive section on techniques and fighting applications, the essential sam chien form, and the advanced song sui form (the steps of which have never been described in print). Throughout, he stresses the effective combat functions of the art, a facet that perhaps separates Ngo Cho from other, more performance-oriented Chinese styles. Master Paman told his training group 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 and exponents of the ferocious Visayan full-contact discipline called Tat Kun Tao. Order info for Ngo Cho: Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu, for those interested: You can call Unique Publications at (866) 834-1249 and ask for product number AG165. This is NOT an ad; I just want to share the information with those interested as we had to make several calls to get through to the order folks - the book is brand new and is not in wide circulation yet.