New Pammachon Book is out.

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Dear all,
 
A Happy 2011 to everyone.
 
I am happy to finally announce that the promised book on Pammachon is out. The title is Pammachon, Martial Art of the West, and it can be downloaded for free in pdf format from Lulu at:
 
http://www.lulu.com/product/file-download/pammachon-martial-art-of-the-west/14361038?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/2
 
The book contains my conclusions, opinions and beliefs after studying martial arts for 40 years, the majority of which were with the source of the specific art I was studying at the given moment. In addition, the book contains much of my personal and family history, my political and metaphysical beliefs, my cultural opinions and desires, and wishes for a brighter future for humanity. I do not believe any of the above are separate from the study of martial arts and so have included same. If you want to know Kostas Dervenis, read the book. If you want to understand Pammachon, read the book.
 
The e-book is free and appears to be correctly downloadable from Lulu. If you like the book and want to order a hard copy, I would like to caution you that I have not yet received, or checked, my proof copy. If you want to be sure about the hard copy, wait a month after the date of this correspondence and then order the paperback book. In the meantime, the e-book is available for everyone to read, and since it is free, I would appreciate your passing on the information to other and rating it (favourably of course!).
 
I still have to execute the promised series of videos on Pammachon and expect to do that over the next few months. Once this is done, I will no longer write about martial arts (though I will maintain this blog), but concentrate on writing fiction, which is something I haven’t had the pleasure of doing for almost fifteen years.
 
Best,

Kostas

UPDATE: 11 Jan 2011. I have received a print copy of the book. The cover and print quality are surprisingly high – if I had known that, I would have submitted higher quality photographs for publication (my apologies to my readers). Lulu is actually impressive for those who wish to self-publish.

4 Comments

4 Responses

  1. Νikos. p  •  January 3, 2011 @3:24 pm

    Χρόνια πολλά και καλή χρονιά σε όλους .!!Το βιβλίο σε μια πρώτη γρήγορη ανάγνωση φαίνεται εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον . Αυτό που θέλω να παρατηρήσω είναι ότι το φαινόμενο Κώστας Δερβένης είναι μοναδικό , εγώ προσωπικά έχω την ευτυχία και την τιμή να σε γνωρίζω προσωπικά και θα ήθελα να παραμείνεις αυθεντικός και μαχητικός .

  2. Dimitris T  •  January 4, 2011 @3:39 pm

    For argument’s sake, one must study the book, to have an “educated” view in some of the events evolving around the martial arts community today, even if he has a different point of view or opinion- as I do – about certain matters.
    Now for those that are “Amazon Kindle” lovers – like me.
    Download the program “Calibre” (http://calibre-ebook.com/) select Kosta’s book as input, and select “.MOBI” as output format. Convert the book – it takes some 5-10 minutes- and pass it using USB port to your kindle. It should work fine, and it also reduces the size to 38 MB.

  3. Kostas Dervenis  •  January 11, 2011 @1:54 pm

    Dimitri,

    Thanks for the input of the Kindle. I have one too – it’s a bad addiction and an expensive toy, isn’t it? I seem to be buying a book every two days and reading them until the wee hours of the morning.

    KD

  4. Joca  •  November 22, 2014 @12:19 am

    It depends on what you want. If you want to win tmnnuaoerts, go with Jiu-jistu. If you want something that will keep you safe on the street, go with Kung-fu. The reason for this is historical. Japan, the primogenitor of Jiu-Jitsu, has always been a homogenic, relatively peaceful society with little crime. Therefor their martial arts are focused less on pragmatic values and more on glory. Karate and Jiu-Jitsu are unique among the arts for being ritualized, and being easily adapted for use in competitions, because idle samurai (especially during the Tokugawa era) were continually testing themselves, and they needed to do so in a means that maximized intensity and minimalized injury. China, however, is much more heterogeneous. Don’t get into the whole slanty eyes’ racism; China is as varied as any western country, and historically was always plagued by bandits and criminals and invaders. The Chinese learned Kung-fu to preserve their lives. Everytime a Chinese man took to the road, he faced the threat of highwaymen or bandits. Or the mongols were raiding over the hill, your dedication to Kung-fu was the determining whether you lived or died.This is why there is only one rules set for Jiu-Jistu, but well over 300 styles of Kung-fu; the Japanese had enough time to write down the rules and make sure everyone was following them. In the tournament ring, or sparring, where there are boundaries, and rules against injury, jiu-jitsu fighters are in their zone. This is why Kung-fu fighters historically do terribly in tmnnuaoerts. On the street, the Jiu-jistu fighter would be out of his zone, especially if the Kung-fu figher just raked his eye, or struck his shin and broke it, or jabbed him in the throat. It’s dirty and underhanded, but if you are trying to preserve your life, then the only rule is to win.So to say which one is more powerful’ is deceptive, because it depends on what you want. If you want to dominate in tmnnuaoerts, take Mixed Martial Arts. If you want something that you can use in a crowded bar, or against an intruder in your house, take Kung-fu.Assistant instructor

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