After taking a weekend long course with a Kali escrima grand-master and then being unable to remember all the intricate moves, this book is a helpful supplement to jog your memory so you can go home and practice with your sparring partner. Now if you want to learn Kali escrima or knife-fighting, you're not going to learn it from a book. You need to attend a class, learn the moves, and then practice it over months and years. But if you're like me, the kind of student who learns through hard work and repetition, this book will jog your memory so that pricey martial arts seminar you just took will 'stick' . (Note: I'm a black belt in USA Urban Goju, not Kali).
PROS: the step-by-step pictures break down each, tiny move so you can learn it properly. The pictures are clear so you can figure out what you are doing. It has most of the major moves, as well as some of the less-known maneuvers.
CONS: you're not going to learn stick or knife fighting from a book. Find a dojo, take some classes, earn some belts, and have fun whacking and stabbing your friends. The book is meant to be a supplement, not a replacement for learning how to fight.
This book is good if you want to learn self defense. I knew some of the things listed in here from another book written by who I believe is the same author. This a great read and I highly recommend you buy this book if you want to maximize your knowledge on self defense