Thursday, September 29, 2011

Training at Maharlika Martial Arts (MMA). Sept. 27

It was a good class at MMA. I was able to review a lot of material with Joe C. who also teaches a training group out in Baltimore, Md. We went over templates 4 of 12, 2 of 12 smoking knife, 3 of 10, TD 1-7. Guro Bob had the other guys go through silak for TD 1 and new guys for 3 of 9 w/tapping.

I had a chance to free-flow with Joe and try to incorporate receiver grips and silak when I was the receiver. I think next time I will try working on one concept during free-flow. . . to see if I could pull-off a receiver grip or silak move. One thing I realized that I have to rely on is my cross-tapping the blade first before executing the grip/silak move.  I think I'll try working on 7 count passing drills during next class with my students.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Class: Sept 22, 2011

Attendence: JR, Lem

3 of 9 rh/lh template (evens/odds, lh mirrors rh)
3 of 9 w/tapping
Counters against Receiver grabbing blade hand
Introduced training modifier-fatigue (40 push-ups)
Receiver Grips
Ended with free-flow but worked on trying to attain a receiver grip during free-flow and working against those grabs. Liked this class because introduced a physical stressor.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Class: Sept 18, 2011

Attendees: Todd L., Bryant N. and Tavon T. (both from MMA), Lem. Also, Curtiss and Steve (perspective student's).

Discussed Blade awareness and passing blade protocol
Explained the use of the training belt rig
3 of 9 template
3 of 9 w/tapping

Bryan and Tavon also reviewed receiver grips.

Class: Sept 15, 2011

Attendence: Mike L (perspective student), Lem

Discussed blade awareness and blade passing protocol
Explained the use of a training belt rig
3 of 9 template
3 of 9 w/tapping

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Training @ MMA: Sept. 13, 2011

In the beginning of class, we had a guy demonstrate 3 of 9 with tapping and having the receiver drawing a blade after tapping. It was hard to pull off and not get cut when just tapping. This is when Guro Bob discussed about stop-locks and it's importance to buy that time or half-beat in order to draw a blade.
Class split into two groups. One group who knew TD1, and the other group--newbies. The group that knew TD1 reviewed it and performed a few reps. Guro Bob then went over stop-locks (blocks) for those who knew TD1. In the end, I got to free-flow with Joe Cepressi. I tried pulling off some stop-locks. Successful in some attempts, but it was still hard...I need more drilling/training time!

Interesting points to remember: Drawing a blade during an encounter is hard to accomplish without getting cut. I need a half-beat or beat in order to draw my own blade. Getting that half-beat can be achieved by stop-locks when you're in that close range. Getting that time to draw a blade is the key to shifting the fight to your advantage. This is the concept of being the Feeder in a fight.

Filipino Combatives Workshop: Oct 8 & 9, 2011

Tuhon Felix Cortes will be conducting a workshop on
Stick/Blade Fighting Applications in October, 2011.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9
Location: Bowie, Maryland
Time: 12noon-4pm
Fee: $100 for both days or $70 for one day (Cash Only)

* Rattan Sticks
* Action Flex
* Training Blades
* Nok Trainers (or Similar Trainers)
* Head Gear
* Eye Protection
* Hand Gear

This Event is Mandatory for All FC Members.
Please Contact Silak Faye Cortes at for additional
information and to RSVP...

"I have never left a workshop disappointed, just awed in what I witness and experience and brought back with me.

Recently returning from our Highly Successful First 'European Sayoc SamaSama'
 (see in the UK.

Tuhon Felix is one of 'Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc' most respected Instructors, with over 30 years of experience in 'Sayoc' Kali Martial Arts.

His dedication and talent is just a subset of his teaching methodology, he makes you believe you can and you will." -- Miguel A. (Vedo) Instructor of N. Virginia Sayoc training group.

Class: Sept. 11, 2011

Attendence: JR, Lem, Bryant (visiting from MMA), and Todd L. (perspective student).

3 of 9 template
3 of 9 w/tapping
Blade passing protocol

Reviewed with Todd, the 3 of 9 template and began learning 3 of 9 w/tapping. Good review for JR who is liking classes so far. Explained feeder mindset.

Visiting Maharlika Martial Arts (MMA). Aug. 30

In this class, we reviewed receiver grips with Guro Bob teaching. I helped beginners learn the receiver grip techniques. In the second part of the class, Guro Bob had the experienced guys partner up with the beginners and try to perform a receiver grip on them while they were feeding. It was very hard to initially pull of the technique in the air. Joe Cepressi also mentioned that it was hard to just pull-off a receiver grip when just tapping. In all, the class was great! I got to see what works and what doesn't work while free-flowing.

Things I thought worth remembering when trying to get a receiver grip while free-flowing. I can't just grab the blade hand and perform any of the receiver grips. I have to stun the feeder to produce the delay (half-beat) in order to get a receiver grip.