Tonight, we had a special guest appearance from Pamana Tuhon Sayoc. The founder and creator of Sayoc Kali. PT started the class with a simple drill. We started with the reverse triangle footwork. Next, we would counter a thai kick by catching the kick and hitting that same leg before it would land on the ground. We continued the drill by adding more kicking, tripping or unbalancing moves.
Later, he had us learn a guard series drill. One of the many future skill sets that will be covered extensively in the future. But we had a glimpse of what will come. Very exciting times to come in the near future for anyone taking Sayoc Kali.
Reviewed 3 of 9 rh template
3 of 9 w/tapping
Lh template (left defeats right)
Rh and lh template together
Discussed reactionary gap and what we could do to survive and yet be efficient enough to get the job done.
3 of 9 rh template (odds, evens, lh mirror image)
3 of 9 w/tapping
Had students stand back to back. The Feeder initiates the start of the drill when he turns around and picks 3 targets from the 3 of 9 template. Could be in any order (like 1, 3, 4) or whatever flowed well for the Feeder was used. In turn, the Receiver would use movement and the correct cross-tap for each attacked target.
Discussed 3 different responses: Reflexive, Conditioned, and Correct response.
We combined the drilling of Atienza Kali and Sayoc Kali. We used 3 of 9 as the template. First we started with no tapping and just moved out of the way utilizing body movements, footwork, and angles. Some utilized boxing movements like bob n weave or ducking. We continued to switch partners so that everyone experienced different levels of height. It was interesting to watch how they moved to see what worked and what didn't work.
Next, we added the tapping with the movement in 3 of 9. Just like in AK, we stressed movement first and having the cross-tapping there just in case the blade got close enough to cut. Switching again partners to get a different energy. Last part of this exercise, we added a punch after every cross-tap.
We then moved the class indoors...
We practiced the cross-tapping drill Guro Victor shared last time he was here. Progressing the drill from: Two palms down tap -- one palm down and the other palm up -- regular cross-body tap -- same side palm down tap. Later, we experimented with throwing a punch or an elbow while flowing during tapping. Next, we hit the focus mitts while tapping. Then we showed how it could flow from a punch to a tap and into phase 2 material.
Before we ended class, we discussed reactionary gap. We gave the dollar bill drop as a demonstration to show how futile it was to grab the dollar after the Feeder let it go (in the reactionary gap). So we asked the question, "how can we shorten our reaction time or how are you supposed to catch the dollar bill?". So I purposely held the paper a little higher to see if anyone noticed what I was doing and let it drop. But this time Joe was able to catch it. Most of the guys picked up on what I did and we discussed what factors could shorten our reaction time. We came up with distance, gaining time, technique, and awareness (situational awareness). Joe and David provided excellent points about situational awareness. For example, being aware of potential dangers when walking down the street or how people posture to conceal a weapon.
Jon (perspective student)
Alex (perspective student)
-Discussed blade protocol.
-Explained why we wear the training rigs and why we carry so many blades on our belts. Not many people realize that we use it as a tool. It shows how someone could carry their blade or where you might like to carry your blade. Next, we went over how to pass the training blade safely.
-Performed cross-body tapping drill: two palm down; one palm down, and the other palm up; one hand cross-body parry; same side palm down parry.
-3 of 9 template rh
-3 of 9 w/tapping
-Other topics discussed: timers and switches, reactionary gap.
Guro Bob split the class in two groups. One group trained with 5 count passing drill and the other group trained AK Bolo evolution 1. I trained with the long blade group. We went over the template and later the two man drill. A few things to remember when performing long blade drills: movement with the feet, and angling the body in order to get an efficient counter and attack.
We had an unexpected visit from Full Instructor Guro Victor Wong. It was nice to see another instructor in town. We had the class split in two groups. I was with the new guys and helped assist Guro Victor. He introduced a drill that shows different types of tapping. First, we started with two hands palm down to one hand palm down and the other palm up. This drill evolved into cross-body tapping to punching while tapping.
Later, we paired up and practiced drawing the blade from a concealed area. We added a modifier by having our partner add pressure while drawing a blade. Guro Vic then added another person to have a 2 vs 1 scenario.
Note: Can we draw a blade in a stressful encounter? Can we draw it quickly enough before being grabbed? Can we perform the technique needed to neutralize the situation?
Picture above is Guro Bob Shin teaching at sama sama Europe 2012.
Today's class we reviewed 3 of 9 material to Transitional Drills. Later, we spent time in free flow in class. Guro Bob reminded us to cut along different lines (elbow chipping, following forearm line, and punching) and diggables. Being the Feeder, we should be able to get the cut most of the time. Eventually, the Receiver cannot keep cross tapping and he will get cut.
I had a new student to try my Feeding skills. He was good but moved around like I was running after him with the blade. Later, Guro Bob had me feed him in the corner of the room to force him to stay in one place so he could practice his cross tapping. I think in bjj they call the newbies--spazzing that will do anything (jerky movement, panic, flailing). I guess my new partner was spazzing with some tapping but was getting cut every time he used his bad hand. I kept telling him to practice tapping correctly first.
He'll eventually get it. All of us started this journey at some point in time.
Tonight we went over the Tomahawk template. One of the students wanted to see our material on the tomahawk. Each of us rotated different weapons because not all of us had a tomahawk available. Different weapons used were bolo, stick, straight blade, and mini blade. Each weapon had a different feel. It was nice to see and feel what could be used as a tomahawk and what had to change in order to make it work. Each weapon can reach that target of the template, but you have to manipulate the tool/weapon in order to maximize it's damage.
Next, Guro Bob showed us the different designs of tomahawks he had. He shared why they were designed and what they were used for. Handling each one felt different. Each tomahawks were weighted differently because of their use.
This was a good class. Very informative. Also, very nice to have Silak Jackie Sayoc visiting us for class!
This year's Sama Sama was great. I got to see some old training buddies and meet new ones. A lot of the material that was introduced were based on ancient weaponry like the sword, shield, and spear. We also had some tomahawk material that was presented by Tuhon's Rafeal and Ricardo.
This year we reviewed some of the curriculum like transitional drills, stick grappling, stop blocks, silak, and receiver grips. Plus, we learned the importance of the concepts and principles of the drills. Each drill teaches a skill set that is specific to what is performed. Technique and skill is important in a drill, but that is only a part of the learning. We had to understand the concept of what the drill is teaching. Is it buying time? Is it teaching shielding? Is it teaching control or destruction of the limbs?
One thing that ties everyone together is the unity to better ourselves in skill and life. It's like a brotherhood that looks after each other and willing to help each other if needed. I would like to write more, but I'm sure that I would be lacking in description of everything we did. I encourage anyone to come join and see what Sayoc Kali is all about.
Got some training at Maharlika Martial Arts. We went over some material that we learned at this year's Sama Sama 2012. Material that we covered tonight was a skill-set called Silak. Silak is part of the curriculum in Sayoc Kali that shows the empty hand techniques. Some of the techniques show destruction of the attacking hand and control. Other Silak moves goes straight into control. Either way, you eventually control the blade or blade hand to gain the upper hand in a blade attack.
Thus, you maintain that mentality of being the Feeder even when being attacked.
We had a great training session with Tuhon Carl Atienza. He went over some combat analysis drills with us. I got hit in the head a few more times than I wanted. I need to focus on moving better when in the forced feed drill. Movement is the key here. As Feeder moves forward, I have to move away. Also, moving my head like a boxer helps too.
Next, we tried forcing the anchor and retreating. This drill required quickness and balance. I had a better time moving this time. I wasn't getting hit in the head that much but my hand were nice and red. The last part of the seminar we entered in and hit the attack before it got momentum.
After having a good time training, we went out to eat some good Korean BBQ at Honey Pig in Ellicott City, Md.
Tonight Guro Bob went over Atienza Kali Bolo evolution 1. It was a nice refresher before the upcoming seminar with Tuhon Carl Atienza. A video from Sayoc NorCal shows the flow of the drill. Hopefully, I'll get some pictures if my phone camera doesn't act up.
Tonight, Guro Bob had us partner up to work on our Atienza Kali long blade techniques. One training partner held out their stick while the other tried to hit it using long slashes. For those of you don't know, long slashes are chambered from the shoulder up. Short slashes are from the shoulder down. After a few tries of not hitting the stick, we tried short slashes. Once we were hitting the stick consistently, we backed up about a step and tried to hit the stick again.
We then tried hitting the hand while the receiver would move his hand away. We then progressed the drill to light sparring (only hitting the hand/arm).
I think all of us had a good time. Some of the guys got accidently hit in the gonads so I think they had a different perspective of the class.
On a side note, I wanted to mention Guro Bob is hosting Tuhon Carl Atienza on June 9, 2012 (Saturday evening training). Please contact Guro Bob Shin for more details: bobshin (at) gmail.com. I believe the materials covered will be Combat Analysis/Stategy session for long blade/stick.
We had a small number of people today. We were reviewing TD's 1 - 5. Guro Bob asked us to play with the control locks in TD 5. Maybe to see if we could somehow throw the Feeder to the ground. The first control lock is called cop lock. It was hard to keep that person in the position because eventually the Feeder can get out of that hold or just switch the blade to his other hand. So, we tried some take-downs from the cop lock position and then from the standing choke.
First we tried puter kepala from the cop lock. Then, we tried double underhooks from the inside of the Feeders body. That technique didn't look too good. The Receiver would still be in range of getting hit with the other hand or cut with a second blade. Maybe it would work if you did a quick hip throw before he could react. So, we continued the flow into the next part of the drill which is the standing choke.
The standing choke was a little easier to figure out. We would just throw the person to the floor like reaping the leg and hip throw.
Remember, if attacked in the street. Try not to go to the ground and grapple with the attacker. He might have other friends ready to hit you up-side your head. But if attacked in a one on one scenario at home or office (enclosed area), I would consider throwing him against the wall or floor.
This video was made by Guro Joe Marana from Inland Empire Filipino Martial Arts. He made this video to share his understanding of how Filipino Martial Arts can be used to protect our children and especially those with special needs. I hope you get a glimpse of what could be done using these principles taught in the video. This is only part one of the video. The link above brings you to his site where you can see all three videos.
Reviewed 3 of 9 template rh/lh, both at the same time, odds, evens
3 of 9 tapping
Had Feeder perform any 3 attacks (from 3 of 9) while Receiver tries to counter with correct response
Counters to reflexive response when Receiver grabs with 2 hands on the blade wrist
Explained difference between pendulum and corkscrew tapping
Introduced TD 1
3 of 9 template rh/lh, both at the same time, odds, evens.
3 of 9 w/tapping
Modifiers: push-ups, turned off lights.
Had Feeder pick 3 attacks while Receiver perform correct response (using 3 of 9 targets).
Had Feeder and Receiver stand back to back. Then, Feeder would initiate the attack when he turns around.
Class was good tonight because we were able to use our skills in a different teaching method. Full Instructor Victor Wong, from New York, ran the class. He started by explaining the progressions of a knife fight through Sayoc Kali methodologies.
Example of what it might look like: The Feeder attacks to get a reaction from the Receiver. Feeder sees/feels what the Receiver is going to do to counter Feeder's attack by cross-tapping. Feeder remembers this, then adjusts his next attack to counter the Receiver's cross-tap.
We then progressed to the next level of the Receiver's skill-set, which involves getting into the safest possible position after cross-tapping. No matter how good the Receiver is in cross-tapping, they cannot keep tapping forever and advance their position in the fight. Hopefully, they can evolve from cross-tapping to controlling the arm with the blade to Phase 2.
At this point, things started getting interesting. I observed the Feeders attacking quicker and faster. They were trying to speed up their attacks with the hope that they would land something before the Receiver got control of their arm. Interesting! After this set of free flowing, Guro Vic told them to slow down in order to see what works and what doesn't work.
We later tried a scenario with one Feeder (with the blade) vs two Receivers. Things for the Feeder to remember: Use the stacking method so that you are working against one person at a time, use him as a shield. Also, do not back up all the time -- move forward when trying to attack. On the Receiver's end: Try working with your partner and plan an attack. north/south, high/low, attack both sides. When first Receiver enters, he should tap the blade away from his partner.
This was a great class to try and piece things together. I know I still have to work on some different areas of the Receiver side like percussion hits during tapping. On the Feeder side, I should not always back up but move forward to finish. I guess that's why we train. We learn from our mistakes and try things out now, so when the real fight comes we will know what works and what doesn't work.
Remember, Full Instructor Guro Victor is going to be at Guro Matt Campbell's Forge Fighting Sayoc Kali this coming Sunday (April 29, 2012). He will be doing a seminar out there in Louisville, Kentucky. Also Full Instructor Guro Dr. Bob will be near Buffalo, New York April 28. Contact Warren Dabney of Sayoc Kali in WNY.
Guro Bob was not able to attend class, so I was able help David and Mosi instruct tonight. We started class by reviewing 5-count passing drill. We then drilled the grappling isolation for each count. Later, we free-flowed. Free-flow is done usually with one person with a blade (Feeder), but as a Receiver you can try to regain the upper hand to cross-tap, strip, disrupt or disarm (if you can). Mosi suggested that we try to flow smoothly and not in a jerky motion. . . trying to implement technique instead of power and speed during free flow.
Later, David had us try something new. Feeder and Receiver stood back to back. When Feeder initiated movement, that's when the fight would begin. It was an intriguing exercise, because David was trying to create that element of surprise. That was quite interesting. I wished we had more time to play with that.
One element that I have to work on is my attempt to add strikes or disruptions when I'm the Receiver during the flow. I feel like I'm able to parry most of the attacks that a Feeder might use. Hopefully, I'll try mixing it in with my cross-tapping.
If you are in these areas and would like to check out Sayoc Kali. Full Instructor Guro Bob Shin will conducting a seminar near Buffalo, New York. Hosted by Warren Dabney. Date: April 28, 2012. Contact: Warren Dabney/Sayoc Kali of WNY.
And also... Full Instructor Guro Victor Wong will be doing a seminar in Louisville, Kentucky. This seminar will be hosted by Guro Matt Campbell. Date: April 29, 2012. Contact: Guro Matt Campbell/Forge Fighting Sayoc Kali
Both seminars would be great to go to. Wished I had flying super powers so I could train at both seminars!
Today in class, we had three different groups working on what they needed to know for TD's (transitional drills). We had groups learning from TD's 2, 5, and 8. It's nice to see everyone working on something different and still have enough partners to work with.
One thing I notice happening (and I've done this too) was that the Receiver puts up his counter/parry before the Feeder attacks the target because they already know the drill. The Receiver knows that the Feeders next shot is to the neck or heart. I had to remind them to respond to the Feeders attack before acting on the drills next movement. I guess it's like dealing with bad situations in life.
Sometimes in life, we react too quickly before anything happens. Anticipating something bad is coming or going to happen because of past experiences. Or, our emotions start making us react wrongly/unreasonably, because we already feel it's coming. Stop! We have to reset ourselves and remember that things will happen when it gets there. When that moment comes, then we are ready to deal with it with correct responses (our positive/feeder mindset is ready to deal with it); not with bad responses or negative thoughts. But with positive thoughts (you can get through this bad time, you can overcome your fear of...) and thoughts of how you could learn from this bad situation.
I went up to visit Guro Bob's class. We went over 10 count Kayanan drill. Performed circular and bowtie versions. We later held focus mitts under the armpits to keep our elbows close to our body while we performed the drill. If anyone dropped them, we would have to do 20 push-ups. We did the drill at least 10 cycles. Luckily, no one dropped it.
We later went on to learn 5 count passing drill. We covered up to the third count of the drill with grappling applications. We couldn't finish all 5 due to time running out in class. So maybe next week we'll finish up the drill.
I traveled up to Baltimore to train projectiles up at Joe Cypressi's this past weekend. He had three areas to practice projectiles. I tried the bow and arrow first. It was about 30 ft out. I was trying my best to conjure up my "Robin Hood" skills, but I never got close to my first arrow. The next station I tried was throwing tomahawks. We practiced throwing the tomahawk from a running start and closing in to hit the target with another tomahawk (no-rotation) Also, we got to throw knives from no-rotation, half-rotation, to full-rotation. The last one I tried was the atlatl. I wasn't able to land any on the targets. I wish I got the body mechanics of the throw, because I was making the back end of the spear pull to the left more. But here's probably a better video to show on how to throw an atlatl. From Ray's Atlatls blog:
I headed up to train at Guro Bob's class in Columbia, Md. Class was split into two groups. I worked with the group who reviewed TD 5. I was trying to remember one sequence of moves that leads into a elbow check to the feeders arm. I forgot to tap the arm first and then throw the elbow.
There was a crucial point that I also forgot to perform. I should have thrown the feeder off balance or give him a shoulder bump as he turns around to thrust me. Guro Bob explained that I had to disrupt his OODA Loop in order to by time for me to be ready for the attack.
Both, the feeder and receiver have their own OODA loop. The person who is first to finish their OODA loop (Act), gets the upper hand in competition, fight, combat, gaming (Black Ops/COD), and business deals. Even playing team sports like basketball or football uses this process whether they know it or not.
It may take a receiver a longer time to Act if they are trying to Orient or Decide how to tap/parry a blade attack, cover/block a punch, or stuff a takedown if they haven't seen it before. It will be too late to react because the feeder finished with their OODA loop while the receiver is still trying to Orient himself to the attack.
What does OODA loop mean? Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.
"The name of a tool or where it came is not as important as what it does - Sayoc transitional drills, OODA Loops, feedback cycles, whatever -- the ability to assess incoming and stored data in a dynamic environment and use it to make accurate forecasts of future events in a violent situation is a powerful asset to bring to a tactical environment. Tuhon Christopher Sayoc is offering training in the field and others as part of the curriculum of Sayoc Kali, and doing so is positioning his students at the epicenter of comercially available edged weapon dynamics." --by Steve Chrusciel: Sayoc Transitional Drills, Distortion of Time Perception during Tactical Encounters.
I wanted to share my experience at the seminar at RiSu Martial Arts Academy who is run by Guro Rich and Guro Sue. They hosted Sayoc Kali's founder and creator Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc. They also had a handful of top level instructors to teach at the two day seminar.
I was only able to attend Sunday's events so I will only comment on that day. We first started working some drills that were presented the day before. I was paired up with Guro Alfred, who teaches in Albany, NY. He was showing me the techniques to defeat the tap (parry). Another technique that they covered were ways to use your opponents own blade to disarm themselves by hitting their own arm with the blade. Nice information to know.
PT Chris later showed Receiver Grips. He explained how it was only a drill to show different ways you can take your partners blade and have control. It's like a flowing grip drill... you are flowing from one grip to the next. Each grip has their own target to hit too. Guro Nick Sacoulas assisted in sharing this drill.
We switched gears after that and had Tuhon Ray Dionaldo from FCS Kali. He showed his 5-count long blade template (not sure the official name). He featured a feeder and receiver having their own shots or parry's. Their was a technique that the feeder swings the blade to his back. I didn't understand that move until Tuhon Ray explained that he would show why it's in the drill. He had one guy in front and one guy stand behind him. He showed us the application of that technique. Cool! Apparently, you can perform the drill with one or two training partners. Somthing to think about when in a mass attack scenario.
Next one to share was Tuhon Carl from Atienza Kali. He taught from the Apacolypse/Bolo (like a long Bowie knife) blade targeting chain. He added projectiles (blades from the rig) to the entries within the drill which made it more exciting. The projectile was done prior to the attack, but can also be done during or after the attack (projectile, then go on to the next person).
Tuhon Raf was also there at the seminar. PT asked that everyone place all the blades (training or real) in the front of the group. He later had Tuhon Raf share with us the reasons for each design in different blades. Each blade has a specific job or character. What is the blade used for? Each blade was made for their specific use.
Pamana Tuhon later showed another blade to blade technique which knocks the blade out of your partners hands. Luckily, no one lost a finger or hand. We ended the seminar with a question and answer session. There were a few interesting questions...but I don't remember them all. Sorry guys! Although, there was one major theme among most of the questions that I noticed. What makes your kali art different when it comes to the mental training aspect? That was a good question, because it's an answer that can not be simply answered at a seminar. You have to go through the training, because it's more than training applications. You could apply it to your business, relationships, and life.
Paman Tuhon approached the question by showing two guys facing each other. One was armed (feeder) with blades and the other (receiver) wasn't. PT later told the receiver, what would he do if he didn't have hands, how would he defend himself? Later, what if he didn't have arms to defend himself?
The demonstration above is part of the mental training called L.O.T. (logical order of thinking) training that goes with being an instructor of Sayoc Kali. Training your thought process while keeping your emotions in check to be streamlined to problem solve. Not just in martial arts, tactical training, but in life. This is just one part of the training in Sayoc Kali.
Overall, the seminar was a good overview of what Sayoc Kali is like. Keep training!
I went up to baltimore and trained with Joe and his group. I also wanted to see what he's been teaching his group too. I arrived late and started walking to the backyard. I was instantly greeted by 4 charging dogs (nice big dogs) coming straight for me. Luckily, nothing bad happened so I continued on to be greeted by Joe, Chris, and Ann.
Joe was teaching 5 count passing drill with grappling isolations. It was good to get some reps in with everyone. We ended class with Receiver grips. Good times!
If you are in the Baltimore area and like to train with Joe Cypressi, he can be reached by email: jcypressi@gmail dot com.
If you are in the Va Beach area or would like to get a taste of what Sayoc Kali is like, Guro Bob Shin is a Full-Instructor Level-3 in Sayoc Kali. He will be conducting a seminar at IMPACT-Athlete Martial Arts Academy in Va Beach.
I highly recommend trying it out. Having been trained from Guro Bob at Maharlika Martial Arts, I can attest that you'll be learning from one of the best instructors in Sayoc Kali.
Guro Ervin, who heads the IMPACT Academy in Va Beach, holds instructor certificates in FMA, Jun Fan Gung Fu (Bruce Lee's art) under Guro Dan Inosanto. He is also a certified Thai Boxing instructor under GM Surachai (Chai) Sirisute.
Sayoc Kali blade skills will be represented in one of NCIS: LA up-comming show. Tuhon Raf and Guro Brian on the set with LL Cool J. They were technical advisors on set. Pretty cool stuff! Can't wait to see this. I believe it airs this February 28th, 2012 (NCIS: LA episode 317).
Guro Bob started the class with transition drills. We paired up with partners who knew the same transitional drills. I paired up with Joe Cepressi and reviewed TD's 1-6. We had to ask Guro Bob for some details on TD's 7-9. It was good to review them. Hopefully, we'll get to review TD 10 next time.
Guro Bob taught 5 count passing drill. Joe and I demonstrated the grappling isolation for each count.
It was a good class. I'm still trying to get TD 6 into muscle memory. I'll probably have to write down the drill to let it soak in.
There are only a few Filipino masters that have an eclectic experience in many different martial arts. I think Guro Dan was lucky to have Bruce Lee as his teacher early in his martial arts experience. It's made him look at other martial arts with an open mind. Guro Dan also shares how his father told him to have an open mind when learning from different Filipino masters. His philosophy about learning martial arts is one that we can use today.
This video was taken at the Washington DC Smithsonian in October 2010. I wasn't able to attend, but luckily they made a video of the program. The program involves three guest speakers, one of which is Guro Dan Inosanto. The other two are Gura Rose Abriam, a 5th degree BB in Kamatuuran School of Kali, and Linda Espana-Maram, an associate professor of Asian American Studies at California State University.
The beginning of the program has an introduction of the speakers. If you want to watch everything, it's about 1 hr and 40 min long with a Q&A at the end. Guro Dan's presentation starts at the 40:15 min time. Enjoy! (Fyi: Guro Dan was 74 years old in this video)
If you ever get a chance to attend Guro Dan's seminar, Guro Harley Elmore wrote a nice article about valuable tips on "How to get the most from your Dan Inosanto seminar."