Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Training OODA Loop @ Maharlika Martial Arts: March 27, 2012

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.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Class: March 25, 2012


Worked on TD 1-4
6 count passing drill
Receiver grips
Counter to receiver grabs
Free flow

Sunday, March 25, 2012

RiSu Martial Arts Seminar: Feb 19, 2012

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!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Class: March 11, 2012

Bryant (visiting from MMA)

Warm-up with TD 1
worked on TD 2 & 3
reviewed 5 count-passing drill.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Training Notes: March 4, 2012

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.

Training back at my place:

Warm-up with 3 of 9 w/tapping
TD 1, 2

NCIS: LA, with Sayoc Kali as technical advisors

I was very excited to see this episode on screen. This was the blade scene on NCIS: La.
Tuhon Rafael Kayanan and Guro Brian Calaustro as technical advisors on set for this episode.

Guro Joey Marana of Inland Empire Martial Arts wrote a good article on their bio's and what work they've done in the past.