Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Hunted Movie - 2003

I remember watching this movie when it first came out in 2003 thinking I was going to learn this martial art that Pamana Tuhon Sayoc created. I was excited! I felt like I was learning some cool moves in the beginning. But growing up in the art, you learn that it's more than a bunch of drills or memorizing techniques.

In this one knife fighting scene, I see a lot of principles that we've learned in Sayoc throughout the years. Tuhon Tom Kier and Tuhon Rafael Kayanan were brought in as technical advisors for the blade work and later to take charge of the fight choreography. Some training methodologies and principles I saw were Phase 3, Phase 2, panatukan set 1, royal guard set 1, medical management, projectile, power assist, blade awareness, holstering, TD1 isolations, TD8, and 3 of 9.

Knowing this know made me reflect in my time spent in Sayoc Kali. I wished more people would be as excited to learn this family art as I was when I first started.

Here's an article I found about The Hunted and the involvement of Sayoc Kali. But many more Filipino martial arts are being brought in the forefront of entertainment these days. Guro Joe Marana also wrote a great article about "Filipino Martial Arts Influence in Film and Media" of today.

Maharlika Martial Arts: July 21, 2015

Tonight, we went through another level of TD1-no clearing hand. I noticed that most of the guys are getting used to the new TD1. Still trying to get the flow of the drill smoothly. Maybe we should add some modifiers in the next class.

Last part of the class, we went through the different types of tapping. Funnel taps are looking better than last time we practiced it. Still not getting the hinge up before performing the funnel tap. Maybe we need to slow it down to get more correct reps in. Then, add intent as they become comfortable with funnel taps.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Class Notes: July 19, 2015

Attendees: Lem, Jonas (new perspective student)

Discussed blade protocol
Taught 3 of 9 template
3 of 9 with tapping
Topics that were also mentioned: Explained Feeder/Receiver roles during drills. Feeder mindset. Belt rig.

Maharlika Class: July 7 & 14, 2015

In these two classes, we started teaching the Feeder set of TD1. Slight changes to the Receiver set of TD1 but it was necessary change in order to counter Feeders attacks. First class was taught and a lot of the guys liked this new version of TD1. They said that it was more aggressive in it's attacks.

Second class was just the same. We reviewed and showed the isolations of the new TD1 version. Much improved movements from the guys. They are getting used to the new movements. We will try adding modifiers in the future. But for now, they are just getting used to the revised TD drill and installing the movements.