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"The [Inay(an)] System (of Eskrima) is Complete" ~ Mangisursuro Inay 1944-2000

Inayan System of Eskrima III

Effectiveness and the Inayan System of Eskrima

We all want to have our martial art be effective. When you decide to learn a martial art, or you want to know how a martial art works, your main concern is “Does this martial art work?” Right? Well any self-respecting martial artist should ask this question. One should ask a few other very good questions too. Such as:

  • Does this martial art work for street fights? Has your instructor been in a street fight?
  • Does this martial art work for my particular body? Can you do it left-handed and right-handed?
  • Does this martial art work in a way that will let me feel comfortable about what I do to other people when using it? You need to decide on this before you need it.
  • Does this martial art address the types of environments I will be needing it in, such as hallways, parking lots, elevators, bars, restaurants, bathrooms, etc… Few real fights occur on padded floors with perfect lighting....
  • Does this martial art adapt well to my personal physical fitness, or will it address my need for physical fitness? If your teacher is overweight or otherwise unhealthy, probably not, if this is your concern you might need to rethink things.
  • Does this martial art address weapon and empty hand attacks in a practical manner?

Now the above may not always apply, but when we ask a battery of questions such as this, we can ascertain a clearer picture, and get exactly what we want. In Mangisursuro Mike Inay’s Inayan, we use this and other questions when we examine our art.

There is a distinct difference between having knowledge of something, being able to perform something, and actually having proficiency in something. Have you ever met a person who can critique a fight, or tell you how to become a millionaire? They are also often the poor destitute or mediocre fellows that have soft hands and little muscle, let alone fight experience. Doing is where it’s at; empirical knowledge is quite often the king.  Mangisursuro said, “It is not in the knowing, or knowledge of the art, but in the DOING of the art that truly makes one a warrior”. Doing implies doing it, and doing it well. Making it work should be central to your concern of training martial art, insofar as a practical martial art is concerned, don’t you agree?

In order to fight one must have a keen understanding of the nature and forms of attack, and the corresponding and appropriate defensive actions that are possible. This is beyond merely knowing the movements that describe the art that you are practicing. Now in terms of the Inayan System of Eskrima, learning both delivery methods as well as lines of attacks is at the beginning of your training.  This is why, when you train in the Inayan System of Eskrima with us, that these understandings lead you to a sense of competence and confidence with each experience of learning the Inayan System of Eskrima. These learnings and understandings are essential to the ISE and make you effective when you train the traditional way of the Inayan System of Eskrima. We do this with extensive drilling, both random and prearranged, incremental escalation and introduction of variables make you more prepared for sparring exercises and eventual full-contact training. As you see yourself training this way with Suro Inay and the Inayan Inner-Circle Guros, you can see that your effectiveness is assured. As you progress further in the Inayan System of Eskrima, you will be introduced to advanced attack methodologies, these methods are to be added to your ever-expanding offensive repertoire, and used to further test your defensive capabilities.

Now, as you consider this and how this approach can have a positive affect on your training as well as the efficacy of your skills, please note that looking at the Inayan System of Eskrima, as a self-defense paradigm can be very limiting. Looking at a fighting martial art from this Self-Defense perspective is detrimental and potentially will render any art ineffective. This is why it is essential to train with a qualified instructor of Mangisursuro Mike Inay’s Inayan (ITO/ISE), only an Inayan Training Organization (ITO) certified instructor, or an Inayan Guro (ISE) will be adequately qualified to teach in this way.

Proficiency in any art will require you to build upon both failure and success in a way that leaves each practitioner confident in their abilities and skills. This is a process of both physical conditioning and psychological development. In Mangisursuro Mike Inay’s Inayan we concentrate on a progressive method of stress inoculation, reflex and response development, psychological enhancements, and other more advanced training methods. To meet a standard of proficiency, students who chose to learn the Inayan System of Eskrima are subjected to a process of skill and tactics building, followed by rigorous testing of the material at hand. Being able to do common movement uncommonly well is predicated upon repetition, reflex and flow training, re-evaluation, and yet more repetition. All this can lead to very effective practitioners, Eskrimadors are effective martial artists, and Inayan Eskrimadors go through a unique and exhaustive training process to guarantee effectiveness with an edge, effectiveness when it really matters.

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