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

Eskrima for Children

Eskrima Training for Children Of the many activities available for children Martial Arts can be one of the premium choices. As an extracurricular activity, some of it’s benefits is that Martial Arts and Self Defense training is not subject to seasonal scheduling and focuses on each individual child’s development. Martial Arts is also a very good example of goal oriented training, with a well established reward system. This is extremely important to children while they develop into well rounded and well adjusted people.
In the Filipino Martial Arts community there is a competitive event nearly every month that is available to kids to participate in. In the Inayan System of Eskrima we help and encourage kids to participate as an option in any FMA event. The ISE also has both a Sash testing procedure where the children earn higher level sashes as they progress through the art of Inayan Eskrima as well as a Medalion to wear at certain major milestones in their achievement. These well defined goals help to impart to each student a sense of accomplishment which in turn enhances their self-esteem and self-confidence.
In terms of physical development Martial Arts provides a perfect way for children to develop strength, flexibility, and coordination. The traditional forms taught in many Martial Arts and Self Defense schools develop the body through continued exertion as well as require an obvious measure of coordination in order to perform correctly. Depending on the style, flexibility will be stressed differently. Kicking styles such as Tae Kwon Do will stress flexibility in the legs above all else. Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial Art, stresses both flexibility in the legs as well as the torso and is very demanding on the upper body as well. Styles such as Eskrima, a Filipino Martial Art, stresses upper body endurance, eye hand coordination, and flexibility of the shoulders and arms.
Developing the body for Escrima/Eskrima (both spellings are common) entails a rigorous battery of techniques and drills for students to learn in the Inayan System of Eskrima. The founder of the Inayan System of Eskrima, Mangisursuro Mike Inay, also taught many group drills that are taxing on the endurance and flexibility of the whole body. As a child or adult student progresses through the Inayan system, they gain coordination, speed, and power with each movement whether it be for empty hand or weapon styles.
Mental development is also very important, and something a child can expect to enhance through the pursuit of Martial Art expertise. The focus needed to complete long forms can be very challenging for any practitioner of Martial Arts, especially for children. Concentration is developed by requiring a student to perform complex movements under pressure. Pressure is either through reflex drills or sparring exercises. In the tradition of Inayan Eskrima, critical thinking processes are developed in every practitioner of the art, adult and child. Each class utilizes multiple opponent exercises to develop strategic and tactical thinking.
Lectures regarding Eskrima/Kali/Arnis theory, philosophy, and principles are an integral part of training. A fighting spirit is very important to a Martial Artist. While training, each student will be confronted with challenges that will be difficult and may leave the student with a desire to quit or feel that it is just too hard. A good instructor will help coach each student through these challenging times, the child will come out of the challenge with an indomitable spirit and a sense of self motivation that will help him or her conquer greater challenges as they go through life.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of Martial Art training for children is the sense of ethics that Martial Arts encourages. Martial Arts are essentially the military secrets and warrior traditions of different civilizations. Part and parcel to this noble tradition is a code of ethics that is present in virtually all martial art schools and traditions. Central to these are Honesty, Respect, and Courtesy, however they do very from school to school and art to art. The Inayan Code of Conduct is composed of nine components, each value is meant to guide and develop a warrior’s ethics in the practitioner. These components are Honor, Respect, Veracity, Justice, Ethic, Loyalty, Discipline, Rule, and Conduct. The intention of the codes is to develop each student with not only the ability to use the Martial Arts, but also the appropriate situations for the use of their skills and knowledge.


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