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

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Practicality and the Inayan System of Eskrima
 
Many people have commented to me directly as well as in the general martial arts community about the practicality of different martial arts. Some martial art styles and systems are centered around practicality, even going so far as to say they are the only style of self defense, street fighting, close quarters combat, etc., that is useful and practical in "real world situations." I will not argue those points nor the merits of other styles here. I will however discuss the practicality of choosing to train in the Inayan System of Eskrima.
 
Firstly, the occurrence of weapons, and the prevalence of weapons being carried and sometimes concealed is commonplace. When you train in the ISE you immediately get a sense of comfort and confidence with self-defense type situations that involve a weapon. Mangisursuro Inay describes the Inayan System of Eskrima as a "bladed art", meaning that we are concerned with the defense and use of bladed tools in a physical altercation. With the advent of the folding clip-knife, you may now notice a prevalence of knife carrying and wielding people out there. Having an understanding and proficiency with knives would be beneficial, that is why training in the Inayan System of Eskrima is practical, and something you may consider doing.
 
Secondly, with regard to stick and sword, the tip of a stick or sword will move in excess of 100 miles an hour. That is a very fast fast-ball in baseball. It is as much as 30mph or more faster than a foot or a fist. Learning to react and interpret attacks moving at a higher rate of speed will enhance your reflexive self defense skills. Moreover, just having someone attack you at controlled paces in an Inayan System of Eskrima class, if you can imagine that, conditions you psychologically to a "real world" scenario involving a weapon. The odds of an average law abiding person being a fight involving a weapon is fairly low, unless you go to bars or clubs at night, or shop at night, or go to the bank atm at night, etc. You want that kind of edge, don't you? The Inayan System of Eskrima gives you an edge in streetfighting situations in addition to your standard self-defense situations. Another advantage provided to those whom train in the ISE is a greater understanding and ability to utilize spatial awareness. Your ability to control the space around you, the space between you and your assailant, the space between you and an environmental feature such as  a wall, or moving traffic, will dictate your ability to win a fight efficiently and easily. Makes sense doesn't it? This spatial awareness is rapidly enhanced with the use of varying lengths of tools such as sticks, swords, knives, shovels, brooms etc. These and other factors allow the student training in Mangisursuro Mike Inay's Inayan (ISE/ITO) to gain experiences and learnings in an easy and exciting  way.
 
Adaptability is central to the fighting methodology espoused by Suro Jason Inay and the Inayan Inner-Circle Guros teaching under the umbrella of Mangisursuro Mike Inay's Inayan. One must be able to quickly adapt to whatever means or methods the opponent is employing and adjust their own tactics and strategy to experience victory. ISE is perfect for this, Eskrima is at it's core a method of martial art originating from the Philippines. Any movement learned in the Inayan System of Eskrima can be adapted from one method or weapon to another. Movement and Application are not the same thing. Movement and Application are not mutually inclusive, they are only implied.
 
If you want to learn how to do Eskrima, or if you want to know if Escrima/Arnis/Kali are practical, hopefully this article has answered some of your questions. Mangisursuro Mike Inay has stated that the Filipino culture is one of "Pragmatic Social Synthesis", which is to say be result oriented, take what is useful. The Inay family way of martial arts is first and foremost interested in cultural awareness in regards to FMA, however Filipino Martial Arts is a very practical form of hand to hand combat, one which is the only art still taught to the military forces of its national origin, since as early as the 1500's if not earlier. No other martial art can make this claim. The Inayan System of Eskrima is built upon this foundation of practicality and effectiveness and also concentrates on the utilization of traditial and modern teaching and learning methodology.
 
Suro Jason Inay