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

Inayan System of Eskrima II

An In Depth Look at The Inayan System of Eskrima Background

The Inayan System of Eskrima, founded by Mangisursuro Mike Inay in Los Gatos California, and has been taught in the California Bay Area by his family for over 35 years. The core of the system is comprised of Inayan Larga Mano, Inayan Serrada, and Inayan Kadena De Mano. Representing long, medium, and short range methodologies respectively. Each of the styles, including Inayan Dequerdas, Inayan Siniwali, Inayan Sibat/Bankow, and Inayan Espada Y Daga present a comprehensive mix of skills and capabilities as well as strategies and tactics for overcoming conflict. Part and parcel to the ISE is its traditions and code of conduct. These and other elements combine to make a rich legacy of martial culture and tradition.

There is much written about the Inayan System of Eskrima, available on the net. Most, if not all, the media does great in representing the physical aspects of the art. Some of the material out there even represents the founder well. It is a great way to assert legitimacy after all.

The Inayan System of Eskrima is first, and foremost a system. This is to say that all of its constituent elements are necessary for it to be complete. Much as the body has a skeletal element, a nervous system, and the circulatory system, to be a considered complete and whole; so the ISE is only whole and holistic when considered in its totality. That would be it’s physical element, the customs and traditions, as well as the code of ethics espoused by Mangisursuro. The term Core and Secondary only refer to what is conceptually at the core of the system and what is dependent upon it to be complete. Mangisursuro Mike Inay is quoted as saying “The system is complete” only your understanding or lack will make it less than whole.  The core of an apple is nothing without that which surrounds it…

The spirit of the Inayan System of Eskrima is shaped by a high value placed upon adaptability, directness, and efficacy. Thus the art itself, the physical component, is first learned as a science of reflex and reaction, very similar to operant conditioning (ala Skinner, Pavlov). This is a necessary step, before the system is explored as an art. By an art, it is meant that each of the elements of the System should be utilized in a way that is responsive to the given context it is being used as well as fit to the practitioner’s personal inclinations. Very much like one learning painting will first learn the basics of shading, shape, color, medium, and brush stroke, so it is with the Inayan System of Eskrima. Once becoming qualified within Mangisursuro Inay’s Inayan the Eskrimador is then taught how to render the most vivid and evocative pictures. This direct method of instruction allows the student that trains in the ISE/ITO to first be effective, and secondly be adaptable to the fluid dynamics of conflict and aggression.

Mangisursuro was a firm believer that his art, the Inayan System of Eskrima was only to be practiced with and by an ethical code. He chose the path of the teacher to give back to the community at large, that sense of honor is central to the spirit of the ethics of The Inayan Code of Conduct. The central values are: Honor, Respect, Veracity, Justice, Ethic, Loyalty, Discipline, Rule, and Conduct. Very much like the Knights code of Chivalry and the Samurai’s Code of the Bushido, the Inayan Code of Conduct is an essential part of the Inayan System of Eskrima. The Code also includes the history of precedent in terms of proper conduct of a practitioner of the ISE. This Code is meant to guide as opposed to confine, and is intended for both in class as well as normal life.

The traditions of the Inayan System of Eskrima are also extremely essential to the experience of learning the Inay family’s particular brand of Filipino Martial Art. Traditions allow us to connect with the teachers and Eskrimadors who have passed before us, as well as give us an opportunity to contribute to the legacy of Mangisursuro Mike Inay. Events, ways of training, the stories, the history, all of these add to the beauty and rich community of the Inayan Training Organization. Mangisursuro founded the Inayan System of Eskrima, and the Inayan Training Organization, no other style or system, or organization has that honor, nor the stewardship of his legacy.