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

Dad knew what he was talking about

I should have listened to my dad....

I try to avoid peoples little dramas.. for I create enough of my own. And so I went along my merry way teaching and networking during the Symposium this last weekend. I am talking about the Professor Sig Kufferath 2011 International Martial Art Symposium held in Santa Clara California. I had fun, it was great, though the politics were kept to a modicum level, near infinitesimal range, there were politics none the less.

It is not in the knowing, it is in the doing!

This last weekend I had the privilege of attending three different seminars conducted by Suro Jason Inay. These seminars were not the first ones that I have attended, but I do believe the best. In the past I would usually pick up one or two techniques or concepts that Suro presented. The rest were either over my head or just didn’t seem to apply to me and I couldn’t relate.


Gabby and I had just a blast again for the last 2 days training Inayan Eskrima with Suro Inay and our fellow Eskrimadors. We learned so much again as far as techniques and body mechanics, and the best for me was new ways of thinking and teaching. Thank you so very much Suro Inay for sharing your family art with us. Also a BIG congratulations to Mr. Hurley on his promotion. Great job sir!

Inayan Eskrima and basic law enforcement training

North Carolina basic law enforcement baton techniques in comparison to Inayan Eskrima

My first introduction to Inayan Eskrima came in the last 1990s during one of many trips I took to a martial arts seminar in Wisconsin. Guro Kevin Schoenebeck was there and, after one of our training days, he handing out sticks to anyone interested and ran some Sinawali drills with us. This introduction also seemed to spark an interest in my head instructor, Soke Marty Ferrick. After a couple of years Soke Ferrick had established a relationship with the late Mangisursuro Michael Inay and had begun integrating Inayan Eskrima into our standard curriculum.

Saturday Morning, Eskrima on a balance beam

I felt so good all day last Saturday, because I started my day with Suro Jason's Eskrima class in the beautiful late morning sun. I love training outside. I love the exposure to various environmental elements it offers, such as dirt & dust, uneven terrain, the sunlight in your eyes as someone is striking at you with a stick. Two additional things stand out clearly in my mind from this past Saturday morning's class: one lesson and one reminder.

Don't Waste Your Time With Escrima

Eskrima is impractical?

FMA antiquated?

Your Stick Fighting Sucks....

Don’t Waste Your time with Escrima

pick up sticks!

during a dinner party recently, a neurosurgeon acquaintance of mine was telling us about how neurologists have been able to show that creating new neural pathways could help cure, or at least delay the onset of, alzheimer's disease. he further spoke about how researchers were testing the use of electrodes to create the neural pathways. when i heard this, i thought to myself.. electrodes?!? why not just pick up sticks?

rank system

What is the sash color progression and level of Guro?

Thoughts on Knife Seminar

The opportunity to practice with many new people is very rewarding and, even though I really enjoy practicing with knives, it was the opportunity to work with new people that I found most enriching about the Knife Seminar. I surprised myself with how much better I was able to adapt to new movement styles and body types. Working with people other than my usual classmates is an excellent opportunity to break some of the non-ideal habits I have developed as well.

AH HA Moments

I love it when I'm in class and things just click together. I always knew when I started training in the Inayan System that one day it would happen, and things would start making sense. So far, to my delight, that hasn't stopped happening. I love it when we are in class going through drills and I start to see how a stick drill can be used empty handed or the other way around. Or the simple translation between stick and knife. Things like that make coming to class even more worth while, and I hate to miss class anyway.

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