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

Traditional Martial Arts Ineffective?

There is a lot of information out on the Internet as well as in print regarding the supremacy of one art or method of training over another. So much in fact it is hard to know what is right, what is misinformation and what is disinformation. Though the question of which style is better is an old debate in the Martial Arts community, there is some credence to the statement that Traditional Martial Arts’ approach is ineffective. So what is the best art to train in? Karate, Kung Fu, Eskrima, or some other style? And, if one style or way is better, why is it better?

Congratulations Matt on your black sash!

I had the pleasure to witness my fellow eskrimador Matt achieve his black sash tonight. I want to congratulate Matt and welcome him to the club. Matt showed perseverance by completing his the trial by fire after sustaining a cracked rib. Matt demonstrated clean technique with his disarms and takedowns. It was an honor to participate. I'm happy and lucky to have such a great training partner/friend.

Stick With It!

“Hit and evade is so frustrating! I have been training in martial arts over 25 years and all I can do is back up? What is wrong with me? I can’t do this simple exercise. I stink. Arrgghhh!!!”

Inayan Serrada Video posted on YouTube!

Hey check this out. Advanced Student David Ruiz posted an old vid of him and Inayan Guro Anthony Samosvatoff doing Inayan Serrada Flow Spar and Lock and Block. Sursuro John Peterson in the background.


Gabby and I had a great Serrada class today . Many Thanks to our fellow Eskrimadors and teachers.

The Simple Things!

We are preparing to implement the sash curriculum in Wisconsin. It’s an impactful and exciting change for us. As I look over the content of the curriculum, I can see how it addresses the development of a student, in a relatively short period of time, into someone who can reasonably defend ones-self against the average attacker. Among the drills that are emphasized early in our training is the reactive knife defense program that Mangisursuro Mike Inay developed specifically for law enforcement.

Adaptive training

Recently I had to travel to California for work and took advantage of an opportunity to train privately with Suro. Nothing fancy or overly complicated, I just wanted to refine my basics in Serrada, counts 1-5. Now as usual, I always get more from Suro than I can remember at one time but throughout the drills I found myself making self corrections shortly after he had pointed something out and then moved onto the next technique. Call it humbling, frustrating or for that matter I like to think of it as refreshing.

Catching Up to 2011

I didnt get a chance to write when I was in Germany, or Portugal. Then the holiday season hit me hard as soon as I hit the tarmac in San Francisco...

Bridging the gap between the glass box and the real world.

The one thing that sets Inayan apart from other martial arts is that its curriculum develops real self-defense skills. Let me clarify. What I am talking about goes beyond merely performing techniques, repeating static drills, and memorizing forms. Successful self-defense requires the development of reaction time, fluid movement, adaptability, and the ability to perform under stress.

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