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

Winter Wonderland

This last week in London has been great. I have had the opportunity to share the Inayan System of Eskrima with a lot of new people as well as expose them to the Self Defense nature of Escrima. Filipino Martial Arts is a hugely varied form of martial art, here in London the Inayan Kadena De Mano style is highly relevant to assault and crime here in London and the UK in general.

When I was your age....

Training in martial arts provides many rewards. Training for self defense, and street fighitng from the approach of traditional martial arts for a lifetime brings even greater rewards. When my daughter was born, my father said to me when I called him to tell him the news "Now you know son, now you know". He often would say the simplest of things in the most profound way. This week has brought to me the gift of another insight into my father.

20101115 - Climbing Mountains

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Chaos, Politics, and the Human Condition

"We are more than we think we are, and greater than others give us credit for, yet everything our parents saw our potential to be." A thought I had earlier today.

When I was young I cared more about how cool it would be to be like my dad, and G.I. Joe, and Optimus Prime. But maybe not in that order. I would come home every day in the third grade to watch Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon.

And then I grew up, somehow it happened so seemingly fast. First I was first son of a family of martial artists, then I was a son in a torn family. Then I was a disgruntled youth.

RIP GM Ernesto Presas

On behalf of the entire Inayan Eskrima Community and the Inay Family, our deepest condolences at the loss of another of the FMA community's great proponents.

Wikipedia entries on the Grand Master of Kombatan and Arnis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernesto_Presas

And the Style he founded:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombatan

Truly a pioneer, who brought Filipino Martial Arts to many countries and many lives.

It's Fundamental

Recently I have been turning a sharper focus back on my basics. The Inayan System of Eskrima is comprised of many elements, chief among those are a set of basic exercises for each of the styles or methods in the system. My father, Mangisursuro Mike Inay, once was quoted as saying "Basics are like brushing your teeth, you should do them at least twice a day."

Guardians of Ga'hoole

I recently saw the 'Guardians of Ga'hoole' movie in the theaters; an animated film concerning heroic owls.

To an adult, and especially to a martial artist, the movie is unintentionally hilarious. It can be enjoyed for what it is (an action-adventure heroic animated film) but you can also step back from it and laugh happily.

(If you are the sort of person who doesn't want your moviegoing experience 'spoiled'; stop reading now. )

10 Years now

I still can't believe its been ten years since my father passed away. I still keep thinking he is gonna call. He used to call me everyday, at work, or at home. Sometimes to say hi, or tell me about the cool new game or gadget he just got, sometimes to talk about our system of martial art. I spoke to him the day he passed away, he said so many important things to me both on the phone and over chat, in retrospect it was almost like he knew he was going to die soon. Only a hand full of hours later he was gone and I was driving to the East Bay to identify him.

My Black Sash Test

After spending 14 hours on an airplane and being up 36 hours after suffering from food poison I had a choice to make. I arrived back in San Jose at 1:30 pm on a Tuesday and that meant Eskrima class in 7 hours. I was excited to go to class and share my experiences of China. I also thought this is a great opportunity to test myself with fatigue.

Inspirational Speech by Ronnie Lott

I had the good fortune today to attend an inspirational speech by Ronnie Lott. (For those of you who don't follow football, Ronnie Lott was a defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers and is one of five players to play for the 49ers during their string of Superbowl wins during the 1980s along with Joe Montana.)

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