"The [Inay(an)] System (of Eskrima) is Complete" ~ Mangisursuro Inay 1944-2000
Eskrima Training for Children Of the many activities available for children Martial Arts can be one of the premium choices. As an extracurricular activity, some of it’s benefits is that Martial Arts and Self Defense training is not subject to seasonal scheduling and focuses on each individual child’s development. Martial Arts is also a very good example of goal oriented training, with a well established reward system. This is extremely important to children while they develop into well rounded and well adjusted people.
Learn Practical Self-Defense Would you like to learn a martial art that is practical for self-defense, and street fighting? Are traditional martial arts, and elements of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fine-tuned for practical purposes important to you? If so, then you should be asking yourself, would you like to learn Eskrima? Also known as Kali, Arnis, Arnis De Mano, as well as many other names, Filipino Martial Arts is both a traditional MMA and a practical means of self-defense suited to modern times.
The other day I described my first attempt at soaking a batch of rattan sticks. This effort, while ultimately successful, was frightfully flawed. The flaws came from a combination of lack of experience and my own lack of common sense. A week passed from when I first immersed these sticks and the time had come to remove them for drying, add another batch, and see if I had learned anything.
Rattan sticks are a necessity in Fillipino martial arts and, to prolong the life of these great tools, it is recommended that they be soaked in boiled linseed oil and left to dry. This makes them harder, heavier, denser, and much less prone to the negative effects of moisture. So, after having done some research, I ordered a bundle of sticks and went to the hardware store for the necessary tools for stick soaking (large diameter PVC pipe, water-tight end cap, boiled linseed oil).
What follows is my error-filled attempt to start the stick soaking process. I hope it brings you entertainment...and that you learn from my mistakes.
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Great times in Los Gatos
There are some great things in the San Francisco area. For tourists, there is the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Pier 39, and all the joys of the city. For UFC fans there are some great MMA camps in the Bay area including camps in Sacramento and San Jose. For the people that like to DO martial arts in addition to watching people fight, some of the best guys train in Los Gatos.
Suro Jason Inay recently posed an interesting question, “is repetition truly the mother of skill, and if so, who is the father?” This brings up the larger question of what does it take to create skill? Or, to continue the metaphor, what is the genealogy of skill?
On April 30th In Los Gatos California there will be an Intensive Seminar held covering the fundamentals of Inayan System of Eskrima and Accelerated Learning Techniqes. If you are an instructor or student of the Martial Arts, it is highly recommended that you come to this class. It will only be offered on a limited basis. If you want to teach more effectively or learn faster, this class is for you. If you want to get better at your martial art or more importantly the Inayan System of Eskrima or any art, come to this class.
Back Row: Katulungan Meyer, Loren, Chris, Jeff, David, Matt, Guro Levy, Alan
Front Row: Cody, Franco, Sursuro Defanti, Suro, Sursuro Peterson, Jr., Mark, Mike
Yesterday was amazing, and all my troubles were far away ;-)
I had the opportunity to train with my Uncle Remi, a master level instructor from the old days, and perhaps one of the most senior people around from back when GGM Angle Cabales was still a young 50-60 years old. The quality and appearance of Serrada practitioners and lineages coming from this time period is distinguishable from the those who learned exclusively from Manong Angel when he was in his 70+ years.