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

Inayan Kadena De Mano

Subjects pertaining to Inayan Kadena De Mano Style of Eskrima specifically

Observations of a Newbie part 2

We had another class today, and somehow I have found myself back in high school geometry. We spent a large part of the class on the footwork, and the male and female triangles that make up Eskrima. Currently, I suck at this. For some reason, my foot refuses to step backwards at a 45 degree angle, and I do not know how to fix it. I was wondering if anyone had any helpful tips, or if I just need to drill it into my brain. We also spent some time on basic Serrada, and a little bit of time on Kadena De Mano. The movements still feel ungainly, but I’m getting better at picking things up.

Los Gatos School of Eskrima

We had a blast in 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


Teaching my Family's system of Martial Art is both a joy and a passion. I started teaching in 1992, my first lesson was in 1979 (formal lesson). Someone asked me recently how long I had been teaching and how long I had been training... I don't normally do the math, so my first response was lower that the truth. I had to think, and then it hit me, how long I've been training in Inayan, and how long I have been teaching in Inayan. But recent events have put it into even further perspective.

Observations From a Newbie

My husband is a full instructor in Inayan Kadena De Mano, and after many years of harassment he convinced me that I should learn some Eskrima. Now I have never studied in any kind of martial art. So this is entirely new to me, and having a student that doesn’t know anything was new for my husband. These circumstances are causing some interesting occurrences; such as, I was supposed to magically know that resting the stick on my arm for a reinforced watershed block was incorrect.

Twists and Turns

 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.

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.

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.

Flexible Weapons in Oneida Wisconsin

Had the honor of teaching a flexible weapon seminar tonight at Oneida/Green Bay hosted by Master Schoenebeck here in Wisconsin. Was a great deal of fun to present some new ideas and material to this great group of Eskrimadors.

It is a requirement to have a proficiency in flexible and semi-flexible weapons prior to becoming a Guro in the Inayan System of Eskrima per my Dad, Mangisursuro Mike Inay.

Applying a wipe away

Last night I was at an Irish pub in SF starting to celebrate St.

Movement On The Ground

I covered some new(-ish) warmup exercises in class on Tuesday, and I just wanted to say a couple things about them.

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