Monday, March 26, 2012

Who Says We Don't Have Fun?

A few shots of Jones, giving it to "The Man"


Detroit and Rochester at SMAF

Wow! What a weekend. As soon as I catch my breath I'll be back with more pics and stories (parental guidance suggested)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Silat Melayu

If it’s Sunday, it must be Silat Melayu! Today’s class: understanding how a specific buah can be executed as pukulan (striking) or kuncian (locking) depending on the niyat (intention) of the practitioner. Empty-hand examples were duplicated with single and double tekpi for added clarity.

We like to think (and hope) our dear friend Coach Lan would be proud!


Monday, March 05, 2012

On Tap for SMAF

The Saratoga Martial Arts Festival 2012 is just a few short weeks away. Here's a description of one of the classes I'll be presenting:

From Blade to Buah: The Integration of Filipino Kali and Silat Melayu

This unique training experience will utilize a very basic close-quarter attacking pattern with the knife – taken from the Pekiti-Tirsia system of Kali - as a basis to teach an unarmed student how to ‘enter’ (using tangkisan or “soft parries”), disrupt the flow of the opponent’s knife, and place the opponent into various kuncian – or full-body immobilizations drawn from a very rare form of Malaysian Silat. Various follow-up techniques such as buangan (throws), pins, and knife-disarms will be integrated into practice. This is a very “tactical” form of grappling that is ideal for scenarios involving multiple, armed aggressors.

See you there!