Showing posts with label bladed combat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bladed combat. Show all posts

November 24, 2014

Evidence of Pre Colonial Filipino Martial Arts & Blade Design In Relation to Techniques

Here are a couple of excellent articles by Manila Times Fight Times Editor Perry Gil S. Mallari that offer some serious food for thought before settling in to carve up that turkey.  I would like to see a more detailed writing on this research as it has some solid points, but does not expand much at all. 

"While there is scant mention of the specific names of the martial arts that pre-colonial Filipinos practiced, I believe that various prototypes of Filipino martial arts (FMA) were already in existence long before the arrival of Spain. To me, three things serve as indicators of the existence of indigenous FMA: organized method of warfare, metallurgical technology and sophisticated blade culture. All three aforementioned were chronicled by the Spaniards when they arrived in the Philippines."  Click here to read the entire article.

Again Mallari teases the reader with a taste of his theory of blade design and how it is used but does not offer much depth.  I hope he comes out with some follow up articles offering more research and opinion. 

"Some escrimadors have the habit of bouncing their sticks on the opposite arm (or other bodily parts) either to reposition for another strike or to arrest the momentum of the weapon after a forceful swing. This practice may still work safely with a single-edged sword but if the practitioner carried this habit while using a double-bladed sword, he will definitely cut himself. The safer way of regaining control at the end of a fast cutting motion is to use the palm of the non-weapon hand to catch the wrist of the hand holding the sword. The catching hand not only prevents the other edge from cutting the wielder but it can also aid the weapon-hand in generating more force in cutting or hacking."  To read the entire article click here.

 

September 5, 2014

Brotherhood of the Blade Seminar - Seattle, WA.

I am very pleased to announce that Three Harmonies Martial Arts will be hosting Guru Jeff Davidson for his very first visit to the Pacific NW where he will be sharing his knowledge of Kali and West African Martial Arts with us on October 4-5th 2014.  All levels of experience are welcome to join us for this unique and fun training opportunity to learn to work weapons better and to defend yourself against said weapons.

Brotherhood of the Blade
w/ Guru Jeff Davidson

October 4-5th 2014
942 N. 95th St.
Seattle, WA. 

Saturday October 4th:
10am-1pm
3-6pm

Sunday October 5th:
9am-11:30

$105 - Entire Weekend       
$65   - Single Session

*Please bring a pair of sticks, training knives (NO LIVE BLADES), eye protection, a notebook, and an open attitude and mind*

To Register or for questions please contact Jake Burroughs at [email protected] / 206-941-3232

Jeff Davidson brings over 25 years of practical martial skills to Seattle where he will be teaching his deep knowledge of the bladed arts along with sharing the pedagogy of Yoruba martial systems from West Africa.  We are fortunate to have someone so skilled stop by and share with us.  For more info click here. 






September 10, 2013

Leo Gaje Teaches Pekiti Tirsia Kali in Seattle, WA.

We also have Leo Gaje's Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar at the end of this month.  This marks the very first time Leo Gaje has visited Seattle, WA. so lets make sure we give him a warm welcome to the Jet City!  For those who have never trained under Gaje, he is literally a living legend amongst martial artists.  Truly one of the 21st centuries most talented Filipino Martial Artists, don't miss this chance to train with one of the best.  Open to any and all levels and styles:

August 26, 2013

"Avoid the Blade, Take Your Opponent" A Great Weekend Training Pekiti Tirsia Kali in Seattle

I wanted to thank everyone who attended Meynard's Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar over the weekend, especially my students.  Everyone worked hard and came away with a much deeper understanding of PTK.  Meynard was quite happy with everyone's progression since his last visit, and he left us with plenty to work on until we see him next.

What makes Meynard such an exceptional teacher is not the amount of "tricks" he has up his sleeve (though those are impressive as well), but the method in which he teaches and disseminates the lessons.  A system rife with confusion and rabbit trails in every direction, PTK can often be hard for a student to organize and systematize in their head.  Meynard lays out a solid pedagogy that is centered around progressive stages of uncooperative drilling and sparring.  This is key to ingraining the techniques into our muscle memory.

Using the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) as a foundational base Meynard ran us through a number of drills and patterns designed to help us progress on our path to bladed combat.  Progressively we built on each successive movement using double and single stick for the most part.

For those interested in training in a traditional Filipino martial art, there is not a single one more advanced then Pekiti Tirsia Kali!  We train at the Three Harmonies Club on Wednesday nights at 6pm (get there a little early if you can) and Saturdays at 9am.  I am also available for private lessons if need be.  For students of mine keep on the lookout for Aaron Cole to come over and train with us everyone now and then, and I also hope to have Meynard back this winter for another seminar.


March 29, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training at Three Harmonies Martial Arts

SOG's "Bluto" is legal size to carry on planes.

The TSA is loosening its restrictions on carry on knives, and with bladed attacks on the rise in the PAC NW, perhaps it is time to reconsider personal protection for you and your family.  Here at Three Harmonies Martial Arts in Seattle, we train Pekiti Tirsia Kali, a blade based Filipino martial art founded on principles of bio mechanics, and a fundamental understanding of combatives. 

Students of all levels and experiences are welcome to come down and check out a class on Wednesday nights at 7:15, or Saturday mornings at 9am.  PTK is perfect for women's self defense and can be applied with a blade, stick, pen, empty hands, or a rolled up newspaper.  We deal with all ranges and situations of personal protection.

For current students, a reminder to get some hand protection (lacrosse gloves) and start working towards getting a fencing helmet as well.

Here is video of tuhon Leo Gaje who is my teachers (Meynard Ancheta), teacher:



Train Hard.  Train Smart.
Jake