Showing posts with label detroit maphilindo kali. Show all posts
Showing posts with label detroit maphilindo kali. Show all posts

November 18, 2014

Training With Guru Jeff Davidson

Once again I have had the distinct pleasure to train with Guru Jeff Davidson of the Detroit Maphilindo Pitbulls.  I believe all things happen for a reason and though I had followed his blog and online offerings for years, it wasn't until earlier this year I decided to reach out and ask to train with Jeff.  He accepted and as they say the rest is history. 

I must admit that his tutelage comes at a very pivotal time for me as quality people in general but specifically quality martial artists have become a rare commodity in my life.  Guru Jeff sees something in me that others choose to look past, most likely because they are too preoccupied with trying to get something from me.  Regardless I cannot express in words how grateful I am to have such a talented and giving teacher both in the martial realm and spiritual. 

As if the gift of having a solid teacher was not enough imagine my surprise when Guru Jeff offered to accept both my student Lara and myself as closed door disciples!  We could not be more honored and grateful for such a wonderful opportunity and thankfully we were both accepted.  Many more great things coming in the future! 


Mabuhay! 

June 8, 2014

Long Range Training With Weapons

Leo Giron (1911-2002)
Understanding of range and how to keep it / when to close it, is pivotal to any combatant but especially more so when weapons are involved (weapon vs weapon, or weapon vs empty hands).  Fencers certainly know this as do solid Escrimadors!  My training with Guro Jeff last time I visited Detroit was centered around range (more accurately my lack of understanding of it!!) and I have learned I need to better understand how and when to engage in lieu of blindly entering into medio or corto. 

Not at all related to the following clip is this excellent article on Largo Mano (long range) and how it relates to western fencing.  An excerpt:
   "The influence of western swordsmanship was evident in the names of some systems of FMA. One good example is “estocada,” which was derived from the word “estoc,” a French sword designed for piercing chain mail.
   The influences of western fencing most probably made its way to the native FMA during the rise of the Ilustrado class during the Spanish colonial period. Ilustrado, which is a Spanish word for “erudite” pertains to the middle class or educated Filipinos during that period. A good case in point is the Philippines’ national hero Dr. Jose Rizal who was both an adept in western fencing and arnis. Rizal taught arnis to young boys during his exile in Dapitan."

Click here to read the entire article. 

Here is a quick clip of Doug Marcaida and Jeff Davidson teaching in Ireland and offering some sound pointers on range maintenance and timing. 


May 19, 2014

Double Impact in the Sea O' Fusion

Here is another great highlight clip from the Sea of Fusion seminars in Ireland a couple of weeks ago featuring Guro's Doug Marcaida and Jeff Davidson.  Great stuff from solid instructors, I look forward to seeing more:



Some kind words from Guro Jeff on Guro Liam McDonald: