San Francisco Seminar was GREAT

San Francisco Seminar Was GREAT! A big ‘THANKS’ to all the great folks who made my recent visit to SF a truly rewarding experience.  The Ramos brothers (Rick and Dan) and their students were excellent hosts.  A special nod/bow goes out to Grandmaster Michael Giron of the Bahala Na System.  Let’s do it again soon gentlemen!...

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An Overview of Silat Cimande

First of all, I’d like to point out to that the Cimande style is one of the most famous in Indonesia and along with such styles as Minangkabau, is certainly one of the oldest. Many of the « newer » styles have historically drawn their inspiration from Cimande or have incorporated its techniques to some degree. The influence of Cimande is clearly recognized in many pencak...

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Reflections of a New Student

A long-time student wrote the following essay a few years ago after completing his first year of training with us. Thank you, sir…sorry it took me so long to put it up! Reflecting on my First Year of Training in Kali-Silat The following is not intended to be a philosophical dissertation or an intellectual exercise. Rather, it is a portrayal of my serendipitous...

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Got Sticks?

When I started practicing Filipino martial arts in 1987, we couldn’t tap the internet for stick vendors. The best we had was Asian World of Martial Arts and Dolan’s Sports catalogs, and later I and I Sports out of California. Let me tell you, what they sold as “Escrima Sticks” in those days were absolute shit. Usually we resorted to ordering 6-foot bo staffs, or 36 inch...

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Some of our more Popular “Short Courses”

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...

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Guro Davidson Seminar Review

  I had the pleasure of Guro Davidson’s teaching at several seminars.  I had been drawn to silat in high school because it seemed to offer much more complexity and subtlety than what I saw in the bulk of martial arts schools I had attended. I could tell from the movements in the silat system I began at that time, that there was much more to the art than was being...

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