Anyone train Serrada?I'm trying it out.
I've relocated to Orlando and have been looking for some local martial arts. I met up with a Serrada group and trained with them saturday. I really enjoyed the class (at a local park). The students seemed pretty dedicated and the head instructors were impressive. I'm pretty much set on staying with this group. But I'd like to hear about other's experience with Serrada.
I've trained in my current style;Balintawak for 5-6 years. I'll be testing for "completion of the art" sometime this year when I can visit the GM. There is possibly some Balintawak here in Orlando but getting training time sounds complicated. Besides I'd like to branch out into other FMA systems.
In Balintawak we focus on single stick techniques and there is minimal knowledge of Filipino terminology in the curriculum. Serrada appears to involve stick, blade, stick and blade together, and empty hand. The instructor also seems interested in promoting Filipino culture which I think is important for someone who is dedicated to a Filipino system.
Eventually I'd like to return to BJJ in addition to continuing FMA. However, for now I'm nursing a serious patella fracture and BJJ is hard on my knee. I can't afford to aggravate this injury with my new job. Also, after starting a new job I'm trying to get my the debt I accrued while in school in check so even fair monthly club fees are a bit much. I get the impression the cost Serrada instruction will be quite minimal if at all.
That's my situation. Feel free to chime in with comments about your FMA training.