Gym Size: 6
Striking Instruction: 6
Grappling Instruction: 5
Weapons Instruction: 9
I have been training at this club in Tottenham, London for about 5 years now. The club Escrima London is part of the Escrima Concepts Network, founded by Master Steve Tappin. Escrima London is run by Big Paul Leslie 4th TG
Scoring Rationale below.
Almost all training is done with a partner. While students can wear protection gear ( mainly gloves) we tend not to, relying more on the control (!) of your partner not to hurt you. All our drills are encouraged to be done at pace and with intent, which raises the level of intensity from passive sparring to fairly full on under pressure training. Inevitably before the end of the lesson, you will take what you have learnt and be tested by the instructors to see what you have learned and where you are still a bit weak.
Everyone is responsible for their own equipment , sticks, knives, machetes etc.. We can purchase through our instructor who gets a better deal than what is available online or through suppliers. Our sticks in particular are hickory and rattan, which seem to be of a superior quality to other clubs I have been to. They are definitely harder than your typical Escrima stick ! Our instructor also keeps a supply of spare weapons on hand for those who have forgotten or not got the required weapons for a drill.
Small class size of about 10 students, 2 Classes per week. We are able to train without getting in each others way fairly comfortably. Where we are based we have access to training outdoors or on stairs for environmental training purposes which is a plus.
Not sure if this is still scored but its one of the best things about our Club. Our class size is relatively small which means that students get a lot of attention from both Senior Instructor Big Paul Leslie and the assistant instructors. Paul in particular is very hands on which is refreshing as compared to other clubs I have been to.
Club is really welcoming and friendly, everyone gets on and ends up staying long after the lesson finished chatting about whatever comes to mind. Everyone is keen to help each other and its one of the nicest clubs I have been part of. Distinct lack of overly aggressive, arrogant, macho egos. One of the big reasons I keep attending.
Not sure if I have scored this appropriately, we do a lot of unarmed training, sparring with gloves and unarmed fighting against weapons. However we are on the whole a weapons based system so the ratio of unarmed fighting to weapons fighting is 30:70. In terms of pressure and real life testing, the club has a number of door people as students who end up using a number of the techniques learnt in their work in real life situations which helps to give the system real life validation.
We are primarily a weapons based art and don't really go the ground and start wrestling.
As both the founder of Escrima Concepts , Master Steve Tappin and our instructor Big Paul Leslie (4th TG) spent a number of years working the doors, I would say we do have a lot more control techniques than other Escrima systems. This becomes more important the higher up the system you go.
Its what we do. All weapons, sticks, knives, palm sticks, machete, staff etc... (what is taught depends on what level you are) . Club has a history of full contact competitions and weapons is very much the heart and soul of the club.