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  1. The Crack Taoist is offline

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    Posted On:
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     Style: thai.kali.no-gi.

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    Pimp My Kali Krib....

    It's official... I've got space. Now I just have to fix it up (sweat equity)!!

    Input would be appreciated!

    The MMA school where I have been teaching has unused space
    and I am converting it to a FMA playground. (BANZAI!!!!!)

    I'm trying to decide what all I should put in there besides
    (hopefully) the throngs of eager FMA newbs (well.. maybe in a few
    years there will be throngs... or at least a decent class turnout eh?).

    I have a 17'x47' space (approx. 800 sq. feet). Concrete floors, high
    ceilings (12' aprox) with steel girders exposed (they hang heavy bags
    and similar things from them on the MMA side). In my 17'x47' space,
    I have the back wall (one 17' side) completely mirrored (it used to be
    a retail space). The two 47' sides are sheetrock, with the final 17' side
    open.. and continuing up through what will eventually be a pro shop.
    (This 800 sq ft. section is probably 15-20% of the total square footage
    of the gym).

    I'm thinking I need at least two tire stack dummies (like FMA-digest
    has) and 1-2 of the Dequerda's ropes or possibly the stick-oriented
    double ender bags. Maybe an escrima dummy like the digest had.

    What other sorts of things would you put into a space like this if
    you were tricking it out? (Flags, banners, maps of P.I., apparatus?)

    The concrete will have to do for now.. maybe in a year I can put down
    some nice flooring.

    I really would appreciate some input from the peeps who have seen
    many different schools and setups .. as I've only seen 5 FMA schools
    and none of them had dedicated space not used for any other art.


    I probably will not put down any mats (since I can borrow the grapplers
    space whenever I need it) and no heavy bags (since the thai people
    have plenty.. and the tirestacks will be way better I think).

    If there is a neat setup you've seen in some escrimador's training space or
    an FMA school.. please tell me about it.
    let's talk about why fat-fu shall we?
  2. Red Elvis is offline
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    Posted On:
    8/11/2007 7:14pm

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    Make sure you take advantage of that matted space. i.e. schedule some classes when they are not using it. Too many classical FMA places don't train with adequate attention to clinching, throws and the dreaded ground.
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  3. The Crack Taoist is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/11/2007 8:11pm

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     Style: thai.kali.no-gi.

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    At present all of my many (NOT!) students do BJJ and/or no-gi. So they are getting that exposure.
    Once there are dedicated students (people who mostly do FMA) that will be a good thing
    to be concerned about though .. yeah.

    Thanks for the input.
    let's talk about why fat-fu shall we?
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    Posted On:
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    Good luck man and let us know how it's going as it progresses.
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    Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without spilling your Guinness.
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    Posted On:
    8/11/2007 8:59pm


     Style: FMA

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Crack Taoist

    I really would appreciate some input from the peeps who have seen
    many different schools and setups .. as I've only seen 5 FMA schools
    and none of them had dedicated space not used for any other art.
    Trick it out with weapons. Lots and lots of indiginous weapons. Racks of sticks, old blades, new blades, wallhangers, trainers....whatever you can manage. The PI is home to a lot of different blade designes. Show 'em off. :XXjester:

    Good luck with the new digs!
  6. variance is offline

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    8/13/2007 8:57pm


     Style: EF UM A

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    check kriscutlery.com
    for authentic high quality affordable reproductions of Filipino blades/swords

    as for other things. um. SMAK sticks?

    FMA isn't too equipment centric I think
  7. BackFistMonkey is online now
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    Posted On:
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     Style: Recovery-Fu

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    You need wall art ... find a good street artist and come up with a mural design . Atmosphere is important in a learning environment .





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  8. selfcritical is offline

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    Posted On:
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     Style: Pekiti, ARMA, other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by variance
    check kriscutlery.com
    for authentic high quality affordable reproductions of Filipino blades/swords

    as for other things. um. SMAK sticks?

    FMA isn't too equipment centric I think
    I'd have at least two grades of padded sticks so you can graduate people up to full rattan, and have options for when people don't want jacked up hands. Smak sticks, lameco sticks, raw rattan aboot. Plenty o gloves and helmets.
  9. Ryno is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/14/2007 7:00pm


     Style: FMA, Jujutsu/Judo/SAMBO

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    My club has broken every Smakstick brand stick we have ever tried, usually in the first session. (Think we're at about 7 broken right now.) Make sure not to hit too hard with smaksticks. We've had much better luck with homemade versions with a decent rattan core.

    And to chime in with Red Elvis, by all means practice some throws and takedowns which definitely should come into play from the clinch. If you've already got mats, then by all means use them.

    If you want to save some space for tires, just hang a few ropes from the ceiling with clips on the end. String up the tires when they're needed, and just take them down and pull the ropes out of the way when they aren't.
    Last edited by Ryno; 8/14/2007 7:02pm at .
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    Posted On:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryno
    My club has broken every Smakstick brand stick we have ever tried, usually in the first session. (Think we're at about 7 broken right now.) Make sure not to hit too hard with smaksticks. We've had much better luck with homemade versions with a decent rattan core..
    Yup, our crew breaks these things like their going out of style. However, I made some homemade ones and Poi broke that too. Watch the video he has in his sig, I think at the end you can see it. :disgust:

    edit - yes sir... just watched the vid and you can see the homemade ones died a fast death. Broke the rattan inner stick they were hitting so hard.
    Last edited by Red Elvis; 8/14/2007 11:24pm at .
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