Philippine Martial Art Society
OK first of all I don't know if this is even in the right thread but lets start with things that rang warning bells for me.
5470 Belvedere Rd.
Haverhill, FL 33415
10:00AM - 11:00AM
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Other notable artists that he has crossed paths with come from the Togakure-ryu Budo Taijutsu lineage of the Bujinkan Dojo (i.e., commonly referred to as ninjutsu during the 1980's) under the direction of Masaaki Hatsumi.
this is his youtube page http://www.youtube.com/user/omtube
and here's the video now i'm hope some of the Dogbrother or escrima peple can provide insight on this video specificly the check against the stick.
If people say his stuff is quality then great i may see about training with him. other wise i would be looking for some one interested in checking him out at his dojo.
Last edited by mad_malk; 11/17/2007 2:27am at .
He plays with big sticks and pets too much.
I might be one of the ones your looking for. There are a couple of other more capable/experienced FMAers around here who might want to chime in.
Originally Posted by mad_malk
My experience in FMA has been 4 years, on and off from a teacher who trained directly under Presas for over 10 years in the PI. (none of this seminar certified crap). I also began Doce Pares training earlier this year in addition to Arnis.
Before I start in on his technique and videos.
I'll begin by criticizing his credentials.
He says he trains with people and is CERTIFIED.
but never specifies what actual RANK he held in Modern Arnis during the Professor's lifetime.
This raises alarm bells for me because Modern Arnis did have actual rank. and at the same time. During Prof Remy Presas. Seminar days (with Wally Jay and company)
Certifications could have probably been bought. (Remy Presas like many filipinos was most definitely not immune to the mighty $$$)
However. Getting a cert and Holding rank isn't the same thing.
another thing is like kyoukushin and other arts with a single charistmatic founder.
after Presas' death it fell apart into a clusterfuck of egotistical, political bullshit from guys who wanted to take over. (Read: why he founded his own organization)
Furthermore his name dropping of people on the seminar circuit is another red flag.
To be fair, I will put some inquiries to people in the Modern Arnis scene to see if he has any credibility at all.
Now onto his videos:
The first one (Brush check): The video is shitty quality. Its zoomed too close in. You can't see his footwork but he looks a bit off balance. and he seems to be reaching too far like he didn't zone properly for the check which itself looks off.
The other ones don't seem a good basis to judge his skill on by how short and how little they show off.
but the way he name drops Presas so much. and the "Continueing the legacy of"
stuff are major red flags for me.
Most legit FMA instructors I know of don't nutride their former teachers that much. They'll give proper respect and credit but they don't plaster their name everywhere as credentials.
They let their skill and capability and accomplishments do the talking....
You might want to inquire about this at FMAtalk or Martialtalk.
they tend to have a large modern arnis presence there..
I don't think they are as upfront about things as we are though.
Varaince thanks for the info. I ask he because people arn't afraid to say the way he's doing it look slike ****. there also not afraid to say ya that works but i think this is better. hopefully more people will chime in still thinking of checking him out just to see if there is any alivenes or if it's a th3 D3ad1y.
I don't see any aliveness in any of the videos
it all looks like compliant blah.
his form looks kind of sloppy
but ultimately the only way to know is to go visit him and watch him teach a class
or take the free introductory one (most schools should have this)
and see what it's like.
You could do a official dojo review even.
i'm gonna check the park on sat. and see if he is still doing something there. will be intereste to see what happens.
I missed maeking it to the class. Found out my girls had practice at church and with only 1 car i had to take them. going to try and go next sat. sorry all wimes of the woman take precedent over the things i want to do at times.
I'm no FMA expert, but have put in my share of "stick time". I've studied Doce Pares for a number of years and was awarded a 2nd level Black from GM Cacoy Canete in 2001.
There are a staggering number of styles within FMA and many of them use the "petting" pass that is shown in the video.
Personally my experience has been that in live drills this is by no means an optimum way to check a stick. My first option is always going to be STOPPING the stick hand unless I am able to destroy it. Passing it off to my other hand anly keeps me occupied with defense and less able to mount an effective offense.
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