Styles

The Bak Fu (White Tiger) style combines aspects of multiple styles giving students multiple techniques to apply in different situations. The curriculum draws on all of the training and experience of Grandmaster Mayberry. Selected certficiates from these styles are viewable at the bottom of this page.


Japanese / Okinawan Techniques

The Bak Fu (White Tiger) style incorporates several different Japanese styles. This includes the basic blocking and punching of traditional Karate, the sword techniques of Kendo and Kenjustsu, and the weapons of Okinawan Kobudo.

Karate

Karate (空手, Karate?) or karate-dō (空手道, karate-dō?) is a martial art that developed from a synthesis of indigenous Ryukyuan fighting methods, Chinese kempo and concepts from classical Japanese martial arts. "Karate" originally meant Chinese hand, but was later changed to a homonym meaning "empty hand" in Japanese. It is known primarily as a striking art, featuring punching, kicking, knee/elbow strikes and open handed techniques. However, grappling, joint manipulations, locks, restraints/traps, throws and vital point striking also appear in karate. A practitioner of karate is called a karateka (空手家).

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Kendo

Kendo (剣道, kendō?), or "way of the sword", is the martial art of Japanese fencing. Kendo developed from traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmanship known as kenjutsu. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sporting-like physical elements. Practitioners of kendo are called kendoka (one who practices kendo) or kenshi (swordsman). Kendo is "played" by kendoka, wearing traditionally styled clothing and protective armour (bogu), using a shinai or two as weapons. Kendo may be seen as a Japanese style of fencing. The movements in kendo are different to European fencing because the design of the sword is different, as is the way it is used. Kendo training is quite noisy in comparison to other martial arts or sports. This is because kendoka use a shout, or kiai, to express their spirit and when a strike or cut is performed, the front foot contacts the floor in a motion similar to stamping. Kendo is one of the Japanese budo and embodies the essence of Japanese fighting arts.

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Aikido

Aikido (合気道, aikidō?), is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art practitioners could use to defend themselves without injuring their attacker. Aikido emphasizes joining with an attack and redirecting the attacker's energy, as opposed to meeting force with force, and consists primarily of body throws and joint-locking techniques. In addition to physical fitness and technique, mental training, controlled relaxation, and development of "life energy" or "spirit" (ki) are emphasized in aikido training.

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Okinawan Kenpo

Kenpō (拳法, Kenpō?), literally meaning "fist principles" or "fist method," is is a term used to refer to a wide variety of martial arts, and is sometimes used as a blanket term for martial arts in general, especially in East Asia. Kenpō is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word "quánfǎ", meaning "fist principles", "way of the fist," or "law of the fist form." This term is frequently transliterated as "kempo," as a result of attempting to use Traditional Hepburn romanization (which provides for use of the letter "m" when ん precedes a labial consonant such as "p"), but failing to use a macron to indicate the long vowel.

Many variations of Kenpo exist, including Kenpo Karate, Okinawan Kenpo, and Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate. However, other variations of Kenpo keep it a purely Chinese martial art, referring to it as Chinese Kenpo, Shaolin Kenpo, and even Chuan fa Kenpo, in acknowledgement of the fact that the art has two names, one Chinese, one Japanese.

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Sakugawa


Shigeru Nakamura


Odo Sensei


Korean Techniques

The Bak Fu (White Tiger) style incorporates several different Korean styles. This includes the basic blocking and punching of traditional Tang Soo Do, the kicking of Tae Kwon Do, and the joint locks of Hapkido.

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Tae Kwon Do

Taekwondo (also, Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-Do, or Tae Kwon-Do) is a martial art and combat sport originating in Korea. Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea and sparring, kyeorugi, is an Olympic sporting event.

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Hopkido

Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do) is a dynamic and eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, and other strikes. Hapkido practitioners train to counter the techniques of other martial arts as well as common unskilled attacks. There are also traditional weapons including short stick, cane, rope, nunchucks, sword and staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.

Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing dynamic kicking and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, jointlocks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.

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Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do (당수도) is a Korean martial art incorporating fighting principles from subak (as described in the Kwon Bup Chong Do), as well as northern Chinese kung fu. The techniques of what is commonly known as Tang Soo Do combine elements of shotokan karate, subak, taekkyon, and kung fu.

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External Kung Fu Techniques

The Bak Fu (White Tiger) style incorporates techniques from the external styles of Kung Fu including Choy Lay Fut and northern Shaolin Eagle Claw.

Below is the external style direct lineage (click for more details):

Kung Fu

Kung fu and wushu are popular terms that have become synonymous with Chinese martial arts. However, the Chinese terms kung fu (Chinese: 功夫 pinyin: gōngfū) and wushu (Traditional Chinese: 武術; Simplified Chinese: 武术) have very distinct connotations. Each term can describe a different martial arts traditions and can also be used in a context without referencing martial arts. Colloquially, kung fu (or gong fu) alludes to any individual accomplishment or cultivated skill. In contrast, wushu is a more precise term that refers to general martial activities. The term wushu has also become the name for a modern sport similar to gymnastics involving the performance of adapted Chinese bare-handed and weapons forms (tàolù 套路) judged to a set of contemporary aesthetic criteria for points.

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Wing Chun

Wing Chun, occasionally romanized as Ving Tsun or "Wing Tsun" (literally "spring chant" and alternatively as "forever spring", or substituted with the character for "eternal springtime") is a Chinese martial art that specializes in aggressive close-range combat.

Wing Chun, together with Hung Gar and Choy Lay Fut are given the name "The Three Great Southern Martial Art Schools of the South" because of their origin and popularity in Southern China.

Wing Chun is the original style of Bruce Lee that he used as his foundation to Jeet Kuen Do. Intercept First is a principle of Wing Chun.

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Yip Man (Wing Chun)

Eagle Claw

A Northern style known for its Chin Na/Joint Locks/Nerve attacks & high Kicks such as in the Tuet Jin Kuen/Break Holds Fist form we practice.

Shaolin

Ever since 1669, when Huang Zongxi first described Chinese martial arts in terms of a Shaolin or "external" school versus a Wudang or "internal" school, "Shaolin" has been used as a synonym for "external" Chinese martial arts regardless of whether or not the particular style in question has any connection to the Shaolin Monastery. In 1784 the Boxing Classic: Essential Boxing Methods made the earliest extant reference to the Shaolin Monastery as Chinese boxing's place of origin. Since the beginning of the 17th century, the Shaolin Monastery garnered such fame that many martial artists have capitalized on its name by claiming possession of the original, authentic Shaolin teachings.

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Hung Gar

Hung Gar (Hung Ga, Hung Kuen, or Hung Ga Kuen) is a member of the family of kung fu styles known as Southern Shaolin Kung Fu. Legend has it that it was founded in the early Qing Dynasty in Fujian Province, China, by the tea merchant Hung Hei Gun. The hallmarks of Hung Ga are deep low stances, notably its "sei ping ma" horse stance, and strong hand techniques, notably the bridge hand and the versatile tiger claw

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Choy Lay Fut

Choy Lee Fut is an integrated system of diverse knowledge that combines traditional Chinese martial arts (kung fu) with traditional Chinese medical practices and the arts of Qigong and Tai Chi.

Choy Lee Fut is one of the most widely practiced kung fu styles outside China today. It is well known for its speed and power, its smooth circular body movements and its flexible footwork. It combines the powerful hand techniques characteristic of southern styles with the versatile kicks of the northern system. It emphasises the intelligent use of strength and the combination of external force with the internal will.

Choy Lee Fut has a tradition deeply rooted within the martial arts of the Shaolin Temple. Chan Heung, our founder, spent 20 years learning his art from his three mentors: Chan Yeun Wu, Lee Yau Shan and monk Choy Fook, before combining his knowledge into one effective and comprehensive system. Chan Heung called it Choy Lee Fut to commemorate his teachers and the Buddhist origin of the art (Fut means Buddha in Cantonese).

The Choy Lee Fut system has over 190 forms classified into three levels of learning, these forms include the following:

  • Traditional fist forms and weaponry, either in solo forms or two person sparring sets
  • Shaolin wooden dummy forms for hand techniques and weaponry
  • Sand bag techniques and forms
  • Qi Qong forms and traditional Chinese medical theories
  • Lion dance sets

The external sets are harder and faster, designed to condition, increase stamina and benefit muscle and bone structure. The internal sets are slower, flowing and more relaxed. They promote internal organ harmony, correct breathing and a healthier stronger body.


Si Gung Lee Koon Hung


Si Gung Mak Fin


Internal Kung Fu Techniques

The Bak Fu (White Tiger) style incorpoates aspects of internal Kung Fu systems such as Wing Chun and Hsing-I. This provides a balance for the student between the inner forces and outer (external style) forces.

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Hsing-I

Xingyiquan (Chinese: 形意拳; pinyin: Xíng yì quán; Wade-Giles: Hsing I Ch'üan) is one of the major "internal" (nèijiā) Chinese martial arts. Xingyiquan translates approximately to "Form/Intention Boxing", or "Shape/Will Boxing", and is characterised by aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power. There is no single organisational body governing the teaching of the art, and several variant styles exist.

Hsing-I Chuan/ Mind Boxing/5 Element Fist the Sister Art of Bagua known for its simple but direct single unit movement used by the Chinese Military before Communism.

A Xingyiquan fighter uses coordinated movements to generate bursts of power intended to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending. Forms vary from school to school, but include barehanded sequences and versions of the same sequences with a variety of weapons. These sequences are based upon the movements and fighting behaviour of a variety of animals. The training methods allow the student to progress through increasing difficulty in form sequences, timing and fighting strategy.

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan/ Grand Ultimate Fist based on the Yin & Yang/Opposites One of the 3 Chinese Internal Systems or Daoist arts based on the way of Longevity & Health with Martial Applications as well the two other Internal Arts of Bagua & Hsing-I

Tai chi (太極 or 太極拳) is an internal Chinese martial art racticed for both its defense training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of t'ai chi ch'uan are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.

Sifu Mayberry has trained in Tai Chi under Sifu Andy Dale and Sifu Patrick Lee

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Bagua

Bagua/Pakua/based on the 8 Triagrams of the I-Ching/Circular & fast movements with multiple directional changes. One of the Three Chinese Internal Systems

Baguazhang (八卦掌) is one of the three main internal Chinese martial arts. The practice of circle walking, or "turning the circle", as it is sometimes called, is Baguazhang's characteristic method of stance and movement training. All forms of Baguazhang utilize circle walking prevalently as an integral part of training. Practitioners walk around the edge of the circle in various low stances, facing the center, and periodically change direction as they execute forms.[8] For a beginner the circle is six to twelve feet in diameter. Students first learn flexibility and proper body alignment through the basic exercises, then move on to more complex forms and internal power mechanics. Although the internal aspects of Baguazhang are similar to those of Xingyiquan and Taijiquan, they are distinct in nature.

Sifu Mayberry has trained in Tai Chi under Sifu Andy Dale and Sifu Patrick Lee

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Kali / Arnis / Escrima Techniques

The Bak Fu (White Tiger) system includes components of multiple Philippine styles: Dekiti Tirsia Siradas, Doce Pares, Cabales Serradas and Modern Arnis.

Below is the Kali Arnis Escrima style direct lineage (click for more details):

Filipino martial arts (FMA) integrates a “system-of-systems” approach to combat readiness. Filipinos have made significant sacrifices to develop their arts. Throughout the ages multi-cultural, multi-national invaders of the Philippines imposed new dynamics for human conflict and combat. FMA, the “system-of-systems” transformed itself as a direct result of an appreciation of their ever changing environment and circumstance. The Filipinos' intrinsic need for self-preservation was the evolutionary genesis of these analogous systems. They learned often out of necessity how to prioritize, allocate and utilize common resources in combative situations. Filipinos have been heavily influenced by the phenomenon of cultural and language mixture. The multitude of languages spoken in the 7,107 islands have not only diverged into dialects, but they have been constantly mixing with one another on all levels: vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and usage (see Languages of the Philippines). As a result, Filipino martial arts and its homogeneous systems comprise a vocabulary of heterogeneous terms. Change is the norm. Some of the specific mechanisms responsible for cultural and martial change extend from phenomena such as war, political systems, social systems, technology and trade. For over three hundred years the Spanish had control over much of the Philippines. The Spanish regime often enforced royal laws and decrees limiting and prohibiting weapons use by the indigenous people. These restrictions of use were partly responsible for secretive and underground nature of FMA. Spaniards often employed Filipino warriors known as eskrimadors for various battles and wars. The Filipinos' battle-tested tactics proved strategically effective from angle of old world weaponry and hand to hand conflict. Highly skilled Filipino martial artists are often characterized by a state of "flow" that is decisively responsive, deployable, agile, versatile, lethal, survivable, and sustainable. In 1972, the Philippine government included Filipino martial arts into the "Palarong Pambansa" or National Sports arena. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports also included it as part of the physical education curriculum for high school and college students. Knowledge of the Filipino martial arts is mandatory in the Philippine military and police. Today, the traditional Filipino martial systems continue to grow, new ones emerge, and new transitional FMA stylists continue to arrive on the martial arts scene.

The three major branches of Filipino martial arts are "Arnis" typically from the northern Luzon regions, "Escrima" or "Eskrima" from the central Visayas regions, and "Kali" from the southern Mindanao regions. Within these branches dwell a long line of masters, families, systems and history. Most Filipino systems will associate with one of these terms and their respective Regions of the Philippines.

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Dekiti Tirsia Siradas

This syle, headed by Grandmaster Jerson "Nene" Tortal, focuses on blade work with an emphasis on footwork.

The DTS name came from three words from the Illongo dialect:

  1. Dekiti - Translated into the Tagalog dialect is "Malapit" or "Dekit". In English, it means very close or near. The system emphasizes close quarter fighting where the practitioner corners the opponent to close in and devastate him.
  2. Tirsia - mean "gua a wala" or "sa tuo" or quartering in fighting, "pasulod". It means to push the enemy to a corner or area with three-cornered side preventing him from escape or running away from the multiple deadly blows and thrusts.
  3. Siradas - means to stop your opponent from hetting in or out, for the oppoent to not be able to penetrate in any any angle of attack.

Guro Mayberry is the West Coast director for DTS in America. Guro Mayberry, and several of his instructors, have trained personally under Grandmaster Tortal.

The Dekiti-Tirsia Siradas System is an ancient Filipino combat and survival system indigenous to the island of Negros in the Visayan Region of the Philippines. This fighting art is very combative with emphasis on impact and bladed weapons as well as empty hand techniques and even firearms. It has been proven effective many times in actual combat. The name of the system consists three words from the Ilonggo dialect. Dekiti translated into the Tagalog dialect is “Malapit” of “Dekit”. In English it means very close or near. Its emphasis is on close quarter fighting in which you corner the opponent in an area, to close and devastate him. Tirsia means “gua sa wala” or “sa tuo” or quartering in fighting, “pasulod”. It means to push the enemy to a corner or an area with a three-corner side preventing him from escaping or running away from multiple deadly blows and thrusts. Siradas means to stop your opponent from getting in or out, for the opponent not to be able to penetrate in any angle of attack.

Dekiti-Tirsia Siradas is the family combat and survival system of the Tortal Clan. Its founder Matahari Tuhon Balbino Tortal learned kali from his father Segundito Tortal and grandfather Norberto Tortal. It was created from the combined expertise of the Tortal brothers, Conrado, Balbino and Francisco It was passed on to them by their father Segundito Tortal and grandfather Norberto Tortal. Conrado Tortal was assigned as Chief of Police of Victorias, Negros Occidental, Philippines during the Commonwealth Period. Victorias was a sugar plantation town and there were very frequent skirmishes among the Sacadas (sugarcane workers). Using their Espading (a straight, very sharp,medium length, flat and thin blade used to cut sugarcane), they would attack rival Sacadas and even the police. Being in charge of peace keeping, Conrado Tortal frequently relied on Kali to protect lives.

Don Gregorio Araneta from Bago City, Negros Occidental invited the famous and the number one bastonero from Panay Island, Tansiong Padilla of Iloilo to a match againstbrot Conrado Tortal, elder her of Balbino Tortal. The match was held publicly during the fiesta of Bago City. The rule was to have both fighters stand on coconut shells and their weapons (stick and dagger) covered with charcoal dust. Anyone marked or stained with charcoal on their shirt will lose. But Conrado was an expert in close quarter knife fighting. He threw an unconventional daga or dagger method of attack that shocked his opponent. Padilla froze for a couple of seconds giving Conrado an opportunity to penetrate. Conrado successfully penetrated the opponent’s defense causing Padilla to lose the match.

Balbino Tortal, younger brother of Conrado Tortal and father of Grand Tuhon Jerson Tortal Sr, was a member of the National Volunteer Citizens Army. Before the dark clouds of World War II loomed over the Far East, Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon, proclaimed the National Volunteer Citizens Army as a response to the growing threat of invasion by the Japanese Imperial Army. One very important and significant event took place at the closing of World War II. When Balbino Tortal and his family move to the town of Talisay, Negros Occidental, they encountered a group of Japanese soldiers.

The family stopped then the soldiers took Balbino away. But his son Jerson Sr. still accompanied him.The Japanese officer ordered Balbino to be killed. A soldier thrust his bayonet but Balbino side stepped and evaded it. The officer drew his katana (Samuria Sword) and attacked but Balbino disarmed him and used the katana to attack him and rest the soldiers killing many of them. Unfortunately during the fight Balbino Tortal was trapped among coconut trunks and then shot. Jerson was also attacked but fortunately slid down a deep ravine where the soldiers could not find him.

The rest of the family escaped to safety because of the heroism of Balbino Tortal. Grandmaster Jerson Tortal Sr. was born on June 13, 1937. Fondly called “Nene ” (Nene was the common nickname for a little girl in the Philippines) because of his small stature, “Nene” Tortal was determined to becoming one of the legendary grandmasters of Kali. He started his training early at the tender age of seven by his father Balbino Tortal and later by his uncles Conrado and Francisco. Even as a child, Jerson Tortal Sr. fought courageously for his country. During World War II, he accompanied his father, Balbino Tortal, a guerrilla fighter to the many meetings of the Crusader Army, an underground resistance movement against the Japanese Imperial Army on Negros Island. Being a small child, the Japanese did not suspect Jerson performed intelligence for the Crusader Army. He played near the Japanese garrison and befriended them by exchanging wild tomatoes for sugar, all the while gathering information for the underground resistance. “Nene” Tortal stood by his father to the last minute as they fought the Japanese.

 


SGM Nene Tortal


SGM Nene Tortal & Guru Mitch


Demonstration in Philippines


Training in Philippines

Doce Pares

In the late 1920s, Eskrima attained a high level of popularity in Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines. In 1932, the most renowned eskrimadors, mainly from Cebu, founded Doce Pares as a society to promote the only original native martial art of the Philippines. The name Doce Pares is Spanish meaning "Twelve Pairs".

This style, currently headed by Grandmaster Cacoy Canete (based in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippine Islands), focuses on stick work and aggressive fighting techniques.

Guru Mayberry, and several of his instructors, have personally trained under Grandmaster Canete.

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SGM Cacoy Canete SGMs Cacoy Canete &
Nene Tortal &
Guru Mitch

Cabales Serradas

Cabales Serrada Escrima is a system of Eskrima, a form of Filipino martial arts.

This fighting technique was introduced in Stockton, California, United States in 1966. Serrada Eskrima utilizes the art of stickfighting as well as Espada y Daga techniques. Serrada eskrima is usually practiced at close (also known as corto) range. The word Serrada means "to close" in Spanish, and Escrima or Eskrima means to skirmish.

The Filipino founding father of Cabales Serrada Escrima was Angel Cabales (1917-1991). He was a disciple of Felisimo Dizon. While the mysteries of Filipino stickfighting were still shrouded in secrecy in the remote South Pacific archipelagos, Angel Cabales emigrated east to the United States. Here he introduced his unique brand of self-defense, and became known as the "Father of Serrada Escrima in America".

In essence, the Cabales Serrada System of Escrima was designed as a form of personal defense, as well as a form of critical thinking. Within the past several decades countless martial artists worldwide have had the rare opportunity to train and to discover the skills, wisdom and close-range, stick and knife empty-hand strategies of Cabales Serrada Escrima.

Sifu Mayberry trained under Grandmaster Cabales first Master level student outside the Family -- Guro J.C. Cabiero achieving Instructor Level and established the International Bak Fu Serrada Escrima Association.

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Angel Cabales

Modern Arnis

Modern Arnis is the system of Filipino martial arts founded by the late Remy Presas as a self-defense system. His goal was to create an injury-free training method as well as an effective self-defense system in order to preserve the older Arnis systems. The term Modern Arnis was also used by Remy Presas' younger brother Ernesto Presas to describe his style of Filipino martial arts; since 1999 Ernesto Presas has called his system Kombatan. It is derived principally from the traditional Presas family style of the Bolo (machete) and the stick-dueling art of Balintawak, with influences from other Filipino and Japanese martial arts.

Sifu Mayberry started Arnis training in 1987 in the Modern Arnis style under Remy Presas.

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Remy Presas


Selected Certificates

The following represents some of the many certificates Sifu Mayberry has received in the above styles:

Okinawan and Japanese Styles
Korean Styles
Philippine Styles
Chinese Styles


Greek Styles