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Kenpo - Karate - Kobudo - Tae Kwon Do - Kung Fu - Kali/Escrima DTS

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Kali Arnis Escrima Techniques

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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Copyright (c) 2007 Mitch Mayberry The Bak Fu (White Tiger) system includes components of multiple Philippino styles: Dekiti Tirsia Siradas, Doce Pares, Cabales Serradas and Modern Arnis.

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.

For more information, visit the World DTS Federation web site.

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.

For more information, visit the Wikipedia web site.

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.

For more information, visit the Wikipedia web site.

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.

For more information, visit the Wikipedia web site.