…..Wow…. Two day’s of non stop action and training. That my friends was a really great weekend! People came from Illinois, Chicago and yes from Canada. We started off Friday night with the Grand Tuhon’s Dekiti Tirsia Siradas seminar. Within a few minutes we were all sweating as Nene Tortal lead us through his families numbering system with their fantastic footwork. After awhile we moved into applications and were also treated to multiple demonstrations by the Grand Tuhon as he demonstrated on his partner John Bednarski. Lots of practical bladed techniques and empty hand versus a blade were shown. Plus even some one handed variations as well as how to defend yourself when you are tied up. That last one was a real treat! We had excellent attendance and I know that everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. 🙂
Here are some photos from Friday night’s Dekiti Tirsia Siradas Seminar with Jersen “Nene” Tortal!
Here is a picture of The Grand Tuhon Jersen “Nene” Tortal receiving his Filipino Martial Artist Of The Year Award!
Plus his Bowie Knife and the cowboy hat!
…..”The Gathering” brought together some of Michigan’s top martial artists in conjunction with The Grand Tuhon in an attempt to further promote not only Filipino but all martial arts. We started off the day with Jersen “Nene” Tortal who featured his family system of Dekiti Tirsia Siradas. Everyone enjoyed that and the Grand Tuhon not only had everyone moving well but also made sure that his partner John Bednarski logged some air time as he was thrown here and there. Next up my good friend Rich Parsons a Modern Arnis and Balintawak expert was up and showcased a few techniques from Balintawak that are practical, efficient and devastating. Rich has had the good fortune of being a direct student of Remy Presas the Founder of Modern Arnis and also trained in Flint Michigan with Jim Powers and Jeff Owens. Rich Parsons received his Balintawak training directly from Manung Ted Buot! I personally enjoyed the Balintawak training and I am sure that everyone else did as well. The way Rich teachese people simply come away with something for their training every time. Balintawak is simply a devastating close in fighting stick system. Next up was Brian “Buzz” Smith who is a long, long standing Filipino Martial Arts practitioner who resides in Traverse City. Buzz teaches Maharlika Kuntaw and is the premier exponent of it here in the United States. Buzz dived right in and show cased his systems sibat techniques. When it comes to Sibat no one does it more fluidly or technical than Buzz so it was a real treat to partake in how he approaches and teaches his systems Sibat. Lastly I came up and wanted to show a little different variation of knife work with a direct line application. So we moved into some IRT direct line blade utilizing a shielding principle. I showed how to think like a sprinter and when to move and engage. These things are critical in that it is not enough to know how to do the technique but when to apply it. At the end of the day we had a really great group of people who I believe learned quite a bit and everyone came away with some thing. Even the old timers like the Grand Tuhon, Buzz, Rich or myself learned something that will hopefully stimulate and benefit our training. Thanks everyone for the great time!
Here are some pictures from “the Gathering”
…..The Grand Tuhon’s Seminar and “The Gathering” were a smashing success, a good time and some great training! Thanks go out to all who attended from my IRT brother’s to Shaun Milo from Canada, The Grand Tuhon, Rich Parsons, Buzz Smith, John Bednarski, Bart Uguccioni and all my Dexter Bujinkan Dojo friends. Scott Vogel and Bill from Mt. Pleasant Aikido. I had a really good time training with you all and look forward to doing it again!
Hey and going to the Pub and chatting afterwords was also a real treat! 🙂
See You On The Mats!
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