Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Modern Arnis isn't Normal Modern Arnis pt 2

Our Modern Arnis

Last week in a previous blog entitled “My Modern Arnis isn’t Normal Modern Arnis”  I described why I called what I teach Presas Arnis, my influences, and how I went back to calling what I teach Modern Arnis.  This week I thought I would explain how our Modern Arnis is different than “normal Modern Arnis”.

First off I believe I still teach with the spirit behind Modern Arnis, a spirit of innovation, a spirit of creativity, to translate the motion of techniques, and with a spirit that teaches the student to make the connection between techniques.  All of which the Professor (GM Remy) demonstrated at his seminars and through out his DVDs etc. etc.

However I’m not a purest, nor a preservationist in regards to only teaching what Remy taught.   Even though I have hundreds of pages of detailed notes out lining what he taught, in what order, at what seminar etc. etc., I don’t teach in the same format as GM Remy taught me.  I can’t.

Instead we (my assistant instructors and I) teach a curriculum that is a blended curriculum of the Modern Arnis of GM Remy and Kombatan Arnis created by  GM Ernesto Presas, along with various drills and a teaching methodology inspired by Hock Hochheim.  I teach with the goal of primarily teaching  a method of self defense first and stick fighting a distant second through a martial art. 

Gm Ernesto Presas instructing a student  on response #2
Here at Hidden Sword Martial Arts one of the big differences in our Modern Arnis program is the heavier influence of double stick techniques and instruction.  One of the core set of techniques is the four defensive responses; this material comes from GM Ernesto's and Hock's influence, however we teach this material much earlier in our curriculum than in Kombatan's.  The four defensive responses are then translated to empty hand techniques as well as self defense techniques.  Another difference is the amount of double stick flow drills or Sinawalis, that are taught.  In many Modern Arnis schools there are generally 3-4 Sinawali’s taught and in our Modern Arnis curriculum we have chosen to teach several more.  We use the Sinawalis to teach different concepts like the double double, the abaniko (or gunting), reverse principle, etc. etc. and much of this material comes from the Kombatan and Guro Inosanto's influences.

GM Remy demonstrating stick locking techniques with Jeff  Delaney

For the single stick the body of material is largely from GM Remy’s Modern Arnis.  Although in addition to Remy's material, we do incorporate the Dos Manos drills from Hock, disarming concepts and techniques from both Datu Dieter and SM Dan Anderson, angling and body shifting skills and drills from SM Dan Anderson, and Policing or releasing techniques from Kombatan.

Our single stick and empty hand flow drills come from several different sources mainly Remy, Guro Dan Inosanto, and Hock.  In our advanced ranks we start teaching various Hubud, Sumbrada (Remy’s six count drill), and the Tapi Tapi drill series.  Where we differ is when we combine the drills together and flow from one to the next.  So you might start out in long range with single sinawali (with one stick) break in and go into Sumbrada then into Hubud then into Tapi Tapi with the right hand, back into Hubud then into Tapi with the left hand etc. etc. 

Next week I will continue this with describing how our empty hand, espada y daga, and knife material is different as well.

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