5x5x5 blade system

We start off learning the 5 basic angles using normal grip slashing, then we progress to doing the same with a reverse grip. After competency we do a full sequence slashing normal and reverse grip both hands. We then introduce stabbing and eventually this is all combined in a slashing / stabbing drill so that with familiarity, you have lots of options. We work sensitivity using Higot Hubud and Tapi Tapi drills.

We then start to look at the defence part of the system as we now have an understanding of angles and flow, we can easily adapt the empty hand techniques. Disarms, locks, feed backs and chokes are then introduced keeping it to the simple 5 techniques we use as our model throughout the system.

Free sparring is encouraged but really it is better to do themed type sparring to prepare for multiple opponents or long range weapons.

Anyone interested in learning this system contact me and I will put you in touch with the people teaching in the UK.

Sayoc Kali

I was very lucky to be asked by Krishna to the first Sayoc Kali seminar in the UK. All the Tuhons from Sayoc Kali were in attendance including the newly promoted Ray Dionaldo.

We covered the 3 of 9 template and added a lot of other stuff including breaking down the techniques and covering damage limitation when fighting against another knife. All the Tuhons were good but the highlight for me was Ray Dionaldo demonstrating the Kerambit and Tuhon Felix Cortes who did double extendable batons. I got on really well with Tuhon Felix and he said I had very fast hands for a big guy. I attended the seminar with a few of my warriors guys and we got a lot out of the seminar.

The second Sayoc seminar I attended was with Tuhon Tom Kier, his speed and power are awesome to behold and for a big guy he moves really well it was a real privilege to be given access to this level of instruction, overall I enjoyed the seminars and practicing the Sayoc Kali system but for me I wanted to work with Felix Cortes more but it was Tuhon Tom Kier who was to visit the UK more and teach the seminars.

5x5x5 Basic overview

The idea behind this system is simplicity so we only have five basic strikes and blocks, the footwork is with strong hand and leg forward and full stepping or following stepping can be used depending on what weapon and opponent you are facing.

To supplement the striking and blocking we have some drills with Higot Hubud at the heart of them as this drill teaches listening skills with coordination and also it can be utilised at medium and close range using a sword/stick or knife and empty hands. Disarms, locks, chokes etc can also be drilled in a controlled manner as can trips and sweeps  as well as takedowns.

The knife is taught as a defensive weapon only at first and is mainly utilised in drill and technique format until competency is reached then it can be sparred in a controlled way utilising themes to enhance the skills and understanding.

Unlike most other FMA we teach empty hand and knife skills first then the stick/sword later as this is more practical for a martial arst based in the UK, if in Thailand I would also teach firearms and more live blade training along with environment awareness.