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Pride Martial Arts in Edmond, OK - What We Teach - Filipino Kali

Filipino Kali

The arts of the Philippine islands are as ancient as the people themselves. Tracing back to other countries and other cultures these people brought with them the survival skills necessary to create a new land and a new culture. These people, seafarers, traveled from places like India, China, Burma, Indonesia, and the Malay Peninsula. Each bringing blades and fighting methods indigenous to their own region.

After hundreds of years of inter-tribal conflict and warfare they had created martial arts systems to fit the terrain and environment. Had adapted the systems to be more effective against multiple opponents and developed personal and tribal preferences. These preferences are what developed into individual styles or systems.

Battling invaders ranging from Magellan, the famed explorer, to Japanese troops during WWII, these arts are as combat tested as possible. Those systems that failed to be effective died with the practitioner. Those that were useful were taught to the next generation of warriors.

After WWII many Filipinos and American Filipinos returned to the U.S. Upon their return they were reluctant to continue the spread of the arts to the next generation, as most veterans are. However, due to the curiosity of the next generation and their sincere desire to learn the arts of their history, the arts began to once again be passed down. These battle-hardened veterans began to teach these arts to hungry young students eager to spread the rich history, culture and effectiveness to the rest of the world.

Our Instructor, Guro Dan Inosanto, was one of the leading practioners of the Filipino martial arts. Having learned from Masters and veterans of the arts such as Grandmaster Leo Giron, Master John LaCoste, Master Illustrisimo, Master Cabales and Master Floro Villabrille. Along with many others. These men had tested the usefulness of their arts is combat and found them to be effective.

Today, Guro Dan Inosanto still teaches and trains the arts he has learned. Spreading the history, culture and effectiveness to those who have the hunger and discipline to learn them. We are proud to teach the LaCoste-Inosanto method of Kali-Silat at Pride Mixed Martial Arts.

Pride Martial Arts in Edmond, OK - What We Teach - Filipino Kali

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Our staff at Pride Mixed Martial Arts are certified, professional instructors trained in modern teaching methodologies and maintain a rigorous continuing education program.

Our curriculum focuses heavily on character development. Your children will benefit from the discipline and learn the value of hard work, respect for others and self-respect. You will see your child transform into the leader you always knew they could be – one class at a time – right before your eyes!

Pride Martial Arts in Edmond, OK - What We Teach - Filipino Kali
Pride Martial Arts in Edmond, OK - What We Teach - Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai or “the art of eight limbs” is the National Sport of Thailand. It’s rich heritage is a proud point of interest to the Thai people. The mother art of Thai Boxing is Krabi Krabong, which is a weapons system using single sword, double sword, sword and shield and staff.

Thai boxing as a sport is considered the “world’s most brutal sport” with the use of boxing, kicks to the legs, body and head, knees to the whole body and elbows, it is a quite effective and devastating system.

The training methods of Muay Thai are some of the most effective methods in the world. The use of “Thai Pads” and focus mitts allow the fighter to develop power, focus, distance and correct defensive movements.

In Thai Boxing speed and power are generated with proper form and body mechanics and are drilled over and over again until reflexive. With a focus on impact training on a variety of training tools and interaction with coaches and training partners the Thai Boxer is equipped to fight at most ranges with an intensity most people have never experienced.

Pride Martial Arts in Edmond,OK - What We Teach - Indonesian Silat

Indonesian Silat

These days Pentjak Silat or Penchak Silat generally refer to martial arts systems of Indonesia. There are literally hundreds of systems in Indonesia but we will focus our topic to the ones that we deal with in our Academy.

Pentjak Silat, like Kali of the Philippines, is a weapons based system. With emphasis on the golok (sword) or knife (various types) the martial arts system were geared strictly for fighting. Character development and physical fitness were mere by-products to training. Self defense was the number one goal.

As with many cultures different styles developed due to terrain, weapon variations and personal preference. These styles became known by region or village. For instance the Cimande style of Silat is named after the Cimande village. This system, closely guarded, was taught to the members of this village and no one else. If you studied one system you would not study another. Others systems were named after animals such as Harimau, named after the tiger, a very powerful symbol in Indonesia.

We received our Silat training from three sources. Guro Dan Inosanto, one of the worlds leading authorities on the subject, the late Pendekar Herman Suwanda who brought Mande Muda Pentjak Silat to the U.S. and the late Guro Terry H. Gibson, one of the top Maphilindo instructors under Guro Inosanto.

Guro Inosanto, who is recognized as a Master Instructor in several systems of Pentjak Silat, passes on the information and training methods to us so that we may carry on the systems. His blend system, Maphilindo Silat is created to blend the arts from Malaysia (Ma), Philippines (phil), and Indonesia (indo). Containing elements from various Silat systems allows the student to flow freely from system to system, range to range without effort.

Pendekar Herman Suwanda, the late Head of the system, brought to us the beauty and deadly effectiveness of Indonesian Pentjak Silat. His fluid motion and incredible level of skill awed beginners and advanced practioners alike. His system is carried on in the U.S. by dedicated instructors who will continue to increase the Mande Muda legacy and his family in Indonesia who now lead the family system into the future.

Guro Terry Gibson, was a pioneer in the Maphilindo system. His dedication to Guro Inosanto’s teaching and the Maphilindo system help spread the art all over the world. As a popular seminar instructor he introduced people to Silat for the first time. His tape series continues to increase the general population’s knowledge on the subject and is available through Gibson’s Martial Arts.

The actual systems of Indonesia were developed hundreds of years ago but the systems were battle tested during Indonesia’s fight for independence from the Dutch. During that time Half-Indonesians Half-Dutch were put into Prison camps were the systems were put to the test. Using the arts to save their lives, many traveled to the U.S. and begin new lives, eventually teaching and spreading the arts here.

Other systems were on the other side of the battle. Indonesian freedom fighters armed with swords and daggers attacked enemy ships, fighting opponents armed with firearms and overwhelming numbers. Pendakar Suwanda’s father was one such freedom fighter. A local hero, he earned an impressive reputation for his exploits during the revolution. His son Herman Suwanda carried on the tradition of effectiveness and skill, earning his own reputation among the various masters of Indonesia. These men where true Warriors and they will be sorely missed.

Pride Martial Arts in Edmond,OK - What We Teach - Indonesian Silat
Pride Martial Arts Sayoc Kali, Edmond Ok

Sayoc Kali

Sayoc Kali is an edged weapon based style of Filipino Martial Arts. It is a family system, headed by Christopher Sayoc, Sr.. The motto of the style is, “All Blade, All the Time”.

The Sayoc family lineage links back to General Licerio Topacio, of Cavite. General Topacio was the military engineer of the Katipunan secret society. Known to be amongst the first Katipunan members to urge Supremo Andres Bonifacio to wage a revolution against Spain. [1]

Sayoc Kali is taught as part of the more general Sayoc Fighting System, which includes sword, stick, tomahawk, karambit and whip. Sayoc Kali emphasizes the use of the blade. It includes techniques for single knife, multiple knives, projectiles, and secondary support to firearms. Empty hand training is under the Sayoc Silak curriculum.

Sayoc Kali presents itself as an evolving system. The Sayoc family hosted a number of Filipino Martial Arts masters who travelled to the east coast of the United States during the 1970s and learned Filipino Martial Arts from them. Interaction and training from these Filipino Martial Arts masters gave the Sayoc family the idea of creating Sayoc Kali.

Guro Dan Inosanto calls Sayoc Kali, “A highly evolved Filipino Martial Art”.

Sayoc Tactical Group is Sayoc Kali’s military and law enforcement division.

Sayoc Combat Choreography represents Sayoc Kali’s entertainment and film division. SCC has choreographed fight scenes for films such as The Hunted and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Sayoc Silak is the non-edged weapon curriculum.

Sayoc Kali is headed by Christopher Sayoc, Sr. His father, former corrections officer and head of the Sayoc system Baltazar “Bo” Sayoc, retired from full time martial arts teaching in the late 90’s. Tatang Bo Sayoc died on January 2007. Master Level Sayoc instructors with over twenty years experience respectively are Rafael Kayanan, Ricardo Kayanan , Thomas Kier, and Harley Elmore.

Many Sayoc instructors also have respective systems of their own encompassing a wide range of influences, disciplines and arts.

Pride Martial Arts in Edmond, OK - What We Teach - Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu

The word “jiu jitsu” derives from the Japanese “Jū” meaning “gentle” and “Jutsu” meaning “art”; essentially, jiu jitsu is the “gentle art”.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a predominantly ground-based martial art, using the principals of leverage, angles, pressure and timing, as well as knowledge of the human anatomy, in order to achieve a non-violent submission of one’s opponent. Unlike other martial arts that focus on strikes and/or kicks, jiu jitsu focuses on close-contact “grappling” holds and techniques, and the application of chokes and joint-manipulations.

The Brazilian style of jiu jitsu resulted from the import of Japanese jiu jitsu and judo to the South American continent in the early 1900s, and its transformation into a new martial art style by a core group of Brazilian pioneers.

Before it arrived to the shores of Brazil, however, the origins of jiu jitsu are believed to go back thousands of years. There are several theories concerning its very first beginnings, but many agree that it can at least be traced back 4,000 years ago, to Buddhist monks in India, who needed to protect themselves during their travels without inflicting harm on their attackers. It then spread to feudal Japan, where it developed into an effective hand-to-hand combat during war, before transitioning to become more of an art form and a competitive activity. Some even argue for much older origins than India, dating back to the earliest forms of “grappling”, which are immortalized on the walls of ancient Greek and Egyptian ruins.

Then in 1915, a world famous Japanese judoka, Mitsuyo Maeda, arrived to Brazil, where he soon began teaching and giving demonstrations in jiu jitsu and judo, which at the time were not seen as separate disciplines. Three of Maeda’s first students went on to become the founders of what is known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: brothers Carlos and Helio Gracie, and Luiz França. Each of these early pioneers contributed to the development of what is today known as Brazilian jiu jitsu, by maximizing the effectiveness of existing techniques, creating new ones, and giving rise to a distinct martial art.

It wasn’t long before the Brazilian style of jiu jitsu started to spread to other countries and continents. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu arrived to the United States in the early 1970s, but grew relatively slowly until the 1990s, when the UFC brought mixed martial arts – and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – to the mainstream public.

Pride Martial Arts in Edmond, OK - What We Teach - Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Pride Mixed Martial Arts, Edmond, Oklahoma

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