about Escrima

Escrima stands for a systematic which exceeds the practical application of martial arts by far. Escrima (like WingTsun as well – the counterpart from the China) is a holistic process, which teaches the Escrima practicioner through intense physical and mental training how to primarily control the incoming attacking energy and further – if necessary – by „borrowing“ the same – the attacked parts of the body „are being charged“ by the physical contact of the attack and render, without any loss and without any action from ourself, the energy back to the opponent with its whole impact. Everything follows a so-called ‚leitmotif‘ – the principle of zoning or covering!

Self-defense with weapons to strike or to stab is as old as human civilization. Long before the first metals were processed, man used sticks, clubs or large bones as striking weapons. This ability enhanced the combative power in multiples at once, in order to neutralize the attacker’s advantages and putting him literally on the same eye level. First with the invention of firearms this progress came more or less to a halt. In the present European societies self-defense with weapon objetcs received a new importance, because by using a weapon object the disadvantages of physical power or mass are easily balanced out, the same however underlies strict legal rules.

By adopting the Escrima strategy of zoning/covering, all parts of the body with maximum reach are intelligently arranged in front of the own body (the target zone of an incoming attack), so that the data processing becomes literally ‚enforced‘ by physical weapon contact – the data processing via the tactile recognition (surface sensitivity through touch and pressure) happens in a timely ratio of 1:1 and without any loss of quality! (Each touch of a hot oven plate with the bare hand and the subsequent unstoppable and instinctive action of pulling the hand away is a realistic testimonial of this phenomenon.)

Through training with contact with weapon objects (e.g. padded sticks or rattan sticks) in Escrima, old risk-based ‚behaviourial patterns‘ are being restructured into new ‚behaviourial strategies‘, which are integrated and embedded into superior fighting principles. These fighting principles have as a basic feature control – control means continous advantageous adapting to the momentarily situation in order to keep the risk factor at zero.

An incredible enhancement of the individual motion and awareness potential, enhanced mental and physical flexibility, etc. are further features and tangible gains of the Escrima training on the way to encompassing fitness and wellness, that offers as a byproduct effective security – although the teaching approach starts on this aspect. According to the asian experience philosophies of learning intellectually through practical working experience – or better known: the way is the objective!

For already experienced practitioners of various combative disciplines, Escrima offers enough aspects and concrete enhancements features for efficiency improvements of the respective combat style or competition preparation – logic is not bound to any rules, and is thus universally applicable – platform independant! However, logic is broken by every artificially human made system of rules. To what extent the practitioner wants to apply the logic remains an individual decision.

The always recurring fact, that it is often not possible to leave a situation, or that a violant person has already ignored all boundaries being built up by techniques of de-escalation, is supposed to make aware, that a training of violance prevention should not only be based on techniques of verbal de-escalation – a training ratio should be 80 percent physical to 20 percent mental. The logical fact for this is, that the body conducts uncontrollable and unchangeable reflex actions, once we arrive in a stage of panic. Hence it is much more demanding to bring the body towards a controlled behaviour into compliance with verbal de-escalation in order to reach multi-level security. Training in verbal and behaviourial techniques for de-escalation are considerably more easy to learn on their own.

Hereby to remember: every fight avoided is a fight won – given that the potential violent person makes this happen from his side too!

IS ESCRIMA SOMETHING NEW?

Yes and no – Escrima means innovation of the individual possibilities and abilities through constant work. Although coming from the past, it is more contemporary then ever, because logic does not know any ages! Escrima has, however, a history of approximately 500 years.

The Escrima teaching methodolgy adopted is the one after Grand Master René Latosa (USA). The in over 30 years accumulated know-how is taught on highest international skill levels.

Let logic and not assumption be your maxim!

The admittance of new beginners is systematically conducted in two stages:

1. the practical basic introduction
2. the subsequent trial class

The practical basic introduction is the requirement for getting in touch with strategic-logic approach and getting in touch of the own body in regards to this universal strategy. The subsequent trial class aims at the perception of totally different factors, like getting to know the membership, group and training dynamics, the instructorship, etc..

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