Filipino Weapons/Jeet Kune Do Concepts

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MAMA’s FMA and JKD programs (Phase Class) are taught under the guidance of Sifu Marc McFann.  Sifu Marc is an internationally recognized expert with more than 40 years of martial arts experience.   His system, Unified Fighting Arts, stresses competancy in 7 ranges of combat: throwing weapons, hand held weapons, kicking, punching, trapping, standing grappling and ground grappling.  He is a Certified Full Instructor in Filipino and Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto.   He is also an instructor in Thai Boxing under Ajarn Chai Sirusute, in Mande Muda Silate under Pendekar Herman Suwanda and a full instructor under Sifu Larry Hartsell in JKD grappling.   Marc has unified_fighting_arts_logostudied several martial arts and holds a 4th degree black belt in Okinawan Kempo, a 2nd degree black belt in Judo and a 1st degree black belt in Hapkido.  Marc teaches seminars throughout the U.S. and Europe and has produced a series of highly acclaimed videos/DVD’s on grappling, ground fighting, trapping, and Kali.  He retired from the U.S. armed forces and has studied, taught, and competed all over the world.  He is now the owner and chief instructor of McFann’s Academy of Martial Arts.

Sifu Aaron is a Full Instructor under Sifu Marc within the UFA system.

Our Phase Class is perfect for someone looking to develop a well-rounded experience in martial arts.  Perhaps the epitome of the Jeet Kune Do philosophy, our Phase Class takes aspects of various arts and blends them into a single system placing focus on concept and attributes vice specific technique with the aim to create a combative system unique to each student’s abilities.  Students learn a generic  form of the Filipino stick & knife arts manipulating both single and double stick as well as the knife and staff. Self-Defense, ground fighting, Jun Fan Gung Gu, and hand-to-hand/close quarter combat are covered also.

Jeet Kune Do is a hybrid martial arts system and life philosophy founded by martial artist Bruce Lee with direct, non classical and straightforward movements. Due to the way his style works they believe in minimal movement with maximum effect and extreme speed. The system works on the use of different ‘tools’ for different situations. These situations are broken down into ranges (Kicking, Punching, Trapping and Grappling), with techniques flowing smoothly between them. It is referred to as a “style without style”.

Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the concept of interception, or attacking your opponent while he is about to attack.  However, the name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Bruce Lee to be just a name.  He himself often referred to it as “The art of expressing the human body” in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies Bruce came to believe that styles had become too rigid, and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day “Dry land swimming”. He believed that combat was spontaneous, and that a martial artist cannot predict it, only react to it, and that a good martial artist should “Be like water” and move fluidly without hesitation.

Eskrima or Escrima refers to a class of Filipino Martial Arts that emphasize stick and sword fighting. The term and the art most probably originates from the Spanish word esgrima which is the term for fencing.  Other related terms which have entered into common usage include “Kali” and “Arnis de Máno” (“harness of the hand”). Occasionally, the abbreviation “FMA” (“Filipino Martial Arts”) is used. Eskrima and Arnis are among the many names often used in the Philippines today to refer to these arts.

The teaching of the basic skills in FMA are traditionally simplified. With limited time to teach flashy and intricate techniques, only skills that were proven effective in battle and could easily be taught en masse were used. This allowed villagers, generally not professional soldiers, a measure of protection against other villages, as well as foreign invaders. This philosophy of simplicity is still used today and is the underlying base of the FMA. Because of this approach, the FMA are often mistakenly considered to be “simple” fighting arts. However, this refers only to its systematization, not effectiveness. To the contrary, beyond the basic skills lies a very complex structure and a refined skillset that takes years to master.


Aaron Cerrone
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