Bahala Na! The Battle Cry of the Giron System of Filipino Martial Arts

Bahala Na was the battle cry of the late Grandmaster Leo Giron as the 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiment of the US Army engaged Japanese soldiers during WWII. Founded upon his return from the battlefield, the Giron Arnis Escrima system is comprised of 20 styles incorporating sword (bolo), stick, knife and empty hand techniques. These different […]

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Fiore’s Furious Five: an Introduction to Abrazare

Abrazare is the foundation of Fiore’s art. Everything that comes after – from dagger, to longsword, to the poleaxe – all have their foundations in Abrazare. In this workshop we will look at the basic guards and footwork used in Fiore’s system and explore the first five plays of Abrazare. We will look at how […]

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Positioning to Expand or Reduce Offensive & Defensive Options

This workshop will be taking a close look at optimizing offensive options and engagements by manipulating not just range, but body position relative to opponent. You will also learn how to Minimize your opponent’s offensive options (and therefore the defensive decisions you have to make) based on range, angles and body position using the defensive […]

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Raising the Barre: Ballet Cross-Training for Swordfighters

Ballet requires strength, flexibility, and an iron-hard core — and yet the art of ballet makes extreme athleticism appear effortless. Learn how ballet training can help you move your feet with grace and precision, make your lunges deeper and more powerful, stabilize your core for wrestling, and prevent shoulder fatigue while swinging a sword. This […]

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Double Sword of Ancient Siam (Krabi Krabong)

Born of open-field combat from a period when Siam (Thailand) was routinely at war with Burma during the 16th to 19th centuries, Krabi Krabong is a traditional weapon art still practiced in Thailand. It features various weapons such as single and double sword, sword and shield, forearm shields/clubs, spear, staff, halberd, and sabre. Its brutal […]

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