Last weekend, Maryland JKD took part in a Kali-Silat seminar led by Kuya Doug Marcaida, hosted by Alan and Anthony Sanidad of TryUmph Martial Arts of Gambrills. The one-day seminar covered aspects of the Brotherhood of the Blade's empty-hand Kali-Silat curriculum in the morning, and introduced how using the Karambit can influence those techniques in the afternoon.
Despite focusing on empty hand, the seminar started with doble baston Sinawali, as Sinawali is the hallmark and the core of the Brotherhood of the Blade. After the attendees were familiarized with the basics of the Brotherhood's version of Sinawali, they progressed into applying its motions in an empty hand form, using the weaving techniques to deal with a variety of empty hand attacks and transitioning into countering techniques. Sije Wendy enjoyed this as it blended with her previous Silat experience.
You can check out Sifu JB getting his throat slit at the 3:10 mark.
The seminar concluded with Kuya Doug demonstrating how the same techniques and concepts could be applied with the tomahawk. A particular highlight was when Kuya Doug used Sifu JB as his demonstration dummy and smacked him around several times with the flat side of an aluminum karambit trainer, and then proceeded to lead the seminar attendees in singing "Happy Birthday", as it was Sifu JB's birthday that day.
The second day of the seminar was a private opportunity for Brotherhood instructors to earn their certification in the Brotherhood of the Blade's Solo Baston curriculum. Sifu JB and Sije Wendy both took part. The certification included natural footwork, striking drills, and hubud. They have been integrating the Brotherhood concepts and teachings into the Kali curriculum at Maryland Jeet Kune Do over the past years, and proud to now offer classes in Brotherhood of the Blade Kali. Along with TryUmph Martial Arts of Gambrills, Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy is the only source for Brotherhood of the Blade Kali in Maryland.
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