Would it surprise you to know that Sifu JB, the head instructor at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy, has connections to this episode? While he has no formal training in Pekiti Tirsia Kali, one of the systems featured in this episode of Fight Quest, Sifu JB Jaeger has had the opportunity to train in close quarters edged weapons techniques with one of the instructors featured in this episodes, Tuhon Romel Tortal. Further, the Kali mentor of the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy, has extensive training in Pekiti Tirsia. Kuya Doug Marcaida, our Kali Mentor, was a student of Tuhon Leo Gaje, one of the Kali instructors featured in this episode of Fight Quest, the head of Pekiti Tirsia Kali. In this episode, Doug Anderson undergoes a pseuodo-shamanic ritual to begin his Kali training that involves the ritual sacrifice of a chicken. When Sifu JB asked to Kuya Doug for permission to join the Brotherhood of the Blade, Kuya Doug humorously asked for a bucked of fried chicken. So Sifu JB brought him a bucket of Baltimore-style Royal Farms fried chicken!
Now, the type of training you see in this episode is not the type of training you will receive at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy. Yes, we do strive to give you an understanding of the basic essential of stick, knife, and empty hand combat. However, learning how to hit stream water with a stick is not likely to help a young female college student learn how to fend off an aggressor at a party. What we can promise you is that we will take you to the level of preparedness that Jimmy Smith had when facing his opponent,
That level of preparedness is why we know we can count on our Kali training when it counts. Yes, it seems crazy, but how would you rather face an attacker? With your barehands? Or knowing that anything you put your hands on instantly became a deadly edged or impact weapon by virtue of your training with the Filipino art of Kali at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, Maryland?
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