Dirty Boxing Seminar!

Hey All! February 25th and 26th I’ll be back in Florida. I’m really excited for those dates for two reasons.

The first reason I’m excited is that I’ll be sharing DIRTY BOXING—Combat Silat style with folks.

The second reason is that we’ll be in two locations. Day one we’ll be in Orlando area, and day two we’re going to move the seminar over to the Tampa Area (the exact locations are on the events). Yup, that’s happening. We’ve never done this before but we’ve had interest in both locations so we really wanted to try and open it up to give both locations an opportunity to get some great training time!

You can sign up for either day, or both days and get a huge price break!

Here’s what you’ll be learning if you make the effort to come out—and I hope you will because this is the first time that I’ll be teaching this material publicly.

EACH DAY
We’re going to explore using Combat Silat within the context of Street Fighting or Dirty Boxing.

Not for sport. Not for play. For being prepared to survive an assault anywhere, anytime.

YOU’LL GET DIRTY:

  1. You’ll get a bunch of Training Drills.
  2. You’ll learn the Signs of Imminent Attack, Environmental Awareness, AND, what to do about it.
  3. You’ll be taking Traditional “Baiting” and Meta-Movements and putting them into direct use.
  4. You’ll be exploring how to take Traditional Evasions and dealing with a close range attacker.
  5. You’ll also learn Combination and Counter Attacks using all your available tools.
  6. You’ll Learn to Survive the Blitz and how to Turn the Tables.
  7. As the day goes on You’ll get “Dirtier and Dirtier” boxing skills.
  8. You’ll learn Shielding Methods, Base Disruptions, and Being Explosive.
  9. You’ll look at Drawing and Baiting methods you can use that keep you moving.
  10. You’ll get into Destroying the Attacks, Takedowns, Multiple Attackers and Being Offensive.
  11. It’s only a one day seminar so our time is limited but if you want to learn even more, than come out to Seffner on Sunday and we’ll pick right up and keep going!

TRAINING METHODOLOGY:
Demonstration, Visualization, Drilling, and Pressure Testing.

RECOMMENDED SAFETY GEAR:
Mouthguard, Shinguards, Hand Protection, Headgear with face, Chest protectors, and groin protection.

OPTIONAL GEAR: Knee and Elbow guards.

COST: (You can pay via PayPal to reserve your spot or risk it at the door.)

CLICK HERE>>> FEB 25th $75 (ORLANDO ONLY

Kimusubi Aikido Orlando Dojo
220 Live Oaks Blvd., Bldg. 2,
Casselberry, FL

CLICK HERE>>> FEB 26th $75 (SEFFNER ONLY)

U.S. Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Center Inc.
905 N Kingsway Rd,
Seffner, Florida 33584

CLICK HERE>>> FEB 25th-26th Only $125 (ORLANDO/SEFFNER)

NOTE:

Safety is always a concern. There will be people at many different levels of ability and people with other skillsets. Care will be taken to make sure the drills and work boundaries are understood so that everyone can have a good time and grow from this.

My goal as a teacher is to make sure you walk away with ideas and tools from beginner to expert to keep you safe on the street using Combat Silat.

Come ready to train and we’ll have fun.

Guru Stark

Sucker.

Lately, I’ve been inundated with video after video of martial arts experts, combative experts, and street fighting experts pedaling their systems of self-protection, self-defense, and reality based fighting….

Many of these videos have some good material in them. Truly. Some valid ideas and points of clarity. That’s fantastic!

I’d say that you should look at them. I’d also suggest that you look at them critically. This includes my videos as well.

Why look at them critically? Because in every one of these videos there are a list of assumptions that you need to look at and evaluate it by. Assumptions like:

Is the spatial relationship overly defined?
(Are they already too close? Or so far away you could eat your lunch before engaging?)
(Multiple attackers set up in positions that are defined by the “hero”?)
(Is there a known weapon and the space already works in favor of the person with the weapon?)

Is the emotional relationship already defined?
(Is the bad guys intent really bad? Or is he a guppy?)
(Does the “Hero” get to be more aggressive than the bad guy?)
(Is anyone really bothered emotionally or is everyone pretty calm?)

Is the structural relationship already defined?
(Does the setup for this encounter require a committed attacker who waits….?)
(Is the counter response a pre-defined counter response?)

Is the timing relationship exaggerated?
(Does one party move slowly or give an exaggerated attack and the other party moving at Mach 1?)

Is the natural relationship similar or lopsided?
(Is “hero” huge, strong, tall, long, skinny small, fast, quick, etc. by comparison to the bad guy?)
(Does the bad guy use his weight, strength, reach, targeting, intent, will, etc. or just lay out there?)

Is the ultimate end foretold?
(Is there a “this works and this doesn’t work” story?)

Is the environmental relationship assumed?
(Are we on mats? Uneven ground? Slippery or dry surfaces?)
(Are we all dressed and ready for action?)
(Are there obstacles and life shit happening around?)

There are probably 10 other assumptions we could go through and detail out. It is the nature of training versus chaos and fighting. Be aware that you are being sold. Be critical in your thinking.

It has been my own personal experience in fighting that most absolute methods go out the window, no matter how good they are. What someone will tell you will work— might not—or it won’t work as well as it did in your training—or it won’t even show up one way or the other.

What works, presents itself when it presents itself, and doesn’t give a shit what someone else says will work or not.

If you respond to what is presented, in the right timing, with what is needed you are going to be 100% effective. That is what you should be training to do.

This is the primary reason why so many people talk about principles, attributes, and concepts rather than techniques.

Of course there’s a Catch-22, because too much reliance on etherial methods leaves you believing your own bullshit. It’s like binging on self-help books and never applying a single thing.

On the other-hand if you only ever apply without understanding the greater context of relationship assumptions, it’s like applying a self-help book to someone else’s life.

And let’s get this right, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference where something comes from, whether it is silat or karate or hapkido or jiu jitsu. Where most arts get effective is where their cultural identities start to disappear.

And finally, if you ever need to use the tools, it’s your damn life at stake not someone else’s! Make it work—whatever you decide to pursue.

One-Handed Silat, Training Injured

So you got hurt, how are you going to use it as a training and possibly life boost, rather than a hinderance?

Injuries suck, whether they are severe or just bumps and bruises, they are an easy excuse to slack. The voice in your head saying, “just sit on the couch, it’s fine” seems to get increasingly louder. But, if you resist, you could use this as an opportunity for growth.

I lacerated the extensor longus tendon in my left hand 8 weeks ago, (yes I’m left-handed). It was a training related accident. However, I got back from urgent care and decided to use this humbling experience to improve myself and my practice. “My hand is shot for at least two months…so elbows it is. I can’t lift weights or do burpees so I am going to build my cardio and flexibility. If I cannot use my upper art to the fullest, I am at least going to condition my roots and trunk” I thought. With that, I set out to see how this setback could still move my silat forward. Here are just some thoughts for your gimpy training.

Your Physical Game:

Get together some training goals, now get a plan to reach it. Now be analytical, if you cannot do something because of your injury set goals that train around it. Personally I can’t use my hand, but there is a perfectly good tool just one joint down from my hand. I decided to focus on that. For example, some goals for a similar injury could be improving and understanding elbow entries, and lower body work like langkah, knees, kicks and conditioning. Please apply this theory to your situation and see how much you can accomplish while you are restricted by your injury or recovery.

Your Mental Game:

This injury is the perfect time to address all the things that many American Martial Artists never take time for. Meditate, pray, read philosophy and strategy. Build your mental attributes with the same vigor you train your body. Really take the time to think about those angles and your breathing, or how to really instill your will on the world.

Your Healing:

All of this being said, don’t wreck yourself! Test yourself and not your injuries. Actually heal. Address your health and the issue you have. Live to fight another day, and do it well.

Remember, this injury is just another stone to step. Langkah dari batuan ke batuan!

Salam Hormat!
Pelatih Muda Will Campbell
Pencak Silat Pertempuran—Michigan

Notes for the Street-Offense Workshop

Keys to success in Street Offense:

Observation, Readiness, and Action.
Each key can be broken up even further.

This is a conversation.
This is not about absolute solutions.
This is not about pencak silat or even the martial arts though it is based on my approach, which is from the martial arts.

What to watch for:

  1. Being watched, followed, triangulation by multiple people, them acknowledging others, sometimes verbal and sometimes visually. (This is more in a mugging, sucker punching, or grabbing type situation.)
  2. Verbal engagement (not always directed at you, maybe at someone you’re with), movement directed at you.
  3. Things that are out of place
  4. Listen to that small voice in your head that tells you something is wrong, out of place, or worth attention.

Places to of particular concern:

  1. Blind corners
  2. Places where you don’t face higher volumes of people
  3. Things you take for granted as safe
  4. Bars/clubs
  5. Not a complete list

The points of engagement:

  1. The eyes
  2. Verbal Confrontation
  3. movement
  4. physical contact

Body Language:

  1. Pre-conflict: Aggressor Posturing and pre-attack signs
    1. Steady fast walk
    2. Target glancing
    3. Looking through you
    4. Blading their feet
    5. Clenching their fists
    6. Looking at or acknowledging someone else
    7. Being animated or irrational and then calming down
    8. Slouching forward with hands in front
    9. Tipping chin up and sticking out chest
  1. Pre-conflict: Actions you should take
    1. Observe
    2. Look around, Up, and down
    3. Environment and person
    4. Be ready
    5. Know that anything can happen
    6. Act quickly (use surprise)
    7. Use Self-Offense
    8. Make space
      1. Use footwork
        1.  Sempok
        2. Shuffle
        3. Explosive Entry
      2. Use hands
        1. Zoning
    9. Make a barrier
      1. Use Environment
      2. Use your hands
      3. Use your elbows

Against Hook Punch, straight punch, shove, chest bump

Avoid:

  1. Standing your ground if possible
  2. Tipping your head back
  3. Verbally engaging

Actions to take:

  1. Create space
  2. Step backward left, step backward right
  3. Hands up to create a barrier
  4. Zone
  5. Deflect and step
  6. Be offensive
  7. Check their hands?
  8. Explosive Footwork and entry

 

Blitz

  1. Receive and counter

Multiple Attackers

  1. One at a time

Tackle

  1. Keep from being lifted
  2. Put weight on them and sprawl
  3. Put back leg
  4. Forearm to jaw and grab other arm
  5. Break grip on leg with free hand

Ground

  1. Avoid kicks by moving
  2. Attack the base
  3. GET UP!

Mount

  1. Shield with elbows
  2. Keep head up
  3. Make opportunity to double hammer strike the chest
  4. Grab the head and take away tripod
  5. Buck and roll

Grab On Upper arm and Wrist-Escort
Avoid:

  1. Pulling away

Actions to take:

  1. Use surprise
  2. Drop your weight
  3. Thrust downward then use the elbow
  4. Be Pre-emptive

Other Topics:

  1. Use Environment
  2. Use extreme violence
  3. Readiness to use force necessary
  4. There is no one hit finish

Weapon

  1. Bulges from the shirt
  2. Shine, glint or reflection
  3. Their body language
  4. All previous aspects
  5. Hiding their hand
  6. Reaching behind

Actions to take:

  1. Close and engage hand (determine reality of escape)
  2. Don’t rely on own weapon
  3. Use elbow

Improvised Weapons

  1. Plastic Bag
    1. As sarong

Knife

  1. Sewing Machine
    1. Kick Destructions
  2. Folsom Shank
    1. Zoning

Gun

  1. Slap
  2. Peel
  3. Jamming

STREET OFFENSE WORKSHOP

SEPTEMBER 24th and 25th, 2016

(Details below)
(REGISTRATION IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST)

 

If you’re not familiar with Combat Silat, you will be exposed to street ready silat that is systematic AND organic! I’ll be focusing on giving you the tools to see it coming, being pro-active rather than reactive, and even whether there is a need for violence!

Once we’re further along we’ll explore effective, simple, and personal responses that you can use today to breakdown attacks you could face anytime and anywhere.

We’ll work on training methods that I’ll help you adapt to your style of combat if necessary. You WILL walk away with greater ability and greater understanding!

As always COMBAT SILAT – Effective. Simple. Personal.

(I’ve been asked to try and get more detailed so the following content is my attempt.)

TOPICS:
1. Dissecting the Body Language of imminent violence
–Body mechanics yours and theirs
–Recognizing it
–Understanding it
–Practicing recognition

2. Responding to imminent violence by developing Pre-emptive actions
–Body mechanics yours and theirs
–Mechanics in relationship
–Using space
–Pre-emptive actions by type
–Practice

3. Creating a barrier to common attacks
–Space,
–Movement,
–Environment,
–Practice

4. Weapons: Defense, Improvised, Use
–Defining weapons,
–awareness,
–Environment,
–Classical v. Real Found/True improvised,
–Practice

5. Finding the mindset of extreme violence AND unleashing it
–What can it look like
–Methods for getting there

6. More Attribute Training.
–Scenarios with combination,
–against weapons,
–using weapons,
–confined space,
–seated,
–standing,
–pinned,
–cornered,
–anti-grappling.

And whatever else makes sense!

GEAR:
Bring safety gear such as: mouthguards, finger gloves, sticks, training knives, headgear, shin guards, training pistols.

Feel free to where normal street clothing! Gym Shoes should still be worn for other peoples safety.(Look for this to be refined further as we get closer to the event.)

COST:
Day One: $55 (10a-2p)
Day Two: $75 (9a-5p)
Both Days: $110

LOCATION:
US Tae Kwon Do Hapkido, 905 N Kingsway, Seffner, FL 33584

PAYMENT: via PayPal

CONTACT:
Guru Stark for more details.

Online registration for this event is closed

SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

https://www.facebook.com/events/999303150137063/

The Florida Seminar weekend is almost upon us!
May 28th and 29th!

US Tae Kwon Do Hapkido, 905 N Kingsway, Seffner, FL 33584

TOPICS ON DAY ONE:

• Evading to Countering
• Knowing your tools
• Controlling Your Opponent
• Being explosive and non-telegraphic
• Controlling Chaos
• Destroying Structure
• Finishing Methods
• Ways to attack
• Understanding Combat
• Best Training Practices

TOPICS ON DAY TWO:
We’ll pick up where we left off from Saturday and then be bringing it all together with some scenario training!

• Attack Awareness
• Multiple Attackers
• Weapons
• Scenarios

GEAR
Bring any safety gear you may want.
Recommended gear: mouth guards, hand protection, shin guards, light shoes (no boots), comfortable clothing, water, money for lunch, training knives, sticks, training guns, etc.

THE COST
Both days:
Early Price – $150 before May 1st.
Slackers Price – $175 after May 1st.

One day:
Saturday Only – $100

HOW TO PAY:
In person with cash.

STAY UPDATED:
Return to this page as we get closer. There will likely be updates.

MORE ABOUT PSP:
Combat Silat is based primarily on pencak silat Pamur and Kali and has been honed and adapted by real life/real time, application. It is specifically designed for practitioners, training, and life here in the U.S.

It also includes aspects of study from several other silat systems as well. It is Codified. Modular. Simple. Complete. Personal, allowing the student the opportunity to input their own style and interests.

Guru Stark
Combat Silat
Effective. Simple. Personal.

Being prepared.

When we take up a practice like the martial arts, specifically those styles where you are at least somewhat serious about protecting yourself, we train hard. We put in long hours with a lot of sweat and soreness. We love it. Truly. Or like so many people we’d quit after just a short time.

Part of the reason we put in all that energy is we want the assurance that, if we need to protect ourselves, we’ll have the skills necessary to do so.

As a teacher, it is always my goal that you’ll leave with something you can apply after every practice. Because of that promise to myself and you, I do everything within my power to keep pencak silat Pertempuran simple. Effective. Personal.

To do that I strive to keep my teaching clear, organized, and my skills growing and I know that’s true of the teachers that have earned their titles working with me. They all strive for excellence and I will not promote someone who is not performing their best.

But here’s the thing…I can do everything within my power to prepare you and you can do everything I ask of you in my training and we can all still be unprepared.

Preparedness is not a moment in time. Being. Prepared. Is a current state of living. It requires attendance. It requires study. It requires training. It requires practice. And it requires testing. (See previous blog post.) It doesn’t just happen.

What do I mean? Here are a few questions I’ll ask to get you started down the path of preparedness.

What kind of pants are you wearing right now?
Are they tight? Could you kick in them? Perform Siloh? Perform sliwa? Could you kick? In other words, does your everyday clothing restrict the skills you’ve been developing? If so, you must figure out what the boundaries are and be comfortable with them or change them in order to BE Prepared.

What kind of shoes are you wearing?
Are they heavy? Slick soled? Gripping? Go through the same process as you did previously with the pants. And so on, with all of your clothing.

When you go to a public place do you scan the area as you arrive?
As you exit your car-noticing the people around you?
As you approach the building do you keep aware?
As you walk down the street are you aware of the people behind you? On side streets?
Or is your head down looking at your phone or thinking about some OTHER place you are supposed to be?

When you’re stopped at an intersection are you aware of the other cars?
Are you aware of people on the street? Are you watching traffic?
Or are you mentally checked out listening to the radio?

When you notice someone do you scan for weapons?
Lumps under jackets and shirts? Are you aware of pocket clips?
Or are you somewhere else mentally?

When you sit in a restaurant do you choose to face as many people as possible?
The doorway? The exits?
Or do you leave it all to chance?

Being. Prepared. Is a living state. If you leave it to chance, then you are squandering the hard work you’ve put into your training. It’s not about living in fear, it’s about acknowledging what makes your training effective and setting your environment up in ways to utilize your strengths and bolster your potential.

Set Points are references for recovery, but they are also launching points for our own techniques! Take that idea and begin to apply it in your environment to reduce the variability that will leave you unprepared to use your training.

It is a failing in the martial arts, and in particular, self defense focused systems to resign ourselves to simply not knowing what will happen. It has been my own experience that combat is a relationship and while it is true that we must be responsive to the antagonist, it is also true that the antagonist must be responsive to you as well!

Guru Sean

How To Learn

This is the process to understanding anything. Of course, in this case I’m focusing on pencak silat.

Study. Train. Practice. Test. Repeat.

Study:
Listen, watch, and feel what your guide has to offer. If that guide is a hands on teacher. Great.
If that guide is a static teacher such as a video. Great. (You’ll be missing what can be taught through feel.)
Learn all you can. Watch closely. Listen to what’s being said. Learn to “feel” closely the energy.
Ask questions if possible. Again, listen with your ears, eyes, and body to the answers.
Take notes if that works for you. It has worked for many others.

Train:
Stand up. Get off the couch. Move with the material. Begin to push through what you have studied. This is the process of just putting what you’ve seen, felt, and listened to, into your own physical space.
Learn your body.
Feeling where your body binds up.
Feeling where your body is loose.
This can be solo or not. Typically you want both.

Practice:
Once you feel where your body is bound or loose, clear or confused, begin to repeat movements, processes, techniques, etc. This is called practice.
Put your full intention of all the components of your study and training into your physical space over and over.
Don’t drop details out. It is a mental and physical process. (Jurus-jurus SHOULD be in this physical space.)
Perfect your practice. In that way you are practicing perfectly.
This can be solo or not. Typically you want both.

Test:
Begin to push your practice through speed, power, and external stressors. You don’t pass this test until you can keep your physical space, attention, and capability over and over.

Repeat:
Go back and study. Find the depth you missed the first time… or the second time.
Train that depth.
Practice that depth.
Test and test again.

This is the journey.

I will help you on the journey if you do the work of contacting me and seeking it.

Guru
Sean

How To Fight Summarized

This was written to a student a while back who was struggling in his exploration of his own abilities. There are no secrets here, just basic info, but if you’ve never put words to the basic info that you, or your teacher just do, perhaps this is a good starting point. It’s very unlikely this addresses everything but it is sufficiently broad enough to help with a bunch.

QUESTION:
I have a question for you. A friend of mine is a black belt in TKD he’s pretty fast when he throws kicks, and [uses] different combinations [than I’m used to], always one kick immediately after another kick so he always catches me. How do you deal with that?

ANSWER:
It depends on how you are fighting.

[None of my available materials right now address tactics or methods so much as just the body culture you need, and overall ideas. I’ve always preferred that people figure it out by experimenting rather than being told. It’s a more fruitful method to development of a personal methodology IMO. Anyway, it’s probably a missing component to what I have created over the years for people and I’ll have to look at doing some.]

In any case, I have fought TKD guys, Karate guys, Kung fu, Kuntao, Wing Chun guys, Kali guys, Hapkido guys, etc. It matters a great deal how you are fighting. Are you fighting to touch or to hit? Hit or to hurt? Hurt or to injure? Injure or kill? If the intent is not there to at least hurt it makes ANY fighting more difficult.

Also, when you “fight” anyone you must remember that there are several ways to deal with it. It doesn’t matter a great deal who they are or what style:

1. Close or open the gap. Closing reduces the required space for kicking attacks and opening makes their kicks irrelevant and gives you time to observe. Kicking requires a certain distance between you and the kicker. If you stand still or stay on line and he kicks, he gets to choose when and how often he kicks. Meaning HE/SHE gets to create the combinations and you’re left to defend yourself (reaction versus action). Move out of defense and into offense. (Gerak, Langkah, Ales, and Masukan)

[Kicking in this regard is really any type of attack but I was specifically addressing kicks.]

2. Use angles. Don’t just stand there or even back up. Those are the two least effective options for evasion. In a pinch you may do it, but it’s not preferred. If you back up against any type of attack, in a straight line, they will be able to continue to attack. In response to kicks specifically, remember that they are not very maneuverable. If you choose to back up for the initial attack, you should do so at an angle. In all cases, the attacker will be forced to change simple combinations into complex ones when the body has to re-orient. Additionally, if you do both, close the gap and change angle, it really messes with the combative relationship. (Gerak, Langkah, Ales, and if you close the gap, Masukan)

3. Every attack generates from or through one of four places – either shoulder or either hip. If you want to defend against any attack the best way is to go to the source. Attack the source of the attack directly. I normally just block kicks by kicking the kick as it starts, or by attacking the hip or upper thigh close to where it generates. The same can be done for strikes of any kind. This is best when combined with the previous two points. The key is to “block” in a way that is destructive to structure. Not just blocking or attacking the limb that as kicking or striking, but actually destroying structure by doing so. (Totokan and or Timbilan)

4. Close the gap, attack, change angle, destroy structure, and then monitor additional attacks by putting your hands or feet in ready positions to deal with additional attacks by monitoring the zones from which they generate. Additionally, by closing the gap and catching or locking the attacker you can nullify many follow up attacks. This is only a good option if you haven’t already and aren’t able to destroy the opponent. I don’t advocate this over hitting the attacker repeatedly or breaking down their structure, but it does work if you close the gap but are unable to effectively attack. (Pencegah Tangan, Tangkapan, and Kuncian)

5. Fight the way you fight best. If what you’re doing isn’t working for you, learn to control the relationship of the fight. Be able to break away, get up, and release when you want to, or close, grab, shove or strike and kick. By doing so, you’re allowing yourself to use the tools you want to use and are comfortable using. Do not fight the other persons fight. This is hard to remember sometimes, especially if you’re getting hit. You are still better to fight your best fight, than to fight their best fight.

6. Be ready to take it to the end. Be willing to close, over-run, take a hit, and get close. Do what is necessary to do. Be willing to move beyond injuring to killing. Intent to do harm as quickly as possible is necessary. To what level of course, needs to be determined responsibly. If there is a weapon involved on the part of the attacker, for example, it is not enough to injure in most cases, you need be willing to move to killing. Pembas.

Those are my suggestions. How they work for you will depend on your skill and understanding, and of course the attackers skill and understanding and the sweat you put into your study.

Sincerely,
Guru Stark
Pencak Silat Pertempuran