Schedule, Location & Fees
Siling Labuyo Arnis is offered in two locations! Come train with us at one, or both!
Downtown on Thursday nights, 6-8pm, in the basement of St. John the Evangelist Church, corner of Somerset and Elgin (entrance off Somerset St.)
Stittsville on Monday nights, 6-7pm, at Pathways Jiu-Jitsu, 67 Iber Road, unit 104.
Come and either watch or participate in a class for free!
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Why Train Double Sticks? by Rob Peaker (.pdf)
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Now, your first question is probably "how much does it cost?" but we're going to ignore that and pretend you said:
What Are You People?
An oddity, mostly. Although we are a 'backyard' school in size, we are more like a commercial school in terms of accessibility.
What does this mean? Typically, in 'backyard' or 'garage' clubs, the student enrolment is usually low, the school's style is not watered down for mass appeal and gaining admittance can be a real chore if the right people aren't willing to sponsor you.
In commercial schools, because the instructor is paying a higher rent, and more for lights and heating, etc. he or she is very interested in attracting as many students to join and pay their fees. Occasionally, the school might be the instructor's sole means of support.
In a situation like that, scaring off potential students would be the financial equivalent of slitting one's own throat. So what happens? The curriculum is geared towards the lowest common denominator, made a little flashier perhaps - more attractive to the average student, but less useful for actual self-defense.
So Where Does Your Club Fit in All This?
Other than the fact that we are easy to find, and it isn't that onerous to join, we are not a commercial club. At absolute capacity, we can only take about 20 students, and 16 is about the upper limit for comfort. Because nobody is making their living here, we have no interest in making things more palatable for the consumer. We recognize this isn't the club for everyone, and can recommend a different school if we feel it would serve a potential student's needs better.
Everybody has different needs. Some people want belt ranks and a strict hierarchy, others want less structure. We would prefer that a student find the school that fits best, whether that is us or someone else.
Then What Will I Learn?
It is extremely difficult to nail down our curriculum, mostly on purpose. One of our strengths is that we recognize that every student is different and that a single approach is not sufficient to handle the variety of needs, interests and physical attributes of each person.
Consequently, we don’t believe that there is one true way that will solve everybody’s problems. Students are encouraged to explore, experiment, question, revise, and discover what works best for that individual.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one:
While on a business trip, an avid golfer manages to squeeze in a golf game on one of the local courses.
One of the holes is just wicked – a big dogleg around a lake. The caddy mentions that just last week he caddied for Tiger Woods, and that Woods used a 2 iron for this particular problem.
“A 2 iron?” asks the golfer, incredulous. The caddy shrugs.
Well, if it’s good enough for Tiger Woods, he decides, selects the 2 iron and plunk, his ball goes straight into the middle of the lake.
“Sonovabitch,” says the caddy. “Same thing happened to Tiger.”
How Do I Get Started?
Come and either watch or participate in a class for free, to understand just what it is we do. If you plan on participating (which is highly recommended), bring workout clothes, running shoes and a water bottle, and we'll take care of the rest.
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Higot Hubud Lubud
We've noted elsewhere in this site that there is an incredible variety to the different Filipino Martial Arts. Despite that, certain drills have become widespread, verging on universal among FMA practitioners.
Perhaps chief among them is higot hubud-lubud, often just called 'hubud,' and usually translated as “to tie, untie, and mix." This is a medium/close-range drill, typically cited as a method to teach sensitivity. Although it is most definitely a weapon-oriented drill, it is typically done empty-handed, and works very well in that role.
Here’s the general format:
A aims a right slap at B’s head.
B blocks with his left hand.
B uses his right hand to redirect A’s hand to his outside right.
B traps A’s hand with his left hand.
B responds with his own right hand slap.
And then the cycle repeats, with A blocking, redirecting, trapping and counterstriking.
In Siling Labuyo Arnis, we view hubud primarily as a 'possibility generator', in the sense that a partner is feeding you strikes from various angles, in various combinations, and is actively trying to outfox you while he does it. Although the format of the drill is fairly set, you don't have any control over what your partner will do next.
Unless one intentionally switches the feed to the opposite hand, the strikes always come from the same hand - which makes sense when weapons are employed.
The basic flow outlined above can be integrated pretty quickly, so we start to change elements of the drill – another common factor in FMA. Many of these changes can be done to almost any drill, so even if you aren’t involved in a Filipino Martial Art, you can try this to liven up a night’s training.
Some Possible Changes
There are essentially an infinite number of options just waiting to be discovered. The more one can introduce variation to how the core training is applied, the easier it is to deal with a new situation. Learning how to use your techniques against the widest variety of variables is a great way to develop and integrate them.
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The Basic Feed
Grey strikes, White Parries
White moves his right hand into position...
...to manoeuver Grey's arm out of the way
White presses down with his left hand as a controlling measure
Still monitoring Grey's right, White prepares a strike with his own right hand
Grey parries White's strike and the drill repeats with Grey blocking, passing, trapping and counterstriking.
Siling Labuyo Arnis Curriculum
Contrary to popular belief, Filipino Martial Arts aren't just about weapons training. In fact, a large part of training time in Siling Labuyo Arnis is devoted to use of the empty hands. After all, they are the tools that you will always have available to you, so you might as well learn how to use them.
Our curriculum is the antithesis of the set-in-stone dogmatism that one might see in some schools, intentionally so. We would rather work with the attributes of the student, the abilities they've developed, and the resources they bring to class rather than some arbitrary list of techniques. The curriculum isn't standardized, because students aren't standardized either.
There are three major areas to our training: Empty Hands, Sticks, and Blades. All of these interact to a large degree - holding a weapon in one hand doesn't mean that the other hand is now unable to punch or grab.
There are two major components to the empty handed curriculum:
- Striking - punches, kicks, elbows, knees and headbutts
- Grappling - jointlocks, throws, takedowns, holds
Both striking and grappling are done standing, and on the ground. As mentioned above, all of our areas of study interact, since it isn't difficult for a fight to suddenly end up in a situation where the combatants find themselves on the ground, wrestling over possession of a stick or knife.
The rattan stick is extremely common in FMA training, and is used both to train the uses of, and defences against, the common club. It also serves as a 'stunt double' for larger bladed weapons (machete, axe, etc.) since we use mostly the same body mechanics (as explained here) and same striking angles, but the rattan allows for a greater degree of safety while training.
Since edged weapons are extremely common, learning how to deal with them makes a great deal of sense. The knife develops quick reactions, sensitivity and agile footwork.
As mentioned, the above three areas form the bulk of the Siling Labuyo Arnis curriculum. However, there are a plethora of other weapons applications that we feel deserve some attention, both for skill development, and for familiarity with uncommon weapons.
- Double Stick
- Long stick (4 feet and longer)
- Stick and Dagger (or any other unmatched weapon combination)
- Palm stick (approximately 6 inches long)
- Flexible weapons (such as a chain)
- Projectile weapons (throwing knife, axe, nails)
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