learn escrima

Discussion in 'Filipino Martial Arts' started by melrouby, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. melrouby

    melrouby New Member

    i know this question is an old one and probaly had been answered many times ,. I am 40 yrs old and interested in Escrima and FMA but in Kuwait where i live there is no club for it so is it effective to learn from DVDs ?
  2. Indie12

    Indie12 Valued Member

    In a short answer, no!! There's alot of smaller technical details that really only a qualified Instructor could give you and help you understand better.
  3. SWC Sifu Ben

    SWC Sifu Ben I am the law

    You don't want to try learning something as complex and potentially lethal as blade based combat without an instructor. If you have prior martial arts training and good coordination and powers of observation you can learn some basics Footwork and basic cutting shouldn't be too hard if you're already experienced.

    A quick google search found this:

    It says it has Jeet Kune Do and it would be worth checking and seeing if the instructor has any kali/escrima experience.
  4. melrouby

    melrouby New Member


    Many thanks to you all of replying . I checked the platinium before and no escrima there .

    I have some experience with kung fu sanda but was very interested in the stick fighting part of Kali

    I will continue looking - i found a club but its for Filipino only so .... -

    Any way wish me luck
  5. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    Have you asked them if you can join in?

    Remember you want to practice the art and learn more about their fascinating culture.
  6. melrouby

    melrouby New Member

    Yes I tried but they said that its for Filipinos only .. but will continue the search .
  7. baby cart

    baby cart Valued Member

    As a Filipino, I can say: yes you can learn from DVD. The thing is it will be the PE variety of Arnis/FMA that you can learn, the one commonly taught to elementary to college students in Philippine schools. The other styles will need personal instruction to be conveyed properly. To what level do you want to attain expertise? Basic stick swinging, learn it from DVDs, no sweat. But don't expect getting to the level of dog brothers and such.

    As a Filipino, I ask for pardon for my fellow Filipinos. And I will say that is nonsense. Unless that club is the woo-woo variety (which I would advise you to avoid entirely), most FMA clubs accept foreigners, even those that say "For Filipinos Only." However, the foreigners they readily accept are those of the white-skinned Caucasian type. If you don't fit the criteria, you'll find a hard time getting accepted in clubs with such criteria. Sorry, but that's the way it is. Filipino culture is predisposed that way.

    Good luck in finding a club that suit you.
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  8. melrouby

    melrouby New Member

    thanks to baby cart for the reply .

    For the level i know that i will not be a master from DVDs but atleast to know some basics for stick movements , leg stances , ..

    For the club no need for pardon my friend . if this is what this group feel then no problem i left them to their training -sorry i don't know what is woo-woo variety - for me i am normal Egyptian guy so i am Caucasian .

    Any way thanks you gave me hope to learn something about a sport i liked and culture i respect cause if no DVDs option then i would droped the whole thing
  9. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

    Burton Richardons "Battlefield Kali" series of DVD's is excellent if you wish to go down that route....but you HAVE to spar it or the system is useless, so you WILL need a partner



  10. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    You've used the DVDs haven't you Hannibal? Or was it someone you know?
  11. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

    I have personally used them - I like them a lot to be honest
  12. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    I'm thinking of getting them myself and following the programme to help with my kali training.
  13. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

    They really are worth it IMO
  14. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    Just reading through the site now.

    Yeah, I'm interested in doing this while I'm out of going to the club. I could easily do it at home.

    Where does his kali come from? Inosanato? I am sure I read that he is heavily influenced by PTK.
  15. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

    Primary he is ILS and he is one of the original Dog Brothers. IIR he also has a big Illustrissimo background
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015
  16. ap Oweyn

    ap Oweyn Ret. Supporter

    Yep, he comes to kali through Guro Dan. Mind you, that in itself implies everything from Lameco to Villabrille to PTK to...

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