Hello All

Discussion in 'Meet & Greet' started by Companyman, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. Companyman

    Companyman New Member

    My name is Larry Sloan, and I have a maritial arts background going back 33+years. Got my first degree with Sensei Paul Tsamura in 1973, and in 1976 in Fresno California met Remy Presas at Jerry Greathouse's academy. Tim Berg and Bruce Juchnic (sp?) were assisting Professor Presas in his classes. I believe those were the Professor's first classes in the USA at that time. The modern Arnis was outstanding, and soon it began to creep into my Goju Ryu training.
    Using the Arnis techniques embedded into my traditional background, we started putting on training seminars call "Debugging" seminars for Law enforcement, teaching Law enforcement officers how to handle a new and upcoming threat... the martial artist. We showed them why their traditional techniques (goose-neck, arm-bar, hammer-lock, etc) would be ineffective against this new threat. We also dveloped a new side handle baton program for law enforcement using the Arnis techiques, and a defensive tactics program for law enforcement called DTACT (Defensive Tactics and Control Techniques). All the programs were based using Filipino fighting techniques. My number one student is now an instructor at the FBI academy at Quanico, VA. and continues in the Filipino training and teaching.

    Anyone that has participated in these programs feel free to contact me.

    Needless to say, the Filipino fighting arts changed my life and world.

    During the scramble after the Professor's death, I kept quiet about the sharks and vultures all jockeying for position to "take over" the Professor's work, and quietly backed the Professor's family. I wish them the best of luck, and whatever modest help I can offer them, is theirs.

    Larry Sloan
  2. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Welcome! I too went from Goju-ryu to Modern Arnis, though I was only a brown belt when I had to stop training in Karate due to a move.
  3. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Welcome to FMATalk!
  4. Companyman

    Companyman New Member

    LOL BTW, Make a small correction in that first para... That should be MARTIAL Arts... Although, I have been married for 35 years, so I guess I'm advanced in "Marital arts" also...

  5. silat1

    silat1 Active Member

    Company Man,
    From one old school practitioner who started out in isshinryu and then went to the chinese and filipino arts back in the 70's, welcome to the forum.. My number one and two students are now working for the federal government in various security issues/operations and my number three student now works for the one of the military congressional liasion offices. so I guess that means the filipino combatives practitioners can walk the walk and talk the talk while holding high positions in politics also.

    Again welcome

    Defensive Tactics,
    Great Lakes, Il
    but soon back to Guam
  6. Companyman

    Companyman New Member

    Bill, good to hear from you. Like you, I was fortunate to be in California during the wild years of the 70's. Everybody and his brother was "Bruce Lee" or "Quai Chang Cane" LOL! It was the professor's training that helped open our eyes to the needs of law enforcement in addressing these new scrotes that changed the rules of Defensive Tactics.

    It's a tribute to the Professor that Filipino fighting arts are now being integrated into the highest levels of law enforcement training. The old ways of LE training make it VERY difficult to change the program, and God knows the government is slower than evolution in changing it's approach to training. I know from personal conversations, that our training has saved lives and ensured the well-being of LE officers all over the country. It's great to hear that your programs are doing the same thing. Congratulations on saving the lives of our law enforcement!

    Larry Sloan
  7. 408kali

    408kali Member

    Welcome Larry!

    It is always nice to hear when there are FMA people training troops, law enforcement, etc.

    My uncle, who was my first Eskrima Serrada instructor (also my first martial art) is a

    police Sergeant and a detective for local law enforcement. He is also the baton and

    empty-hand instructor for the police academy. He has been training since he was a kid in

    Kajukenbo and a modified form of Inayan Serrada. What a way to keep your skills up to

    par, eh?!!

    I appreciate the words of wisdom from accomplished martial artists such as yourself.

    I am interested in hearing what system(s) of FMA's you've trained in? You mentioned

    Modern Arnis, are there any other systems you trained in extensively? I like to know what

    is being taught/learned here in the states!

    Peace & Blessings, ~John
  8. Companyman

    Companyman New Member

    My original system was Goju Ryu Karate, to Shodan by Sensei Paul Tsamura, 1973. I met and trained with Professor Remy A. Presas in Fresno in 75 & 76 or 76 & 77 (little fuzzy). I attended seminars in California by Fumio Demura, Bob Haliberton, and many clinics and training for law enforcement. And I was at the Cow Palace when Jackie Chan did his first "21 kick salute" to Superfoot, Bill wallace. I think Jackie was around 18 yrs. old at the time. What a thrill to watch. Even then, everyone knew he was the one to watch for greatness.

    I started training law enforcement in the mid 70's and have made a career of training Law enforcement, security, personal self defense, and providing corporate executive security and serving as a personal security escort for, arguably, "the rich and the famous". If your uncle is teaching side handle baton, he probably is using either the American Arnis course or the Monodnock Lifetime Products course. The American Arnis course is mine, and the Monodnock is from a friend and fellow Iowan, Lon Anderson. Lon was a Sheriff's Deputy in Cedar Rapids Iowa, when he helped develop the course for Monodnock in the early 70's also, I believe.

    I'm afraid my martial arts training is quite shallow when compared with many of the fine and distinguished masters you will find in these forums. There are many with a much more diverse background than mine.

    Thank you for asking!

    Larry Sloan
  9. 408kali

    408kali Member

    Hi Larry!

    You are welcome. I am also very new to this forum, but I loved it right off because of the amount of solid players and information here. A diverse mix...

    Just to touch on what my uncle is teaching, based on the best of my recollection.
    I had asked him a few times about what he was teaching, and he expressed that it wasn't Arnis-based, so you may be right about that. He did state that the use of the Baton as he was allowed to teach had strict guidelines but where it was appropriate and useful, he would touch on some Eskrima-based techniques. I think he mentioned that it was basically standard Baton training, but knowing him, he would inject some of the most useful Eskrima techniques in there also! To note, the police force he works with are some of the finest officers in the bay area, so his training is in high regard. As a result he also trains surrounding areas.

    On top of that, the Grandmaster of IESA (Int'l Eskrima Serrada Assn. - where I am currently receiving excellent training), Professor Sultan Uddin, is also a personal bodyguard to the stars. He also is a fight sequence choreographer who has worked with the Mortal Kombat movies, tv series, and video games. Quite a busy guy.

    I would LOVE to do that someday, but that is a dream... although it seems that I am getting the right training from the right people, eh?!! :)

    And it seems to me that you have quite an illustrious background if I do say so myself!

    Nice talking with you Larry!
  10. Companyman

    Companyman New Member

    I have been fortunate, and in the right place at the right time(s). Illustrious? Maybe... Lucky? Absolutely! I chose the quieter and more "laid back" midwest to raise a family and live & work. Fewer stars, but more sanity. As I'm sure anyone would tell you, working for celebrities or the extremely wealthy is usually a thankless job, and often misunderstood by the client. We're not bullies for them to have harrass their fans or people they don't like, we're in the business of keeping them safe. If my client feels he/she is in danger, my counsel is to get them out safely, not "beat up the bad guy." Any 250 lb gorilla can intimidate or muscle around a "bad guy". A professional will always remove his client from the area of concern first, and deal with direct and iminent threats as needed. Your uncle and current instructors sound like wise men. I'm sure they already know all this. Listen to their counsel, and your choices will be wise as well.

    Take care,

  11. jus_dann

    jus_dann New Member

    wow, you guys make me feel like a "spring chicken" LOL
    welcome aboard Larry, enjoy the talks

  12. Companyman

    Companyman New Member

    We "old guys" just find it nice when someone remembers the "good old days" with us.. LOL! There were so many that paved the way for all of us; Bruce Lee, Bill (Superfoot) Wallace, Don (The Jaguar) Wilson, Fumio Demura, Masutatsu Oyama, Jigano Kano, Danny Inosanto, Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, etc. Each adding to the popularity and depth of today's martial arts. There were uncounted generations before them that laid the ground work for the skills we teach today.

    Larry Sloan
  13. SugarFree

    SugarFree New Member

    Hi! I'm a newbie here, from Bacolod. nice to join with you here.
  14. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

  15. Companyman

    Companyman New Member

    Previous post above:
    "Don (The Jaguar) Wilson, Fumio Demura, Masutatsu Oyama, Jigano Kano"
    It should be Don "The Dragon" Wilson not "Jaguar". Sorry for the mix up... It's been a while!

    Larry Sloan

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