Public material?

Discussion in 'Lameco' started by gagimilo, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. gagimilo

    gagimilo Member

    I noticed something that raised a question in my mind, so I was wondering about your opinion on this... Namely, it seems that at one point in time, in the second half of 1990s, Lameco was among the more popular FMA styles in USA, but nevertheless, it does not seems to be as re(present)ed in media and public domain nowadays, as much as some other styles are. In the first place, I have in mind things like youtube and similar channels, but the general Internet presence as well. I mean, take a look at some more recent appearances, such as Attienza, FCS or Sayoc styles... if you run those in some of search engines, you end up with many more relevant results, than if you type in Lameco.

    Do you care to comment?
  2. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Sayoc and Atienza have gotten a lot of press...frankly, they came up in the Internet age and that helps! But they have also been marketed more aggressively (esp. Sayoc).
  3. Brock

    Brock Asha'man

    Someone has to post the stuff. I'm sure there's people out there that want to see it. I've searched Lameco myself several months ago, but found very little.

    Arnisador probably hit the nail on the head however as far as the Sayoc, Atienza, FCS, etc. Grandmaster Pallen of Senkotiros has noticed the popularity of such site as Youtube as well, and has been asking everyone that has video clips to load as many as possible.
  4. Twist

    Twist Junior Member

  5. gagimilo

    gagimilo Member

    Thanks you Twist, this is a great link!
    I guess we are just left to hope that some of those people who have something to share with the public will eventually do so. I might point to Mike Krivka as a good example. If you search for him in the youtube, you'll end up with loads of some great material featuring PG Sulite, late Pa Herman Suwanda, and even some Mr. Krivka's training videos.
  6. gagimilo

    gagimilo Member

    MOB book - owner's manual

    Here's a post, kind of a short article/advice, about how to get the most from the "masters of the Blade" by GM Rey Galang. Couple years back, I posted it on the bladeforums, but figured out it might be of interests here as well. The reason why I am putting it here is that after some time, it clicked to me that all the instructors that I have pointed to as the basic instructional blocks are from Lameco, so I guess that could be interpreted as some of the "public material" as mentioned earlier. OK, here goes...

    Now, after I have been in possession Rey Galang's book "Masters of the Blade" and working some things in it,
    I'd like to share a kind of a training regiment that I've devised from the material presented therein. Of course,
    the main good thing about the book is that it offers something useful for everyone, no matter what their current
    level of skill, but I'd like to present a progression aimed at those who would like to get involved with learning
    knife fighting from the sqare one, using this book as a source of information. Here we go...

    1. Start with the chapter provided Roger Agbulos. It is dedicated to what I feel is the groundwork for any fighting endeavour, i.e. footwork and non-telegraphic movement. After you've done that on your own for a few days...
    2. Find yourself a partner and get into drills nicely featured in Steve Grody’s chapter. It will teach you how to stay in a long range, where your skils are most likely to give you the advantage over an untrained opponent (as they say - "proximity negates skill"), and you'll be pushed to use your footwork from the step 1 in a situational environment of sorts.
    3. If you've been doing the above two steps for a few weeks, and started developing some timing and feel for keeping your distance, maybe entering and disengaging comfortably to some degree, you might be ready for basic medio and corto drills, so turn to Hospecio Balani's portion of the book. There you will also get a feel for working with a reverse grip. I'd like to add that you should not stop working on previous material, because we all need constant improvement and brushing up in those areas. The same principle applies in further steps too.
    4. OK, once you have your live hand in sync with your weapon hand, you should move to more demanding tasks, such as those shown in the chapter by Dave Gould. This is where all your previous skills will be put to test, along with your mental perseverance, ability to cope with stress and failure in training and struggle with your ego.
    5. At this point, which in my estimation is after few months of regular training, you should have your solid foundation in place, so you can start adding other material from the book, in accordance with your needs and
    interests - empty handed against blade concepts or stalemate solutions from Steve Tarani; solo trainig forms, techniques and drills and their applications from Rey Galang or Michael Janich; empty handed scenarios from W. Hock Hochheim and John Jacobo; multiple adveraries or VIP protection scenarios from Atienzas or Bakbakan; drills for overcoming knife defense attempts from San Miguel Eskrima and Krishna Godania; insightful and tought prvoking writing from AMOK!, Ron Balicki or Jim Keating...and so on.

    In essence, after you have your essential skills included in your functioning arsenal, you can go out and do research on your own, as the above is just a basic outline/framework, based only on a single book, although a great one.
    Finally, The fact that I haven't mentioned some people who contributed to the book (Ray Dionaldo, Bram Frank, Felix Valencia...) is not to say that they have nothing valuable to offer. It is just that I tried to make this as simple and functional as possible. Afer all, refer to the section on "doing your own research"...That's why they call it a homework - you do it on your own!

    I hope at least some of you find this useful...

    Take care!

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