Kombatan Arnis camp, Gothenbourg – 5th and 6th of June

The 4th of june I went down to Gothenburg to train with Master Marina Regner, Dayang Lima(5th dan), she was holding her first camp under the flag of Kombatan. So since Master Marina is a good instructor I felt that I should take the time to get down there and train some Filipino martial arts. Since I never try to pass down an opportunity to train with good people.  

The weekend didn’t start as well as I planned for, the train from Katrineholm did not move for over an hour, so we were in the end about 2 hours and 40 minutes late. Thank you for that SJ (www.sj.se) When I arrived in Gothenburg (gbg) it was a great day and extremely hot, I got the chance to meet up a training friend before I was to meet Marina. It is pretty nice to sit around in the sun and just talk about nothing and anything…

9.30 am Master Marina started with some basic karenza (twirling), we did some ocho ocho pattern, redonda and redondo. Then we moved on to some basic sinawallis, Single Sinawalli, Double Sinawalli and I think the last one was free for al(i believe the WMAA- World Modern Arnis Association call the drill Pera – Peral Sinawali). What we then did was chain these three drills together, sinawalli is always good in the morning, at least if you are like me, tired and really slow in the morning… So it gets the brain starting, maybe i should do my nine inayan complementary 5 minutes every morning, well…i will try, are you up for it? Comment and tell wich sinawalli you are doing 5 minutes every morning.
We got on with doing some double stick series, with some of the basic principles like closest hand and variations of this. After understanding the mechanics of blocking with double stick we attend to try the palit palit (or one for one) with double stick. This is always challenging, since you tend to always block with one hand and strike with the other, so for training it’s good to try to hit and block with both hands. That is much easier said and done though.

During the lunch break, we enjoyed the lovely weather, and belive it or not, but I got a bit of tan. Well the sun really affect me fast, but it is good, i have been feeling a bit pale…

After the lunch we started with Kombatans mano mano,wich is the empty hand part of the style. Marina showed us the 15 first empty hand sets, if you look at the Modern Arnis empty hand  sets, you can see some similarity definitely between the to empty hand sets. After learning the basic striking patterns we started to work on palit palit as an empty hand drill. It was sweaty and everybody seemed to love every minute of it. After a while we took out the pencils and started to work with them, most of us had some really nice cuts on our body’s after that seminar.

On the evening we were out and ate Indian food at a restaurant called New Delhi i think it was. It was nice, it wasn’t to chilly outside like it was on friday, but this time I had with me a warm sweater.

Wakeing up on sunday, was tough, I was really really tired… I felt a bit hangover, but I did not drink any thing, only water the day before… I did stay up late and worked on my serrada basic so this could be one of the reasons why i felt like i did when i woke up in the morning…
But after breakfast and a Powerking, I was on top on things again… :) Ready for day 2 and all the things that it had to offer, and some things it had to offer aswell…

We started the first the first seminar with some sinawallis to repeat some of what we did the day before. But soon we started to swing our long blades together with the daga… A more proper term to this type of training would be, Espada y Daga, wich means Sword and Dagger.
We started to work with some basic angles of attack and the proceeded to try learn 6 out 15 Espada y Daga patterns within the Kombatan Arnis. So when everybody started to get the hang of the patterns we put in some dynamics where one partner started feeding the angle of attack system and the defender started with a pattern of his or hers choice as a defence.

As people got the hang of it more, we started doing multiple opponent drills, where two persons feed one person. So you really had to start moving, and be sure that you don’t stand with your back to the other opponent. All this together with grasping the concept of a short and long blade, it is a bit tricky but a lot of fun…

For lunch we ate pizza or in my case a kebab, wich is not really my prefered choice to eat on a training day.. I love kebab but for another time. But it was OK a bit dry, to little kebabsuace.  But it ws nice to sit outside in the sun and just feel the heat from it.

When where starting after lunch, i really felt that I got to pay the price for eating kebab, we started with single-stick and did some locking,  some trapping of the hand and trying counter that. Then we put in to some dynamics of the drill sumbrada and just try to disarm and counter each other…

We ended day last seminar with takeing up all the weapon we could carry and then I don’t remember if we did this with two attackers just one, i think it was two. Then we did the same exercise as we did with the espada y daga. When you get to free flow, it is really cool, you just move and hit, trying to triangulate so that the second attacker is hitting the other attacker instead or at least in the wrong place when trying to hit me, off course that this is hard, but when you can play with it like we did on sunday, it is a real fun experince…

The whole weekend was great, Master Marina did a good job during the whole weekend. I like that she does everything with a small, and that is what iI always strive for when i train…I should not forgett to mention all the great people who was there aswell, i am not going to recite names, but it was a good gang that was there with good attitude. The weekend in Gothenbourg was really money well spent.

For you people who is thinking of going next time, don’t think, do… and you will not regret…

I also want to say, the youtube movies that are linked in this post, has nothing to do with the seminar, Kombatan as a style. I put the clips in here because they show the characteristics of the specific so to speak. So please don’t take it as a reflections of kombatan as a style or art.

Check out my blog entry about the  The role of an Instructor…

Gumagalang Ng Lubos
Kriss

  • http://storytilda.wordpress.com Tilda

    A very interested reading. It seems that you had a great time in Gbg, even if the train was 2 h and 40 minutes late. I must praising your new design-theme here on the blog. So cool and just you, and FMA of course.

    Keep on what you do, and don’t let other (or yourself) stop your dreams..

    Have a nice (sunny) day!

    / Tilda

    • http://ksundh.wordpress.com Keris

      Yeah it was a good weekend… yes of course i am never going to stop chaseing my dream…

      i wish you the same… never stop chaseing your dreams…

      //Keris