Sama Sama 2011 Instructor Listing Update

Check out the current Sayoc instructor list! Congratulations to all those who were promoted, including:

  • Guro Lem Tasim (Associate Instructor – Level 4)

Plus our Apprentice Instructors:

  • Miguel Acevedo (Apprentice Instructor – Level 5)
  • Joe Cypressi (Apprentice Instructor – Level 5)
  • Warren Dabney (Apprentice Instructor – Level 2)
  • Ervin Quintin (Apprentice Instructor – Level 2)
  • Mosi Jack (Apprentice Instructor – Level 2)

And our newest Apprentice:

  • David Davis (Apprentice Instructor – Level 1)



Class Notes – May 10, 2011

Instructor: David Davis assisted by Mosi Jack

Attendance: Frank, Tyus, Bryant, Jarod, Brian, Asim, Tavon, Ryan

Visitor: Nelson P


Tuesday’s class continued the theme, situational awareness as it applies to personal safety. The lesson included new vocabulary and exercises to construct relationships between concept and application based on the previous situational awareness definition. The use of vocabulary to construct visual belief models in situational changes may help predict future threats. The evening concluded with the three of nine reverse grip and Mosi introduction of the first three grips from the receiver grip series.

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Class Notes – April 12, 2011

Instructors: David Davis and Lem Tasin

Attendance: Frank Raspa, Tyus Durant, Bryant Nelson, Jarod B, Brian Keller, Asim,


Everyone should have a general concept of the following terms such as shielding, checking, tapping, and situation awareness, as well as how these terms translate into movement that informs your decision-making. What is the difference between shielding, checking, and tapping?

  • Shielding describes the use of the back of the forearms to protect your body. (demo)
  • Checking describes the use and positioning of the live hand or guardian hand to monitor the feeder’s free limb while your main hand is tapping the attack. (demo)
  • Tapping means to deflect the force of the attack away from the body (with in the shoulder distance of your structure). In principle, you should tap with enough force so that you know that the attack is within your peripheral view.
  • Situation awareness describes the mental process that, we train our minds to perform when placed in stressful situations. Situation awareness is the single most important formula in self-awareness because it teaches you how to process patterns such as opportunity, place, and attack strategy. For instance, it is important when in situations to understand when facing confrontational individuals, their intent. For instance if there are individual wearing a particular type of clothing in an odd environment is it because, they are homeless or are they trying to conceal the patterns of a weapon?

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Class Notes – February 8, 2011

Class was cancelled last week due to the weather. David Davis ran class this evening and submitted the following notes:

Class attendance: Andrew, Julie, Brian, Tavon, Brian, Kashif, Asim, Bryant, Jon, Nancy and Frank.

For safety purposes, all practitioners received a temporary pair of safety glasses.

Class Goal: The goal of class was to re-familiarize the learner with the definition and purpose of cross tapping (ways to make your body small and less of a target) within the context of flow and focus on the emotional impact(exposing, desensitizing, and habituating) of different reflexes particularly when forcing the learner to tap with the bad hand.

Class Objectives:

  • Improve the receiver’s ability to analyze using information gatheredfrom observation and follow up with a preemptive strategy.
  • Desensitize the receiver’s fears when grabbed while cross tapping.
  • Familiarize the receiver‘s with the feeling of vulnerability in a difficult situation and to give the receiver’s a framework within recall that they can understand how to recovery and what is taking place

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Class Notes – October 26, 2010

David Davis ran class in my absence and provided his usual outstanding notes …

Class attendance: Shane, Ryan, Tavon, Brian, Kashif, Will, Bryant, Mosi, Michael, Joe, Asim, and yours truly David Davis.

Class Goals: The main goal was to immerse the receiver in tapping as a way to help refine the quality of their perceptual and motor skills when confronted.  By attending to their perceptual and motor skills, the receiver develops the skill to demonstrate to his fullest ability the correct response when it counts and in so doing, increases his chances of surviving a confrontation. The balance between thinking tactically and watching closely an assailant’s movement is a difficult challenge to get right. If you think too much on the tactics, you miss a risen opportunity, or, your assailant figures out what you are doing and employs a ruse to make you a victim. Training in Kali involves managing the incorrect response and receivers need to be able to desensitise themselves from this process. The psychological aspects of perceptual and attentional motor skills response are critical for street survival.

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