Class – April 4, 2017 – Sayoc Stick Grappling

Instructors: Guro Joe C and Guro Lem

Attendees: Dan, Brian, and Ryan


We continued with the stick grappling techniques from last week. These techniques are from Tuhon Tom’s stick grapping instructions in the past. We reviewed the stand up body lock to chokes with the stick. We went through some front head locks to guillotine chokes. Next, we transitioned from the side body lock to head and arm throw or to the neck crush. And also, we worked on some over-under clinch techniques to finishes.

We got some good reps drilling these sequences. We made them lightly free-flow through the locks from the side body clinch. From there, we had the Receiver’s give some reaction to which the Feeder’s had to move into the correct lock or choke or throw.

Next stick class we will review take downs with finishes. Also, maybe we will learn how to initiate a response to get entry.


Class Notes – Sept 1, 2015 – TD1 – Review, No Contact

Instructing: Guros Joe C & Lem

Attendence: Bob, Dan, Lance, Asim, Alex, Brian, and James


Reviewed TD1 – No Clearing. We partnered up and reviewed the whole drill. Changed partners and practiced with different energy for most of the class time. We continued with changing the order and isolating the different techniques. We then had them free-flow and try catching the technique while in flow. Ended class with salutation.



Class Notes – January 20, 2015 – Drills to Freeflow and Back

Instructing: Guro Joe M.

In Attendance: Brian, Alex, Ryan, Bob, Dan, Lance

Transition Drills – Students started by pairing off and repping a Transition Drill of choice, preferably one that is still new or one that the pair felt that they wanted/needed more work on.  Within the drill, each partner was instructed to identify an isolation that they wanted to work on.

Freeflow – With the same partner, then with different partners each student practiced isolating the technique extracted from a Transition Drill and use it in free flow.  From Freeflow, we then came back together and discussed how there are usually some movements that we get caught with.  Freeflow can help us identify our areas we should work on.

Back to Transition Drills – Using the feedback from Freeflow, students went back to their original pairs and located where in the Transition Drills they could find the solution to the movements they needed to work on.

Introduction to Phase 2 – For the last part of class, we worked the empty hand entry response to a forehand palm up slash.  Empty hand Feeders crosstapped and entered into a 2-on-1 control.  From there we worked foot and leg placement, simulating left hand strikes and crosstapping to exit if needed.


Class notes April 1 2014

Attendance: Alex, Robert, Brian, Asim, Ryan, Frank, Dan, Chan, Tavon, Guros Lem and Joe C. instructing.  We continued working the remaining counts of the 7 count drill in isolation for speed and intensity.  We then covered “stump training” and ended with free flow.


One of the techniques in the drill is referred to as the “Steven Segal”.  Guro Joe M. and I were reminiscing about our favorite Segal fight scenes.  Here you go Guro Joe:


Class notes- Jan. 28th 2014

Guro Joe C. instructing Attendance: Robert, Dan, Brian, Ryan, Alex, Ann, Asim

We reviewed 3 of 9 left defeats right with forward pressure and then applied this idea to 3 of 9 tapping.  We focused on forward pressure from the feeder and tight seams from the receiver.  We then added two blades to the receiver in forward grip and focused on not cutting yourself in the transitions.  This furthered the idea of tightening the seams. Class ended with free flow.