New Sayoc instructor rankings have been released. Congratulations to all associate instructors and apprentice instructors who were promoted!
Current associate instructors:
- Joe M. (associate instructor 5)
- Lem (associate instructor 4)
- Vedo (associate instructor 2)
- Joe C. (associate instructor 1)
Current apprentice instructors:
- Ervin (apprentice instructor 4)
- Warren (apprentice instructor 2)
- Mosi (apprentice instructor 2)
- Mike D. (apprentice instructor 2)
- David D. (apprentice instructor 2)
Congratulations to both Joe C. and Miguel for their promotion to associate instructor! Both have trained for many years and definitely earned the rank of guro.
Additional congratulations to David D. for his promotion to apprentice instructor!
While I was out of town, Guro Lem, David and Mosi took over teaching duties …
Guro Lem’s notes:
We reviewed 5 count passing drill with grappling isolations. After a few reps with the drill, Mosi had us free flow. We tried to work on technique than strength or knee jerking actions. Later, David had us back to back and had the Feeder initiate the attack. This scenario was to assimilate a surprise attack. Nice class!
In the class from two weeks ago, Lem started the class with us continuing the “five-count” take-downs. David led class next, but my mind is drawing a blank on what he focused on. Then I finished the class with trying to get the guys to free flow (whatever drills they knew) with intent (which was perfect considering last week’s class).
In attendance (if I remember correctly… I’m getting old!): Lem, David, myself, Frank, Bryan, Ryan, Asim, Zavid, and Alex.
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)
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.
Class was run by Mosi this evening …
First off, thanks Dr. Bob for granting me the opportunity to teach class while he was away. In attendance, was Bryant, Ryan, and Bryan, Jarrod, David, Asim. It was a small class, but we had a good one.
First we went over 3 of 9. However, I had them focus on “intent,” strength, and technique instead of relying on speed and rote memory. We did that for about 10 minutes to get them in the right frame of mind. Then we spent the next 10 minutes free flowing w/n 3 of 9 framework. By now, only 20 minutes in, everyone had a nice little sweat going. ;-)
Next we went through TD #1 (again w/ intent)! They each took turns feeding and recieving TD#1, getting reaquainted w/ the drill and focusing on intent for 15 minutes. After that we then again free-flowed, but using moves from 3 of 9 and TD1. Finally, some of the guys incorporated TD2 into the free flow action. We did this for the remainder of the class, switching partners every 5 minutes ago.
The point was to get them to see that when you apply force and intent, it no longer looks like choreography. Instead, people are moving across the floor in various patterns, as each try to apply a technique, and the other tries to figure out what the counter is. In addition, it helped some guys to see how important their “live” hand was for getting them from one position, to set them up for the next position. All in all, we had a nice hard class. Lots of fun for all.
Mosi and Frank ran class this evening … In attendance: Mosi and Frank (instructing), David, Brian, Mark and Martin.
Tonight Dr. Bob wasn’t able to attend class, so Frank and I were asked to step in and teach the class the Atienza Trapo Hit Set we had just learned from a recent seminar. Since we only had one handkerchief between the 6 of us, we improvised and taught the set using knives instead. Of course, since the reach of a knife is different from that of a “loaded hankerchief,” We had to adapt the template to knife: changing the targets slightly and the defenses a bit. After learning the hit set & getting a few reps in, we spent the last 7 minutes of class free flowing.