Planning to go the Philippines soon, looking for recommendations to train

Discussion in 'Filipino Martial Arts' started by Truthb, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Truthb

    Truthb New Member

    Hi, my name is Truth- looking to go to the Philippines to train.

    I studied Escrima for about a year and half five years ago.

    I am most drawn to is double stick techniques. I also really enjoy single stick technique that include the live hand and any kind of flow sparring.

    What I am most drawn to about FMA in general is the sense of flow. I am a martial arts and a dancer (primarily ecstatic dance), so sinwali drills or really good flow sparring rocks my world.

    Ideally would like to go and train 4 hours a day, most days of the week. If I find a teacher/style I love, I will probably move there for an extended period of time. Feel drawn to Cebu, and unattached.

    I saw this recent thread and am grateful for all the info and, given what I have described, wondering if anyone has any specific recommendations. for me.

    warmly,
    Truth



    ps Not attached to the Philippines. If there is somewhere else I can go train 4 hours a many days a week, I'm open.
     
  2. Truthb

    Truthb New Member

    .... wish I could edit the above message and it won't let me so......

    Also wanted to share that I love full contact sparring.
     
  3. Latikos

    Latikos Valued Member

    He's gotten old by now, but if I were to get to the Philippenes I'd check out Verna Caprara and his school.

    He was the former owner of the club where I train now and was very, very good. All my teachers, except one, either learned by him directly or former students of him.
    He has quite a reputation in the town I train and is a name for lots of martial artists in the country.

    As I said, he got old and at times you can notice it, but I'd go train with him without hesitation, because he still is very, very good.
    He came for a visit this year and I got to see him live, train under him live; some stickfighting and Judo-throws; especially doing the throws had us wasted. I even got a few minutes in a sort of private session (as private as it gets, when more than a dozen people stand around, but you're his only attention :D ), because I had trouble with Harai-Goshi :)

    I am not of how much training he offers though.
    I only about his school on the Phillipines due to our students when they went there for a BB-grading; that meant hours on hours every day, but of course he had taught them before himself, so I don't know if it's the same with others.
     
  4. LabanB

    LabanB Valued Member

    If it's Cebu you are heading for, then Doce Pares is the main group to look at. Whether Cacoy's, Dionys or the Carin Brothers group, you'll find top notch instruction in any area of the FMA you choose.

    Bill
     
  5. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Banned Banned

    Do you have a stable job set up before arriving? Im assuming yes. (irrelevant to the direct question but its important to have a job set up before moving somewhere)
     
  6. Truthb

    Truthb New Member

    If it's Cebu you are heading for, then Doce Pares is the main group to look at. Whether Cacoy's, Dionys or the Carin Brothers group, you'll find top notch instruction in any area of the FMA you choose.
    Thanks! I was leaning towards Doce Pares, I didn't realize there were three different branches of it! Any info about the 3 different schools you mentioned?

    thanks!
     
  7. LabanB

    LabanB Valued Member

    Doce Pares has, officially, 12 GMs at any one time, so you have lots of choice ;-)
     
  8. LabanB

    LabanB Valued Member

    I feel Carin Brothers to offer the most street effective FMA; Cacoys the most sport effective and Diony you'll get the most traditional.
     

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