The Cadenilla Eskrima Group represents Grand Master Vicente Sanchez and Kali Arnis International Federation and Grand Master Bram Frank's Common Sense Self Defense organization, We are committed to promoting the Filipino Martial Arts and providing quality self defense instruction.
We chose the name “Cadenilla Eskrima Group” to pay homage to the influence of the training we had received in Lightning Scientific Arnis - originally called “Tersia Serrada Cadenilla y Espada y Daga” - from GM Vicente Sanchez. While training with GM Sanchez in June of 2008, Dan Murray and I presented Mang Vic with a copy of the Cadenilla Eskrima Group’s curriculum for his approval. After reviewing and approving our curriculum, he told us that Cadenilla – meaning “small chain” – was a very appropriate name for the group. He remarked, “you have so many styles all in one school, so many styles linked together. It is very good.” What had started as a name for our group that honored our teacher, his lineage and what he taught us had also become a moniker the sums up our training philosophy.
The Cadenilla principle – connecting concepts, styles and systems- is not new. It’s an eclectic approach that draws from numerous methods and makes connections between them to teach students how to be both physically and mentally adaptive. Our curriculum draws from various systems; Modern Arnis (and its Balintawak influence), Kenpo Karate, Lightning Scientific Arnis, Pancipanci Eskrima and Cinco Teros-Kasilagan, and isolates several methods or “sub-systems” that make up those systems and relate them back to others.
Consider the following quote from the late GM Remy Presas, Founder of Modern Arnis: “See? You must know how to make the connections. Once you make the connections you can see it is all the same… and once you know how to make the connection you can make the art for yourself.” Anyone who has spent any time at all training with GM Presas has heard him say things like this at least ten to twenty times in a single day of training. We embrace this philosophy and aspire to teach our students to see beyond “style” and grow beyond imitating their teachers. Our goal is to impart functional skill and an adaptive thought process in an effort to develop the individual.
You can expect practical martial arts and self defense training by experienced professionals. What else would you want?
Our instructors teach martial arts as an avocation, rather than vocation. What does that mean? Quite simply, we're not "in the business" of martial arts. Commercialism, turning a gigantic profit and churning out diplomas is not the name of the game in our training group Our focus on the development of the individual and imparting functional self defense skills through practical training methods.
- Requiring students to call our instructional staff by titles like master, guru, sensei, or whatever.
We're pretty informal. Calling us by our names will work just fine for us.
- Requiring students to purchase "official" uniforms and equipment.
That's right... no gi, no patches and no belts. It's an unnecessary expense. We encourage our students to wear comfortable everyday clothes to train in. We also encourage students to wear shoes during training, unless we happen to be training at the beach. For equipment, we point students in the direction of reputable merchants who carry quality training products.
- Point sparring and forms training in lieu of hands-on self defense drills and scenarios.
We believe in the axiom "fight the way you train - train the way you fight." We aren't concerned with competition, scoring points or looking pretty. Self defense is ugly, dirty business. There will be no judges of referees on the street to control the action and deternmine the outcome of a physical confrontation.
- Instructors dressed out in military fatigues and "tactical" gear while teaching you the secrets of "lethal" close quarters combatives used by elite military forces of the world.
Quite honestly, the average person doesn't need to know how to kill a man in three moves or less. The average person needs to know how to use an appropiate amount of force to stop an attacker's aggression and get away to tell the tale to the police. Military combatives are governed by specific rules of engagement and use of force regulations. Self defense for civilians is governed by laws at the state and local levels. The two are very different from each other. Each requires a very specific mindset and the distinction between the two should not be blurred.
Our cadre of instructors are military professionals; as such, they feel it is inappropriate and misleading to use their military experience as a marketing tool to present a martial arts program or to pump up their resumes as instructors.
- A guarantee to turn you into a "warrior" by the end of your contract.
Firstly, we don't do contracts. They are restrictive to both the student and the instructor. Secondly, anybody in this day and age that equates "warriorship" with martial arts training is delusional and has watched too many 80's karate movies. If you really have ambitions to become a 21st century warrior, then you should be looking at the following websites: Link A, Link B, Link C or Link D.