Grease the Groove Protocol

Here’s a simple method of improving a skill set that I got from Pavels “The Naked Warrior”, he calls it Grease the Groove.

What it is, in a nutshell, is a method of High Frequency Training. It calls for a single set of an exercise at intervals throughout the day.

Each set should stop short of failure, in other words if you can’t perform another perfect rep, don’t even try. You will aim to get as many sets done during the day as comfortable, starting maybe with 2, building to maybe 5 or more.

While Pavel talks about One Arm Push ups and Pistols (1 leg squats), you can apply the protocol to any situation. If you are struggling with a particular technique, say a roundhouse kick for example, do a few on each leg, stop before fatigue. A couple of hours later, repeat. Continue all day.

Continue greasing the groove, gradually increasing the number of sets and then the number of reps per set, but never to failure. Do this untill you reach your desired result.

For the busy exec or stressed Mother, this is a training method that fits into the busiest of schedules. Who couldn’t do a single set of an exercise while waiting for the kettle to boil, or during the ad break after Desperate Housewives?

Try it with other things, learning Spanish, Speed Work, Technical work, Strength work, writing your memoirs, or even grease the groove of calling your Mum.

Give it a go, see what happens.

Wild Geese Martial Arts
any cause but our own


PS Don’t forget to come along to the Fighters For Life Event

Strength Training In Martial Arts pt 3

Weight Training is a hotly debated topic. You have various methods to choose from, bodybuilding, power lifting etc….

But what really is good for you as a Martial Artist?

What do you need?
Explosive power, endurance, Strength Endurance, maximum strength, speed, agility, strong joints and core.

So your gym work has to reflect all this. Not easy! Plus your martial arts training may leave you with imbalances that need to be addressed.

First things first, what kit do I need?
If you don’t want to join a gym you will need a Bar and plates, maybe a pair of adjustable dumbells, possibly a power rack and pull up bar.

Is that it? What about all the fancy kit at my gym?
Forget about it, you really don’t need it.

The exercises I believe to be most suitable for a martial artist are the ones most commonly used by Power/Olympic lifters and strongmen. We’re looking for function, not the pumped up look of a bodybuilder. Plus a full bodybuliding programme will often leave you too drained to put in quality martial arts work.

The Lifts:
Deadlift: The king of exercises, will work almost everything you have, and you don’t need a Rack or spotter, just a bar and some balls. Ensure you get your technique checked!
Clean & Press: A full body work out, a big pull to get the bar to your clavicles followed by a big push to overhead. Name me a muscle that doesn’t get worked, go on I dare you. Can be done with the bar, 1 or 2 dumbells/Kettle Bells
Bent Over Row: Essential if your a grappler and will help balance out those shoulders if your a striker.

Also:
Squat/front Squat: Works the legs more than the deadlift. If you’ve no rack to squat from, clean the bar and do the front squat for low reps with the elbows high. Higher reps will hurt your wrist, you just can’t hold th bar that long.
Pull Ups: The Daddy of all back exercises, if you have something solid to hang off, add weight to yourself.
Bench/Floor press: If you don’t have a bench, don’t sweat, lie on the floor and use 1 or a pair of dumbells/kettlebells.

And thats about it. But what about tricap kickback and bicep curls? My triceps are pretty sore after a heavy set of presses, and my biceps were never bigger than when I doing weighted pull ups. Don’t sweat the smal stuff, your a fighter not a model. All the listed exercises will provide functional strength for the whole body, including the core and “beach” muscles.

Keep the reps low and try to stop 1 rep short of failure.

For programmes and training advice give us a call or visit Mike Mahlers home page and get his Aggressive Strength E-Book, it’s a compendium of some of the most effective programmes and methods out there today.

Wild Geese Martial Arts
any cause but our own

Wild Geese Across the Moon by Muriel Stuart

Wild Geese Across the Moon

REEDS, snake-like, coiled in the mist

Where the low fog drives:
The muddy cough of the stream that strives
To free its throat from the clot of reed,
As they fight it out the water and the weed–
While the fog, above, takes turn and twist:
Men, these are your lives!
Wild Geese across the moon:
As some hand that unrolls
And scratches black names upon blood-red scrolls;
So seem these shadows, dipping, dying,
Black shapes on the red moon, screaming, flying,
Till the fog blots out, or late or soon:
Men, these are your souls!
any cause but our own

Fighters For Life Charity Event

The following is a message from Paul O’Leary, read through and then please get in touch.

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Hello Fellow Irish Martial Artists,

We would like to draw your attention to a special charity martial arts event run by members of Martial Arts Ireland, Irelands independent martial arts forum on the 8th of March 2008 in University College Dublin, in aid of Cystic Fibrosis research and healthcare in Ireland. The Event will kick off at 10am and run until 4pm.

Some of you may or may not know that 2 of my 3 kids have a genetic condition called cystic fibrosis.

here is a little bit about the condition…
What is Cystic Fibrosis ?Cystic Fibrosis (also called mucoviscidosis) is Ireland’s most common life-threatening inherited disease. Approximately 1 in 19 people are carriers of the CF gene and where two carriers parent a child together, there is a 1 in 4 chance of the baby being born with Cystic Fibrosis.

CF affects the glands, damaging many organs including the lungs, the pancreas, the digestive tract and the reproductive system. It causes a thick sticky mucus to be produced, blocking the bronchial tubes and preventing the body’s natural enzymes from digesting food.

Cystic Fibrosis primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system.A build up of mucus can make it difficult to clear bacteria and leads to cycles of lung infections and inflammation, which can eventually lead to damage of the lungs.CF can also make it difficult to digest and absorb adequate nutrients from food. Mucus blocks the duct of the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to digest food.As a result, persons with CF must consume artificial enzymes with food, to help them absorb adequate nutrition from their food. They must also follow a demanding daily routine of physical therapy to keep the lungs free of congestion and infection.

Additional organ systems involved are the reproductive tract and the sweat glands. Other organ systems may be involved to leser degrees.

The result is that people with CF are prone to constant chest infections and malnutrition. However as therapeutic options have expanded over the last decade, significant advances have been achieved in both life expectancy and quality of life.

and link here!! http://www.cfireland.ie/articles.php/what_is_cf?

When a person with CF gets sick they require an instant responce from there health team. these teams are very under funded and as you move out of the capital the government support wains.
often one nurse is required to visit patients as well as run clinics and hospital treatments.
staff like physios and nutritionists have to be co-funded by the HSE and the public. this is where i am coming at this subject!!

What we have put together is an all day multi-style seminar event. With 3 to 4 styles teaching at the same time with a groups working in rotation. This event is firstly for Charity and secondly for a show of fellowship between the Irish Martial Arts community!

Instructors who have signed up so far are…

AoDenkouJitsu/Kyusho Jitsu – Paul o’Leary : Paul has been practicing Martial Arts for 20 years spending much of that time in TaeKwon-Do, with some time in Hapkido and Kung Fu. Now he trains under Prof Rick Clark and is the chief co-ordinator for Prof Clark and his AoDenkou Kai in Ireland. Paul will teach practical uses for pressure points and show how movements in Kata/Hyung/Kuen can be used to give you a way to intergrate many techniques into your own self defence. Also this will be a follow on from his “Whats The Point?” articles run in “Irish Fighter” magazine. Paul runs the “Martial Arts Ireland” forum with Jon Mackey as a place free from politics where Irish Martial Artists can gather and exchange ideas.

Website: http://homepage.mac.com/paul.oleary/Menu11.html

TaeKwon-Do – Jon Mackey : Jon is the Chief Instructor at the Pilsung Taekwon-Do Academy and is the co-administrator of the “Martial Arts Ireland” forum. He has been training since he was 8 years old in 1985. Although Taekwon-Do is his first love Jon also likes to cross train in other martial arts, and has studied Brazilian Jujitsu, Full Contact Kickboxing and is a trainee instructor under Lee Morrison in street self protection/combatives. This session will be on kicking drills for leg power including some sparring drills.

Website: http://www.iutf-dublin.com/

Kyokushin Budokai – Shane Thomas : Shane first set foot in a Dojo (martial arts training centre) when he was just 8 years old and this was to be the start of a life-long virtual obsession with the martial arts. Shane is active as a professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter in Ireland and Europe, and serves as a referee, judge and competitor of the Ultimate Fighting Revolution. He is currently ranked 1. Dan Judo, 2. Dan Kyokushin, 2. Dan Kyokushin Budokai (All Round Fighting), 2. Dan Ronin All Round Fighting and 3. Dan Sensei of the Sei Budokai (assoc. World Martial Arts Association).
In August 2007, Shane completed the infamous “50 Man Kumite”. This is a test of skill and endurance usually reserved for 4. Dan Black Belts. Despite this, Shane chose to participate whilst still a 1. Dan Black Belt.
Website: http://www.mmaireland.com/

Filipino Martial Arts – Wild Geese Martial Arts – Dave Hedges & Paul Cox : Wild Geese Martial Arts are the Irish Representaives of Doce Pares International, Danny Guba Doce Pares Eskrima and Rapid Arnis. The Wild Geese method is based around the concept that one weapon is all weapons. This leads to a concept driven method whereby common principles can be applied regardless of what you or your opponent(s) are using, be it empty hand, blunt or edged weapons. Taking drills and experience from notable masters such as Shay McNamee, Pat O’Malley, Danny Guba, Dionisio Canete, Nick Elizar and many more we can offer practical training for the civilian looking for self defence, the professional working in a high threat zone or the recreational martial artsist.
Website: http://www.wildgeesema.com/

Filipino Martial Arts – Warriors Escrima – Shane o’Neill & John Hoey: This style of Filipino martial art was founded by Grand Master Abner Pasa of Cebu. It is based on his training with other Masters of the Filipino arts including Eulogio Canete, Vicente Karin, Laborio Herosa, Larry Alcuizar, Tanny del Campo and other masters of the Filipino martial arts. The style is also based on his real life experiences of having to defend himself using the arts he had learned.
Shane has been involved with the Filipino Martial arts since 1996. John also began Filipino Martial Arts in 1998 & had previously done other martial arts like Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, Wing Tsun & Silat.

Defend U – Maeve Darcy & Ray Butcher : Defend University is a research and development group dedicated to the exploration of leading edge techniques and strategies for self-defence, security and defensive tactics. The emphasis of the group is on exploring methods which are not style specific and offer the best chances for success by the user whether in the performance of professional duties or as a private citizen concerned with personal protection. There are 3 campuses Phoenix, New York and Ireland.Ray Butcher has more than 30 years experience in martial arts (Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate and Judo) with international experience training in Japan, Australia, France, Germany , the United States and the UK. He is a 3rd dan in Aikido and a two stripe blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.Ray is the head instructor of Defend U Ireland. As a full time Instructor he travels around Ireland teaching Self Defence in Schools, Colleges and Corporate Bodies. He teaches Defensive Tactics and Control & Restraint Classes to members of the Garda Síochána, Security personnel and the Health sector.He teaches regular classes in Aikido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Swords, Co. Dublin and Fairview, Dublin 3.Maeve has 12 years experience in martial arts (Aikido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) with international experience training in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic and the United States.She is a black belt in Aikido, a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a certified Control and Restraint/Defensive Tactics instructor. She is a full time instructor and specialises in Women’s Self Defence.
Website: http://http/www.defendu.ie/

KO Martial Arts – Mixed Martial Arts – Barry Oglesby: Barry started his martial arts training with Tae Kwon Do, going on to gain 2nd degree black belt in this Korean striking art. During this time he began to coach and seek out other fighting methods which led to Boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Eventually, the style which he was coaching began to alter and so he quit Tae Kwon Do for good and formed an Affiliated Training Group with Straight Blast Gym.
My coaching methods are for more influenced by sports rather than martial arts. I try to make every session fun and educational whether I’m teaching an adult or a child. I’m always open to questions and queries and some of my best coaches have been inquisitive students as they’ve made me ask questions of myself. KO Martial Arts is my brainchild- I wanted to make a gym where people could reach their athletic potential in Martial Arts, but not to make it elitist or only for the “tough”. I’ve always like the SBG Ireland motto- “Tough isn’t how you act, tough is how you train”. I believe anyone is capable of learning and training in effective, realistic martial arts. Barry will be teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and showing some of his coaching methods for his kids classes.

More coaches and instructors to be added.

All instructors are giving there time and skills free of charge. Seminar attendees are requested to donate 50 euro each to the event although more can be given if individuals so wish.

Please forward this email to your Martial Arts friends who may wish to take part in this event or just to support us.

Find out more on Martial Arts Ireland http://maireland.proboards50.com/

Also mobile 086-3545032.

Thanks for your support!

Yours in Martial Arts,

Paul o’Leary

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So get involved and show your support for this great cause.

Keep an eye open for updates

Wild Geese Martial Arts
any cause but our own

Chi Gung

There is a lot of debate on whether or Chi actually exists. I mean you can’t see it or touch it and it gets attributed to some incredible feats. A bit like the wind, or electricity I suppose.

I’m not getting into the argument but I am going to sing the praises of following a Chi Gung programme.

If you approach Chi Gung with the attitude that it is another tool for your training arsenal you will benefit. Add it in beside your Kettlebells, Punchbags and Air Max runners, do you honestly need any of this kit, no, is it useful for a purpose, absolutely yes.

There are many systems and styles of Chi Gung but one of my favorites is called Ba Duan Jin or 8 Pieces of Brocade. While it is considered a warm up set for bigger Tai Chi workouts, I find it useful as a quick method of mobilising my joints, relaxing and settling my head when a little fried. Plus it is a good warm up if practiced vigorously.

I had a look over youtube and there are plenty of video clips of Ba Duan Jin, they can be a little hard to watch as they’re mostly posted by the guys who go for the whole mystical thing.

As I have more time I intend to publish more on Chi Gung, especially the Ba Duan Jin. But for now do your mind and body a favour, deep breathing combined with joint mobility and gentle stretching most days and you’ll feel great. Even if you don’t give it a mystical chinese title.

Wild Geese Martial Arts
any cause but our own

Guest Entry- Tim Larkin on the Importance of Mind Games

“The Importance Of Mind Games”

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“Everything I ever really need to know I learned in
Kindergarten.”
– Robert Fulghum
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One of the most revealing training exercises I ever
conducted occurred while working with a law
enforcement unit assigned to protect a high profile
politician from another country.

In this particular country assassination was a very
real threat for this politician. The law enforcement
unit was comprised of some very sharp ex-military spec
ops members that had outstanding training and real-
world credentials as part of an aggressive counter-
terrorist unit.

The problem we had with this unit was their inability
to properly anticipate ambushes or potential
assassination attempts in the exercises we designed.
We knew it wasn’t a lack of intelligence, training, or
ability.

So what was the problem???

What we finally determined was…

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They had adopted a defensive state of mind!

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Yeah I know, by this issue you probably already
guessed that was the case.

But I mention it because my staff and I had gone into
the training assuming mindset wouldn’t be an issue. In
fact some of my guys had worked with members of this
group when they were in the military and were shocked
by this change.

How did we fix it?

We basically got them to do a role reversal. We
actively encouraged them to think like assassins. The
actual methods were more detailed and elaborate but
the concept was essentially just a change in how they
looked at the problem.

This resulted in an amazing increase in the unit’s
ability to anticipate and counter assassination
attempts long before the politician was ever in
danger.

In debriefing this unit we learned they felt that
since they were now in a unit designed to “protect
someone” that somehow they now needed to be defensive.

In fact even the name of the unit affected this
change.

Using English language for illustration purposes,
their old military unit was a ‘counter-terror’ unit
whereas the law enforcement unit was an ‘anti-
terrorist’ unit.

In simple terms a counter-terrorist unit mission is to
‘hunt’ down terrorists while an anti-terrorist unit is
designed to ‘defend’ against a terror assault.

It was very enlightening for me to once again see the
power ‘words’ can have on performance. Even very
seasoned operators fall prey to that trap.

So how does this relate to your day-to-day mindset?

I talk about the Cause-State but still I find many
of my clients go through a day in Effect-State.

Why?

Because you get caught in the trap that to be a law
abiding citizen you have to wait for something to
happen before you can take action. This results in a
very poor use of your ‘primary’ weapon. You’ll always
be one step behind the aggressor.

It’s easy for me to get my clients that hunt to
understand this. That’s because when they’re out in
the woods hunting their prey, they have NO fear. In
fact, there is eager anticipation as they try to find
where the prey may be hiding. Using this thinking,
it’s easy for me to get them to adopt the Cause State.

For those of you that don’t hunt, think about when you
were a child, playing hide and seek. When you were
looking for the ‘hiders’, there was NO fear in you.

You were actively engaged in your environment to seek
out and capture these ‘hiders’. In fact, if you were
good at the game, you found yourself role playing,
asking yourself where you’d be hiding if it were your
turn.

Well, that same ‘state’ you learned in Kindergarten is
now a key tactic in controlling your fear and
hesitation in life. You can actively engage your
surroundings during the day without affecting your
daily business.

Role reverse and play the criminal in your mind.
Rather than wonder, “Who’s around that corner?” just
ask yourself how you’d attack. Try this and see the
difference in the way you feel.

Until next time,

Tim Larkin
Creator of Target-Focus(TM) Training
http://www.targetfocustraining.com

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Wild Geese Martial Arts
any cause but our own

Strength Training in Martial Arts pt 2

So we all agree, strength training in martial arts has always been around in some form or another, and we also take for granted that any boxer or UFC fighter will be doing some form of strength work.

So how do you apply it to your training schedule?

You can train with or without equipment, in a gym, your dojo or your home, on your own or with a partner/group.

So you’ve opted for no equipment
Great choice, as you can do this anywhere anytime. But how do you put together an effective bodyweight only programme?

Same as any other programme!
You will want to work your pushing, pulling and leg muscles.
Push: Press ups, 1 arm press ups, hindu’s, divebombers, handstands
Pull: Pull ups, towel rows, bridge
Legs: squat, 1 leg squat, lunge, split lunge, hindu squat

If you want pure strength stick to low rep 1 arm push ups and 1 leg squats a la Pavel Tsatsouline’s The Naked Warrior, if you want massive muscular endurance and conditioning go for high rep hindu pushups and squats with holding the bridge for time.

For some great bodyweight workouts for muscular endurance and conditioning check out Craig Ballantine’s bodyweight 100, 200, 350 and 500 workouts, I believe he’ll soon be launching a BW 1000 (yes thats 1000 total repetitions).

I love to do a quick set of hindu’s most mornings when I first get up, I find they loosen me up and prepare me for the day ahead. I’d leave the strength work for later in the day.

Just remember, try to train regularly and don’t be afriad to change things around from time to time.

Escrima Concepts Seminar

Quick note, Steve Tappin of Escrima Concepts has confirmed he will be coming to Ireland to teach a seminar for us.

If you’re an eskrimador, martial artist or security professional, don’t miss this opportunity to train with one of the best in the industry.

Steve agreed to take time out from his busy schedule (check out the calender page on his website) travelling to teach all over europe, to come to us for the weekend of May 2-4th.

Call back for more info, as soon as I get the artwork sorted out I’ll have info posted here.

Wild Geese Martial Arts
any cause but our own

Strength Training in Martial Arts

Happy New Year to you all, I’ve been a bit slow off the mark getting back into the swing of things in 2008, but I’ve got one more Xmas party to attend and thats it, back into good hard training.

The subject of strength training has been debated long and hard in the martial arts world for a number of years. Many instructors simply refuse to accept that it is of any use at all.

How they justify this is usually weak cop outs like:

“It slows you down”
“Strength doesn’t matter if you have good technique”
“Your time is better spent practicing punches/kicks/etc…”

And many more, but you get the idea.

In my experience, many students come to me wanting not only to learn a martial art/self defence but also to get fit.

Many senior students I see are unable to perform optimally because of a lack of strength and conditioning.

How do we fix this?

Knowledge.

Look back into old style training methods and you’ll see Japanese Karate-ka performing a high tension kata called Sanchin (also see seishan), have a look at Tai Chi masters training with huge heavy weapons and see the Shaolin Kung Fu stome lock training.

These are all forms of strength training.

Sanchin, and similar forms/kata, are methods of High Tension training. Since tension = strength, the practioner is actually learning to recruit more muscle fibers into each movement. Much the same as a power lifter. This type of training is often refered to as Dynamic Tension and is a variation on Isometric Training.

An Isometric contraction is basically a muscle trying to contract but being prevented from doing so.
Question: Whats the heaviest weight you can lift?
Answer: One you can’t

Try this, place your hands together in a prayer possition, palms pressed together infront of your chest. Take a deep breath and as you slowly exhale push your hands together as ahrd as you can for about 7 seconds or a 10 count.
While your arms don’t move, you’ll feel massive tension through the chest. Next time you try it, your muscles will respond with even greater tension, in other words you get stronger.

I will write more on isometrics at a later date but for the moment may I refer you to an associate of mine at http://www.isometric-training.com/.

The Tai Chi master that is training with a sword thats bigger than he is performing slow, graceful movements is also strength training. Although he’ll never admit it.
A muscle held under tension for an extended time, will adapt and get stronger. That means when a smaller, lighter weapon is used, you’d better look out, he will be lightning fast and massively powerful.

And finally the Stone Lock. There is a Russian equivalent called the Kettlebell, I’ve spoken of these before, and will again in future articles. Put Stone Lock training into YouTube and you’ll see footage of chinese ma’ers lifting and throwing these mad looking objects around. Then look here and you’ll see many of the same excersises performed with kettlebells.

Why do I not mention the standard type of training you see in most gyms today? Why do I not advocate doing 10 sets of bicep curls on monday, 10 sets of leg extensions on tuesday………etc???

A bodybuilding type split is of next to no use to you unless your goal is to get big and slow. Plus the time you need to spend training will leave you exhausted for your Martial Arts training. My training partner did just this. He needed to put on size, so quit martial arts for 6 months and dedicated himself to a bodybuilding programme.

While this worked for him at the time, he realises that it is counter productive to spend 6 months of the year not practicing his Martial Arts. Now he uses much more effecient methods, and while he isn’t putting on size, he is stronger than ever, and when he hits the bags, they stay hit!

What all the above methods do is work the whole body as a unit, there are no isolations for the rear delts or the long head of the triceps. The whole body including the deeper supporting and core muscles, is worked quickly and efficiently, often a complete workpout will last around 30 minutes and will leave you stronger and more energised for the rest of the day.

I will post more on my favorite strength training methods over the next few weeks. I’m also building more pages dedicated to this subject for the website.

Keep an eye open for updates. You can also come to train with us, click here to find out how.

Till next time

Wild Geese Martial Arts
any cause but our own

12th Anniversary of the Black Eagle Society

Post taken from the Rapid Arnis forum site, view the original posts here
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The Black Eagle Society

Formation
The Black Eagle Society was founded in the Summer of 1996. The inaugural meeting took place in a wood in Barnet, North London.
The meeting had been arranged by Pat O’Malley and Simon Wells (of LaPunti Arnis de Abaniko) who first tried to get this format of fighting off the ground back in 1992, also in attendance at this first meeting of the Black Eagles were, Jonathan Broster, Shiraz Hussain and two of Wells’ students.
Pat O’Malley and Simon Wells are known as the two original founders of the Black Eagle Society. Simon, after only a short time, left the group leaving Pat in sole charge of the organization which still hosts events to this day.

Name
The name Black Eagle Society was chosen to pay tribute to the influence on the founding members of the Lapunti Arnis de Abaniko style because both Pat O’Malley and Simon Wells were training with Lapunti at the time, the emblem of Lapunti shows a black eagle clutching two sticks.
The group’s first logo was designed by Jonathan Broster and shows a cartoon eagle holding a stick in its winged hand. The motto of the group is “Vera Est”, Latin for: “It is real”. The cartoon eagle logo was later replaced with a Celtic designed eagle to also depict the fact that the group originally comes from the Celtic region of Great Britain.

Rationale
The group was formed in response to the desire among some members to move beyond the WEKAF style, armoured stick fighting events and incorporate a higher degree of realism in the bouts.
The rules and equipment used were, and remain, minimal. Curiously, no winner is declared after each bout; instead, it is for the two contestants and those watching to draw their own conclusions and learn what they can from the match.

Rules & Equipment
Put simply, each fighter should be able to walk away from the bout as friends. Bouts are fought over one three minute round, with either fighter having the right to end the bout at any time. Each fighter wears a headguard of their choice (routinely a WEKAF helmet), light gloves, such as cricket gloves (if desired) and a groin protector.
The rules permit any thrust or strike with one stick, two sticks or any combination of wooden weapons, together with any punches, kicks or other blows, as well as throws and ground-fighting techniques.

Membership
At the inaugural meeting it was decided that full membership of the group would be open to those who had participated in no less than three separate official Black Eagle meetings.

Since its inception many other Filipino martial arts styles and practitioners have participated and many top FMA notables including John Harvey, Phil Norman and Neil McLeod have participated in society meetings on previous occasions.

Comparisons
An interesting comparison has at times been drawn between the bouts of the Black Eagles and those of the Dog Brothers.
Where the Dog Brothers have a heavy grappling influence, by way of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there has always been less emphasis on ground fighting in Black Eagle Society bouts, where striking, fast stick handling, blocking, footwork and evasion tactics of the traditional Filipino martial arts have been more evident. More importance is placed on the use of the weapon and all in the Society accept that if there were no headguard and the stick were to be replaced with the more traditionally used sword, grappling would very seldom happen in a real Eskrima Kali Arnis bout. All players (as the participants are known) try to stay as close to the traditional Eskrima Kali Arnis as possible, unlike the Dog Brothers who are known to mix various arts from other countries in to their format.

Anniversary
Celebrating it’s 12th Anniversary, April 15th 2008 will see the biggest ever meeting of the Black Eagle Society.
This is the UK’s Original NHB FMA event with just head gear, light gloves and groin box that has over the last 12 years attracted many top UK FMA practitioners.

With each bout timed to a maximum of 3 minutes the meets are open to all serious non egotistcal FMAers who wish to test their skills up against like minded afficianados of the Filipino martial arts.
This meeting will see both novice and expearianced Black Eagle Society members coming together to enjoy that days sparring. This event is only open to those FMAers who wish to participate in the days sparring matches, no casual spectators allowed.

All players may also video both their own and other bouts on the day.

The event will be held in Dartford, Kent. Venue to be announced in the new year to all those who wish to participate.

If you would like further details, get in touch.

YBIFMA

Pat O’Malley
Co-Founder of The Black Eagle Society.
http://www.rapidarnis.com/

….it's an Attitude