El próximo miércoles 17 de enero nos desplazamos a Portugalete para llevar a cabo un curso orientado para Fuerzas y Cuerpos de Seguridad, gracias al Club Contact por brindarnos esta oportunidad de mostrar un poco más de nuestro trabajo.
Nos vemos el año que viene…
Este fin de semana por cuarto año consecutivo hemos llevado a cabo nuestro seminario con Richard Cotterill, y en resumidas cuentas, una vez más nos ha dejado con la boca abierta.
Comenzamos el sábado con los exámenes de nivel, esta vez con compañeros examinándose desde el primer nivel hasta el cuarto, ENHORABUENA en nombre de todo el grupo a aquellos que os examinásteis porque, aunque como pudisteis comprobar Richard no regala ningún grado, os podéis sentir orgullosos de haber conseguido el nivel adquirido, dar la enhorabuena también a nuestros Hermanos canarios por su esfuerzo y bien hacer durante el exámen.
Angel Lara Martinez
David Abelaira Abelaira
Angel Felix Ruiz Muñoz
Sergio Diez García
Cristina Antolin Montes
Borja Martinez Rey
Vicente Orduña Saez
Gabriel Payno Pereda
Sanyo San José Rodríguez
Tomás Encinoso Armas
Mario Barrios García
El sábado a la tarde pudimos disfrutar de un curso que comenzo con las transiciones de bastón a cuchillo y viceversa, todo ello desde la perspectiva combativa del B3 Combat System.
El domingo continuamos enfocándonos en el desarrollo y habilidad del palo, aplicándolo luego a la mano vacia, ambos días con la intención de conseguir una mejor movilidad y potencia.
Me gustaría dar las gracias a todos aquellos que asistiteis a este seminario, en el que como viene siendo tradición es más una reunión familiar que un simple entrenamiento. Agradecer sinceramente a todos aquellos que habéis ayudado y puesto vuestro granito de arena, porque habéis facilitado la organización y como sabéis sin vosotros todo esto no sería posible.
No me gustaría despedirme sin mandar un fuerte abrazo a todos aquellos que os desplazasteis desde muy muy lejos, Inglaterra (Steven Baker, David Cunliffe and Bill Murray), Escocia (John Sharp), Holanda (Kaiwiki Jeff), Canarias (Sigung Tomás Encinoso, mi Mario Barrios y Natalia) y La Coruña (Antonio Garcia), los cuales a parte de haber realizado un grandísimo esfuerzo, nos habéis ayudado muchísimo a disfrutar de este evento.
Mi último agradecimiento va para la persona que nos ha apoyado durante estos ultimos 6 años y que conozco hace ya más de 10 años Richard Cotterill, gracias por tu enseñanza y amistad, y que como mencioné arriba, no deja de sorprendernos cada año!!!
Algo debemos estar haciendo bien porque el grupo crece, pero no de cualquier manera, si no con gente que se implica, que tiene ganas de aprender y que lo da todo en cada entrenamiento, así que ENHORABUENA a todos los miembros del grupo.
Hasta el año que viene familia!!!!!
“De Corazón, sois Bienvenidos, con Respecto”
Este ha sido nuestro cuarto y último curso del año, llevado a cabo con la vista puesta en el seminario que se celebrará el próximo 11 & 12 de noviembre en Castro-Urdiales, y que será impartido por el Instructor Jefe en Europa de Balintawak Cuentada Richard Cotterill.
Por este motivo hicimos especial hincapié en el qué y el cómo entrenar el nivel adecuado de los que se van a examinar.
Agradecer a todos la asistencia y sobre todo a Borja por traernos para que conozcamos a nuestro futuro eskrimador.
“De corazón, sois Bienvenidos, con Respeto”.
To those who have the privilege to meet and train on first-hand with the European Chief Instructor of Balintawak Cuentada, Richard Cotterill, we don’t stop of getting amazed that after 45 years training Martial Arts, and more than 25 Filipino Martial Arts, he continues being thrilled like his first training day.
No wonder why, GM Bobby Taboada chose him us his head instructor to expand the Balintawak Cuentada in Europe. Great self-taught, his desire to simplifying led him to leave his mark in everything he does, being his highest expression his B3 Combat System.
In this interview we want to get you closer to this great instructor, who shows us that quality can’t be measured by the origin country…
Introduction by Vicente Sánchez Campayo
- Tell us a little bit about how did you start practicing Martial Arts, have you been always practicing FMA or you have also practiced other Martial Arts…
I started training martial arts at 10 years old initially in Kung Fu and then Karate with my older brother. When I joined the UK Forces at age 16 I began training ITF TKD, my instructor at the time was also an amateur boxer so there was some influence of that. At age 17 I had to start teaching, had no choice really because my instructor at the time was transferred to different unit. He left me with the responsibility of training guys that were my seniors in age but that inspired me to be better.
I trained and studied everyday just to earn the respect of the older guys training with me. 44 years later still training and evolving
- How did you find out FMA and how were your first steps in FMA…
Long story short I learnt some basic Balintawak on a trip to the USA in 1992 whilst training bunkai (application of kata) with Willie Lim. He was a good friend of Bobby Taboada when they were both previously living in New Zealand. My first steps were very difficult because we returned to UK with only 2 video tapes of Taboada Balintawak and no instructor. So I was self taught initially.
- As European Representative in Balintawak Cuentada System, what are its main features from your point of view…
For me the primary goal is to understand how to make whatever you train combative, simple and effective. I just happen to use some of the attributes of Balintawak in a way that fits in with my mindset and training goals. But if you want specifics then Speed Power and Control are good place to start. Combative movement is paramount and mindset is almost everything
- Is it necessary to have any knowledge in FMA to start training Balintawak, what will you emphasised in case of a new student
No prior knowledge is needed, in fact sometimes those with prior martial arts knowledge it can be an burden to learning because set patterns, restricted thought processes and stylized sequences are already indoctrinated. It is all about perspective and understanding that just one true concept of combat is more valuable than multiple styles and a multitude of techniques. The term “Martial Arts” to me means a “Warlike expression of yourself”.
Basically it is about violence. If you want to think about meditation, waterfalls and all things spiritual etc. then you’ve probably been inhaling too much herbal smoke in a dark room. Fighting is about someone that wants to kick / punch or stab the living crap out of you. So what are you going to do to stop that. 95% MINDSET and 5% TECHNIQUE!
- Within the system, are you only focused on teaching stick?
I always explain to students I don’t teach stick. Only empty hand with a stick held in it. The reason I use that explanation is because I do not want the practitioner to think about the stick or any specific weapon. A weapon is only an extension of the limb / hand.
6.We know you give seminars all around Europe, What countries are you teaching currently? And what about Spain?
So the countries I am presently represented and teaching in are: Austria, Belgium, Canary Islands, Czech Reublic, England, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Spain is a very special part of our group. I have seen it change over the years but it is only as good as the person that leads it. I thank my instructor and close friend Vicente Sanchez and all of the team especially Davide and Juanma for that. He has an amazing group of guys.
I would also like to mention my team in the Canary Islands, they have also for many years supported what I do. Tomas Encinoso is the head of the group there and is another great instructor and friend.
Without good people and good friendship it is not possible to achieve good results and feeling in your life. I am proud of all our group
- Could you explain to us what are your working on or which are your projects currently?
Well after many years of being asked for a curriculum for the B3 combat system I have decided to put time into structuring that. That’s not easy for me because I am a big believer in inventing it as I do it. For example I have to be very careful not to fall into the trap of situation A requires type B response.
- What is B3?
B3 is a combat system based on BATON – BLADE – BARE HAND BOXING It is driven by a methodology and perspective that you need to create physical and mental pressure to make mistakes thereby learning how to rapidly adapt to meet and resolve those training and confrontational challenges. It requires a mindset not based on specific techniques but on core ideas that are related to meeting fighting objectives.
- We have listen also about CSRED, what is it? Who is it designed for?
CSRED International is a core group of instructors from military and law enforcement backgrounds. RED refers to the mindset of REACT EXPLODE DESTROY
It offers simple, bespoke close quarter tactical training to professional military and law enforcement organisations, teams or individuals. The training is suitable for any environment, situation or role. All training is fast, effective, simple and direct.
- What are you plans for your short and longterm future?
My plans are to see the Balintawak group expand further throughout Europe and the rest of the world. To do that it needs the right people in the right places. B3 Combat and CSRED give further flexibility to enhance training in different environments, specific groups and requirements.
- If you want to add anything…
My thanks to Vicente Sanchez, Davide and Juanma for their support and friendship
I would also like to thank the following:
My wife and family
Master Willie Lim
Bill Murray (my training partner and the one that challenges everything I train)
GM Bobby Taboada
All my students, instructors, representatives and friends
Without everyone’s support I am lost.
From my heart you are welcome, with respect