Modular Training


Integrated Eskrima was developed by Guro Mark V. Wiley after studying Filipino martial arts under dozens of teachers and masters in the Philippines and United States. It is not a new "style" of Filipino martial art. What differentiates Integrated Eskrima from other Filipino martial arts is not the Content (root techniques) found in the system, but the Context (methods) in which they are learned, trained and taught. Integrated Eskrima is a system of progressively learning, training and teaching the 8 categories, 11 footwork methods, 14 striking methods, 12 angles of opportunity, 30 primary techniques, secondary techniques and the various ranges, concepts and strategies found in different numbers and in varying combinations across the many established styles and systems of Eskrima.

It is a system of fully Linking and Integrating these methods in fully functional ways through the Integrated Modular Training Methodology (IMTM). To understand this better, let's first discuss the differences between the terms "system," "style" and "technique."

A "system" is an organized set of basics and techniques taught and practiced in an orderly fashion and progressing from points A to Z. A system is not a bunch of loose techniques or drills thrown together and practiced on a whim, as that is merely impromptu, unorganized and incorrect training.

A "style" is a personal way of expressing or performing a set of defined techniques. It is also often a synonym for a category of techniques within Eskrima, such as Abaniko. What a style is not, however, is a system.

A "technique" is what is found within systems and styles. Take, for example, the Abaniko style. Abaniko is a generic name for a fan-like method of attack and defense. Within this method (or style of movement) you have various techniques, such as fanning-style blocks, strikes, disarms and locks,. When grouped together, these techniques become the Abaniko "style" or the Abaniko "method" of employing the art. If you then group all of the techniques into their respective styles, and then combine the various styles into a cohesive whole and proceed to teach them in an orderly fashion, you have a system.

Integrated Eskrima's modular teaching progressing is based on first Linking methods and techniques and then Integrating them with the other methods and techniques as applicable. Therefore, as each new Module or block of information is learned, its conceptual parameters are understood and it is made fully functional with what has been learned thus far. Therefore, every technique is applied in its proper range and Linked with other techniques in that range, and then is Integrated with its proper footwork and follow-up strikes, disarms, etc. In this way, while we limit the number of techniques to range and footwork and follow-up strikes, when combined they form countless new techniques. For example, within Medium Range we have the possibility to make over 3,500 techniques based on proper Linking and Integrating of relevant material in that range alone!

In essence, Integrated Eskrima teaches no new techniques. On the contrary, it confines (limits) its techniques and methods to particular circumstance and by doing so only trains its practitioners to utilize them in their strongest moments, and this is learned, trained and taught through the Integrated Modular Training Methodology, which is unique to the system.

The highest form of Integrated Eskrima is Kalis Lusot Palisog -a sword method that is like water flowing down stream: it moves around obstructions and fills voids and crevices, as opposed to being obstructed by them. The optimal goal of the system is to discard blocks, always move forward, and strike without being struck.

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