Here is our latest ‘Interview with an Urban Escrima Student’, thanks Andrew.
Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do
Hi, my name is Andrew, and I’m a customer assistant and musician.
What martial arts experience have you had previously and do you currently train in any other martial art/self-defence?
I took a krav maga introduction lesson once, apart from that I grew up watching marital arts movies and playing copious amounts of video games. Not sure if that counts though.
How long have you been training in Escrima Concepts and what grade are you?
I started in May 2013 and I’m currently a grade 3.
What first attracted you to Escrima Concepts and how does Escrima differ to what you have done before?
I was looking for an effective martial art for self defence and escrima seemed to tick all the boxes. I especially liked how the system seamlessly transitions from weapons to unarmed and how they both compliment each other.
You recently graded and attended a seminar with Wayne Tappin (4th TG), how was that?
It was a real eye opener. It allowed me to see how much I had learnt, but also how much more I need to learn. And to be honest I’m looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead.
What is the one thing you most enjoy about Escrima Concepts?
Its hard to pick just one thing but I like the constant switching between weapon types and unarmed.
Why do we teach ‘Concepts’ as opposed to techniques?
When in a real confrontation there are many variables to consider, and relying solely on techniques that are designed to be used under certain conditions puts you at a disadvantage if these conditions aren’t met. Whereas concepts allows you to use the underlying mechanics of the technique and adapt it to the situation.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of coming to train?
Go for it!!! You get to learn a very effective form of self defence taught by two awesome instructors, in a fun and welcoming environment.