The 2nd IMB UK Conference
30th September 1st & 2nd October
Shudan Martial Arts Centre Home of Shudan Judo & Kickboxing
Andy Gibney, Johan Skalberg, Jeff Espinous and Richard Bustillo
Arts covered; Jeet kune do, Doce pares Eskrima, Kali-Sikaran and Grappling
Jeff Espinous Johan Skalberg Andy Gibney Richard Bustillo
Andy Gibney; 6th Grade black belt UFS, 6th Grade black belt Doce pares-Master level, Senior Instructor JKD-IMB Academy, NLP practitioner.
Jeff Espinous; IKAEF technical director, Kali-sikaran Master Also an instructor in Savate, Thai boxing and various other styles of martial arts, he lived in the Inosanto Academy for 18 months, also studied in Thailand and the Phillipines.
Johan Skalberg IKAEF President 7th dan kali-sikaran, 1994 world stickfighting champion, also trained in ju jitsu, trained in the Philippines and studied modern arnis, also trained with Paul Vanuk.
Richard Bustillo IMB president, former Bruce lee student, 9th degree Grand Master in Doce pares Eskrima, also trained in many other styles of eskrima, an Olympic boxing coach and a kru in Muay thai. He is also a wrestling coach, trains in Brazilian ju jitsu and is a law enforcement defensive tactics instructor. He is a member of the Blackbelt Hall of Fame.
The following is a diary of the conference by Jeff Gonsalves (Chief Instructor) of Shudan Kickboxing. The format shall be, I will go through each session as I went through on the day, and I shall say who are teaching, what they are teaching and a brief description of what they were teaching from my point of view.
Jeff Gonsalves & Jeff Espinous
The Conference starts at 10am about 30 students turn up for the first day. Andy Gibney starts the event by greeting everyone and then introduces the instructors, he then goes on to give us the structure for the seminar. He explains he is going to put us into groups and that we shall be using two rooms at the venue, the upstairs conference room and the main dojo which is a fully matted area, he then splits us into two groups and we are on the way. I am in group 2 and we train downstairs for the first session.
Session 1 Johan Skalberg. Kali-sikaran.
We start with empty hand to stick, using triangle movements, moving away from the line off fire, then blocking, trapping and countering, Right, Left, Right, hand movements. We evade the strike, close the distance and get in close and finish the fight, block with the right hand, trap with the left hand and counter with the right hand, using this method you always have a hand free in case your opponent tries to counter you. We end the session with questions and a review of what we have done, the show our appreciation to the instructor.
Session 2 Richard Bustillo Trapping.
The outside line. Three strikes then trap with open hands and counter with elbows and knees.
Session 3 Jeff Espinous Kali-sikaran
Empty hand. From the jab you scoop and check the rear hand, then we do the same with a knife. Next we do a simple trap drill, rolling outside then inside then both, we pull the hand down then strike, your opponent the other hand up and blocks the strike, then you bring it down again and strike and so on, just keep going.
Drill. You parry the jab cross, then do the simple trap twice then trap the elbow, chop the neck, then grab the neck and elbow with the other hand. Your limitations are yourself.
Session 4 Andy Gibney upstairs The History of British Escrima
Reny latosa was the first Escrima instructor in the UK, he came over from the USA in 1972, he opened his first club in 1974. Bob Breen and Ralph Jones, both karate men at the time started training with him. In 1979 Bob invited Dan Inosanto over to do a seminar, and he has been coming over every year since. In 1995 Danny Guba came over from the Philippines to teach Doce Pares Escrima and he decided to stay with us. Bob Breen is the real pioneer of British Escrima.
Session 5 Johan Skalberg Kali-sikaran
We started with double stick, the six count; high, low, high, high, low, high. Then we moved on to sparring drills, moving around striking and blocking.
Session 6 Jeff Espinous Savate
Set sparring drills, we gloved up and threw jabs at each other while our opponent blocks, parry’s or evades. Next drill jab at each other, the one throws three punches, all the time blocking and moving around. We then did a kicking drill were you step of at 45 degrees and your opponent cant reach you with a kick but you can reach them with your kick.
Session 7 Richard Bustillo Trapping
We started with a simple trap and strike drill, standing opposite your partner throwing straight punches while he jut sau’s(jerking hand) and counter’s. We then move on to a right stance, you op throws a jab you jut sau and throw a front leg low kick, then a jab, cross, then elbows and knees to finish. Next drill your op does a low side kick, you pendulum backwards at the same time you eye jab, then forwards with a low side kick, then a rear leg Thai kick.
Session 8 Andy Gibney Escrima the last session of the day.
Andy went through a few stick drills from doce pares. Amarra’s (fighting pattern) we then moved on to Eskrido.
The end off day one. At the end of each session we were encouraged to ask questions on any off the techniques we had just learnt. We the finished with a bow and we showed our appreciation. It was a brilliant first day I hope the next two are as good. Jeff gonsalves
Sat 1st Oct
60 students came to the conference on Saturday. Andy Gibney welcomed everyone introduced the instructors, then split us into 3 groups of 20. We started at 10.30AM.
Session 1 Johan Skalberg Boxing & Panantukan
We started with boxing drills, jab drill then jab cross moving around, then we moved on to jab cross then finger jabs, eye gauge and elbows. Next we did panantukan. Drill jab cross, op gets inside with a brush block, the eye jab, cross then elbows, head butt, low kicks, knees and sweeps.
Session 2 Richard Bustillo Grappling
The students start on there knees, facing each other, Richard shows how to get your op on there back, using there arms and legs. Next we go into some hold downs, first we do scarf holds, trapping the arms so they can’t roll you over. Next side mount, then into submissions, neck cranks and armbarrs.
We broke for lunch at 12.00 for an hour, giving the students time to eat & drink and have a chat with the instructors and other students.
Session 3 Jeff Espinous Panantukan
We did gunting of the jab, then closing in with punches and elbows, then on the inside gunting, chop the neck, elbow and head butt. On the next drill we do the gunting with an eye jab instead of a bicep strike, then move in with eye gauges, elbows etc. Then we moved on to take downs, one hand on your opponents nose, while the other hand is on there back, pushing in opposite directions, a nice and easy takedown.
Session 4 Andy Gibney The history of Jeet Kune Do
Founder Bruce Lee:
Bruce Lee started martial arts at 13 with wing chun in Hong Kong. At 18 Bruce moved back to America were he was born, he went to Washington State in 1959. His first student was Jesse Glover. Bruce started to change his style and he started to train James De Mille and Tacky Kimura. In 1964 bruce moved to Oakland, in 1965 he had the famous fight with Wong Jack Man, this fight made Bruce change his martial Arts, the fight was because the Chinese didn’t want Bruce teaching the arts to westerners. In 1964-65 the green hornet started and Bruce moved to Bell air. Bruce opened a school in China Town in 67, that year he nearly broke his back and was laid up for months, in that time he wrote the notes for his book Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Dan Inosanto was Bruce’s main instructor at the China Town School, he ran the school when Bruce was filming. Bruce did the series long street, about a blind detective, Bruce was the teacher. After that Bruce went back to Hong Kong and did the Big Boss, he was already famous in Hong Kong because of the Green Hornet which they called the Kato show. Bruce did a few more films then died suddenly on the 20th July 1973. All this time Dan was training in Los Angeles. When Bruce died Dan was devastated, he was in a bad way having lost his friend and mentor, he didn’t do any training for about 6 months, then with some advice friends and former Bruce Lee students, he opened a new school with Richard Bustillo, they didn’t want to exploit Bruce’s Art so they called it the Kali Academy to teach Phillippino martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do to keep Bruce’s Art alive. The Kali Accademy was open for ten years, then they formed the IMB Academy, in all they had three schools run by Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo and Chuck Martinez. Dan and Richard started doing seminars, because everyone wanted to train in JKD, they had a six month waiting list in there schools. Dan remarried and in the end him and Richard went there separate ways, Richard still ran the IMB Academy and Dan opened the Inosanto Academy. That is a brief history of Jeet Kune Do, there are many books out there on Bruce and his Art.
Session 5 Richard Bustillo Jun Fan Trapping
From the jab you block with the front hand, then trap the cross, then you jab and lan sao (bar arm) his arm.
Next drill, jab then cross, you front hand block then lan sao and chain punches, you end up with both your hands on the outside, then one hand traps down (lan sao) and the other hand strikes. The lan sao locks there elbow in.
Session 6 Jeff Espinous Kali-Sikaran
Jeff went through some of the basic’s of his style and also went into some Dumog Phillippino wrestling.
Session 7 Richard Bustillo Boxing
We went through some jab and catch drills, with movement, then we started slipping bob and weave. We did various boxing drills using your partner as the trainer.
Session 8 Andy Gibney Doce Pares Knife Defence
Andy went through some Doce Pares knife defence and went through what he fought would work and what wouldn’t work and why. He showed us a X block, which you would have to practice for about ten years to make it work, then we did some basic blocks and disarms which were a lot easier and more effective that could work on the street.
That was the last session of day 2.
Saturday Evening 30 of the students and the instructor went out for a meal in Wellingborough. We went to the Great Wall Chinese restaurant in the town centre. We had a good meal but more importantly the chance to meet and socialise with the other students and the instructors. Everyone had a great time, after the meal we went to a few pubs to carry on celebrating keeping in mind were training tomorrow.
Sunday 2nd Oct
Sixty students came along for the third and last day of the conference.
Session 1 Johan Skalberg Knife Defence
Johan starts with knife against empty hands then knife to knife training using the principal of Right, Left, Right. Block Control, Kill with a Knife, its Knife, Check, Stab. Drill; moving around keeping the left hand close to the body. Block with the forearm, check with the left hand and strike with the right hand, we do the drill moving around. We also did some disarms this was mainly through grabbing or controlling the thumb.
Session 2 Andy Gibney Trapping with focus pads
Drill; Low jab, op low block, you do a rolling hammer fist the rear pad, then trap and wedge, back fist on the other pad. Next we do the same drill with a step and kick.
Session 3 Jeff Espinous Street Fighting
Fighting of the wall, we start with our back to the wall and our partner has his hand on your shoulder, you move the hand of using your forearm, with an outward sweeping motion, then you step in and upper elbow to his jaw. Next you turn him around using his head and shoulder and slam! Him into the wall, then you finish him with elbow, knees and then sweep his leg away, as he hits the floor you knee him again. We do nearly the same drill but this time your partner grabs your throat, you break the grip by hitting down on his elbow, then repeat what you did in the first drill.
Session 4 Johan Skalberg Kali no De Mano (trapping)
We started with trapping drills using the Right, Left, Right principle, Johan has been teaching this style all weekend, with the Sticks, the Knife and empty hand. So using the right, left, right theory, you block, parry or trap and strike. Drill your partner jabs, you block with the right hand, trap with the left hand and punch with the right hand. Once inside you finish with close quarter techniques, knees, elbows, sweeps and grappling.
Session 5 Johan skalberg
We stay with Johan, we carry on doing trapping and move on to some gunting. Then Johan ask’s if there is anything from the weekend we would like to go through again, so we did some more knife techniques and self defence work.
Session 6 Richard Bustillo Jun Fan & kickboxing
Richard talks about the power base or Dan tain, just below the belly button, he also talks about stance and balance. We start the training with the pads, using the front hand to strike and parry. Next we move on to the clinch and knees, every time you throw the knee you pull the head to the same side as the knee.
Then kicking the pads. Front leg stomp kick, land the leg, balance then front leg turning kick, balance then rear leg turning kick, always balance between the kick so your opponent do’s not know what technique you are going to throw. We finish the combination with jab, cross, hook. We move on to more drills with punches, parries and knees. Excellent Session.
Session 7 Jeff Espinous Knife Defence
Your opponent do’s an overhand slash, you front hand block, your rear hand takes it round, slides down the arm grabs the wrist and the thumb and strips the knife out of his hand. Next drill the same attack but this time you block with your rear hand, then your front hand takes the knife arm around but low this time, then strips the knife out of his hand, again controlling the wrist and thumb. We practiced each drill 10 times to get the movement right
Session 8 The last session of the conference all the instructors and all the students.
We start with some trapping drills, then some trapping into grappling and then into ground work, everyone was rolling around and having fun
Then Richard started going through lots of stomach exercise’s.
Next Jeff got us doing a kidney cleansing exercise, you lay face down, while your partner is at your ankles, stretching then and massaging your feet, this is very relaxing. That was a very good end to a hard three days of training.
All whats left to do now is give out the certificates, everyone who attended two days got a certificate of attendance.
The following UK IMB instructors got promoted up to the next level and received there certificates from Richard; Andy Gibney, senior instructor, Lee Banda, Full Instructor and Mark Hayes Full Instructor. Richard Hart and Pat Mclnally got promoted to Apprentice instructors – Jeet Kune Do/IMB Academy, well done!
Now for the Photo’s we had group shots and instructor shots and individual shots, everyone was getting in there and also saying there goodbyes.
On a personal note I would just like to say I had a truly wonderful time at the conference, not just because it was at my club, though that did help, but it was the whole atmosphere and being among my JKD brothers, I can’t wait for the for the next one.
I would like to thank everyone who attended the conference for making it such a wonderful experience, everyone got on so well, it was a joy to meet you all.
I would also like to thank the instructors, not just for teaching us but also for being so down to earth, you were all so approachable.
The biggest thanks goes out to Andy Gibney who organised the conference and has been doing these events, at his own expense for a few years now, Thanks for bringing everyone together, we know its hard work and we appreciate it very much.
Jeff Gonsalves. Shudan
©Jeff Gonsalves 2005