Mr Janich, I watched the first video yesterday and it was great! Thank you for the recommendations on what videos to buy. I'll do some more research!!!Michael Janich wrote: ↑Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:20 amDear Naperville:
Thank you for including some of my MBC videos in your library!
I have a large martial arts video library, but running Paladin's video production department for 10 years really influenced what I've kept and what I've given (or thrown) away.
Some of my personal favorites include:
Jim Grover's Combatives Series and anything else featuring Kelly McCann/Jim Grover
Reflex Action by Bob Orlando
The Slam Set by Joseph Simonet
Maphilindo Silat by Rick Tucci
One Strike, One Kill by Vince Morris (I re-edited this one for Paladin from seminar footage. The original camerawork left a lot to be desired, but the content is excellent)
Cabales Serrada Eskrima Volumes 1 and 2 with Jimmy Tacosa
Wind and Rock Volume 3 with Chris Petrilli
Destroy, Trap, Lock with Kelly Worden
Beyond Brazilian Jujitsu and anything else by Mark Hatmaker
I know there's more, but I need more coffee...
Sounds like you have a good plan there, Naperville.Naperville wrote: ↑Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:05 pmI updated my initial list of recommended videos after some research. It's pretty complete now with what I plan to buy and study. When I get back to work, I'll be going to as many seminars as I can with the instructors listed.
My goal is to take from every eminent instructor the best moves and roll them in to something that I can defend myself with. I will be back to training but it never hurts to have a library of skills to watch and review.
I am interested in knife and hand to hand defense. The larger blade studies help in dealing with people who have longer weapons.
Naperville,Naperville wrote: ↑Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:10 pmThanks Jim!
I made a huge mistake by not continuously training my entire life. It's fun and you get to meet great people! Then I left for Silicon Valley and got back in to it. But I missed the opportunity to meet GM Angel Cabales of Cabales Serrada fame, GM Giron of Bahala Na, and Mike Inay of Inayan, due to their having passed. I've decided to do whatever I can to train in person with everyone when the funds become available.
I'll do my best to NOT become the old guy that cannot move sitting over in the corner watching. And if I do, I hope that I have tons of cool stories about my teachers.
Silicon Valley / NASDAQ had a major correction/contraction in 2002 - 03, and I was part of the fallout. I came back to Illinois looking forward to picking up training where I had left off and there was not much and remains very little in Filipino styles that I am interested in. I contacted my old schools in Stockton and started to train my brother in 2017 but then had a heart attack. Starting over is no problem. We (bro and I) are a little worse for wear, he's on disability but can throw light strikes to get me going and he will be there for the movements.James Y wrote: ↑Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:45 pmNaperville,
It's great that you still have so much passion for it!
Me, I've trained continuously since age 13 (I'm 56 now), but have studied different systems throughout my life. Although I was a black belt in Kenpo Karate, I haven't trained that since '83, though my Kenpo teacher still has me listed as one of his black belts. Other arts I've studied include Judo, Shito-Ryu Karate, Taekwondo, Northern Mantis fist (Tanglang quan), and Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, which I started at 30 and hold a 2nd-degree black sash. Also trained BJJ for a year in my 40s. In the past, attended a seminar by Remy Presas (modern Arnis), and a week-long kickboxing camp by Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, both back in 1982.
In spite of all this, I honestly feel that the longer I train, the more I'm aware of how little I know. And for decades, martial arts was my big focus in life, especially the Mantis and Choy Lee Fut, the latter of which I still train. I even taught my own group for a few years, and although I teach well, I've never felt comfortable as "Sifu" and sucked at the business aspect of it. I prefer to "empty my cup" and just be a practitioner. Now I'm almost exclusively on my own, but it's given me the opportunity to examine my art more deeply than if I was still in a class. It's not so much about style anymore, but simplifying and developing an in-depth understanding of the art, especially the important basic aspects that are often overlooked or taken for granted by many practitioners. Combine that with your own experience and your art becomes unique to you without trying to be.
Anyway, sorry for rambling on about myself. My intent was only to share with you, because I rarely discuss martial arts openly anymore. I respect that you are so passionate and open-minded about your martial arts training and learning.
Mr Janich, Thank you for your responses.Michael Janich wrote: ↑Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:08 amDear Naperville and Jim:
Thank you both for sharing your backgrounds and insights. Naperville, thank you for the kind words regarding my videos. I'm glad the logic comes through and resonates with you.
FYI, MBC does have representation in Chicagoland. If you're interested in doing any hands-on training in it, you can check out the Instructor Locator on my web site and see which instructors might be accessible to you.
I'm sorry to hear you had a heart attack and commend you for continuing your training. I wish you all the best.
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