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School Closed due to extreme weather – Monday Jan 27, 2014

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in News, Schedule Updates | 0 comments

School Closed due to extreme weather – Monday Jan 27, 2014

Due to the extreme sub-zero temperatures tonight, we will not be holding classes. Please stay home, be warm. It will be warmer tomorrow.

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Closed – Thursday Dec. 5

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in News, Schedule Updates | 0 comments

Closed – Thursday Dec. 5

Sage Arts Studio will be closed on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. Saturday classes will be as normal that week.

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Fencing Concepts

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Class Notes, Curriculum, Filipino Martial Arts, Trapping, Wednesday Workshop Topics | 0 comments

Fencing Concepts

Class 1 – Fencing Concepts While there are many perspectives on the use of a long staff or short staff in fighting, like most other aspects of Martial Arts, in terms of combat, simpler is often better. There are a great many ways in which to wield a staff. Some cultures and traditions use an end grip, with a majority of the staff used to strike with, others use a thirds grip, effectively dividing the staff in three pieces, which tends to focus on using both ends of the staff. While in certain circumstances each of these maybe appropriate and necessary, it is often true that a simple direct line of attack, that being a thrust, is the best tactic, as this type of attack is both immediate and direct, and as such can take the initiative away from your opponent with a stop-hit. In this sense, the concepts we’ll discuss below are identical to fencing theory, and also JKD trapping and Centerline theory. While considering these principles, ask yourself when other methods of using the staff as a weapon would be appropriate.   Fencing Concepts Starting from a Right-hand Dominant Position (gripping the staff with the right hand forward, left hand at the hip, both thumbs pointed towards the offensive end of the staff), we place our staff against that of our opponent from a distance at which we would need to enter in order to strike. Let’s refer to this as Largo Mano with an engagement. Our opponent has adopted an identical stance, both people with their right hand and right foot forward, identical grips. The staves cross at the last 1/4 of the shaft. This represents a fairly neutral position, and we are presented with a conundrum. If I attempt to thrust at my opponent’s torso or throat, their staff sufficiently occupies Centerline, that I cannot get a direct line to the target. Therefore I must create an opportunity (or seize upon an opportunity if it should arise). If the opponent rears his weapon back to strike at me, we have a situation not unlike trapping “In absence of resistance, we strike.” Knowing this, therefore, and having this engagement of one staff against the other, we must find a way to create that opening without becoming vulnerable to our opponent’s thrust. Stage 1 – The Beat First, we attempt, with a quick sharp strike to the opponent’s weapon, to move their weapon off of Centerline, and create our opportunity to thrust. We must be sure to not create too great an opening in winding up for that beat. Practice this with the thrust. The empty-hand trapping equivalent of this is a simple Gnoy Pak Da from an outside forearm reference point. Stage 2 – The Recovery As we Beat the opponent’s weapon off of Centerline and thrust, they recover Centerline and block the thrust. Practice this to develop the timing for the recovery. In empty-hand trapping, this would be the equivalent of switching to a Biu Sao outside parry to deflect the Chung Choy that follows the Gnoy Pak Da. Stage 3 – Positive to Negative As our opponent recovers Centerline from the Beat, we retract the tip of our staff, to allow their recovery to pass Centerline, opening a line for our thrust on the...

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2013 Holiday Schedule

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in News, Schedule Updates | 0 comments

2013 Holiday Schedule

Just a reminder to students, Sage Arts Studio will be closed on the following dates for the holidays. We wish everyone a safe and restful holiday season. Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Thanksgiving Holiday Tuesday, December 24 – Friday, December 27 – Xmas Holiday Wednesday, January 1 – Sunday, January 5th – New Year’s Holiday Be sure to join us for the last day of training of the year on New Year’s Eve, for a special training session from 6-8:30pm.

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Current Class Schedule

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in News, Schedule Updates | 0 comments

Current Class Schedule

Sage Arts Studio Class Schedule Monday 5pm – Youth Martial Arts 6pm – Phase One 7pm – Panantukan 8pm – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tuesday 5pm – Private Lessons by Appointment 6pm – Kickboxing/Conditioning 7pm – Phase One 8pm – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Wednesday 5pm – Youth Martial Arts 6pm – Phase Two 7pm – Warrior Yoga 8pm – Wednesday Workshop (Rotating Topic) Thursday 5pm – Private Lessons by Appointment 6pm – Kickboxing 7pm – Capoeira Regional 8pm – Phase One Friday Private Lessons by Appointment Saturday 11am – Kali/Eskrima Noon – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Sunday Private Lessons by...

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Wednesday Workshop Topic: Sibat/Staff Fighting

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in News, Wednesday Workshop Topics | 0 comments

Wednesday Workshop Topic: Sibat/Staff Fighting

The next Wednesday Workshop Topic will be a Short Staff Workshop: Kali Dos Manos Drills & Techniques Wednesday Evenings 4-Weeks beginning Nov. 27th. Students should bring their sticks and a notebook. We will be providing the staves for training. This will be a great chance to develop your skills with a two-handed weapon.

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Welcome to the Online Dojo

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Welcome to the Online Dojo

Welcome to the online dojo. After many years of struggling to keep the school’s website up to date, and also share some of the many useful things on the Internet with my students, I decided to finally incorporate WordPress to help deliver such content. This section of the site is currently free to view, but in the future may be reserved for active students of Sage Arts Studio. In addition to news, announcements and schedule updates, this section of the website will contain a large and growing number of videos on the Martial Arts, class notes, Sage curriculum lists and testing requirements, training advice, interviews with significant Martial Artists, history, stories, and even a few games. Over the course of the next few years, the content we share here will take students to different parts of the world through the contributions of many instructors from a variety of systems. Through this students will begin to build an appreciation for different cultures, languages, and systems of movement. This will give students a way to model their movement after the stylistic characteristics of other Martial Arts. My hope is that this content will greatly compliment students’ regular in-class training. There will be several contributors of original content, particularly articles and training advice, which will include current and past instructors at Sage and other affiliated schools. New content will be added weekly if not daily, so it will definitely be worth your while to check out the site on a regular basis. It will also give students something to do when they can’t make it into class. Be sure to share this with your friends, and invite them to train with us. See you in...

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