Nickelstick Balintawak Eskrima, Legion Chapter

Practical Self Defense

Often times, people seek Martial Arts instruction after having survived a violent attack. It is one of the tough realizations we face in life that this can actually happen to us. Assuming we are lucky enough to have walked away from such an attack, most of us begin to ask ourselves how we can better prepare for such a situation. The most critical part about learning how to defend oneself is deciding what type of Self Defense technique to commit to. There are many great Martial Art Disciplines and all have their merits. Some styles focus on kicking such as Tae Kwon Do and some on grabbing, ground and throwing techniques and some on weapons and even firearms. Which is best?

While use of a firearm for self defense is probably the best option, we will not always have a firearm with us. Even if when we have a Concealed Carry Permit and we have a gun with us, the attacker can still point a gun at us first.

It's always better to have built-in Self Defense training that will guide and help us survive such situations. There are many factors to consider in choosing what type of Self Defense technique to learn. Practicality is of the essence. Consider your own physical ability. Are you athletic enough to practice and apply flashy kicking techniques that we often see in movies? Consider your strength. How do you defend against someone bigger and stronger than you who has a hold on you? If you are taken to the ground, are you physical and skillful enough to survive?

Nickelstick Balintawak Eskrima has your ability to survive in mind. The philosophy in practice is to end the fight as fast and as judiciously as possible and walk away alive. A weaker individual is hundreds of times more effective when properly trained on how to use whatever is available or within reach as a weapon of survival. This is exactly what Nickelstick Balintawak Eskrima teaches you. A mindset of survival and the proper techniques to end the fight as fast as possible when faced with a life threatening situation.

Contact Us for more information

Weapons Training

Nickelstick Balintawak Eskrima is a Weapons Martial Art. The intention is to master using just about any weapon available as a defensive means when the need arises. The approach to learning this fighting technique is through fundamental training with a single stick. Movements, strikes and defenses are the main elements of the foundational skills using a stick. These basic skills later translate into other weapons like knives for defensive purposes.

The focus on weapons comes from a philosophy of magnifying ones ability to defend themselves. A 100 lb person can overpower a much bigger attacker using this technique. Proper training and practice with knives for example gives one a great advantage over an untrained knife attacker. Fact is, most knife attackers are untrained and are more likely to hurt themselves in the process with their own weapon. Nickelstick Balintawak Eskrima weapons training gives one the proper knowledge and approach against such attackers. It is not a flashy technique as it is designed to quickly end a fight and walk away safely. A similar fighting technique also based on Filipino Martial Arts Kali Eskrima was featured in the Bourne Identity Film Series. Matt Damon who portrays Jason Bourne in the series is a true practitioner of Kali Eskrima, a branch of the original Eskrima that Nickelstick Balintawak is based on. Similar techniques using weapons and bare hands in survival mode is the main theme.

It takes intense practice and dedication to master this martial art, however it's effectiveness in a real life situation is immense as the student is trained to end the fight as quickly and as judiciously as possible. As the saying goes, "it is better to have it and not need it, than to not have it and need it".

Contact Us for more information

Character Building

It is often said that "Empty cans make the most noise". It's a saying that means that people with the least knowledge and talent or knowhow usually talk the most, talk the loudest and are often the bullies of society.

The Empty Can Syndrome can be seen or rather heard from people of all ages and all parts of society. Road Rage incidents, spectator fights at sporting events and yes even in daily lives of many school children these Empty Cans of society are present.

The logical thing to do is to walk away from these bullies or as an option have the ability to speak calmly and be in control of the situation and avoid an altercation. The Eskrima practitioner's character is enhanced by his or her confidence of the ability to defend himself or herself effectively and thus the knowledge that he or she will only employ these techniques in life threatening situations. "Speak softly and carry a big stick" is a proverb advising the tactic of caution and non-agression, backed up by the ability to do violence if required.

Knowledge exudes confidence and confidence builds character.

Contact Us for more information