VALIDO MARTIAL ARTS

Traditional martial arts, civilian personal protection & law enforcement protective combatives

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 We specialize in private, small group and one-on-one lessons, in the art of American Kenpo, Cinco Estilos Urban Arnis, and Personal Protection for adults, teens, and children.  We are a mobile martial arts school, teaching in various venues in the L.A. area, specifically near the City of Glendale, CA, and the Atwater Village, Silverlake, and Hollywood areas of Los Angeles, CA.  

    MARTIAL MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR

Movement Enhancement for the Actor through Training in the Martial Arts

 

Martial Arts can enhance the actor’s craft through the training of Movement. Not many actors will quickly see the connection in how their craft could be enhanced through martial arts. A successful actor should train their whole instrument which includes mastery of movement--knowing how your body moves, your perceived limitations, and discovery of your full capabilities.

 

Regardless of one’s individual stature, just having a strong physical presence without doing anything is what any actor would want to achieve--to be captivating just by standing there. From a Martial Arts perspective, a strong physical presence would give pause to an opponent from combating them.  

 

Our CINCO ESTILOS URBAN ARNIS class trains a student in developing an awareness of a fellow person, or persons around them. Actors train to observe and absorb the mannerisms, voices, walking patterns, and postures of other individuals so they can successfully portray them. Studying this aspect through the vehicle of the Filipino Martial Arts enhances this by paying closer attention to the gait or approach of someone, their instinctive way of balancing after their stability is displaced, and signs of their level of proprioception awareness.

 

Taking up a Filipino Martial Arts class is invaluable for an actor, because training an actor how to move is challenging since very little instruction can be conveyed verbally. You literally need to move in order to  learn, and everyone moves differently, so there’s no universal method or technique in which to teach movement to an actor, which is where the value in a Filipino Martial Arts class comes into play.

 

 

Movement classes are still not commonly offered or properly taught at acting institutions, so there’s an increasing need for movement exposure opportunities for the actor to add to their "acting bag" so they can be that much more competitive and confident. The aim of movement training for actors is to strengthen one’s body, focus your breath, open the mind to the surroundings, recognize the way their body moves, and to be in control of it at all times. The same goals are found in Filipino Martial Arts. You want to be in control of your body, your movement, your breathing. You want to know your intention, your reach, your motivation. Actors and martial artists alike need to have these skills ready at their disposal to call upon at any moment with ease and confidence.

 

Breathing is crucial for both the actor and martial artist. Training in movement, whatever the medium may be, helps you to recognize and release unnecessary tension that can tire you out prematurely. You don’t want to hold your breath and you don’t want hyperventilate either. Developing a controlled breathing pattern enables long-term endurance so they don’t tire out during a stage-combat rehearsal, or the filming of a fight-choreography scene, or worse-case-scenario a real-life skirmish.

 

The CINCO ESTILOS curriculum covers a variety of styles, techniques, and disciplines allowing the opportunity to develop one’s balance, tempo, and timing, perfecting awareness of spatial relationships and kinesthetic responses, and enhancing coordination, versatility and courage.

 

(For more insight to the CINCO ESTILOS SYSTEM, please click "Filipino Martial Arts" on the menu bar above)

 

One paralleling example between Acting and Martials Arts can be discovered through the examination of the Suzuki Method of Acting. Both Suzuki and Martial Arts focus on the idea that an action or reaction starts and ends with the foot. As such, they both focus on foot stepping patterns designed to develop the ability to create a stable approach or response, which also conveys a plethora of non-verbal communication.

 

Another example would be the Williams Technique, where the idea that intellectual training is best taught through physical communication, exploring an awareness of sensory-stimulation through the practice of allowing one to become aligned with the experiences of a situation that present itself. Interestingly, this particular technique is cyclical. The initial sensory observation creates a specific experience, in which that experience inspires a specific type of behavior or response, which in turns recreates or reinforces a new sensory response when a new  observation is introduced.

 

Training in the CINCO ESTILOS URBAN ARNIS METHOD can help you:

  • Identify, relax, and warm up parts of the body that hold tension. Work on posture and expanding your physical potential.
  • Identify and replace unwanted habits with greater body awareness, poise, and ease of movement.
  • Learn to control yourself, emotions, and movements.
  • Add to your Resume a range of unique skillsets under your FMA training to include Double Stick, Blade, Knife, Empty hand combat, and Whip cracking.
  • Expose you to training in a variety of environments, from alleyways to parks, to dojos and other various terrains.
  • Teach you non-lethal methods to subdue an opponent, restrain them, or quickly get away.
  • Teach you how to evade when your opponent has a weapon and you do not.
  • Teach you how to handle and prepare yourself and increase your sensory-field awareness of your surroundings whether you find yourself in a club, crowded street, or unfamiliar environment.
  • Develop how to quickly assess a threat and its trajectory by gaging the distance and angle of the attack.
  • Teach you how you can use your environment to your advantage and defend yourself with confidence whether it be with a belt, purse, broom, frying pan, or even a pen.

 

 

In addition:   

  • Classes are kept small to guarantee plenty of one-on-one attention with the instructor and senior students.
  • No uniform!  Your normal everday wear is encouraged!  As art emulates life, it's important to learn how to move, defend, and survive in your everyday clothes. 
  • Techniques taught in class have built-in carryover applications based on the circumstances presented to you.  This means you can use the same technique learned when battling a blade as you can against the empty hand.  A single technique possesses multiple applications.
  • Classes are sprinkled with Martial Arts History and facts, weapon backgrounds, and the secrets behind common techniques and why they are executed the way they are.A Note From the Instructor: (SAMPLE!)

    This is NOT an acting class. CINCO ESTILOS URBAN ARNIS IS a martial arts class designed to educate you so you can protect yourself and keep your loved ones safe. The Duality here is the class acts both as a tool for you to enhance your acting craft while also enabling you with a new level of confidence in defending yourself. In both worlds, the class allows you to develop a clarity of intention regardless of what medium you’re applying it to. You can take what you learn in CEUA and apply it to your acting classes, whether it be stage-combat or the filming of a choreographed fight sequence.

    Remember, the idea of the class if to make you a more aware and well-rounded individual so when you enter that audition, you have that much more to pull upon and contribute to the scene, just as you would want to have at your immediate disposal if an unfriendly encounter confronts you.

    People’s lives change regularly and life-events can shuffle around priorities or dictate available options. Only you know what is good for you in the moment, so if this makes sense to you, come try out class and we’ll do our best to guide you and help you learn more about yourself while simultaneously teaching an urban approach to Martial Arts.

    Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes, so there’s no burden to attend multiple classes a week. No high overhead in tuition. Fees are kept low to accommodate most budgets. Tuition is paid on a monthly basis, and private lessons are available. 

    Your first class is FREE, allowing you time to assess if you like the class, the material taught, the instructor and fellow peers. 

SENSEI GERRY FEATURED IN A NEW BOOK and IN ONLINE MAGAZINE!

Sensei Gerry's story was recently featured in the new book, "The Kenpo Continuum," volume 2.  It is a great honor to be recognized in this manner, and Sensei Gerry feels very fortunate to have been included in such an undertaking.  

 This book is a compilation of stories and mini-autobiographies of many of today's American Kenpoists, and was compiled by Amberican Kenpo Black Belts, Amy Long, of Sacramento Kenpo Karate, and Dr. Carl Totton, owner of the Daoist Institute, in North Hollywood, CA.  

To purchase your copy, go to:  www.kenpocontinuum.com. 

 

**ANNOUNCEMENTS**

SUMMER, 2017

NEW CLASS

CINCO ESTILOS URBAN ARNIS classes now being offered at the Shaolin American Self Defense Academy in North Hollywood, CA!  Please visit:  http://shaolinamericansda.com/uncategorized/new-arnis-class  for more information!  THIS CLASS IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AND IS ONLY A $20 DROP IN FEE!!

Come experience the beauty and power of the Filipino Martial arts, and BRING A FRIEND!!

AMERICAN KENPO class accepting new enrollment!

 Adult Kenpo Karate classes (private groups), are taught every Tuesday night at the "MY GYM," in Atwater Village (Los Angeles), 3462 San Fernando Road (cross street Tyburn St.). 

Please click HERE for the Google Maps link. 

This beautiful venue is very clean, as FREE parking, and a beautiful training area.  EVERY week, Sensei Gerry will teach a FREE Introductory Lesson (please make an appointment to attend) at 7:00 p.m.  Immediately thereafter, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., American Kenpo adult class will take place.  Ages 15 and up are welcome to attend class. If you are interested in lessons, please contact Sensei Gerry now to schedule your FREE  introductory class!!

REMINDERS:

**TUITION IS DUE EVERY 25TH OF THE MONTH for the upcoming month of training.  Tuition submitted past the 25th is assessed a $10 late fee.

**IF you are going to be late OR absent from group class, I'd appreciate a courtesy call or text message, please. 

IN MEMORIAM

In September, 2007, I made one of the most difficult decisions I ever had to make in my life--I decided, for various reasons, to part ways with my first martial arts teacher/mentor, whom I had been with for more than 13 years, SHIDOSHI PHILLIP S. WIMBERLY.  Shidoshi passed away on June 24, 2014, after an arduous 4 year battle with cancer.  He exposed to me, the more esoteric side of martial arts training, where the cultivation of the mind and the spirit, fortify the physical. Shidoshi Wimberly taught me how to teach, cultivated me as an instructor, a Black Belt, and a Sempai of our association. Shidoshi Wimberly gave me a solid foundation in the martial arts. Shidoshi Wimberly took a scared young man, and taught him how to use his mind and his spirit to not be scared anymore.

When I found out 4 years ago that Shidoshi was diagnosed with cancer it saddened me, and forced me to look at life through the lens of death--something we all should do. As a martial artist, one should always have the reality of death in the background--after all, our paradox is training to kill, so that we cherish and respect life. I found that strength within me to begin to let go of my past hurt and anger, and channeled it into this video tribute to my teacher, where I share some of my history as his student, and showcase exclusive footage from Shidoshi's and my video archives. I'll never know how he felt about me as he crossed over into the next life, but, I know for me, that I will always respect him as the man who brought me up in the martial arts, and as the instructor who gave me the core abilities I still use today. REST IN PEACE SHIDOSHI. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING--UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.

IN MEMORIAM

(Please click on the photo to link to the Tony Somera YouTube Tribute Page)

October 28, 2016 marks the 3rd anniversary of  Grand Master Tony Somera's passing.  The Grand Master Tony Somera YouTube Tribute page is a way for all of us to remember GMT alive, smiling, teaching, and playing the art he loved so much.


 

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