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NH Summer Camp Chronicles 2007
Over forty people gathered in Newport NH July 13-15
to work with Grand Master Jeffrey Delaney and Professor Lisa McManus
to make this the second of what promises to be many successful
and exciting Modern Arnis/
Military Arnis Summer Camps. Grand Master Delaney, successor to
the late Professor Remy Presas, partnered with Guro Kevin McManus
to demonstrate dynamic skills and finesse. The fluidity of talent
shown by these two gentlemen was nothing
less than amazing!
Professor McManus exposed us all to her own exciting
art of Military Arnis. The combination of these two sister arts
made this summer camp an event unparalleled by any in the past.
Professor is a woman known for her affiliation with honorable
people as was seen by the presence of her students and board members.Colonel
Mark Costa, USMC and his wife Kathy trained vigorously for 3 days,
always ready to learn and teach more. Commander Mark Farley, USN,
missed Saturday to do a Century benefit ride for cancer research,
but gave 100 % both Friday and Sunday. Professor's Norwich students,
Instructor Spagone and Mr. Lewis were monumental in passing on
their skills in Military Arnis.
TheNH Camp was further honored by the presence and
talents of Grand Master WillieWilson , Master Mason and their
incredible Karate Five team from Morristown TN. The entire Furino
family drove from Tennessee to NH to attend camp.
Sadly, Lydia was still on crutches, but rumor has it that GM Delaney
kept her occupied working the chair drill.Vincent, Gary, Michael
Rickson and Doc took over a corner of the room and had a great
time working together. Jami kept up with her brothers every step
of the way! The entire Karate Five team brought enthusiasm, dedication
and hard work to a whole new level. Their presence made this summer
camp very special!
New Hampshire natives appeared from all over the
state. Newcomers Susan Smith and Mary Pillsbury quickly picked
up the nuances of figure eights and knife techniques. Several
members of the Elements Martial Arts school of Portsmouth- Master
TimOrr, Sensei Jolie Foucher, and Tim Young not only brought their
talents and enthusiasm, but also demonstrated great bravery in
camping out at Doc Laurie's - even with the stray moose and bears
hanging around! Lunch breaks were shortened to 1 hour this year
with Lunch provided by Professor McManus. Even during breaks,
Brad Lane, Lymon Prior, Guro Brian and others reviewed forms while
eating pizza. Brad's growth in the past year has been exciting
to see! Jackie Rickson, Professor's neice...known to some as 'little
Professor McManus' , demonstrated great skill as she lead many
new students through complex techniques. She and her brother Michael,
who had previously traveled with Professor to Tennessee to train,
further developed their close relationship with Grand Master Wilson
at his event.
NH Summer Camp Chronicles
Forty-five people attended this year's New Hampshire
Modern Arnis Summer Camp instructed by Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney,
successor to the late Grandmaster Remy Presas, and Professor Lisa
McManus, founder of Military Arnis. Sensei Joseph Durette was
the co-host of this Camp run by Professor McManus and staffed
by Guro Chester Brown, Sensei Dean Romanelli, Guro Kevin McManus,
Sensei Jerri Bruno, Adam Marcus, Sensei Les Kiersnowski and Guro
Steve Hanni, Guro Brian Hubbard, Vic Fredlund and Sensei Joseph
Viera. Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus supplied the
crowd with lessons that kept them working into breaks and late
into the evening. The Philadelphia group, Muriel Hons, Lee Welsford,
George McDermott, Dr. Cynthia Dembofsky and Tony DiBello enjoyed
the excitement and vigor of the training. In fact, George and
Tony both commented on this being the best Camp they'd ever attended.
New Jersey showed up in force with David Clark, Dave Boyer, Brian
Tillinghast, Guro Steve Hanni and Sensei Les fired up and ready
to train. Dr. Laurie Farrell, a true team player in every sense
of the word, trained, supplied snacks and chauffeured kids from
Camp where they needed to go. Adam Marcus warmed up the crowd
before training and Sensei Romanelli reviewed basic falling skills
for the group. Uncle Joe (Sensei Joseph Durette) had his family
on board for training including Peter, Nick, Brody, Thomas, Brian
and Nathan. Lyman Prior enjoyed a great deal of time training
with Sensei Viera while Gregory Viera worked with most of the
people on the floor. IMAF photographer and father of the year,
Ed Engalan captured memories at Camp for all to share while his
son, Christian demonstrated incredible growth in skillfulness.
Timothy Young and Brad Lane, perhaps the newest members of the
team delighted at the excitement of training. Gina Shea, Dr. Cynthia
Dembofsky and Jackie Rickson all put serious effort into training.
Young Michael Rickson found working with Guro Chester Brown to
be fun and stimulating. Kim Compo and Lindsey Currier manned the
t-shirt table and helped out tremendously with all the administrative
details under the direction of Sensei Jerri Bruno. Shihan McPherson
was like a kid at Christmas when he and Professor McManus demonstrated
little tweaks to techniques as he turned 40 years old at Camp
on Saturday. Donuts and coffee provided by Sensei Bruno and a
tune barely recognizable as 'Happy Birthday' launched Shihan into
the 40th year of his life! Michael Iaquinto, Professor McManus'
Military Arnis student, also celebrated a special birthday-turning
21 at Camp. Michael's skillfulness and eagerness to be a part
of the team gave the civilian students an appreciation for the
professionalism and team spirit that comes from being affiliated
with the United States Marine Corps. Sensei Bronson took and gave
some thumps while sharing in the vigor and excitement that only
Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus can provide. It is simply
impossible to give credit to everyone who contributed to this
marvelous Camp event.
Camp events run by Grandmaster Delaney and Professor
McManus are often described as exhilarating and exhausting.......but
always fun. Be sure to mark your calendar for Winter Camp on February
2, 3 and 4, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas.
Knoxville, Tennessee was the location of the 1st
Annual Modern Arnis Event as hosted by Master Wilson and the Masters
of Karate 5 and instructed by Professor Lisa McManus. Throughout
the 2-day event some 40 students shared in the excitement and
enthusiastic teaching style that has become the trademark of Professor
McManus. Master Wilson and his team of Masters and black
belts demonstrated the purest of Southern Hospitality
which makes their events so remarkable.
Friday evening the host and his team had in-school
training session where Karate 5 personnel were prepared for the
next days events. Master Wilson, Master Melbert Lee, Master
Brabson, Master Mason, Master Ogle, Sensei Daryl Cox, Sensei John,
Mrs. Ogle, Instructor Wilson and Instructor Lee worked tirelessly
to afford the young students the opportunity to learn. Kayla,
one of Karate 5s top young female competitors, spent a great
deal of time grooming Jackie Rickson from Massachusetts while
Instructor Lee gave Michael Rickson a vigorous and fun workout.
Naomi Mason, Rita Wallace, Albert Wallace, Diana Long and Melinda
Reese gave 110% effort to enabling the children and each other.
I was absolutely amazed to observe Kayla. She is a powerful
15-year old girl who could, shall we say, bring it to you!
in a fight. Her posture and presence gave off an unyielding energy
that told of years of training and confidence building under the
tutelage of the Masters at Karate 5. That was not the amazing
part; however, the amazing part was when she was asked to teach
my niece, Jackie, a newcomer to martial arts, her demeanor changed
immediately. Kayla transformed from powerful and unyielding to
a patient and attentive teacher. What an incredible testimony
of the training this 15-year old girl has received under the tutelage
of these incredible Tennessee instructors, reported Professor
McManus. Powerful to patient, that speaks volumes
about the quality of instruction at Karate 5, said McManus.
Saturday morning the team gathered at the Knoxville
EXPO for a full day of training and awards. Master Butch Hill
from Nashville joined the team for this vigorous days events.
One of the most rewarding things to view was the way the children
who had been at Friday nights session took over and taught
the children at Saturdays session. Students were taught
skills from stand-up to ground maneuvers. Little Connie who weights
about 50 lbs soaking wet remarked, my favorite part is when
we make them hit the deck! How quickly the children understood
McManus military lingo including hitting the deck,
launching a strike and engaging ones opponent.
It was an incredible day. At dinner time Karate
5 treated all 40 participants to a fabulous barbeque dinner. Satiated
and happy the team returned to training. Awards and recognition
were given to all the students at Karate 5 who kept honors in
school. Additionally the prestigious cross training award given
by the Masters at Karate 5 was awarded to Master Chris Spruill
for his continued contributions and efforts in Martial Arts cross
training. Following training each night after dark Michael Rickson
was seen training young Jordan in the parking lot
really couldnt get enough at this event!
Camaraderie and brotherhood are the lifelines that
connect this team from schools across the state of Tennessee.
It is nothing short of amazing to be in the presence of these
working Master Instructors and their students. You
dont want to miss the next Tennessee Event currently being
planned for April 2007. For further information regarding that
event, please see the events section of this page or go to www.karatefive.com
San Antonio Camp!
Winter Camp 2006
Forty people assembled in San Antonio, Texas to
work with Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney, Professor Lisa McManus
and Guro Chester rown for yet another successful Texas Winter
Modern Arnis Camp.
Team leaders from New Jersey, New Hampshire, Florida,
Texas, London and Canada arrived ready fired up and ready to train.
Sensei Joseph Durette, Guro Scott Smith, Guro Jordan Dellabough,
Victor Ktorakis, Shihan Dan Strictler, Sensei Les Kiersnowski,
Guro Steve Hanni, Vic Fredlund and Gilbert Chavez were all on
hand to guide newcomers through this 3-day event. Darrell May,
Lezanne Amow Ali, Noel Villarreal, Brian Tillinghast, Abel Martinez,
Peter Bell, Kyle Neely, Vangee Nez, Trevor Fredlund, John DeMattia,
Gregory Harris, Dr. Cindy Dembofsky and Jenny Dellabough enthusiastically
worked each technique that was expertly delivered by Grandmaster
Delaney. Christian Engalan surprised Alberto Almeida with his
skillfulness as he lead a group through the basic disarms. Duane
Kight, Jericho Guzman, Ben Bloomfield, Chris Walker and Felipe
de Jesus Pantoja seemed to have a wonderful time throughout their
Grandmaster Delaney dynamically presented material
including palis-palis and Sinawali boxing drill; Professor McManus
engaged the crowd with windmill applications giving Sensei Les
and Darryl May quite a view of the floor while Guro Chester Brown
lead the group through basic knife disarms. Scott Smith lent a
huge hand throughout Camp showing the benefit of that great foundation
and foot work he acquired under the tutelage of Guro Brown. Joseph
Durette from New Hampshire demonstrated grea
Joseph Durette from New Hampshire demonstrated great
skill throughout Camp with foot work and body positioning that
was both effective and powerful. Bill Garton reported never
getting enough of this training and loving getting
tossed around like a rag doll by 110 lbs of Professor McManus.
Jonathan Lewis experienced first hand the power of a well placed
blow to the jaw and committed to make that technique his
own. Saturday evening Grandmaster Delaney treated camp goers
to pizza after training. Students shared stories and experiences
while enjoying a special visit from the grandmasters wife,
Robin. Sunday morning review was followed by the usual celebration
of knowledge. It was amazing to witness some of the newest people
able to go through all the forms as lead by the New Jersey Team.
This Camp was yet another in the great experiences
provided by the team of Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney, Professor
Lisa McManus and Guro Chester Brown. This team, truly a team in
all senses of the word, come together to empower each student
on the floor. Their leadership and skillfulness coupled with their
dedication to their students have made their events some of the
most successful in the United States.
Many thanks to Ed Engalan, Camp photographer. Ed
was voted IMAF parent of the year 2006 for the incredible support
and enthusiasm he demonstrates for his son and his sons
love of the Arts. Mr. Engalan shall receive his award at this
Summer Camp in New Hampshire. Well done, Ed!
For future events, please see the seminar/camp section
of this website.
For more pictures go here: http://www.modernarnis.ca/Pictures.htm
in BC with Modern Arnis and CMATS!
For the 2nd time this year, GM Jeff Delaney has journeyed from Texas to share his wealth of knowledge of the art of Modern Arnis. The honoured group of Attendees consisted of advanced, intermediate, beginner martial artists and even "newbies"!
As the 18 participants settled in from traveling from all parts of the island to attend, anticipation filled the air and without dismay GM Delaney stepped on the mats and began the seminar with basic ideas of footwork, combined with blocks. The principles laid out seemed to compliment both the novice and the advanced. With a guiding hand, he led us thru disarms and reversals to disarms that can easily be applied.
The host of the seminar "Jordan Dellabough" would like to thank Jenny and Kira for assisting with the admin duties and welcoming everyone with "smiles" : )
CMATS would also like to extend a sincere appreciation to "Alphonso Davis", who was on-board taking the seminar photos. Capturing unique perspectives, yet walking in the shadows, so not to disturb the learning process. View all photos here! For anyone interested in having an event photographed, just e-mail me for Alphonso's contact info.
Thru demonstration upon demonstration by GM and his Student, all the pieces of the puzzle started molding together. As he walked the floor, he was more than happy to answer questions and "share the feeling"!! Attendees got first hand knowledge and appreciated the one on one attention.
"Thank-you" to Tyson, Bill, Jade, Don, Mark & Ed for sharing with their partners to help everyone succeed with their new abilities and understandings. Their patience, humbleness and ability to have fun assist in creating a healthy environment to learn in.
As for the "Newbies"--Erik, Ian, Mark, Gil, Ross, Brian-- they all left with smiles, new friendships, and teachings to take home and practice. On behalf of everyone, we "ALL" look forward to the spring when GM Delaney will return!
- Slow and Gentle (over & over & over)
- BIG Mark
- Alphonso laughing at GM demonstrating on Jordan (stimulation)
- Ross's Sticks....invisible
- Guitar Player and Son
- "Kissing" technique from dope trap
Summer Camp Success!
Guro Chester D. Brown, Jr. hosted his first Arizona
Modern Arnis Summer Camp this year along with the help of the
incredible IMAF team that continues to spark growth in the Art.
Sensei Dean Romanelli, Guro Kevin McManus, Guro Jordan Dellabough,
Johathan Shapero, Adam Marcus, Jason Watts, David Friedman, Guro
Marcia Gobeil and Steven Hanni provided expertise and enthusiasm
to the crowd led by Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney and Professor
Camp experiences with the IMAF team are most often
described as celebrations of the art and of people.
Grandmaster Delaney began camp with the basic changing hands drill
and took that lesson expanding to submissions and locks. Professor
McManus isolated the foot work and stances of basic two-on-one
drill injecting enthusiasm throughout. The Philadelphia team,
Muriel Hons, Lee Welsford, Tony Dibello, George McDermott and
Dr. Cindy Dembofsky worked enthusiastically with everyone including
our friends from Canada, Jenny Dellabough, Kira Laing, Tyson Schenk
and Bill Garton. Guro Marcia commented on how wonderful it was
to work with Bill Garton who despite his size and strength had
excellent control and finesse! Way to go, Sir! The Penn club brought
Nicole Gilmore, Shira Fix, Jonathan Gaynor, Debbie and David Pajerowski,
and Andrew Kortina to celebrate their knowledge and share with
the other participants including: Sensei Jerry Shaw, Jeff Harris,
Marlene Harris, Phil Hoge, Robert Farris, Vangee Nez, Scott Smith,
Richard Heston and Joanne Traina. Vic Fredlund, Julie Fredlund,
Jonathan Lewis and Gilbert Chavez traveled from Texas to train
along with the more local crowd: Cindy Collier, Barbara Austin
and Marne Austin. Seon Sook Park enjoyed her first Camp experience
as led by the skillful Scott Smith both Seon and Scott had been
well prepared by their teacher Guro Brown.
Each morning the team arrived ready to train. As
usual, Professor McManus had already invigorated and prepared
students lining them up with capable partners to begin the training
session. Grandmaster Delaney delivered material relevant to all
levels so the training sessions flew by. After the last session
of the day, the participants rallied around the pool to share
beverages and snacks and unwind. This camaraderie has become a
welcome part of the Arizona event. Saturday evening Grandmaster
Delaney assisted by Guro Brown and Guro McManus worked with the
senior advanced students on the chair drill while Sensei Romanelli
taught initial tapi-tapi using strikes 1-5 block, check and counter.
Sunday students arrived refreshed and ready to train. Grandmaster
Delaney covered some new material and some review. Following the
review, the test commenced. It was exciting to see how much expertise
there was on the floor. Scott Smith wowed the board with his skillful
presentation of Modern Arnis as did many of those participating
in the test. Congratulations to all for an excellent demonstration
Given the incredible success of this event, Guro
Brown agreed to host the event again next year. Great job, Guro
Brown! See the seminar section of www.professorpresas.com for
Forty-eight people assembled in Nashua, New Hampshire to once again celebrate the art of Modern Arnis as instructed by Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney and Professor Lisa McManus. This Camp, hosted by Professor McManus and her N.H. staff, Sensei Jerri Bruno (Sarge) and Kim Compo remains the premier Modern Arnis Camp for attendance and enthusiasm. Grandmaster Delaney presented curriculum material and fine-tuned foot work throughout Camp. His flow and spirited delivery made the time fly….leaving students anxious for their next lesson with the Grandmaster. Professor McManus engaged the students with her vigorous yet precise delivery of two-canes to one, trapping hands and left-on-right tapi-tapi. Her creative approach and love of the art make learning easy and fun for all. Coined “The Dynamic Duo” last year, Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus along with their well-trained staff create the optimal environment for learning Modern Arnis.
Joseph Durette of Manchester, NH made this event a family affair with the attendance of his nephews: Nicholas, Peter, Jeffrey, Nathan, Brody, Thomas and Brian. The ‘Durette Clan’ arrived well prepared and ready to work. Master Willie Wilson, recipient of the ‘Golden Achievement Lifetime Award 2005 from the WKU Hall of fame, and Master Melbert Lee, also a recipient of that award in 2003, traveled from Tennessee be a part of the event held at the Sheraton, Nashua; one of the most impressive hotels in the North East. These Master’s of Isshinryu Karate exemplify fellowship and devotion to others while teaching and learning side-by-side with newcomers to Modern Arnis. Dr. Laurie Farrell, Laoshi Hugh Muir, Richard Healy, Jonathan Menard and Guro Brian Hubbard, Sensei Jerri Bruno’s Newport team, provided support and expertise to all participants at Camp. Dr. Laurie also provided refreshments for the group. Thank you for your incredible generosity, Dr. Laurie. Guro Marcia Gobeil devoted all her efforts to the youth at the Camp; her gentle manner and total attention afforded each partner she trained the opportunity to excel. Dr. Cynthia Dembofsky trained enthusiastically with all her partners including Victor Fredlund from Texas and Sensei Les Kiersnowski from New Jersey. Jacqueline Rickson from Massachusetts, enjoyed being the ‘big dude’ while demonstrating ‘trapping hands’ with her aunt, Professor Lisa McManus. Her brother Michael Rickson had a the time of his life training with Master Willie Wilson and so many other fine martial artists present. Martin Beatty, Jonathan Donahue and Eric Aquino witnessed ‘the flow’ of Grandmaster Delaney. “In 20 minutes he changed our view of what the Art is about,” reported Jonathan Donahue, “We were amazed at what he can do and want to be a part of it all.” Jonathan received high praise from all the youth at the Camp; his experience as a Phys. Ed. Instructor made him one of the camp’s favorite partners. Steve Hanni, one of the New Jersey team’s brown belt instructors, received high praise from everyone with whom he partnered. He was referred to as, “a real gentleman”, “totally focused on his partner”; bravo to you Mr. Hanni! Walt Drissel IV and Brian Tillinghast, also from the New Jersey team shared in the excitement of this 2nd annual N.H. Modern Arnis Camp. Ed Loomis and Michael Burch lent great support to Camp staff creating a wonderful environment for everyone to work. “Uncle” Ed and Mr. Burch also received many positive comments from the children in attendance. Lyman Prior and Robert Kobell both from Maine representing some of the most senior students in Modern Arnis present worked diligently throughout the Camp. Master Jack Redmond, Sensei Joe Sherwood, Matthew Chaves, represented more of the Manchester, NH area at camp while Guro John Connors and Sam Zolin represented the Vermont contingent at this Modern Arnis celebration. Guro Brian Hubbard and Greg Viera earned the “Kids Award” for their expert performance of techniques at Saturday night’s session. Greg’s father, Sensei Joseph Viera, another fine gentleman, enthusiastically embraced each partner and gave them 100% of his attention and expertise. Thanks Sensei!
Speaking of exceptional gentlemen, Sensei Dean Romanelli, IMAF team leader, guided each of his partners to a new level of assurance. Hailing from the Detroit area, Sensei Romanelli, known for his expertise in leading forms, demonstrates the true spirit of Martial Arts: respect for self and others, dignity and humility, hard work and dedication.
This Camp with its large number of youth in attendance was one of the most enthusiastic and energetic Camps ever. The young people kept pace with the most vigorous adults attending every session and working side-by-side with them. The IMAF staff instructors at this Camp afforded each participant to reach a new level of ability. As an aside, one of the other organizations at the Sheraton that weekend shared the hall space with our students. The organizer of the event told Professor McManus that he never saw a group of such “polite and respectful people in all his life”. Congratulations to all for being recognized in this fashion and for creating an experience to remember at this IMAF premier Camp. Given the great success of this event for the second year, plans are being considered to hold two N.H. Camps annually. See www.professorpresas.com seminars and events section for further information.
3rd Annual Tennessee Camp 2005
April 15th was not just another important day for the IRS but another
great event in Knoxville, Tennessee for the International Modern Arnis
Master Wilson, Master Lee, Master Mason, Sensei Daryl Cox, Sensei Jon
Whitehead, the Karate 5, hosted Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney and
Professor Lisa McManus for another fabulous event. Twenty-eight people
enjoyed the southern hospitality of the Knoxville crew and the dynamic
teaching styles of Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus.
Training in Knoxville began on Thursday evening with Sensei Stephen
Liegghio and Sensei Dean Romanelli leading Form 1 and then the bunkai
for that form. Students from Karate 5 enjoyed the training run by these
IMAF team leaders from the Detroit Area.
Friday through Sunday Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus lead
this excitable group through Modern Arnis curriculum. Jason Guillion
and Lucas James Hughes from West Virginia enjoyed their first exposure
to Modern Arnis. Shihan Dan Strickler from Florida assisted many of the
newer people like Angela Bayard and David Choate while Joseph Durette
and Master Bill Barker hammered out some advanced tapi-tapi. Master
Butch Hill and Master James Ogle renewed their enthusiasm for the Art as
did Mitchell Roberts, Dave Boyer, Barry Houchins and Anston Wilson.
Evenings following training Master Mason treated the group to his music.
This time was special and Shihan Strickler and Christopher Barker
accompanied the singing of Master Mason. The fellowship at these
Tennessee events is unbelievable.
Sensei Jon Whitehead's wife made her now famous homemade breads for the
coffee breaks....thank you Mrs. Whitehead! Master Mason created fine
canes Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus along with medallions
for all the participants of the Camp. The event ended with participants
enthusiastic about future events and plans for next year's event!
Please see www.karatefive.com for additional photos and info about this
exciting Tennessee event.
hosts the Dynamic Duo in March!
Twenty-eight people from Pennsylvania, New Hampshire,
Maryland and New Jersey came to enjoy the skillful and energetic
training as offered by Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney and Professor
Lisa McManus. Jonathan Shapero, Adam Marcus and the students of
Bodyworks in Media once again hosted Grandmaster Delaney and Professor
McManus for a two day event at their location. Jason Watts, Dave
Friedman and Joseph Durette were incredibly supportive of everyone
on the training floor. Gwen, Tony, Muriel, George, Lee, Jackie,
Jorge, Steve, Larry, Cindy, Joe, Angela, George, Geoff and Jean
enjoyed yet another vigorous session of throws, chokes and traps;
while Mark, Alex, Kyle and Dennis experienced their first taste
of a seminar delivered by Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus.
Mr. Shapero worked advanced knife passing and disarms with Grandmaster
Delaney and Adam Marcus, the Pennsylvania Team Leader from Bodyworks,
enthusiastically accepted intense staff training with Professor
McManus. The seminar included a great deal of baiting, chokes
and takedowns that were being skillfully delivered by the seasoned
students by the end of the event. One of the students at the event
commented that Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus
teaching styles complement each other very well and that they
have become the dynamic duo of Modern Arnis. The students
from Mr. Shaperos school worked diligently to empower each
other. Their attitude and work ethic make the seminars held at
their school enjoyable for all. Great job Bodyworks team!
See the seminar section of this site for future
Antonio Winter Camp 2005
Forty-two people from Canada to New Mexico traveled
to San Antonio, Texas to celebrate the art of Modern Arnis with
Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney, Professor Lisa McManus and Guro Chester
Brown. Held at the Clarion Hotel in San Antonio, many of the attendees
enjoyed dinner along the River Walk and a tour of the Alamo but
by far the most stimulating part of the weekend was the blend
of the dynamic and skillful instructors. Grandmaster Delaney,
Professor McManus and Guro Brown received tremendous support from
their staff; including Sensei Steve Liegghio, Sensei Dean Romanelli,
Sensei Les Kiersnowski, Joseph Durette, Steve Hanni, Walt Drissel,
Jordan Dellabough, Laoshi Hugh Muir and Dr. Laurie Farrell. Lifetime
martial artist, Shihan Dan Strickler also contributed generously
to the team and was acknowledged for his lifetime of training
and was awarded the prestigious title of IMAF Instructor
of the Year 2005.
Time flew at this event as material from basic to
advanced was presented by Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus.
Diana Estrada who had no previous experience expressed sheer delight
with all the partners who patiently assisted her through Camp
especially Jenny Dellabough from Canada. Nice job, Jenny. Tim
Love, age 17, enjoyed his first Arnis event and expressed his
joy at the warmth and skillfulness of Guro Brown, Joseph Durette
and other staff instructors as did his father, Joe Love. Bill
Garton reported being hooked on the Art because of
the incredible martial artists who inspired him, especially Dr.
Farrell and Shihan Strickler. He spoke of the leadership of the
IMAF as the essence of a true martial artist. He said that he
felt included and immediately accepted because of the way Grandmaster
Delaney and Professor McManus ran the event. During the meal breaks,
Guro Brown conducted sparring sessions which were enjoyed by Sibok
Dan Suchon, John Cluse and many others. David Belanger and Shawn
Briggs smiled throughout their Camp journey as they honed their
skills; Vic Fredlund, Jonathan Lewis, Greg Harris, John Demattia
and Gilbert Chavez added extraordinary vigor to the floor while
learning and then teaching and bonding with the newcomers. Sensei
Romanelli, Sensei Liegghio and Christian Engalan instructed Forms
on Saturday evening. Their presentation of the forms was exciting
and dynamic. Shihan Strickler and Ed Loomis, veteran martial artists,
commented on the skillfulness and exceptional demeanor of Christian,
age 10. Christians father Ed, the Camp photographer, is
also a true gentleman and man of honor. Many positive comments
were made throughout camp about this wonderful father and son
from the Detroit area. Steve Hanni and Walt Drissell provided
incredible support throughout Camp and assisted in the Forms section
of training as well. Sensei Les team including Steve, Walt
and Bryan Tillinghast were coined New Jersey and praised
for their work ethic and dedication. Dr. Laurie Farrell and Laoshi
Hugh Muir received an honorary membership to New Jersey
for their sustained energy and commitment to that team and the
As for the late night recreation, the contest between
the Canadians and Americans continues with America in the lead
and in possession of the coveted Pool Stick for 2005.
Canadas representative, Jordan Dellabough, vows to reclaim
the pool stick in 2006 but for now, USA representative,
Steve Liegghio has possession of the prize!
Debbie Genoway, Karen Lemons, Darrell May, Lezanne
Amow Ali, John DeMattia, Felipe and Diana Estrada, Christopher
Walker and Noel Villareal trained enthusiastically throughout
the event. Saturday evening Grandmaster Delaney and Professor
McManus treated the group to Pizza in the training hall. Sunday
morning review found Professor McManus enthusiastically delivering
Windmill review and Palis palis. After a short break, the celebration
of knowledge (test) was administered by the Grandmaster assisted
by Sensei Romanelli. During the forms segment of the test, Sensei
Romanelli and Sensei Liegghio lead the students to a noteworthy
synchronized performance of the forms. It was fantastic. After
the test, those achieving black belt status were applauded for
exceptional in their delivery of technique. Sensei Kiersnowski,
Darrell May and Jordan Dellabough all earned their 1st Degree
Black belts. Grandmaster Delaney spoke of the level of commitment
required for advancement in the IMAF; he listed patience, selflessness,
dedication and loyalty to the team coupled with skillfulness and
sincerity as prerequisites for consideration beyond 2nd degree
black belt. A standing ovation from the entire Camp validated
Grandmaster Delaneys appointments of Guro Chester Brown
to 3rd Degree Black Belt and Professor Lisa McManus to 6th Degree
The events presented by Grandmaster Delaney continue
to grow in number. This success is proof of the commitment that
he and his staff have to the people who come to train in the Art.
Congratulations Grandmaster Delaney on another successful event.
For information on future events, please see the seminar section
of this website. Pictures coming Soon!
Karate 5 Takes
Modern Arnis to Nashville!
Master Butch Hill of Nashville, Tennessee
hosted Master Willie Wilson, Master Frederick Brabson, Sensei
Daryl Cox, Sensei John Whitehead and Brian Johnson for a
Modern Arnis seminar on Saturday, January 29, 2005. Despite
severe weather Master Wilson and the members of Karate 5
traveled to Nashville and arrived just in time to introduce
the 14 Nashville students to the art of Modern Arnis. Present
at the seminar were: Roy Vaughan, Sandra Strong, Randall
Butler, Lance Willowby, Niki Faulk, Gary Flatness, Tim Williams,
Tony Williams, Justin Lankford, Donald Cripps, Tim Spurlock,
Ryan Mishlar and Carson Serna.
Karate 5 is Hosting Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney
and Professor Lisa McManus for their Annual Modern Arnis
Camp in April. Please see the events page of this site for
Delaney and Professor McManus Headline In Detroit
December 4, 2004 was an exciting day for the Detroit
Area Modern Arnis Team. Not only was Professor McManus in for
her sixth time this year, she was joined by Grandmaster Delaney
for the final event of the year. Joseph Durette, joining Professor,
Grandmaster Delaney, Sensei Romanelli, and Sensei Liegghio for
breakfast at 6 a.m. got the day started off just right. Upon arriving
at the seminar location, The College of Martial Arts (a special
thanks to Sensei Combs for use of his facility), there was already
a lot of positive energy in the air as DAMAT members old and new
prepared for the upcoming training.
Forty people were at the event representing a number
of schools led by our DAMAT team leaders including Sensei Romanelli's
Dojo, Master Barker's Dojang, Sensei Liegghio's Dojo, and Sensei
Perkins Dojo. There were many independent students making their
first appearance at one of our events including John McGough and
Bob Mobley. Many of the regulars were present including the Khalil
family, Christian Engalan, Gerrud Noonan, Frank Mitchell, Rob
Szczypinski, Dawn Liegghio, Tony omanelli, Jeff Jakubowicz, and
Kelan Akers. There were also many first timers who I'm sure had
a fantastic time as well as many youth students who were openly
embraced by the entire team. Some of our youth in attendance were
Nick Modzinski, Elisabeth and Jack Silver, Yana Plausiuk, and
Grandmaster Delaney started off the day with some
exciting drills that got the students pumped up for the day. The
teams willingness to work with everyone continued to emphasize
the philosophy that the newest member is as important as the highest
ranking member. Grandmaster Delaney led by example as he jumped
in whenever he got a chance to work with different individuals.
After a quick lunch at the dojo, many students couldn't wait to
get back on the floor training. Professor McManus took the lunch
break to work one-on-one with some of the instructors. She taught
the afternoon session further exciting the students who were still
trying to digest all they had learned in the morning session.
It was an excellent day of training. One of the highlights of
the seminar was that as it concluded, most people moaned in disappointment
that the day had gone by so quickly.
After the seminar, Christian Engalan was awarded
his level five green belt and Grandmaster Delaney was presented
a plaque by the entire team expressing their gratitude for all
his hard work and effort. Grandmaster Delaney was pleased to see
the growth of the Detroit team and the depth of their knowledge.
He congratulated Sensei Liegghio, Detroit Area Team Leader and
the other instructors for the display of skillfulness that he
recognized as a direct result of their commitment to their students
under the guidance of Professor McManus. An examination followed,
led by Sensei Liegghio and graded by Professor McManus with a
number of students working towards achieving higher rank including
Angela and Karin Divitio, Nicole Mulkey, Emma Liegghio, and Frank
Mitchell. Their awesome partners helped them to shine and Rob
Szczypinski did such a great job he was awarded his level four
blue belt because of his performance and skillfulness even though
he didn't know that he was testing. After a short break, the leadership
team gathered for a nice dinner at the Texas Roadhouse (to make
Grandmaster Delaney feel at home).
Sunday's training was strictly staff development
including only the area leaders and instructors. Some advanced
techniques were taught with much time spent on the finer details
of what most would consider basic techniques. Another five hours
of training later and everyone was off to the airport. The weekend
was a huge success and left everyone excited about the first Detroit
Area Modern Arnis Camp in October 2005 to be instructed by our
Modern Arnis instructors: Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus.
Hope to see you all there.
Arnis in British Columbia!
October 2nd, 2004 was the second time this year
Sidney played host to another CMATS Modern Arnis seminar led by
Grandmaster Jeff Delaney and accompanied by Jordan Dellabough.
The excitement and eagerness of the seminar became very apparent
the moment you approached the building. Some participants had
gathered an hour and a half early and patiently waited outside
in the sunshine for the arrival of the Grandmaster and his Student.
This seminar brought 28 participants together, people
from as far as Coal Harbour on the island and Maple Ridge on the
mainland. Overall, 9 different martial arts were represented by
good hearted, humble teachers and students, as well as attendees
who had never practiced martial arts before. A special "Appreciation"
goes out to Puckett's Noble House of Karate for creating an environment
that everyone admired and enjoyed and making the training hall
The cool feel of the mats on your feet was quickly
warmed as Jordan Dellabough began the seminar with a group courtesy
bow to GM Delaney. From that moment on GM Delaney led us on a
journey thru blocks, baits, traps & submissions using Jordan
Dellabough to demonstrate on. Did someone say Jordan "Sir"
was a "contortionist"? Watching the two work together
brought thoughts of, "Dang...that's gotta hurt!" to
seeing an understanding of respect and safety. All in all, the
instruction was, as always, effortless. Their hands on approach
of guiding where to step, strike, pull, push and "go with
the flow" made learning easy and memorable.
Practitioners such as Bill Garton, Andrew Hory,
Jade Stevens, Don Randall, Andrew Finley and a few others attended
their second CMATS seminar. Each taking home a little more understanding
of Modern Arnis and a few new friendships! Thank-you to Jenny
Dellabough, Denise McDonald & Kira Laing for welcoming everyone
with warm smiles and setting a positive tone for the seminar.
Thanks to Jenny Dellabough, some memorable moments have been captured
and added to the PICTURES
One welcoming addition to the fall seminar was the
feeling of family. There was Deb & Tyson Schenk with 9 year
old daughter Page, Zane Yarosloski with 9 year old son Kody &
Bert Harper with 9 year old son Braydon. What a great time for
the youngsters to toss "Dad" to the ground a few hundred
times (visa-versa)! It was fantastic to see the energy radiate
from these children as they grasped even the most difficult of
techniques with ease. Their laughter, giggles and keenness were
contagious and appreciated.
Friendship was also a key factor to the success
of the seminar. Thru word of mouth, Chris Cook III brought his
close friends, Mike Glendale, Steven Mah & Alex Gilchrist,
to participate in this exciting art. It was great watching their
camaraderie and drive to perfect what they were learning.
Ty Hunt, Rick McCully, Pat Massin, Dave Grove, Ian
Uittenhout, Tony Manifold & Ed Ursuslom all ranked in their
own system of martial arts brought an "open arms" professional
approach to the training. Not only grasping the techniques taught
by GM Delaney but willing to pass on some of their own insights
& knowledge with the partners they trained with.
Expressing many thanks and gratitude, then, to Grandmaster
Jeff Delaney for being the integral part of this seminar and to
Jordan Dellabough "Sir" for hosting & willing to
always lend a guiding hand. They bring out the best in people
and make learning this amazing art, created by Professor Remy
A. Presas, exciting so that it piques your interest for more.
Attend the next seminar and thoughts of "Don't
drop the stick, Don't drop the stick" will change to "Hey---I
know you!" See you there!!
McManus headlines in New Jersey!
Guro Kevin McManus, age 15, taught Modern Arnis
in Cinnaminson, New Jersey hosted by Sensei Les and Renee Kiersnowski
for four days, August 17 through 20th. McManus arrived on Tuesday
and taught his first of four events Tuesday evening. He taught
a variety of stick and knife drills to students of all levels.
Most of the techniques covered were fundamental techniques like
palis palis and Abanico Corto as taught to him by the founder
of Modern Arnis, Grandmaster Remy Presas. During his events, young
McManus shared his art with 40 students from the New Jersey area,
adults and children. This four day tour mark the first of McManus
scheduled travels to teach in that area.
McManus, the son of Dr. Richard and Professor Lisa
McManus, began his studies in Martial Arts at age four. He has
developed his teaching skill for over a decade under the tutelage
of Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney and his mother, Profwessor Lisa
McManus. Sensei Les Kiersnowski, the New Jersey team leader for
Modern Arnis, is currently planning a schedule of events to include
more children in the art. Our goal is to build a program
that welcomes children and encourages them to learn self-discipline,
respect for others and control through the art of Modern Arnis,
said Sensei Kiersnowski. Kevin McManus is a role model for
the students and a perfect example of what the organization, the
IMAF, provides for them. He maintains straight As in school,
he is dynamic, skillful and yet humble, reported Sensei
Les, my students loved having him teach and work with them
individually. Kevins success as an instructor demonstrates
the value in the pursuit of martial training for children of all
ages. In addition to teaching a program geared specifically for
children, Sensei Les, along with his Modern Arnis staff, Steve
Hanni and Walt Drissel, already provide classes including sign
language to accommodate deaf students.
For future events or more information, contact Sensei
Les Kiersnowski at American Karate and Arnis Academy at 856-829-4800.
Arizona Summer Camp!
Arizona Summer Camp, hosted by Guro Edgar and Maggie
Cordova was a big success with 53 participants! Grandmaster Jeffrey
Delaney and Professor Lisa McManus energized the group with basic
to advanced material from the Modern Arnis curriculum. Arnisadors
from around the country and Canada came to enjoy the camaraderie
that is unique to the team developed by Delaney and McManus. Sensei
Jerri Bruno, Sensei Steve Liegghio and Sensei Dean Romanelli staffed
the event, creating an excellent atmosphere of training for newcomers
to the art. Guro Kevin McManus, Guro Roberto Yroz, Guro Marcia
Gobeil, Guro Daniel Khalil, Guro Mateo Merrill, Guro Fred Wegner,
Master Chris Mitter, Jordan Dellabough, Johathan Shapero, Adam
Marcus, Dr. Keith Khalil and Joseph Durette also devoted most
of their time to assisting others at Camp. Johathan Shaperos
group, including: Adam Marcus, Anthony Dintino, Lee Welsford,
Andy Terrell, Gwen Soffer, George, McDermott, Muriel Hons, Bob
Dickerson, Tony Dibello, Cynthia Dembofsky demonstrated that Modern
Arnis is alive and well in Philadelphia, PA. Master Bill Barker
brought along his main team players; John Perpendicular
Doss, Bob Gray, Chris Dancer and Mary Jaggers who are part of
the Detroit Area Modern Arnis Team along with Sensei Liegghio,
Sensei Romanelli, Guro Khalil, Elysia Khalil, and Dr. Keith Khalil.
Jordan Dellabough, Canadas Modern Arnis team leader, brought
along his two most devoted students, Jenny Dellabough and Kira
Laing who expressed delight in training with the entire Modern
Arnis staff. Guro Chester Dean Brown, Louie Velasquez, and Jun
Saguid were a tremendous help at Camp; enthusiastically assisting
throughout the event. Sensei Jerry Shaw, Jorge Muniz, Dax Morrow,
Aaron Morrow, John Canny, Michael Burch, Duane Kight, Gloria Durgin,
Sean Ballentine and Natasha Ballentine represented the warmer
climates at Camp and enjoyed the camaraderie and expertise of
all on the floor. Scott Smith and Scott Litewski honed their Modern
Arnis skills together, while, Maggie and Andrea Cordova, wife
and daughter of Guro Edgar Cordova, flourished under the guidance
of many of the instructors on the floor who, by the way, thoroughly
enjoyed working with them.
A tremendous amount of material was covered at this
fabulous event, including; two canes against one, left-on-right
tapi-tapi, windmill applications and Abanico Corto. On Saturday
evening staff members came out to shine with Sensei Dean Romanelli
teaching the largest group Anyo Isa; Sensei Steve Liegghio teaching
a large group the first five techniques in the advanced tapi-tapi
sequence (ATTS); Guro Daniel Khalil instructing Anyo Dalawa; Sensei
Jerri Bruno reviewing Anyo Apat and Anyo Lima; and Guro Edgar
Cordova giving one-on-one instruction to some of the advanced
students. During that Saturday night session, Grandmaster Delaney
with the assistance of Guro Kevin McManus and Joseph Durette,
conducted staff training via the chair drill as taught to him
by Professor Remy Presas.
Each evening participants convened by one of the
two pools to enjoy the warm Arizona night air and the atmosphere
of friendship and fellowship that prevails throughout these IMAF
Sunday morning began with a brief review and testing
concluding with the traditional circle of friendship that was
the trademark of events of Grandmaster Remy Presas. Arizona Camp
marked another successful event devoted to the students of Modern
Arnis through whom the Art of Grandmaster Remy Amador Presas lives
on. Many thanks to Guro Edgar and Maggie Cordova for hosting this
event and to all the IMAF staff who make training a wonderful
experience for all!
Camp Chronicles was written by Lisa McManus. If
you have any questions or comments regarding the contents, please
contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual New Hampshire Modern Arnis Camp Sets Attendance Record!
The first annual New Hampshire Modern Arnis Camp
was a resounding success with 61 participants from Maine to Texas.
Co-hosting the event with Professor Lisa McManus, were Sensei
Joe and Denise Sherwood who created a fabulous atmosphere for
training and camaraderie. Grandmaster Delaney, successor to Grandmaster
Remy Presas and Professor McManus organized and taught a comprehensive
program with assistance from the Modern Arnis Team Leaders: Sensei
Steve Liegghio, Sensei Jerri Bruno, Sensei Dean Romanelli, Sensei
Les Kiersnowski and Miss Darcy Richardson along with other Modern
Arnis veterans including Guro Kevin McManus, Guro Brian Hubbard,
Guro Alan Rawson, Sensei Dave Friedman, Dr. Bryan Ehrlich and
Jason Watts. The Camp, held at the Raddison in Merrimack, New
Hampshire was the perfect location with plenty of space and beautiful
surroundings. Sue Marston, a close friend of Sensei and Denise
Sherwood, worked the registration table, making everyone feel
Thursday evening Joseph Durette took Grandmaster
Delaney, the McManus, Sensei Bruno, Guro Gobeil and the
Detroit team, to an all-you-can-eat meat restaurant in the heart
of Manchester. Sensei Liegghio and Sensei enjoyed the rare meat
which was described by the waiter to be raw but warm!!!!
On Friday a full day of training was enjoyed by
every Modern Arnis student. Joshua Hutz, Jake Levy, Andrew Rivenbark,
Andrew Saunders, David, Nicholas, Peter and Thomas Brigham. Christian
Engalan, Paul Boucher, Tracey LeFrancois, Ross Abramowitz, Shira
Fix, Brenda Forsyth, Jonathan Gaynor, Michael Hartman, Andrew
Kortina and Tony Lastowka, Lyman Prior, Sherry Weller and Bryan
Tillinghast all renewed their love for Modern Arnis while Sensei
Steve Liegghio, Keith Miller, Joe Durette and Sensei Dean Romanelli
inspired the children: Mike Spinnola, Destiny and David Higgins.
Ed Engalan, our Modern Arnis photographer was on hand the entire
camp taking photographs for the team.
Saturday was another full day of training that concluded
with forms and advanced training. The forms segment, headed up
by Sensei Jerri Bruno, was well received with a large group learning
Anyo Isa from the talented and skillful Sensei Romanelli. Team
Leader Richardson taught Anyo Tatlo, Guro Hubbard taught Anyo
Apat and Guro Rawson Anyo Lima. Sensei Liegghio taught a small
group of adult students basics while Grandmaster Delaney conducted
advanced training for the black and brown belts.
Sunday morning enthusiasm was high as Grandmaster
Delaney tied together many techniques and added new ones to an
already energized crowd. Richard Healy remarked how this was the
best event that he had ever attended and his remark was seconded
by Laoshi Hugh Muir from Weare, New Hampshire. After a brief snack,
the Camp evaluation began. It was thrilling to witness the skillfulness
of Guro Kevin McManus, Sensei Les Kiersnowski, Sensei Romanelli,
Joseph Durette, Darcy Richardson, Keith Miller, Sensei Friedman
and Jason Watts as they performed advanced tapi-tapi for the crowd.
Steve Hanni and Walt Drissel also caught a few eyes with their
powerful and precise Sinawali especially given Walts wrist
in a full cast. But possibly the most impressive thing to witness
was the teamwork between Sensei Bruno and Sensei Romanelli as
they lead the Forms group through a synchronized performance!
The closing ceremony was a joyful celebration of
friendship and a short prayer by Joseph Durette. Grandmaster Delaney
thanked everyone who continues to support the team with special
thanks to Sensei Joe and Mrs. Sherwood for arranging a wonderful
event for us to share. Well done Modern Arnis team
you next year for the 2nd Annual New Hampshire Modern Arnis Camp!
Pictures Coming Soon!
Arnis Takes Root in New Jersey
Sensei Les and Renee Kiersnowski hosted Professor
Lisa McManus for her first of three official seminars in the New
Jersey areas for 2004 on May 28 and 29. Sensei Kiersnowski, the
IMAFs official New Jersey team leader, packed his school
with students excited to experience the dynamic and energetic
teaching style of Professor McManus. Sensei Les began his journey
with Professor McManus years ago, now they look to the years ahead
for the ever growing New Jersey Team.
Sensei Kelly Mariano, David McNair, Jacqueline Georgi
and Bill Brennan received a tremendous introduction to Modern
Arnis while Patrick Shay, Zack Hanni and Michael Hartman honed
their skills groomed under the tutelage of Sensei Les. Sensei
Peter Liciaga sampled the efficacy of the steel arm as enthusiastically
demonstrated on him by Professor McManus. Joseph Durette, Steve
Hanni, Walt Drissel lV and Bryan Tillinghast assisted younger,
les experienced students. Sensei Joe Sherwood and Dan Sherwood
from New Hampshire Modern Arnis also made to trip to New Jersey
for the Friday night session.
Friday night Professor McManus observed as Sensei
Les taught his Kenpo class. She then demonstrated the same techniques
found in Modern Arnis with a cane. The students loved it! Friday
night Renee made snacks and a wonderful tray of fresh vegetables
for her guests to enjoy with the assistance of Michael Hartman,
who also assisted in the photography at the events. Saturday began
with basics and quickly went on to advanced moves. Five students
tested for rank: Walt Drissel IV and Stephen Hanni were promoted
to level 5, green belt along with Brian Tillinghast. Patrick Shay
and Zack Hanni earned their promotion to level 2, yellow belt.
The students then asked Professor McManus and Joseph
Durette to sign their belts. Mr. Durette has been training aggressively
and traveling with McManus for the last 12 months and has become
an integral part of the Modern Arnis teams throughout the United
States. Following testing Professor McManus and Sensei Les conducted
staff development followed by a wonderful Italian dinner and more
fellowship at the Kiersnowski home. Sensei Les brings a
vigor and enthusiasm that is like a shot of adrenalin in the bloodstream
of his students, said McManus. On Sunday morning Ed the
truck driver Tillinghast and his wonderful family, Sandy
and Brian, arrived at 6:00 a.m. for breakfast with McManus and
Kiersnowski and then it was off to the airport.
In addition to two more visits from Professor McManus
in 2004, Sensei Les will be hosting Guro Kevin McManus as guest
instructor for one week in August. For more information, see the
I just came back from the recent Detroit seminar
hosted by Sensei Liegghio on May 16th and 15th. Thirty-four people
came to train at Professor McManus' second of six trips scheduled
Modern Arnis events for 2004. This was my first trip to Detroit
and my first meeting of most of those that attended but the atmosphere
at this camp was that of meeting old friends. Everyone was friendly
andextremely courteous. I have been to different events and still
felt like an outsider when I left, but not so here. The comradarie,
hospitality and friendship were the best. I really was made to
feel like a part of the team. I especially want to thank Master
Barker and Guro Carlton for putting up with me on Friday.
I arrived on Friday afternoon and was picked up
my good friend Master Barker. We went and trained together until
the rain forced us to go to Guro Carlton's at 5 PMwhere I met
Guro and Chris Dancer and was able to train with them and two
of Guro Carlton's other students until 9:30pm. At that time I
was treated to supper where we had a chance to get to know each
other better. Prof. McManus was also being taken care of by Sensei
Liegghio and was enjoying an evening of friendship and supper
with her group.
Saturday was the official Modern Arnis event. We
all got together for a day of training and fun at Sensei Wasilina's
dojo. (Prof. and I had an opportunity to observe a session of
Sensei Wasilina teaching his youth group and we both agree that
he is one of the best at what he does.) The Modern Arnis seminar
was a mixture of very young students who had never touched a stick
to the seasoned veterans. What was most impressive to me was watching
adults working with the children and never complaining about it
It was evident that they loved what they were doing. Sensei Liegghio,
Sensei Romanelli, Guro Khalil, Guro Carlton, Sensei Wurm, Sensei
Wasilina, Master Barker, Chris Dancer, Tony Romanelli, Mrs. Liegghio,
Elysia Khalil and the other adults all took a turn working with
the children. They all said that the children are the future of
Modern Arnis. Frank Mitchell, Neal Rifkin, Philip, John, Andrew,
Nicole, Bob, Jeff, Dan, Mr. Noonan, Jack, Emma, the other Jack,
Maria Wurm, Christian England, Keylan Ackers, Suzy and Lauren
all enjoyed the friendship and enthusiastic teaching of what is
known as the Detroit Area Modern Arnis Team (DAMAT).
Prof. McManus's teaching was as exciting and demanding
as ever. She kept the students moving and motivated and has the
knack of being able to sense what each individual needs.The beginners
and the advanced people all went away with something Including
smiles and the feeling that they had learned and accomplished
something. Most important was that everyone left feeling loved
and part of a group.
Saturday was finished by the evaluation of 5 students
who performed fabulously. Again, the DAMAT team and Professor
McManus were supportive and enthusiastic; those evaluating left
feeling tired but successful. Sunday was a fast paced time of
non-stop training where various students that had a chance to
work with Prof. McManus, myself and Joe Durette. Prof. McManus
and Sensei Liegghio arranged private lessons and staff development
that kept us working from the moment we stepped into the dojo
to the moment we left. If you travel with Prof. McManus, be prepared
to work; her work ethic is second to none. We trained with Master
Barker, Sensei Romanelli, Tony Romanelli, Chris Dancer, Frank
Mitchell, Suzy, Lauren, Christian, and Guro and Elysia Khalil.
We than were again treated to supper before stopping at Sensei
Liegghio's to shower, change and give our final goodbye's and
be expertly driven to the airport by Sensei Wurm. I am looking
forward to a return trip to Detroit. Sensei Jerri Bruno
Day in New Hampshire
Sensei Jerri Bruno hosted Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney
and Professor Lisa McManus for the annual spring Modern Arnis
event in Newport, New Hampshire. Twenty five people came to experience
the energy and expertise of Grandmaster Delaney, successor to
Grandmaster Remy Presas. The seminars were attended by many advanced
Modern Arnis practionners, including Sensei Dave Quinlans
Green Team: Guro John Connors, Darcy Richardson, Keith
Miller and Brenda Forsyth. Also in attendance was local talent
including Sensei Jerri Bruno, Guro Brian Hubbard, Guro Alan Rawson,
Joseph Durette, Laoshi Hugh Muir, Dr. Laurie Farrell, Sensei Todd
Savage, Barbara Dziura, Kim Compo, Lyndsey Currier, Sensei Joe
Sherwood and Tracey LeFrancois and Richard Healy. Guro Kevin McManus
was also on hand to add his youthful energy to the mix.
Many techniques off the absorption block were covered
in these seminars building from the basic to the more advanced.
Sensei Dave Quinlan taught an advanced Sinawali drill followed
by a demonstration by the Green Teams Guro John Connors
and Keith Miller. Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus kept
the team working and excited for the entire day.
Darcy Richardson, a member of Sensei Quinlans
Green Team, was commissioned Modern Arnis Team Leader
for the state of Vermont. Plans for an annual Modern Arnis event
in Vermont are now being discussed. Following training the group
was invited to the McManus home to celebrate the engagement of
Darcy Richardson and Keith Miller; who incidentally met while
training in Modern Arnis. Grandmaster Delaney, Dr. Richard and
Professor McManus hosted this group to an evening meal, beverage,
a little stick fighting by the pool and a few games of basketball.
What a great day of training and fellowship on the
1st day of May, 2004.
For details about the upcoming New Hampshire Modern
Arnis Camp, please see the seminar section of this site.
Fun and Food - Karate 5 hosts April Camp 2004
Southern hospitality reigned supreme once again
this April in Knoxville as the team of Master Wilson and Karate
5 hosted Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney and Professor Lisa McManus
for the annual Knoxville Modern Arnis Camp. Grandmaster Maurice
Msarsa, Master Willie Wilson, Master Melbert Lee, Sensei Daryl
Cox, and Sensei Jon Whitehead were on hand to attend to every
need of their guests.
Thursday evening the people at National Fitness
got a preview of Modern Arnis with Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney.
The younger students enjoyed his light hearted teaching style
and the more experienced students appreciated the efficacy of
his technique. The working Masters of Karate 5 were present and
(as usual) working. Grandmaster Msarsa, Master Wilson, Master
Lee, Sensei Cox, Sensei Whitehead along with Anston Wilson; Instructor
Cox and Instructor Lee worked with a variety of people during
that evening event.
Friday morning Modern Arnis training camp officially
convened. Again, Master Lee and Sensei Whitehead manned the coffee
and snacks to insure maximum comfort for the guests. (Mrs. Whiteheads
homemade bread was enjoyed by the entire crowd; thank-you Mam!)
Guests from the New England area included: Laoshi Hugh Muir, Dr.
Laurie Farrell, Joseph Durette and Sensei Les Kiersnowski. Kirk
Freeman came from Indiana to experience Modern Arnis Camp for
the first time. Shihan Dan Strickler, a regular at this Tennessee
event, and another working master, once again enjoyed the southern
hospitality and skillful teaching characteristic of this event.
Jessica Whitehead and Rick Murray worked with many of the people
on the floor; while Barry Houchin and Delbert Todd spent much
time under the fine tutelage of Laoshi Muir and Dr. Farrell. Denis
Martin and Master Butch Hill enjoyed working with everyone at
Camp; especially their one-on-one with Grandmaster Delaney and
Joseph Durette. Robert Suarez worked with many skilled practionners
at Camp but I believe this dog lovers favorite partner was
our Veterinarian from New Hampshire, Dr. Laurie Farrell. Greg
Monroe worked tirelessly with many partners at Camp and also provided
the energy for group dynamics along with Sensei Les Kiersnowski.
Their efforts along with the boundless enthusiasm of Professor
McManus kept the groups energy high and the training exhilarating.
Grandmaster Delaney, another working Master, worked with everyone
at Camp at some time during the 3 day event, beginner to advanced;
living the philosophy of the IMAF, teamwork and personal investment
in all who come to train in Modern Arnis.
Karate 5 is unique in that its leadership team takes
the time to recognize others who have enriched their lives and
their martial arts training. Annually, Master Wilson and Karate
5 select accomplished martial artists in their area to honor.
On Saturday evening Master Wilson presented two awards for lifelong
devotion to the martial arts and cross training to two talented
and devout martial artists: Master James Ogle and Sensei William
Mason. He also presented Karate 5 t-shirts to Shihan Strickler
and Sensei Kiersnowski for their continued support of the Tennessee
events. It is easy to see why Karate 5 has an incredible reputation
throughout the state. Of all the things that come to mind about
the Tennessee Camp, the limitless hospitality and concern for
those participating make this a unique event. Master Wilson, Master
Lee and Sensei Cox with a great deal of help from Sensei Whitehead
go out of their way to insure their guests every need. The weekend
flew by with so many techniques and so much fellowship. It seems
that way when we are having fun and working hard, the 3 days of
Camp seem more like one. This was truly an event of fun, fellowship
and food. Laoshi Muir got hooked on the Cracker Barrel breakfasts
in Tennessee and vowed to go to the one in New Hampshire after
3 days of fine fare. Im definitely coming back,
said Laoshi Muir. When Master Wilson, Master Lee and Sensei Cox
arrived at 4:30 a.m. on Monday to take us back to the airport,
Joseph Durette was shocked. They got up this early to take
us to the airport, he exclaimed. These people really take hospitality
to a new level. With a short prayer from Sensei Cox at the
airport, we were on our way home; exhausted and exhilarated. Great
job Karate 5!
Dont miss the opportunity to experience southern
hospitality first hand; attend the annual Tennessee Modern Arnis
Camp hosted by Karate 5; next years event is planned for
April 16, 17 and 18
.mark you calendar!
Shapero Hosts April Philadelphia Seminar!
Pictures Coming Soon!
Mini-Camp 2004 at MLK Self Defense Academy
Sensei Joe and Denise Sherwood hosted Professor
Lisa McManus for their annual Modern Arnis Spring Mini-Camp. Sixteen
people attended the mini-camp that was staffed with Modern Arnis
black belts: Sensei Jerri Bruno, Guro John Connors, Guro Brian
Hubbard and Guro Alan Rawson. Members of The Green Team,
Sensei Dave Quinlans Martial Way students: Darcy Richardson
and Keith Miller were on hand to lend their expertise to the event.
Jim Aversu came to participate in his first Modern Arnis event.
Lynda Vermillion, also one of the newer members of the team, enjoyed
one-on-one with Sensei Jerri Bruno and Professor McManus. It was
amazing to see how much material Lynda was able to absorb at the
hands of the skillful instructors at this event. Joe Durette and
Dr. Laurie Farrell shared their expertise with Krystie Sherwood
and Amanda Kazakis and vise versa. Krystie and Amanda both displayed
incredible prowess with the Sinawali drills. Denise Sherwood,
our hostess and a most enthusiastic martial artist, playfully
tossed Shihan Mark McPherson while Paul Boucher and Guro Connors
explored follow up techniques. Guro Hubbard, Guro Rawson, Miss
Richardson and Sensei Sherwood dedicated their time to each individual
on the floor which enabled Professor McManus to cover a great
deal of material including an advanced drill of two canes against
On Saturday, the hostess provided a wonderful lunch
of sandwiches and other treats with coffee supplied by Joseph
Durette; once again demonstrating what northern hospitality
is all about. Testing was held during the afternoon portion of
the mini-camp. Sensei Joe Sherwood earned the rank of Antas Lima,
level 5, green belt. Tracey LeFrancois and Paul Boucher tested
and received their rank of Antas Tatlo, level 3, blue belt. Following
testing, Guro Connors shared some judo and Kempo techniques with
Joe Durette. The event concluded with coffee and snacks. It was
a warm and friendly atmosphere enjoyed by all in attendance; a
real team event.
For information regarding future events in the Manchester,
New Hampshire area; including the first IMAF New England Summer
Camp in New Hampshire, please see the seminar section of www.professorpresas.com
receives Distinguished Service Award
Professor Lisa McManus, founder of Military Arnis
and Executive Director of the I. M. A. F., received aDistinguished
Service Award at a ceremony held at Norwich University on March
30, 2004. McManus, who has been on staff at NROTC Norwich University
for four years, was recognized by Commander Mark Farley, USN,
Colonel Robert Beaudoin, USMCR and Colonel Mark Costa, USMCR for
her leadership skill and selfless devotion to the students at
NROTC. Her award marked the culmination of four years of training
for her students and the promotion of the first four Military
Arnis black belts in the United States Navy. Ryan Mount from Angola,
Louisiana; Steven Johnson from Springfield, Missouri; Ross Abramowitz
from New Rochelle, New York and Kevin Wong from Newark, California
all received their black belts and instructor certification from
Professor McManus and Commander Farley, USN. As a part of their
studies, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Officer Candidates at NROTC
Norwich learn leadership and communication skills through the
practice of combative aspects of the Art in a program developed
and implemented entirely by Professor McManus. Plans for next
year's program are already underway. Congratulations Lisa!
Area Modern Arnis Team Grows More in 2004
Professor McManus made her first visit of 2004 to
Detroit for a 1 day, 2 clinic seminar on Modern Arnis. The meeting
was like a family get together. Most of the familiar faces were
there to welcome Professor back to Detroit, as well as some new
people to the family. Ms. Nicole Mulkey did her first Arnis clinic
and was very impressed with Professor and her empowering way of
teaching all levels. Nicole's grandparents were spectators and
really enjoyed the energy and excitement in the group. "She
is a wonderful instructor" was said often by them.
Mr. Shelby Perkins, of Guardian Martial Arts, a
Kenpo and Ryu Ku Jitsu black belt, also joined our group. His
knowledge of pressure points really validated all that Professor
was teaching. He was uncertain how much he would be able to participate,
as he was supposed to teach a Kenpo class, but enjoyed himself
so much, he never stopped training, and delegated teaching responsibilities
to other black belts from the club.
Master Jeff Jakubowicz and Mr. August Garrett of
Michigan Moo Duk Kwan also made this their first Arnis clinic.
They both picked up techniques effortlessly and really enjoyed
the friends they made. Rebecca Uribe, an Isshinryu student and
new Kenpo Student from Guardian Martial Arts hit it off well with
everyone and was very impressed on how well it all made sense
and came together. She was one of the lucky ones as she got to
spend a great deal of time working with the very skillful and
multi talented Joseph Durette, who came out with Professor to
help teach the clinics. Joe is an Honorary DAMAT member!
Our New Probationary black belts in Modern Arnis,
Sensei Steve Liegghio, Sensei Dean Romanelli, and Guro Daniel
Khalil were on hand and ready to help everyone have a good time
and learn the Professor's art. New Black belt in Modern Arnis,
Guro Enoch T. Carlton was also there to lend his knowledge and
love of the art to all who got to work with him. The talent in
the room is always TOP NOTCH with these fine gentlemen!
Chris Dancer, Neal Rifkin, Bob Gray, and Mr. John
(perpendicular) Doss, from Progressive Tactics, came to grow their
love of the art and show support to Professor McManus. Our Team
Photographer, Ed Engalan and Christian were on hand to keep everyone
smiling and having a great time. Christian is an excellent example
of a martial artist, and amazing he is only 9 years old! We appreciate
him and his father very much. Sensei Tony Romanelli and Kelan
Akers of International Martial Arts also shared in our special
day of training; both very talented arnisadors.
Because of the difference in skill level at this
particular clinic, Professor had to scrap her plans, and 'go with
the flow' to get everyone working and growing. Not an easy task,
but She did a superb job. From 9-12 everyone got a good basic
flow going on different drills and disarms. We broke for a 2 hour
lunch at the Neighborhood bar and ate some pizza and salad and
got right back to training.
For the rest of the clinic, Professor McManus tied
together all the basics techniques we had been working on, into
variable application drills with many different options to work
from. Everyone was empowered with the information and energy they
received from this clinic.
Seminar shorts by Master Bill Barker
Seminar Filled With Enthusiasm!
The first CMATS Seminar held Saturday, March 13th,
2004 in Sidney BC, was fantastic! The day was sunny, warm and
enthusiasm from attendees filled the air. The numbers revealed
this,twenty-two in tota,from as far as Campbell River BC, and
from a variety of disciplines such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido,
Escrima and Kung Fu to no martial art background at all.
It was Modern Arnis for four-and-a-half hours of
non-stop practice with a fifteen minute break-and food-in between.
The pace was easy to follow. Grandmaster Jeff Delaney (traveling
from Texas) gave instruction that was precise, simple and clear.
He managed to make complicated techniques, normally done a full
speed, make sense and look easy without being real flashy. Trying
to follow his example, however, was another story! For those who
had trouble, he or his student - Jordan Dellabough were always
on hand to further instruct or literally move the students (bodies)
through the process. It was nice to know that guidance and a watchful
eye were always close by. As one Attendee wrote, "Grandmaster
Jeff Delaney was amazing and truly a humble individual which was
certainly well received. He is a great teacher...".
Kudos to Jordan Dellabough for taking techniques
from Grandmaster Jeff Delaney that were obviously painful (a.k.a.
winced facial expressions) yet still managed to get back on his
feet smiling and having fun. Really, watching the teacher and
student take the speed up a notch was amazing and truly inspiring.
Jenny & Jordan Dellabough, students of Grandmaster Delaney,
were the consummate hosts. They made everyone feel very welcome
from their warm and cheerful disposition during registration to
their bevy of snacks and beverages at break and invitation to
dinner at the end. It was one of the most enjoyable ways to spend
a day: grunting, locking, throwing and falling, to people talking
and closely interacting...or just from the jubilant laughter and
smiles on everyone's faces and eyes. The seminar even brought
in curious on-lookers, one of whom took part in practice at Jordan's
request until having to return to the vehicle with her little
Thank-you to Kira Laing, Denise McDonald, Carl Herbert,
Bill Garton, Rick Walker, Mark Bergsma, Jade Stevens, Don Randall,
John Thornton, Dan Thornton, Dustin Silvey, Greg Fraser, Fraser
Rankin, Mike Cliff, Rob Sinclair, Emma Abecia, Andrew Finley and
David & Elaina Konoby Sinclair for attending and adding to
a fun, safe and healthy atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere the
training hall was the perfect setting. CMATS rented Puckett's
Noble House of Karate which provided a professional martial art
backdrop (with new mats) to the seminar. Thank-you to Leslie &
CMATS would also like to thank Grandmaster Jeff
Delaney for his dedication to Professor Remy Presas' Modern Arnis
and guiding it into the future. All in all, the first CMATS seminar
was an undeniable success with revved-up excitement for the next!
....check out Seminar
Antonio Winter Camp Draws 40 Talented Participants!
What is fun? Three days of playing with sticks and
attentive training under the tutelage of Grandmaster Jeff Delaney,
assisted by Professor Lisa McManus - now that's FUN! Just as exciting
was meeting a wonderful group of Americans who not only joked
about our Canadian accents - eh, but made us feel at home from
the moment we arrived. Technically speaking, training was supposed
to begin at 9:00am, but when you arrived 15 minutes prior to class
even starting, you knew you already missed a half hour of training.
Classes were intense, charged and playful -- is that possible?
Grandmaster Delaney has a real gift to teach the
art in such a way that everyone is able to comprehend even the
most dynamic of techniques. Professor McManus brought a driving,
spirited energy to her style of teaching, that it was inevitably
contagious and motivating. These two really compliment each other.
Another bonus to the camp was having Guro Chester Brown and Sifu
Edgar Cordova close on hand to assist or train with. Applications
taught or shown were disarms, windmills, tapi-tapi (left on right,
right on right), abanico corto, palis palis and absorption...providing
valuable details that make each of the techniques work.
Phrases to remember - I love this Art / Celebrate
/ International Contingency / Coke is better than Pepsi!!
To our new friends, our sincerest & heartfelt
gratitude for giving your time, bodies, excitement, camaraderie
and encouragement - Thank you. A
Arnis Has A Home In Tucson!
Sat Dec 6th Grandmaster Jeff Delaney returned to
Tucson for his annual visit. The seminar, hosted by Sifu Edgar
Cordova, had students of all levels in attendance. Among those
were, Sifu Edgar Cordova, Guro Chester Brown, Master Chris Mitter,
Guro Fred Wegner, Guro Mateo Merrell, Guro RobertoYroz, Sensei
Marlene Harris, Sensei Jeff Harris, Sensei Jerry Shaw, Eddie Perez,
Bob Dickerson, Art Soto, David Rodriquez, Matt Garcia, Alex Garcia,
Jun Saguid, Michael Burch, Segerio Garcia, Jeff Mont Eton, Gyle
The seminar began at 1:00pm with GM Delaney teaching
an absorption block off angle # 1. Once everyone got comfortable
working that block Grandmaster added a center bait with the punyo
end of the cane and the counter grab by their partner. After working
with that for a bit Gm Delaney added a variety of techniques after
the bait, including little wheel, big wheel, and various locks
and traps. Then for the final touch we worked those same techniques
off angle # 2.
This was a particularly successful seminar mainly because of GM
Delaney's step by step approach, which made it a fun learning
experience for all.
After the seminar we dined at El Melon Del Cobra
restaurant for great Mexican food and fun conversation.
After dinner Sifu Cordova his wife Maggie, GM Delaney and several
others headed to the theater to see the Last Samurai.
Great way to top off a Great seminar
Modert Arnis Team Continues to Flourish!
"Honor, Courage and Commitment to Others";
the motto of D.A.M.A.T has never been more evident as it was on
December 6,2003 as new and oldmembers alike gathered in Metro
Detroit for an awesome day of seminars conducted by the dynamic
and powerful Professor Lisa McManus. Thirty people gathered at
the newly opened Butoku Karate Dojo in Macomb, MI as Sensei John
Wasilina brought his school into the IMAF family in stunning fashion.
Professor McManus was on fire as she presented a
dazzling array of techniques for the D.A.M.A.T (Detroit Area Modern
Arnis Team) as it continues to grow in numbers and flourish in
skill. First time seminar attendees included: Frank Mitchell,
Tom Richter, Jack Ventimiglia, Joby Clark, Brian Hunt, Suzy and
Lauren Notoriano and las but certainly not least Deborah Carlton,
wife of the ever skillful Guro Enoch Carlton, who was also in
Starting off bright and early in the morning, Professor
McManus was assisted by Sensei Dean Romanelli and Guro Daniel
Khalil in presenting several windmill techniques. As the students
quickly assimilated that information, Professor McManus moved
on to the changing hands drill. Emma Liegghio and Lauren Notoriano
were an asset as Professor used their energy and enthusiam to
continually spark the group. In addition to Emma and Lauren, several
other young people not only participated but showed they were
hard working martial artists. Included in that group were Gerrud
Noonan, Tom Richer and Christian Engalan. Chris Dancer, one of
the IMAF regulard, commented that "working with Christian
and Gerrud and developing some flow with them was the best part
of the seminar for me." The D.A.M.A.T leadership team, consisting
of Sensei Stephen Liegghio, Sensei Dean Romanelli, Guro Daniel
Khalil, Master Bill Barker and Sensei Wasilina worked well together
to put on yet another incredible event. They continue to grow
as martial artists and leaders and are an excellent asset to the
Following a delicious buffet lunch in which the
majority of the group stayed together, training continued in the
afternoon with the focus shifting to the 7-7-12 drill, incorporating
the windmill techniques as well as left-on-right tapi-tapi. Robert
Gray, Dr. Keith Khalil, Paul Burdick and Kelan Akers continued
to show their improved skill as they willingly worked with some
of the newest members.
When not training, the D.A.M.A.T loves to eat and
a group of twenty joint together for the dinner meal. Special
guests at dinner included Mrs. Laura Khalil, Gianni Khalil and
Mr. Ed Engalan (our team photographer). Good food and great conversation
took place as new bonds were formed and old friendships were renewed.
After a quick break, it was back to the dojo for evaluation. Eight
students were evaluated and performed at an exceptional level.
Much of their success can be attributed to the fine work of their
testing partners including, Guro Carlton, Master Barker and Sensei
Romanelli and these new levels were achieved: Frank Mitchel-Antas
Isa; Gerud Noonan, Elysia Khalil, Dawn Liegghio-Antas Dalawa;
Robert Szczypinski, Christian Engalan, Chris
Dancer and John Doss received their Antas Tatlo. Just when these
students thought they had their fill, another two hour training
session ensued with Professor McManus focusing on some of the
more advanced applications of tapi-tapi. Those in attendance for
the late night session definitely left with a full cup. After
the session, Elysia Khalil said, "Even though a great amount
of information was presented, it was done in a way that it was
not overwhelming. I can't wait for the next event!"
After a whirl wind on one-on-one training sessions
on Sunday, Professor McManus was wisked off to the airport by
her favorite taxi, Sensei Ken Wurm. A special thanks goes out
to these individuals who helped make the weekend the success that
it was: Mrs. Dawn Liegghio, Sensei Waslina, Joby Clark and Ed
Seminar Shorts was written by Sensei Stephen Liegghio,
owner of Liegghio Family Martial Arts and the team leader for
the Detroit Area ModernArnis Team. "They don't care how much
you know until they know how
much you care!"
Growth Continues in Philadelphia
Sensei Dawd Muhammad and his incredible wife Kamilah
hosted Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney for his annual November visit
to Philadelphia. Sensei Muhammad owns and operates Muhammads
Martial Arts Academy, an impressive, large facility in Philadelphias
old Mill district. Over thirty people joined to celebrate the
art of Modern Arnis as instructed by Grandmaster Delaney whose
special guests included Guro Carl Minkel from Maryland, Sensei
Les Kiersnowski from New Jersey and me.
Jason Watts and Bryan Ehrlick, Kateri Snyder and
Stephanie Heminger came prepared to work hard and did just that
throughout the seminar accompanied by their instructor, Sensei
David Friedman and Miss Shira. Jean Gable and Geoffrey Anders,
Modern Arnis veterans, perfected techniques while Pamela Ebaugh
enjoyed the Modern Arnis experience for the first time.
Guro Carl Minkel brought several of his students
including Harry Sansaricq, Chris Bernido, Rob Kobell, Sandra Peters
and Bill Louden. Kevin Kuliga, Lucy Ho, Richard Wade, Sandra Peters,
John Price, Patrick Morrison, Chris Bernido, Hector Nieves, Sidi
Gomes, Marston Goodale, Tony Lastowka, Jonathan Gaynor, Dave Pajerowski,
Gary Russell and George Klinedinst also came prepared to enjoy
the enthusiastic and practical teaching style of Grandmaster Delaney.
With his usual flare, Grandmaster Delaney presented traditional
Modern Arnis techniques evolved into advanced techniques with
follow up takedowns and chokes
The incredible, dynamic and extraordinary Mrs. Muhammad
with her million dollar smile, attended to every detail of this
event cheered on by her devoted husband Sensei Muhammad. This
phenomenal team hosted the seminar and treated each guest like
special a special guest providing a meal and beverages during
the break. It was a memorable event with exceptional people. Well
done Sensei and Mrs. Muhammad! See the seminar section for dates
of future events hosted by Sensei and Mrs. Muhammad.
This edition of seminar shorts was written by Professor
Lisa McManus of NROTC Norwich University, New Hampshire Modern
Arnis and Detroit Area Modern Arnis Team.
to be IMAF School in New Jersey!
The opening of our new school in Cinnaminson, New
Jersey was one of the highlights of our life. The excitement intensified
with our anticipation of hosting Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney and
our teacher, Professor Lisa McManus, for our first official I.M.A.F.
testing. We wanted to be a part of the I.M.A.F. headed up by GM
Delaney and Professor McManus because of the values these two
individuals represent by choosing to have the art serve the students:
students always first.
We and our students were nervous but Grandmaster
Delaney was quick to put us at ease. Eight of our students presented
for testing on Friday, November 14, 2003. Two of the students
are strictly Modern Arnis students at our school; Sensei Peter
Luciaga and Walter Drissel IV. Sensei Peter holds several black
belts in other arts and currently owns and operates his own Christian
Martial Arts School. We were quite honored when he came to study
Modern Arnis with us. Marla Flaer, Steve Flaer, Steve Hanni, and
David Hopkins are all students studying both Ed Parkers
Kenpo System and Modern Arnis. Diane Otto studies both arts and
co-teaches the Cardio Kick Boxing program at our school. The students
had worked hard to prepare for this big event and it showed. Grandmaster
Delaney and Professor McManus applauded their efforts and delivered
their promotions at a brief ceremony after testing.
Following the test we went to our home to enjoy
some delicious Thai food prepared by Diane and some homemade Polish
food. It was a wonderful feast following a fantastic event. Our
closing remark is merely to thank Grandmaster Delaney and Professor
McManus for their dedication to the Art of Modern Arnis and to
us as their students. We are proud to be an I.M.A.F. affiliate
school in New Jersey!
This edition of Seminar Shorts was written by Sensei
Les and Renee Kiersnowski of Cinnaminson, New Jersey.
Arnis Finds a Home in London!
On Sunday afternoon, November
2, 2003, Victor Ktorakis of ZendoRu Karate hosted Grandmaster
Jeff Delaney for a Modern Arnis Seminar at Island Fitness Center
in Enfield. Over fourty people attended from all over London to
learn and experience the art of Modern Arnis.
The day began with an absorption block off strike
#1 and continued with a counter attack with the puno or butt end
of the stick. As the opponent blocked the strike five countrer
techniques were examined including little wheel ane carry over
traps. The techniques were then performed with empty hand nagainst
stick and empty hand against empty hand.
After lunch break Master Paul Bowman, Dillman Karate
European representative and Master Kieth Gray introduced the attendees
to the art of pressure point striking and knock outs. Afterwards,
Grandmaster Delaney explained how to pass a #2 strike across the
body in order to counter with strike #1 techniques. Victor Ktorakis,
Bob Ethridge, Brian Saker, Kurt Knowler and Dion Bowles all helped
in making sure everyone understood the techniques presented.
Victor Ktorakis and Bob Ethridge both recently received
their Black Belts in Modern Arnis at the recent Phoenix, Arizona
Modern Arnis camp and are actively teaching and promoting Modern
Arnis in the UK.
Modern Arnis Team Continues to Flourish!
Fifty individuals from all walks of life gathered
in Fraser, Michigan at the College of Martial Arts (C.O.M.A).
Leaders of the D.A.M.A.T.. Master Bill Barker, Sensei Dean Romanelli,
Guro Enoch Carlton and Sensei Stephen Liegghio had worked together
diligently to bring these people together to study the wonderful
art of the late Grandmaster Remy Presas, Modern Arnis, under the
expert tutelage of Professor Lisa McManus of NROTC Norwich University
and New Hampshire Modern Arnis.
The energy and enthusiasm was at a fevered pitch
for the many seasoned martial arts veterans, including; Randy
Nichols, Mark Barr, Ken Wurm, Dr. Keith Khalil, Daniel Khalil,
Paul Burdick, Ron Vaughn, Shayna Kechego, John Doss, Tony Romanelli,
Gil Foust and Sensei Kelly Combs. All of these fantastic black
belts fully understand the teams motto of Honor, Courage
and Commitment to Others as they gave of their time and
energy to help make the day a huge success for the many first
time seminar participants and beginner martial artists.
Professor McManus came fired up and ready
to train as she presented a wide variety of skills in the
morning session. Starting off with the basic disarms the group
quickly advanced to Espada-y-Daga drills. After just a short time,
everyone was performing the drills like an old pro.
Following the morning session, the entire team gathered
at a local restaurant to share in a feast of pizza and salad.
The camaraderie of the group was further solidified as they shared
a meal together as well as stories from the past. I really
felt like I was part of something special. Not only were these
people skillful, I also discovered they were genuinely concerned
about the welfare of others, commented Dawn Liegghio after
lunch. After the lunch break, it was back to C.O.M.A to battle
the food coma that had set in and to continue with training. More
Espada-y-Daga drills followed as well as the cane comfort drill
and a review of some windmill techniques. All in all, a large
amount of material was covered in a short period of time. By the
end of the afternoon session, many of the newer members of our
team, including; Chris Benvenuti, Aaron Dean, Paul Soulliere,
Donald Whitt, Debbie Wivo and Jim Typinski were performing as
if theyve done it for years. The Professors
teaching style makes the process of learning so easy. She has
a great command of the material and obviously loves to share it
with others, said Mr. Soulliere.
A couple of special thanks are in order. The first
is to Sensei Kelly Combs for the use of his great facilities.
The second is for Dr. Khalil and his wife Laura for opening their
home to the D.A.M.A.T leadership team for a special after-training
meal and bonfire. New bonds were made and old relationships were
renewed; a great time was had by all.
This edition of seminar shorts was written by Sensei
Stephen Liegghio, Team Leader of the Detroit Area Modern Arnis
Arnis Growing in Tennessee Thanks to Karate 5!
Master Willie Wilson, Master Melbert Lee and Master
Frederick Brabson along with their team from Karate 5 hosted Grandmaster
Jeffrey Delaney and Professor Lisa McManus for a 3-day Modern
Arnis Mini-Camp October 17, 18 and 19, 2003. Grandmaster Delaney
kicked off training on Friday afternoon with Master Wilson, Master
Lee, Sensei Daryl Cox, Instructor Junior Lee and several others
from the Karate 5 dojo. Friday evening Grandmaster Delaney and
Professor McManus worked with the group with additional students
of Karate 5, including Anston Wilson, Instructor Lee Sloan, Sensei
Jon Whitehead, Jarred Cox, Daniel Cox, Delbert Todd and Brian
Johnson. Frederick Brabson, Jr. with the encouragement of McManus,
jumped in to train as well. It was an evening of great training
Saturdays events were held at Instructor Lee
Sloans National Fitness Center. This state of the art fitness
facility provided a wonderful atmosphere for our training. The
Karate 5 team came prepared to train and entertain. They brought
food and beverages for break time, canes for guests who had none
and their hearts full of enthusiasm. This group really has hosting
an event down to a science. Sensei Daryl Cox manned registration
and saw to the many details of making guests feel welcome. Sensei
Jon Whitehead, Barry Houchins, Brian Johnson, Delbert Todd and
Master Greg set up and did most of the clean up after the seminars
with the able assistance of Jarred and Daniel Cox. It was a real
Professor McManus taught the first portion of the
seminar demonstrating the efficacy of the windmill
techniques within Modern Arnis. Grandmaster Delaney intrigued
the group with the many applications from the little wheel
and empty hand tapi-tapi. Master Denny Shaffer and his team were
eager learners who demonstrated the true meaning of martial
spirit. Scott Harmon, Instructor Lee Sloan and Jason Anzur
quickly grasped the techniques and were soon assisting others
on the floor. James Gavin, Dan Dye, Leon Scott, Eli Rhodes, Dennis
Martin, Uriah Wood and Pete Simmons worked diligently to perfect
their techniques. Master Denny Shaffer enjoyed some one-on-one
training with Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus. Master
Shaffer, like the Masters of Karate 5, is a working Master. He
didnt stand around and judge, he jumped right in and performed
the techniques taught and then demonstrated a special technique
of his own. The crowd delighted at Master Shaffers sense
of humor and his willingness to learn and participate. At the
end of training, Master Denny Shaffer presented Master Wilson
with a plaque in recognition of the uniqueness of the Masters
of Karate 5. In his words with reference to his long time friends,
Masters Wilson and Lee, Master Shaffer called them, Working
Masters!!! The ability to receive and express pure joy from working
at your art seems to be the common thread, as well as one of the
consistent definitions of a working master. He commended
them for pioneering cross training and for their ability
to get things right the first time.
Master Wilson presented Master Shaffer with a special
Karate 5 t-shirt in recognition of his support and their long
standing friendship. Master Wilson also presented Karate 5 t-shirts
to Grandmaster Delaney and Professor McManus for their dedication
to their Art and to all the people. It was a great day of training
Saturday evening after dinner, Grandmaster Delaney
returned to Karate 5 to work with the leadership team once again.
Masters Wilson and Lee presented him with a one-of-a-kind photograph
in a special frame as a token of friendship and loyalty. Later
that evening Master Wilson and Master Lee presented Professor
McManus with a beautiful hand carved cane representative of the
State of Tennessee. Rumor had it that Master Wilson carved it
himself!!! The Karate 5 as a team is noteworthy. Their generosity
and eagerness to demonstrate Southern hospitality
make their events special. They plan, prepare and deliver some
of the best seminars in the United States. See the seminar section
for information regarding the Knoxville
Spring Camp 2004!
Sherwoods Successful Mini-Camp
Sensei Joe Sherwood and his incredible wife Denise
hosted Professor Lisa McManus for her first mini-camp in their
area. Thirty-three people joined at the Sherwoods school,
MLK Self Defense Academy in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday,
September 20th and Saturday, September 21st to learn the fascinating
art of Modern Arnis as instructed by Professor McManus. Sensei
Joe Sherwood, Sensei Jerri Bruno, Guro John Connors, Guro Marcia
Gobeil, Guro Alan Rawson, Shihan Mark McPherson and Sensei Bob
Bronson, members of the New Hampshire Modern Arnis leadership
team, provided great support and generated positive energy throughout
this mini-camp assisting students from those new to the art to
veteran martial artists.
Friday evenings training began with the introduction
to the absorption block from the #1 strike with direct follows
and takedowns. Master Jack Redmond, Andreas Zibart, Robert Cowan
and Jessica OMeara all from the area of Derry, New Hampshire
arrived eager to train and share in the Art. Barbara Dzivra enjoyed
the patient teaching style of Mr. Charles Petra from Burlington,
Vermont while Laura Durant received skilled instruction from Guro
John Connors also from northern Vermont. Tai Chi instructor Hugh
Muir and Laurie Farrell worked diligently to assimilate the material
presented by McManus; Paul Boucher, Joe Durette and Richard Malloch
also worked up a sweat through the course of the evening. Sabrina
Svard benefited from the talents of Guro Marcia Gobeil while Shihan
McPherson and Sensei Bronson took turns assisting the younger
students on the floor, Sean Brasley and Eddie Cole. This was truly
a team event. Lenny Demers and Robert Cowan reunited
with McManus and made plans to bring Modern Arnis to their location
in Derry. Sensei Demers told Professor McManus that he had been
using techniques he had learned at the first Modern Arnis seminar
she taught at Sensei Sherwoods school last year. He said
that he and Mr. Cowan saw the value of integrating Modern Arnis
with their Kempo training. Stephanie Brown displayed excellent
focus and stayed on task the entire seminar and demonstrated the
value of that focus with her instructor, Sensei Joe Sherwood,
while performing advanced techniques for the group. Denise Sherwood,
who also spent a great deal of time working with Miss Brown, performed
the kick-over armbar for the group with a capable assist from
Guro Connors. Following training part of the team went to Cactus
Jacks for good food and conversation.
Saturday morning training included a variety of
techniques including two canes to one; block, check and counter
and Grandmaster Presas basic knife drill. Sensei Hugh Muir
quickly developed skill with the two-to-one drill working with
Professor McManus and was soon assisting others on the floor.
At the lunch break, Sensei Sherwood treated the group to a wonderful
lunch of freshly made sandwiches, cookies, pastries and coffee.
Mr. Connors commented positively on this practice of providing
lunch for seminar attendees. He remarked that this practice of
genuine hospitality is a trademark of the New Hampshire Modern
Arnis team; one that is greatly appreciated by all in attendance.
When training reconvened, McManus reviewed the absorption
block with follow ups and then the windmill technique that ends
in the same follow ups as the absorption block. You know
this already just in a different context from your own martial
arts, McManus explained. Dennis Cregier, another veteran
martial artist, explored the similarities of his arts and Modern
Arnis with Guro Alan Rawson and Guro Marcia Gobeil. Tammy Parent
expressed enthusiasm for Modern Arnis while under the caring tutelage
of Sensei Joe Sherwood. Ray Vienneau, Eddie Cole and Joe Durette
benefited from the expertise of many of the instructors on the
floor. The enthusiasm of this group was great and the feeling
of family was definitely conveyed throughout this
mini-camp. Congratulations Sensei and Denise on a very successful
Please see the seminar section for future seminars
and events and watch for the first New Hampshire Modern Arnis
Summer Camp to be taught by Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney and Professor
McManus and co-hosted by Professor McManus, Sensei Joe and Denise
Sherwood in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Mini-Camp Features Advanced Excitement
Grandmaster Jeffrey Delaney brought some fresh
ideas to the Newport Mini-Camp which was attended primarily by
advanced Modern Arnis practionners. Sensei Jerri Bruno, Guro Marcia
Gobeil, Guro John Connors, Guro Brian Hubbard, Guro Alan Rawson,
and Sensei David Friedman enjoyed the adaptations and ground fighting
from Sinawali Boxing Drill as skillfully delivered by the Grandmaster.
Shihan Mark McPherson, Sensei Todd Savage and Sensei Todd Walker
received one-on-one with Modern Arnis black belts as did Belinda
Hathaway, Charles Petra, Shira Fix, Melony Mallen and Mavis Lizotte.
Professor McManus covered some of the basic curriculum of palis
palis. Advanced students perfected their techniques while enabling
those new to Modern Arnis.
Grandmaster Delaney shared his philosophy on the
purpose of the IMAF with the team. He also awarded Sensei Jerri
Bruno IMAF Instructor of the Year 2003 for her devotion
to the students at IMAF Camps and events. Sensei Bruno was selected
for her commitment to helping others, especially beginners, to
quickly assimilate the techniques of Modern Arnis as well as making
everyone feel comfortable and included at events. She is always
willing to do whatever needs to be done and gives herself and
her time to assist others. Congratulations Sensei Bruno!
In typical New Hampshire Modern Arnis
fashion, students were treated to meals and hospitality of Dr.
Richard and Professor Lisa McManus. Thank you Dr. McManus!
Seminar Shorts are written by Lisa McManus. If
you have questions or comments, please contact her at email@example.com.
Dean Brown Jr. Inducted into UMA Hall of Fame!
||On July 12, 2003, Chester Dean Brown Jr. was
inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Houston,
Texas. The Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame is an organization
dedicated to the growth of the martial arts. Inductees are
recognized for outstanding dedication and contribution to
the martial arts by unselfishly promoting the growth and prestige
of the martial arts in their communities. Mr. Brown is also
the Technical Director of the International Modern Arnis Federation
and is a popular and inspiring instructor at all I.M.A.F.
events. Congratulations Guro Brown!