On Sunday 10th September we were delighted to host Guro Paul McCarthy at our Amersham training centre.
Originally from the UK, Paul is now living in the USA where he works at UCLA as the Martial Arts Program Coordinator. He holds a variety of grades in various martial systems and is a certified instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu, Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto, well known as one of the original training partners of the legendary Bruce Lee.
Paul is an outstanding communicator and after a fun warm up we went straight into some floor work exercises to improve our ability to fight from the ground. This was followed by standing drills working on our blocking and parrying. One of Paul’s teaching techniques was to establish a pattern of drills and then randomly change the order they had to be performed in. This really tested our ability to adapt and change quickly – just as one might have to do in a real combat scenario.
The afternoon went far too quickly as Paul introduced Kali sticks for the last hour. Again the drills were mixed up to encourage the students to react flexibly to ever changing situations.
This was an outstanding seminar and the insights that Paul shared with us during the afternoon were priceless. We are delighted to say that Paul has agreed to run another seminar for us next year. We are already greatly looking forward to it.
Here are three short videos taken from the day. Enjoy!