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Wednesday January 30, 2013. 6 pm pacific/9 pm eastern.
GM Darrell Sarjeant and Sifu Restita DeJesus welcome Silat teacher Johnny Silmon to the show!
Name: Johnny Silmon
D.O.B: 6 August 1971 (Age 41)
P.O.B: London, England
Styles Practiced: Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun (own synthesis)
Silek Tuo Pagu Pagu, Maenpo Cikalong, Silat Para Wali, Benjang Gulat (Sundanese wrestling), Sabhandar
Organisation: The W.A.I (Warrior Arts of Indonesia). The mission of The W.A.I is to preserve and promote the precious martial arts of Indonesia.
Johnny Silmon began his formal martial arts training at the age of 11 where he took Judo as part of his Physical Education on the school curriculum. He found he was a natural and won the Gold medal in the inter-schools Brent Judo Championships. However after this initial year he found himself seeking a more dynamic style and began training Wing Chun for around twelve months before once again looking for another style. He found it as a 13 year old in the form of Northern Mantis Kung Fu but with a Kuntao edge to it. His teacher Sifu Jerry Tann was Indonesian of Chinese origins and it could be said this laid the seeds for Johnny to later go on to investigate Indonesian Pencak Silat. He trained as a private student under Sifu Tann from 1984 to 1987 and then again for a time in 1990.
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This week on Scottscope Talk Radio, the roundtable reviews The Raid 2: Berandal! Is it a worthy follow-up to the original? Is it actually better than the original? Is it too ambitious for its own good? Can it be considered bloated and pretentious? Could it possibly be the most violent action film ever made? Does it deserve comparison to classic “Heroic Bloodshed’ films like Hard Boiled and City on Fire? Might it even deserve comparison to the likes of The Godfather Part 2? Does it raise the bar for action cinema? Are fans overhyping it? Is it merely an ultraviolent yet disposable cult film from a familiar genre?
We’ll also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of that most classic of rap albums, Illmatic! Does it still hold up? Is it still Nas’ best album to date? Is its classic status overstated? Was Nas the beneficiary of east coast (IE New York) Bias? Was the album’s warm reception from the Hip-Hop press part of a calculated plot to bring New York back to prominence in the early 1990’s? Has Nas lived up to the promise of the album? Is he truly one of the all-time greats? Why did it take so long to be certified platinum by the RIAA? Join us as we examine the most acclaimed rap album of its time!
Join Sifu Restita and Sifu Robert as they welcome Guro Rocky Twitchell to the Dojo!
Rocky Twitchell began his martial arts training in 1982. His experience and certifications include Kali, Silat, cane fighting, Boxing, Savate, grappling, and Jeet Kune Do.
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Da’Mon Stith is an African American martial artist, researcher, and innovator.
Born in 1975 in Austin, Texas, his love for the martial arts began at the age of six when his father gave him a toy sword. From that day on the ‘way of warrior’ became his path and passion.
His journey as a martial artist began in the art of Shorin ryu Karate which he had the priviledge of studying in Okinawa as a teenager. It was in this environment seeped in martial tradition that he became exposed to the philosophies of Miyamoto Musashi and Bruce Lee and through cross training began to explore martial arts as a form of self expression. Eventually he began studying Jeet Kune Do and developed a strong interest in the arts of South East Asia (Kali, Silat, and Muay Thai). These arts combined deadly fighting techniques with rituals that involved music, dance, and spirituality. As well as were used as a means to instill pride and respect in their respective cultures.
In 1994 with the release of the movie ‘Only the Strong’ Da’Mon began studying the African/Brazilian art of Capoeira. Attracted to its movement, music, history, and philosophy Da’Mon devoted his life to the practice and preservation of Capoeira After a few years of training he created his own Capoeira group and began researching the fighting arts of Africa and its Diaspora such as: Tahteeb, Zulu Stickfighting, Kalenda Stickfighting, Dambe boxing, Kokowa wrestling, Mani and 52 Blocks.
He is currently studying the traditional sword dances of the Tuareg people and has created a group dedicated to research and resurrection of the warrior arts of African’s medieval past.
-Born and raised in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, then moved to London, England. Llived and trained in Malaysia for 8 years, then moved from Malaysia to Glasgow in Scotland in 2012 to teach Silat Ikhtiar Martial arts: -Fencing, boxing and wrestling, Silat, -Dabbled in several martial arts, too many to mention. -Ballistic weapons: guns, rifles, archery, blowpipe. -Silat Cekak Malaysia, Silat Ikhtiar Malaysia (the martial art of my wife's family) Teaching: -Silat Ikhtiar Malaysia, Bela Diri curriculum (not at the moment). Bierkaai curriculum which is included in the Nicolaes Petter book -Training and learning the many Bekkesnijders techniques and strategies that I've been documenting while compiling the book on that phenomenon. PUBLICATIONS -several books on music... -Manual Bela Diri Curriculum, 2011 -Manual of Silat Ikhtiar, 2013 -The Nicolaes Petter biography (foreword Bas Rutten), 2013 Future books: -David Cheah's Muay Thai Kick Boxing -Bekkesnijders, The Netherland's Traditional Knife Art
Encouraging individual creativity and innovation, Mark draws on his vast experience in the following methods to design the curriculum: • Filipino Martial Arts • Jun Fan Martial Arts (Methods compiled by Bruce Lee) • Hung Gar Kung Fu/Wing Chun/Hsing-i Pakua/Tai Chi Chuan • Japanese Jiu Jitsu/Judo/Aikido/Aiki-Jujitsu/Kenjitsu • Tae Kwon Do/Tang Soo Do/Hapkido/Kuk Sool Won • Indonesian Pentjak Silat • Malaysian Bersilat • Muay Thai/Krabi Krabong • French Savate • Western Boxing • Submission Hold Grappling • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu • European Fencing • Firearms Mark offers Beginner to Advanced-Level Self-Defense Training through Group Classes as well as Exclusive Private Instruction. His comprehensive curriculum incorporates: • Mixed Martial Arts • Specialized & Improvised Impact & Bladed Weaponcraft • Special-Use Weapons & Stratagems • Stress Inoculation Training • Situational & Environmental Awareness Training
Steven has been given the highest honorary title ‘Pendekar’ (‘Protector’) known in Indonesia and SE Asia. He has been practicing martial arts since he was eight years old and has been involved in numerous tournaments. He was winner of the Birmingham Martial Arts Championship in 1989, which then took him further to train under Guru Ma in Holland who took his martial art skill and knowledge to another level. With Guru Ma, he co-founded the Satria Fighting Arts and Satria Yoga and developed his own Lotus Kembangan. He also pioneered and inspired ‘Our Orphans’ (a division of ‘Universal Life Charity’ reg. no 1115137) after his encounter with St. Thomas Orphanage in 2001.Steven has travelled extensively throughout Indonesia and have met, trained and lived with teachers to understand their whole way of life, concepts and philosophies. He had completed Pak Rusli’s family style silat ‘Silek Angin’, Guru Makmur’s ‘Cimande Silat’, Guru Asnan’s family system of ‘Minangkabau Silat’ and Pendekar Jumhi&
February is Women's Month at the Modern Combat Masters Show!
Join us Wednesday February 20th as we welcome women from any style and rank to call in to discuss whatever you'd like to discuss!
We'll be joined by Jen Para (Silat Seni Gayong) and Debra Evans (Butokukan Karate). We'll start it off, and will welcome any and all women to call and ask questions, bring up topics/comments/concerns of martial arts, or just call in to say hello and be in the company of great women warriors!
Remember, all women of any ages (girls too!) are welcome to listen in and participate!
Join GM Darrell Sarjeant & Sifu Restita DeJesus as they welcome Punong Guro Zach Jenkins to the show!
About Zach Jenkins
in 1983 joined the U.S. military and traveled to Pyongtek, Korea where he met Master Yu Yong Chu. Master Yu Yong Chu later became the President of the Korea Kung Fu Association in 1986. Under the tutelage of Master Yu, Zach Jenkins learned the art of Sib Pal Gi Kung Fu. Sib Pal Gi encompassed the five animal systems of Tiger, Snake, Leopard, Crane, and Dragon. There were also some nuances of 8 step Praying Mantis Kung Fu. In 1986 Zach Jenkins traveled to Pusan, Korea where he met Grand Master Jatsu Chung. In1988, Grand Master Jatsu was appointed to the post of Captain of the Korea Wu Shu team by the Chung Moo Kwan Gymnasium and competed every year in the Asian Games. Grand Master Jatsu Chung trained Zach Jenkins in a rare kung fu style called Tiger Swallow Praying Mantis. After Five years of intense training, Zach Jenkins attained a ranking of 4th Dan Black Belt in the art and science of Tiger Swallow Praying Mantis and was promoted to the post of instructor inGeneral Principle Chung Moo Kwan under the flag of the Chung Moo Kwan Gymnasium. In 1989, Zach Jenkins returned to the United States and was stationed in Springfield, Ohio as an Army Recruiter. It was during that time that Zach Jenkins was introduced to Guru Ken Pannell and Guru Tim Anderson.......(continued)
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Our special guest for 12/5/12 is Maha Guru Cliff Stewart, who will be making his 2nd guest appearance on the Modern Combat Masters show.
Who is Cliff Stewart?
By Master Instructor Masaad Ayoob
A veteran of over 25 years in the Executive Protection field, Cliff Stewart has provided elite bodyguard services to the rich and famous, including Wesley Snipes, Larry Flynt, Mr. T., Joan Collins, Muhammad Ali, Stevie Wonder, James Garner, members of royal families and foreign diplomats. He is the one who trains the teachers of Law Enforcement, Federal Agencies and Martial Arts Organizations. It’s no wonder in Hollywood he’s called the “Bodyguard to the Stars.” Cliff Stewart knows his stuff. I’ve worked with many of his contemporaries who have studied under such masters as Dan Inosanto, and at the same time Cliff was there. The martial arts world can be a jealous place, with more than its share of prima donnas. Yet, from Graciela Casillas to Paul Vunak, each of Cliff’s contemporaries I’ve spoken with gives Stewart the highest praise. It’s a rare man who can be that well liked and that highly respected at the same time in such an ego-charged environment. It says a lot for the grace and professionalism of Casillas and Vunak, but it says even more about Cliff Stewart.
Cliff Stewart possesses an awesome degree of knowledge and destructive power. The point he drives into his W.A.R. students is that possessing power doesn’t mean that you have to use it. Often, he makes clear, the greatest expression of that power is to dominate a threatening situation to the point that you don’t need to unleash it. Avoidance, he points out, is the ultimate victory.
Join GM Darrell Sarjeant and Sifu Restita DeJesus as they welcome Guro Ron Balicki to the show! January 2, 2013 at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST
Before Ron Balicki got his start in the entertainment field as a stuntman and a fight / stunt coordinator, he grew up in the windy city of Chicago. Awe struck by Bruce Lee, Ron was inspired to study the martial arts. After an in-depth study of the subject, he sought out the one man who truly understood Bruce Lee's teachings, the legendary martial artist Dan Inosanto. After many years of study, Ron earned Full instructorships in Jun Fan Gung Fu (Jeet Kune Do Concepts), Maphilindo Silat and Filipino Kali from Sifu Inosanto.
In 1987 Ron became a Cook County Deputy Sheriff stationed in Chicago, Illinois. Ron helped form the Cook County Sheriff's Special Operations Resistance Team (S.O.R.T.), a team of officers trained to handle riot control. At this time Ron also began work as a bodyguard for various Hollywood movie and music stars. Ron has traveled as far as Japan and Indonesia to train and compete in "No holds barred fighting tournaments. As a professional Shoot Wrestler, Ron has competed in America and Japan, winning his last fight in Tokyo, Japan before retiring. Ron also earned instructorship's in Thai Boxing, Savate, Lameco Escrima, Wing Chun Gung Fu, Latigo y daga (whip fighting), and Shoot Wrestling. Military, DEA, SWAT, FBI, Home Land Security, Law Enforcement from America and abroad, Anti-Terrorist groups and the French President's Secret Service have all sought Ron out for his experience and teaching skills. He is the author of numerous articles for magazines worldwide, and has written his own best selling book on Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do.
Ron has produced a series of martial arts training videos, and has stunt coordinated several films.
Our special guest on 8/1/12 is Cikgu Joel Champ.
He has trained in martial arts at a young age (9yrs. old) from his father, in which he was trained in Arnis, Kempo, Hapkido, Chinese Gung-Fu, and Western Boxing.
Joel Champ is a senior instructor for United States Gayong Federation. He has trained directly under Cikgu Sheikh Shamsuddin Salim since 1996, and is highest ranked non-malay in America. Ranked Berkong Hitam 3 (3rd degree Black Belt Instructor level) and holds the title of Kalifa Muda (young leader) given by the daughter of the Late Mahaguru, the late Cikgu Siti Kalsom in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. Cikgu Joel was also given the name “Singa Barat” (Lion of the West) by his teacher Cikgu Shamsuddin Salim, and together they have given numerous seminars and demonstrations throughout the United States. Cikgu Joel has written various articles on Silat that have appeared in Inside Kung-Fu magazine and Seni Beladiri magazine. Cikgu Joel Champ has traveled to Malaysia for additional training in Silat Seni Gayong and learned from other Senior Instructors including Cikgu Majid, Cikgu Kahar, Cikgu Jazwan, Cikgu Siti Kalsom, and Cikgu Mat. Cikgu Joel was adopted as a “son” by the late Siti Kalsom in 2005 during a ceremony in which he was given authorization to spread Silat Seni Gayong in America. Cikgu Joel was the featured main character in National Geopraphic Asia’s award winning Fight Masters:Silat program, and also appeared in his teachers book, Silat Seni Gayong: Malay art of self-defense. He is also a US Navy Veteran (Military Police)