Mike Garner has over 30 years experience teaching the martial arts of Escrima, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and Kick boxing. He has taught in places as diverse as Micronesia, India, Thailand, the Caribbean, England, and the Philippines. Mikes Thai boxing instructor's were Thosophan Sitiwajana (Toddy) Chinawut Sirisompan (Woody) and Krinsak Sirisompan (Krin) these were the original Thai boxers who brought Thai boxing to England in the 1970s Mike also learned the Thai style of stick fighting from them known as Krabi kribong. Mike learned Escrima from many different instructor's both in the Philippines and England. In India Mike learned Kalari (Indian stick fighting) and when in Africa for several months learned Nuguni stick fighting.
Mike has a long-standing experience as a martial artist, has experienced and mastered many (karate, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Escrima), in order to derive a pragmatic philosophy and approach of fighting: forget about the fancy moves or unrealistic ones and focus on the 10%-20% moves that are efficient. Though I am sure he can also teach those movie-like moves. Mike knows how to adapt his training to one's technical and physical level. He is also a very likable person, who has been living in the Philippines for a few years now - always nice to discuss with him. Accommodation is rustic but perfectly fine (PV panels are there to provide electricity). The location (Sabang) is really nice with its beach, its jungle trails, its mangroves, and the famous underground river. For beginners, bring some basic MMA gloves, as Mike tends to practice without them, which is not easy when hands have not been conditioned.
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