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If you are interested in street defense, welcome to learn Jaguar Escrima, a non classical martial art for quick reaction and improvisational defense. Instruction is by Mike Garner who has over 30 years experience teaching the martial arts of Escrima, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and kick boxing. With location near Sabang beach in Palawan, the Philippines, you will surely be able to enjoy a great time besides learning new techniques. In the Philippines, they train harder and play harder.
Simple native style accommodation can be provided to the students, or they can choose from a variety from cheap to expensive hotels in Sabang.
Training is 4 hours per day, 5 days a week. However, this schedule, just like Jaguar Escrima, is flexible and training hours and days can be tailored to suit the student. During your training, you will do conditioning and stretching, which are essential in any form of martial art training. The majority of training time will be spent on how to use Escrima modern weapons, and to master the techniques of the art.
Jaguar Escrima is non classical combining elements of Muay Thai, Kick boxing, Karate, and Krav Maga. It is not a competition martial art, but one designed for street combat. Escrima utilizes weapons which, in modern time, are mostly light and concealable, such as extendable batons, extendable nunchaku, and belt buckle knifes. This feature along with the unarmed combat make Jaguar Escrima formidable street defense.
Conditioning is an essential part of training. Thus, although Jaguar Escrima welcomes all levels alike, physical preparation before coming to the camp, and for the hot and humid climate in the Philippines is highly recommended.
The Philippines is a country of islands located in tropical South East Asia. It is famous for its many gorgeous beaches. Heavily influenced by the Spanish and American culture, it is one of the most popular destinations for tourist worldwide. Some of the major points of interest in the Philippines include Cebu island, Boracay island, and Manila city - the country capital.
Sabang is home to the world famous underground river, with Sabang beach located just a 5-minute walk from the Jaguar Escrima training camp. You can enjoy white sand and turquoise water here during your non-training time.
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Food is not included in the price. Students are responsible for their own meals during the whole duration of the training. There are simple restaurants and more expensive ones like at the Sheridan hotel.
Arrive at Puerto Princesa airport (PPS). From there, you can take a bus to Sabang.
"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."