A Way to Learn Eskrima that Actually WORKS… The Way Eskrima Should!
THIS SYSTEM MAKES TRAINING PLATEAUS A SMALL ISSUE IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR AS PRACTITIONERS FINALLY DEVELOP THEIR OWN STYLE IN ESKRIMA.
After 35 years of research, trial and error, making every possible mistake he could make as an eskrimador, and earning his way with every bump, bruise, and cut, Dr. Mark Wiley finally developed a training system to take an eskrimador’s training to a completely different level, get them unstuck from their current level, and, most importantly, help them win when they spar.
Calling it Integrated Eskrima, Dr. Wiley assembled this system after he travelled, sweated, and bled in the United States and every square inch of the Philippines that he could fly, ride, and climb to, learning and experiencing as many systems of Filipino martial arts (FMA) as possible, including:
- Remy Presas’s Modern Arnis, for its simple and effective strikes, blocks, and locks to give eskrimadors a fundamental move set to draw from and fight with instead of having to figure out the best strikes from scratch without getting in the way of their previous training.
- Angel Cabales’s Serrada Eskrima, for its tight maneuvering and reflex training, which lets practitioners move into the close to medium range that Serrada is known for, control the fight at close quarters, overload their opponent, and come out on top.
- Herminio Binas’s Binas Dynamic Arnis, for its strike mechanics training and disarming concepts that give powerful strikes and intricate disarms to let martial arts savants end a match with an overwhelming victory instead of barely squeaking by.
- Florendo Visitacion’s Vee-Jitsu, for its progressive joint locks and strikes that help practitioners fight empty-handed to make them just as dangerous when they’re unarmed as they are when they’re armed, giving them more ways to attack instead of forcing them onto the defensive.
- Ramiro Estalilla’s Kabaroan Eskrima, for its double sticks and merging methods that help eskrimadors flow like water, letting them slip past an opponent’s defenses like they don’t even exist, and completely drowning them in the practitioner’s offense within the time it takes to blink.
- Benjamin Luna Lema’s Lightning Scientific Arnis, for its power strikes and limb control for supreme positioning, which lets practitioners stay on the offensive, overwhelm their opponent, and string them around like a puppet.
- Antonio Ilustrisimo’s Kalis Ilustrisimo, for its split-second timing and sword techniques, which help eskrimadors develop a reaction time that’s as close to perfect as possible, punishing accuracy, and smooth strikes that keep an opponent guessing, while taking out their most valuable tools in a fight: their hands.
When asked why he developed the system, Dr. Wiley said, “The modern ‘if/then’ technique-based approach does not help practitioners actually apply the principles or training methods of Eskrima in a combat-effective way.” Tired of how classical training methods never seemed to help him understand the concepts behind the system, Dr. Wiley set out to put together his new approach.
In the time that he’d been training, testing, and researching, Dr. Wiley put together the backbone of his training system, called the IMT (Integrated Modular Training), which pulls together the most critical tactics and principles the old masters used in actual combat into sensible, practical building blocks that Dr. Wiley developed through his blood, sweat, and tears.
This lets Integrated Eskrima practitioners actually build the fighting skills and sensitivity that they need to be able to spar with their opponents and win instead of hoping that their opponent attacks exactly how they’d want and falling flat on their face trying to do something.
Granted, Integrated Eskrima is not for everyone.
An Eskrima Program for the Discerning, Even Cynical Martial Artist
Integrated Eskrima isn’t necessarily for beginners, though Dr. Wiley can train someone from scratch, as was the case with Dr. Dale, whose first martial art was Hakka Mantis Kung Fu.
Instead, it’s for the seasoned eskrimador looking to take their practice to the next level, go from memorizing counters and repeatedly doing drills in a mind-numbing way to moving, countering, and hitting without having to think about it.
Dr. Wiley designed Integrated Eskrima specifically for eskrimadors who:
- Feel like nothing that they’ve learned is coming together in a way that they can actually use…
- Feel completely stuck in their training and that their instructors can’t really help them much…
- Want to be able to finally learn and, more importantly, understand Eskrima in a way they can use in live sparring without information overload…
- Want to learn Eskrima in a way that actually sticks in less time because of how it teaches principles that they can use instead of copy-and-paste techniques that they can pick up on YouTube…
… and developed this with unique, efficient frameworks that give practitioners a way to blend their own style once they’ve gotten used to the system.
Integrated Eskrima Makes it Easy for Practitioners to Understand Rather than Forcing Them to Fill in the Blanks
With 8 Distance Learning Program (DLP) courses in his Apprentice Instructor Program, Dr. Wiley gives the practitioner his Training, Linking, and Integrating method to master the Filipino martial arts’ fighting tactics in ways that work consistently. He set the core material up in a concept framework that showcases the training methods and systems of Integrated Eskrima:
Because Dr. Wiley understands the frustration that can cause too many eskrimadors to quit training, he developed a training process with a clear route to mastering the system instead of throwing eskrimadors into a confusing void where they have to fumble around for a way to master their system.
When asked to comment on Dr. Wiley’s methods, student Jean-Marc noted, “The program is structured for me to learn more easily.”
Practitioners will also:
- Learn the key words that an eskrimador MUST know that explains the movements and techniques, which cuts down the learning curve, or risk failing basic movements and techniques…
- Understand the different types of weapons and how they’re best used in Filipino martial arts, giving a more thorough breakdown on what each weapon in FMA is BEST at so that an eskrimador can use a weapon that they already know to win instead of experimenting with the best way to use any one weapon…
- Get the full menu of movements, frameworks, methods, and techniques to choose from to craft their own individual style instead of getting too stuck into one specific system, rounding out their practice, and making them more solid fighters…
- Receive guidelines they can use in their sparring so that their techniques actually flow together, work on a live, resisting opponent and help them control the fight rather than let the opponent control them…
- Learn specific training methods to manage distance (range) and positioning (gates) so they can dance around their opponent and hit at surprise angles, giving their opponent no choice BUT to stay on the defensive…
- See different ways that other systems like to engage, along with different reference points and, in FMA, what they call counter sets to attacks so that a practitioner can customize their practice to suit them specifically…
- Understand the principles behind range, footwork, and technique that help practitioners flank, hit, and dodge… right into their next attack, leaving their opponent at their mercy…
- Get specific training methods to internalize timing and positioning, letting them pick their opponent apart more easily, efficiently, and effectively than they would have if they’d used classical training methods.
By developing an eskrimador’s basics to as fine a point as possible, Dr. Wiley makes sure that they can count on their skills if push comes to shove by throwing out conventional training methods in favor of effective training methods based on concepts.
This isn’t what gives Integrated Eskrima its edge, though.
The Driving Force Behind Integrated Eskrima’s Training Method Practically Guarantees Student Success
The Integrated Modular Training method (IMT), which uses Dr. Wiley’s Training, Linking, and Integrating concept would have to be the X-factor that gives Integrated Eskrima an unfair advantage over classical training methods.
With the IMT, students would train in what’s called a Nucleus Drill, a basic drill that they can add other blocks of Integrated Eskrima on by linking other modules and integrating them with other methods and techniques that they learn in ways that work for the practitioner.
As a result, there is no wasted information for eskrimadors in the system, because they will understand every block of information that they build on their Nucleus Drill and make it functional in actual sparring.
Advanced practitioners also learn the highest form of Integrated Eskrima, called Lusot Sara Tapos, where they learn how to flow around opponents like water, so that instead of rigidly defending, they’ll be able to reposition, counter, and overwhelm their opponent in combat.
By the time they get through the DLP, eskrimadors will learn practical, no-nonsense FMA that shows them how to get on the offensive, stay on the offensive, and stay one step ahead of their opponent.
Dr. Wiley also found a way to address the frustration that many eskrimadors feel about not being able to grow within the system.
Students Get to Progress in the System, Even Though it’s a Distance Learning Program
The most common problem for most FMA enthusiasts is that they don’t get the access they need to train and, more importantly, grow in the system.
Too often, eskrimadors have to bend over backwards to climb the ranks of their system, and it’s made worse when the system instructors force people to buy things like plaques for official ranking.
Dr. Wiley made this an issue of the past with private groups where practitioners can show their skills, by posting videos of them demonstrating techniques, and get the critique they need to progress through the program.
Dr. Wiley also has his private sessions, where students can get the 1-on-1 feedback that cut down the learning curve, build the skills that they need, and, most importantly, apply it in sparring.
By using the private groups, along with private sessions, to hold students accountable, students can finally get the results they want with their FMA practice: the kind of results that they can only show from winning their sparring matches.
Because of this, even though online learning programs tend to be hit-or-miss, Dr. Wiley’s managed to make it a non-issue for serious practitioners.
How People Can Enroll
Dr. Wiley understands that training in any martial art can be expensive due to travelling costs, a regular training fee, and training equipment.
It isn’t a surprise for the typical martial artist to spend up to $2000 in martial arts training per year in modern times once people calculate the total costs.
In fact, when asked to give a breakdown on the total retail cost of the DLP, Dr. Wiley responded with this list:
- Course 1 – DNA: The System Structure ($199) – Eskrimadors learn the fundamentals of Integrated Eskrima in here, which has 7 lessons that everything else in Integrated Eskrima builds off of, including but not limited to:
Modes of Engagement
- Course 2 – Footwork Dynamics ($199) – Practitioners learn exactly where and how the footwork techniques work best, and what that can do for their positioning in sparring and combat. The course comes with 13 units, starting with an introduction and 2 modules of 6 lessons each.
- Course 3 – Angles of Attack, Striking Methods, and Combinations ($199) – Students learn the ins and outs of striking with a weapon with 18 lessons, including but not limited to:
The 12 Striking Angles (Static and Dynamic) – Students learn the basic strikes stationary at first, then they practice striking and moving with 3 different footwork methods.
The 4 Fundamental 2-Strike-and-Move Combinations For Positional Control
The 5 Defensive Templates to the Most Common Strikes ($995) – Created with the basic 5 angles of attack in mind, these lessons are where the eskrimador gets to choose which techniques in the templates they would like to use most often instead of being presented with only one way as the “right way”.
Altogether, Dr. Wiley stated that the entire DLP would typically cost $1,592.
But, because he understands that martial artists already spend upwards of $2,000 per year in their training, he currently has it discounted to $1,197 instead, leaving it unusually low for a course designed to take a practitioner to the level of an Apprentice Instructor.
In addition, all DLP students will be able to access the Facebook groups where they can interact with each other and with Dr. Wiley himself, share best practices, get feedback, and continue growing in their craft as eskrimadors.
The best option for practitioners that enroll, though, is that they can attend DLP-only training sessions at the Integrated Eskrima HQ 3 times a year to test for promotion within the system so that they can create, train, and grow the Integrated Eskrima system on their terms and within their own communities as certified instructors themselves.
Students who would like to access the entirety of the Integrated Eskrima DLP can do so by clicking the button below.
12 thoughts on “GM Mark Wiley Presents…”
Hi Mark—-Dave Helmkamp from Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is good to see you still up and kicking. Just thought I’d say hello
Dave, how are you! Drop me a line and let me know how things are going. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Mr. Wiley, my name is Eric Harris and I was born with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy which leaves me confined to a wheelchair, but the wheelchair doesn’t stop nor define me. I was wondering if you had any advice for my FMA studies ?
Hello, Eric. Thank you for reaching out and introducing yourself. You are an inspiration. I have a friend, Carlito Bonjoc, who is also in your predicament and yet he excels in eskrima. He has mastered the art and turned his disadvantage into a big advantage. Here is a link to his Facebook page. Please ‘friend’ him there, and let him know I am introducing you. He will show you the way 🙂
Are you doing only the seminars in Hawaii?
Not visiting any local schools?
Personal circumstances led to me postponing the Hawaii trip. I will visit in 2014 and keep you posted.
Hi.Sifu I would like to know if you have train in Tat Kon Tou Kung Fu /Gokosha and Banate or Palakabanate? Any information will be greatly appreciated.
I am sorry that I have not. You may reach out to Pedring Romo or Yuli Romo on Facebook, as they are versed in those arts.
Hi Mr. Riley I’m interested in the distance training course. Could you please add me to the waiting list.
Sifu Kevin Tucker
I would love to learn more about this.
Thank you, here is the course outline
I’ve bought several of your books including your latest Filipino stick fighting techniques. Through Greg Allen, I studied Lameco, Lucay Lucay JKD/Kali, and Bahala Na among others. Just wanted to comment that I didn’t find swimming a bay surprising since Edgar Sulite told me once that he had to swim a bay with sharks to train with a master escrimador, name forgotten, because it was much quicker to swim across than try to go through the dense forest around the perimeter. FYI. Regards, Jerry.