Tuesday, September 9, 2008


The Riverside Do Club under its President Jared Lagahit, and Founders/Consultants Kenneth Lee O. Materum and Gelkof Calmerin successfully hosted the 4th Conceptual Approach to reality-based Self defense Seminar “Striking Dynamics” last August 19 and 21, 2008 at the riverside do club Dojo, 2/F college Quadrangle, riverside college, Dr. Pablo O. Torre St., Bacolod City.

A Total of 14 club members attended, mostly from the Nursing department and mostly women.

Featured instructor was James U. Sy, Jr., founder/President of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.

Sy, who is a certified Master of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) under 6 grandmasters, taught the 4 hours seminar presenting his Conceptual Martial Arts System, which is a synthesis of his 22 years study of the various Martial arts. Conceptual Martial Arts is a system of training where the different styles of the Martial Arts can be studied and applied as a composite methodology based on concepts rather than on techniques. Its foundation is the Filipino Martial art of Arnis, with technical and cultural influences from other Asian and western martial traditions.

8 fundamental techniques and some variations were taught including jab, straight cross, and hook from Western and Filipino boxing, finger jab from Jeet Kune do, palm strike from long ying quan, front and roundhouse kicks from Kimdo and Filipino Tang Soo Do, palm heel strike from Karate, front knee from arnis and Muay Thai, and arm bar from Judo. These very simple techniques were then applied on multiple self defense situations and as set up for the various Aikido techniques that club members are already familiar with.

The riverside Do Club, the first martial arts campus club to be recognized by the riverside college, was founded by Kenneth Lee O. Materum (BSN batch 2007) of Kyokan Dojo, and Greavinci “Vince” Tronco (BSPT batch 2005) and Gelkoff “geff” Calmerin (BSN batch 2006) of the Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts (BAE). Because of its Founders’ affiliations, the Riverside do club operates under the guidance of both Kyokan dojo and BAE.

The Riverside do club previously hosted Sy on September 21, 2006 and January 9 and 23, 2007 for the first three seminars.

Club members who attended includes Janevave Valderrama, Dindo Legaspi, Gelkoff Calmerin, Sherlyn Sandico , Elvin Moreno, Ivone Bantayan, Kenneth Lee Materum, Sheena Rose Tales, Philippe Santander, Jennifer Severino , Jared Mark Lagahit , Leah Somontina , Karlo Jereza Catalan, Tahraya Nichole Johnson, Andrew Garbanzos , Marian Ledesma ,
Kyra Lopez , Ryan Carrido , Glaiza de la Cruz, Shery Ann de la Cruz , Ann Reyel Iligan II , and Denise del Rosario.


junby said...

good morning Instructor James Sy,Jr.
I have been reading your write ups featured in the visayan filipino martial arts blogspot and find your write up in the conceptual m.a. seminar recently conducted at riverside college, interesting and I wanted to learn the art in my age. I am 46 years old.Where can I find you? Hope to hear from you the soonest. Thank you very much.


hangaway said...

Hi Jun,

It'snever too late for that age, so long as training is paced based on your age.

Please contact Mr. Narciso "Hansy" Alojado at the Center for La Sallian Ministries at the University of St. La Salle (USLS).

Thank you for the interest.