Master James U. Sy Jr., Founder of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., conducted an impromptu 1-hour workshop for three security guards last December 30, 2009 in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City.
The lesson primarily centered on the Arnis footwork based on the eight points of the compass as taught in the Conceptual Martial Arts System. Although the techniques taught in CMAS are also found in other systems of martial arts, footwork is given paramount importance because even the most powerful and/or fastest defense or attack will not succeed or connect if the distance is not correct. The added length of the weapon in the indigenous Filipino art of Arnis/Eskrima develops a greater sense and appreciation of distance.
One restraining/eviction hold from Japanese Aikido was taught and a few self defense techniques were demonstrated. Short lectures on suspect psychology and apprehension was also given.
Sy has 24 years combined martial arts experience and is ranked as a Master in the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) by grandmasters from Negros and Panay. CMAS, which he co-founded with Master Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, is a proud member of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) under its President Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo.