Friday, October 11, 2013
Aikido Seminar Conducted for UNO-R Crim Students by: James U. Sy Jr.
Guest Instructor James U. Sy Jr. (seated), Founder of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., 1st Dan Aikido, together with criminology students of the UNO-R Martial Arts Club (UNO-R MAC) under Defensive Tactics (DefTac) Instructor Master Ferdinand Emmanuel "Bobot" Y. Gayoles after the Introduction to Aikido Seminar last August 14, 2013 at the UNO-R Gym, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), Lizares St., Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). The Introduction to Aikido Seminar was conducted by Guest Instructor James U. Sy Jr., Founder of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., for 14 criminology students of the UNO-R Martial Arts Club (UNO-R MAC) under Defensive Tactics (DefTac) Instructor Master Ferdinand Emmanuel "Bobot" Y. Gayoles, M.A., recently at the UNO-R Gym, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), Lizares St., Bacolod City. Master Gayoles started handling the DefTac classes at UNO-R in 2008. Since then he has developed a simple yet effective syllabus for use by criminology students. He drew from his extensive experience in the martial arts to come up with what he calls an "idiot-proof" system geared towards law enforcement work. Gayoles is certified as a Master in four system of Negrpsanon Arnis - his family system of Yasay Sable, Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis, Oido de Caburata (Aguilar line), and Vasquez Modified Tapado - and is also 3rd Dan in WTF-style Taekwondo and a Black Belt in Karate. To give his students a broader exposure to the different fighting arts, he has invited a number of accomplished teachers to introduce their specialties to his class. The first of these teachers was Henried B. lamayo Sensei, 3rd Dan in Judo, formerly Vice President of the Atleta Judo Club and presently Founder/Chief Instructor of Seijitsu Judo Dojo. Next was Cromwill Samson Sensei of La Carlota City, 1st Dan Philippine Karate-do Federation (PKF), International Coach for the Asian Karate-do Federation (PKF), and Negros Occidental Representative for the Advocacy for the Strengthening of Karate-do (ASK) of Ramon S. Franco Kyoshi of Tacloban City, 7th Dan World Karate-do Federation (WKF). Sy Sensei, 1st Dan Aikido, previously Visayas Representative of Dangayan Singkaw Aikido Shinzui Group Philippines, Inc. of R. Jun Batobalani Shihan, 6th Dan Aikikai, was the latest instructor to be invited by Master Gayoles to teach the criminology students. Although graded as Master in several systems of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) and a Black Belt in a number of other Asian Martial Arts, Sy taught purely Aikido, just narrowing down the material to the techniques nikkyo and irimi nage, which prove very useful inlaw enforcement work. Sy started the session with a lecture on a non-aggressive approach in dealing with suspects, one more in line with Aikido's harmonious outlook. He went on to show how this is manifested in acts of courtesy and body language. The workshop was focused on using an attacker's force to throw and/or immobilize him, in preparation for handcuffing. Thus, it proved appealing to the female students in attendance. Sy demonstrated and let some students try out standard arresting, handcuffing, and transporting procedures. Sy commenced his Aikido training under Bacolod Judo and Aikido pioneer Patricio P. Prologo Sensei (1936-2010), 2nd Dan PAJA, in 1995. He went on to study with Rolando "Bong" Achas Sensei, now 3rd Dan Aikikai, in 1997 in Quezon City while training with Prime Savings Bank as a Credit investigator/Appraiser, and with Maxwell J. Maun Sensei, 1st Dan PASAI, Founder/Chief Instructor of the Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts (BAE), in 1998. Sy also had a few sessions with Judy Ginther of the USA and upon affiliating with Batobalani Shihan, learned Aikido weapons as taught by the Japanese masters. Sy founded Ryu Aikidokan and the USLS Aikido Club with two other instructors and taught Aikido from 2000 to 2006. Among those who attended were Melvin Alianza, Mary Christian Arceo, Jendo John Bailen, Hennie Berja, Eloisa Jon Lobaton, Michael G. Militante, August Mae Sales, Micah Andrea Sibayan, Nathaniel Medina Teposo, Jessa S. Torendon, Carlos "Carl" Trunio II, and Xheistjon O. Villaluz.