Thursday, October 17, 2013
USLS PE Students Interview Conceptual Arnis Founder
Negros martial arts researcher/historian/writer James U. Sy Jr. (center), Founder/Master of the Conceptual Arnis System, with University of St. La Salle (USLS) freshmen students (from left) Kristian Virgil Mae Paralisan, Elaine castñeda, Khatrinna Cantero, Cedric francis Claur, and Jason Bacud after an interview for the group's PE class presentation recently at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, Lacson St., Bacolod City (Kristian Paralisan photo). Five students from the University of St. La Salle (USLS) led by Kristian Virgil Mae Paralisan interviewed Negros martial arts researcher, historian, and writer James U. Sy Jr., Founder/Master of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., recently at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, Lacson St., Bacolod City as part of the requirements for their Physical Education (PE) class. Paralisan, who hails from Cebu and had previously trained in Shinshintoitsu Aikido, contacted Sy through her father, Virgilio Paralisan. The 1st year PE class was tackling individual sports and Paralisan's group was tasked to do a research on the martial arts, make an actual presentation to the class,and to submit a written report on the subject. The USLS students did a video interview about Sy's own synthesis of the martial arts, the Conceptual Arnis System, which is a composite of a number of Negros Arnis systems, Aikido, and other arts. Sy then went on to show them a number of very simple self defense sequences that they can perform in front of the class. Among those shown were defenses against wrist grabs, knife pointing, and striking attacks. By special request, Sy also showed them the pure forms of different martial arts such as Muay Thai, Aikido, and the traditional Arnis styles of Negros. Sy also lectured on the history of the indigenous fighting arts of the province and the benefits of martial arts training. Sy, also a product of USLS, is a certified Master in the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) by at least 12 grandmasters, among them GM Benefredo M. Lobrido (Original Filipino Tapado), GM Wilson E. Viñas and GM Dominador D. Ferrer (Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis), and GM Estanislao T. Guarra (Guarra Style Modern Arnis). Sy holds Black Belts and/or Instructor grade in Aikido, Kimdo Taekwondo, Karate, and Pencak Silat among others. As western Visayas Correspondence, he has written a number of scholarly pieces for the Rapid Journal and hundreds of martial arts related items for the Negros Daily Bulletin and other local newspapers.