Grand Tuhon coming to academy
The House of The True Way Martial Arts Academy will host Grand Tuhon Jerson "Nene" Tortal Sr., Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5-10 p.m.
The academy is located at 112 W. National Ave., Brazil.
"Anyone who has a general interest in blade tactics unlike any other should take the time to come learn from Grand Tuhon Jerson "Nene" Tortal Sr., at our school," Zechariah S. Browning said. "All are welcome, whether they are martial artists or not."
Browning is a third Dan, Gyodokan Kaizen Kempo instructor at the school. His partner, Guru Duha' Mike Snow, also teaches at the school.
According to information provided by Snow, Tortal is from Talisay City on Negros Island in the Philippines. He presently heads the Family Combat and Survival System.
Tortal will be in Brazil to instruct Dekiti-Tirsia Siradas Arnis de Mano (DTS), which according to Snow, is a blade oriented system "heavily emphasizing footwork, enabling the practitioner to rapidly close the distance and finish the opponent(s)."
"This system has three basic strategies: attack, counter attack and counter the counter," Snow said. "These are present in all techniques of the system: empty hand, impact and bladed weapons, firearm retention, bayonet, empty hand vs. weaponry and dumog (Filipino wrestling)."
Snow said Tortal is 73 and began his martial arts training when he was 5.
Snow said he "has spent his entire life teaching his family system to law enforcement and military personnel in the Philippines and United States."
Snow added those practicing the technique begin with a weaponry and graduate to empty-hand techniques.
"The same movements taught for weaponry are used for a variety of weapons and empty-hand techniques," Snow said, "making it much easier to learn, gain muscle memory and execute the techniques as a reflex."
Both Snow and Browning said Tortal will also be back at the academy Sept. 11-12.
Authentic, antique Filipino swords and knives, some predating the Spanish-American war era will also be on display at the seminars.