Youth Escrima Concepts
Escrima Concepts is a very practical martial art which is excellent for both self defence and fitness. The physical benefits include increased mobility, increased dexterity and improved coordination.As students progress through our syllabus and begin to use two weapons, they will benefit from improved left/right coordination as a result of using both their left and right arms with different weapons and leg combinations simultaneously.
The added pressure of using weapons without hurting yourself, or your training partner, improves confidence and develops increased body control and awareness of yourself and others.
Our Youth Kung Fu classes are designed for young people in School Year 9 upwards (age 13-16). If you are 16 or older please go here.
The Youth Escrima Concepts classes are similar to the adults classes in that the focus is on being able to understand and defend against weapons. We have developed our Youth syllabus to prioritise the fundamentals of not getting hit and getting into a strategically good position using the 5 concepts:
Balance: without balance most things will not work
Focus: the ability to read a situation if you are not aware of danger it will be difficult to assess the danger
Speed (Distance/Timing): how quick ground is covered between two people or their weapons and who evades or makes the first strike
Power: to deal with a person’s individual power and the power of a specific weapon
Transition: the ability to use a variety of weapons and unarmed techniques to a given situation
Each year we host Sifu Benno Westra for two weekends in Cambridge where he teaches a variety of workshops open to all Youth members who have completed the 4 Beginner Grades. These are currently postponed until clasess return to normal training.