Black Arts Society
THINK ABOUT IT - How do out thought processes effect our interpretation and reaction? How does out attitude reflect on our training? When do we need to think before acting? If we need to react quickly - without thinking - how do we know what to do? How do we learn to defend ourselves in different situations?
On May 1 and 2 twelve members of the Black Arts Society journeyed to Harrisburg Penn. For a two day workshop on BOJUKA. Founder Tom Schrenk, describes Bojuka as a 'realistic street-oriented self-defence system." This is not a sport! It is a form of fighting that has serious, even deadly aspects. Tom uses chess and racquet ball scenarios as analogies to the thinking involved in his program. "...think about six moves ahead with all the potential combinations, anticipated reactions and play.counter/play." In order to be proficient one must, "think ahead at an instinctive level, instead of thinking consciously." (As with out Black Arts training this is serous training for self defence of the most violent kind.)
Assisting Tom at the workshop were Dan Longtin, Jeremiah Welch, and Hector Torres, These highly trained and talented fighters worked with us to experience what Tom refers to as "...shock-training the student mentally and emotionally, as well as physically."
Joining us at the workshop, to view Bojuka concepts with the intention of having Tom do special instruction for them was a representative of DELTA FORCE. Another guest in the audience was a representative from an unique training school for extracting information from participants.
This is just a sort of 'pause in the conversation'. I was very impressed with the skill level and instruction of each of the workshop leaders. When we combine the professional skills of the Black Arts with the fighting skills of Bojuka we are truly well prepared to defend ourselves in any situation. Hector, a well trained ex military and present drug enforcement officer is a strong example of a person who uses both styles to masterful extent. Those of us attending the workshop were able to use our Black Arts training to great advantage. The instructors were impressed with our skill level.
Several key words were often used over the two days: clear, grab, control, slice, Vee, rock and shuffle. All of these referred to the manner in which we defend and attack.
Key components of knife fighting included: palms up or down to stab, moving inside or outside, saber and reverse knife grips, first move must stop attacker, takedowns, partner practice drills, cut patterns, hand movements and positions, individualized techniques, muscle groups and controls. left and right handed fighters, sparring techniques and drills, environmental assessment, threat assessment, and psychological assessment.
Bojuka has many superior techniques for Knife Fighting. The skills developed are important for street fighting. When we combined our Black Arts Skills we found that our defences were very efficient. Our mind set for attacking and defending have been positively developed in our training.
Special thanks to Tom Schrenk (qualifications and experience are guarded facts), Jeremiah Welch (a Bojuka specialist working at level 3) Dan Longtin (who will present himself on May 29 at Griffin Martial Arts Studio in a special Knife Fighting/Black Arts Symposium), and Hector Torres (former military soldier, present drug enforcement officer, and martial arts school owner). These are finely trained professional warriors and it was our honour to train with them.
Tickets are available for the May 29 workshop in Ancaster. Cost is $40.00 per person and tickets are available from the author, Brian Roussel at 304-0001. All tickets holders are expected to be participants in the workshop. In addition to knife fighting skills, instruction will be provided for Black Arts Self Defence and martial arts interpretation of forms will be provided.