Escrima Program

EscrimaLogoEscrima is an essential part of advanced training in the International Academy of WingChun (IAW). Thus, Escrima Classes are scheduled monthly at the US Headquarters in Berkeley. Without knowledge of weapons, the Pre-Primary Level and the Technician Grades cannot be achieved. The attainment of these high ranks of WingChun requires a corresponding ability to wield simple weapons.

IAW Escrima Combat Weapon Training

Training Escrima Combat with myriad weapons.

In IAW Escrima, you deploy functional weapons from diverse cultures. Starting with the simple stick, lessons progress to the machete and various types of swords. Work with knives, shields and even the long pole and double knives is also incorporated. Going further, you brandish the tonfa, palmstick and unusual weapons such as the battle axe.

Our way is the unconditional avoidance of degenerating a weapons art into mere sport. You waste no time with competitions nor spectator events. Such misappropriation is the opposite of what we teach in our Groups and Academies. The purpose of practice is learning the pragmatic use of a certain weapon or combinations thereof. A context of and connection to reality, which students must never lose sight of, is indispensable.

This strict approach protects you from injury, optimizes your physical training and cultivates a vital respect — not only for other students, but for the weapons themselves.

 

Escrima Empty Hand Solo Flow

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Escrima Graduation System

Student LevelEscrimaStudentLevel1

  1. Study Prerequisite: About 6 months (1.5 hours monthly)
  2. Uniform: White T-Shirt with Black Escrima Logo
Serrada Level<EscrimaSerradaLevel2

  1. Study Prerequisite: About 12 months (1.5 hours monthly)
  2. Uniform: Grey T-Shirt with Black Escrima Logo
Dos Manos LevelEscrimaDosManosLevel3

  1. Study Prerequisite: About 15 months (1.5 hours monthly)
  2. Uniform: Olive Green T-Shirt with Black Escrima Logo
Espada y Daga LevelEscrimaEspadayDagaLevel4

  1. Study Prerequisite: About 24 months (1.5 hours monthly)
  2. Uniform: Dark Green T-Shirt with White Escrima Logo
Combat LevelEscrimaCombatLevel5

  1. Study Prerequisite: About 24 months (1.5 hours monthly)
  2. Uniform: Dark Blue T-Shirt with White Escrima Logo
Instructor Grade IEscrimaInstructorGrade1

  1. Study Prerequisite: About 12 months
  2. Uniform: Light Brown T-Shirt with White Escrima Logo
Instructor Grade IIEscrimaInstructorGrade2

  1. Study Prerequisite: About 18 months
  2. Uniform: Light Brown T-Shirt with Green Escrima Logo
Instructor Grade IIIEscrimaInstructorGrade3

  1. Study Prerequisite: Variable
  2. Uniform: Light Brown T-Shirt with Blue Escrima Logo
MasterEscrimaMaster

  1. Study Prerequisite: Variable
  2. Uniform: Light Brown T-Shirt with Golden Escrima Logo
GrandmasterEscrimaGrandmaster

  1. Study Prerequisite: Variable
  2. Uniform: Brown T-Shirt with Golden Escrima Logo

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