Human, All Too Human

This weekend gone by Mataas na Guro Stephen Joffe delivered a full bore Pekiti Tirsia Kali training at Gleason’s Boxing Gym, DUMBO in the Megalopolis of New York City; the training focused on the knife fighting system from PTK, the blade fighting method of choice. This is the third year running that Stephen has dished out the goods to Sifu …

Firing on all Pistons

The Martialworks training group has come a long way over the past few months; remarkable goals have been achieved, not least amongst of which are the promotion of a handful of our students to the rank of apprentice Instructors. Early next year these well trained Ving Tsun aficionados will be completing the system, to then enter testing for the title …

Pekiti Tirsia Kali – The Knife Fighting System NYC Seminar

Master Instructor Stephen Joffe will be delivering a full day of complete system knife fighting from the Filipino blade-fighting method of choice Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Stephen Joffe has earned title Mataas na Guro in this closely guarded family style, for his work as Tactical Instructor to Philippine Marine Corps & Police. The Seminar will explore complete spectrum knife fighting from …

A Man Called Chi Sau

Sometime ago I remember asking an authentic Grandmaster of Ving Tsun: “Sifu, would it be correct to say that we are sharing energy in Chi Sau?” at this he jumped out of his chair & with very great eagerness stated “Yes! of course, when we touch our fellow human being, this must be based on respect; we do not touch …

The Multiplication of Techniques

As we race toward the end of the Summer the training at Martialworks is clearly synchronized with the seasons. This time of the year is associated with a peaking of solar energy, and this is evident in our practice sessions which are ones of high energy and continuous combat action. As we work within the systems of Ving Tsun, Klangbai …

Estallila Kabaroan Escrima

Our Guro Stephen Joffe is continually building the repertoire of students at Martialworks, most recently he pulled another white rabbit from out of his hat and started teaching us Kabaroan; which he describes as a medium and long range fighting style, he first encountered this style in the late 1990’s in Cambridge, England. Guro Joffe went further to explain that …

Champion Thai Boxing

Martialworks is home to Klangbai Muay Thai or ‘crashing down the middle’ style, the system encompasses a number of different family styles of Muay Thai and places a heavy emphasis on empty handed or non-sporting practice. At the later stages or advanced levels of training Krabi Krabong is taught; this relatively rare aspect of Thai weapons fighting, was taught our …

Mind Form Boxing

Chinese Boxing has myriad Schools and methods, all of these have in common the use of energy or Chi within their practice and application; as such Chinese Boxing could equally be titled: Energy Boxing. One of these internal styles that has earned great repute is Hsing Yi Chuan (Chuan = Fist); of origins unknown the Art can be dated to …