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« on: October 16, 2003, 12:12:47 PM »

First European Sayoc Kali Seminar review

It was the first chance to see and train Sayoc Kali in Europe. From Oct 10th to 13th I hosted Guro Steve Lefebvre, in Warsaw, Poland.

Guro Steve came exactly at noon on Fri, so on the way back from the Warsaw airport he got unusual chance of watching and participating in our traffic jams. That, and our way of driving for sure made him feel like in Boston...

We started from a general Q and A session about Sayoc Kali techniques, tactics and differences to other blade and Filipino arts. Then we spent some time on drilling Vital Template # 3 of 9. We also did a little bit of grappling and some stick and blade sparring. It took us only ?7 hrs?, so we were hungry for more, during Sat and Sun seminar training!

The first Sayoc Kali seminar was held on Sat and Sun, both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We concentrated on feeder mentality thinking, blade manipulations, 3 of 9 template done in various positions and ways, basic tactics, and then Transition Drill 1. Guro Steve patiently corrected us and answered all the questions, and there were a lot of them! Both days we checked some of these techniques in sparring, both between ourselves as well as against Guro. In fact our goal was to make him tired and finally beat him, but to be honest we were not successful...

At the end of seminar on Sunday, everybody was impressed after Guro Steve?s weapons and empty hand demonstration. Although the number of participants at the seminar was not that big, we had people from Poland, Sweden and Lithuania. Participants were also from a variety of arts, ranging from Pekiti Tirsia, Lameco and even Inosanto blend, everybody trained hard and for sure would be dedicated Sayoc Kali students in the future.

Evening trainings were dedicated to polish all techniques and learn more about fighting applications. We asked hundreds of questions and I think finally got some of these things installed in our brains;) We did knife techniques as well as some stick and empty hands training.
Monday's training was a little bit different. Having 3 of 9 installed (I love this word now!) we practiced 3 of 10 and 4 of 12. This training was last at the end of the day, (I think Guro couldn't stand more questions and decided to give us something to just stop us asking and have a few minutes of break;)

All of the training sessions, were held at Saleta Fight Club (, a professional fitness club owned by Polish pro-boxer, Przemek Saleta. A Pool and sauna were just a few things we could use after these hard trainings.

Of course training was not the only thing we did. From the first day we did everything to teach Guro Steve the basic and most useful words from our language. After many, many hours of teaching Guro learnt the most important phrases, and was finally able to order a beer and say "thank you".
I can say that for sure we got a lot of fun and ate tons of good food... about the rest ask Guro Steve, please;)

It was great event and we found Guro Lefebvre great teacher and very nice and friendly person. It's our pleasure to have him as our teacher and friend. I hope the next visit will be very soon!

Tomek Foik

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2003, 05:07:01 AM »

Hello Everyone!

   It was a great seminar in Poland, and Tomek Foik, and Marek Schmidt were great hosts. Both definitely were eager to learn Sayoc Kali, and did a great job in processing all the information we worked on! Sparring with either stick or blade, was as always great fun! There were students who had years of experience and some who had never picked up a stick or blade, but each of them stepped up and sparred, and did a fantastic job. After close to 30 hrs of hands on training, and four days of fun, I returned to the USA.  Well, I am already planning to return to Poland! Also, there is tentative Sayoc Kali seminar in Sweeden for January. So..... stay tuned for more announcements.

I am looking forward to more fun and training in Europe soon.

Steve Lefebvre ? Kayan Dalawa Guro Sayoc Kali

PS: Tomek Foik is now leading the first European Sayoc Kali training group! Get in contact with him regarding upcoming events and training at
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2003, 02:54:20 PM »

is 3 of 9 so sexy like 7 of 9? -just joking.

the review sounds great. i think europe is hungry for sayoc-
kali, dbma and all other kali-styles...... -more, more!
ugggha-ugggha! (sorry my primitive instincts break through)  shocked

greetings from switzerland, bobi

you tink i aint worth a dollar -
but i feel like a millionaire.

(queens of the stone age)
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2003, 07:45:38 AM »

Hello Bobi,

Europe will be seeing alot more of Sayoc Kali in 2004! I am heading out to teach a 2 day seminar in Stockholm Sweden January 31st, and February 1st. Tomek Foik, and I are already planning another vist in April or May. As well I have been contacted by practitioners in Germany and Italy who are also planning to have events. So stay tuned, and hopefully we can meet and train in the near future!

Guro Steve L
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