As of August, 2017, classes are in La Verne, California

As of August, 2017, all classes have relocated to La Verne, California. Please contact me at bryan@stoopsma.com for details.

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2014 was amazing!

I realize I had not posted on here in some time. I had been using this more as a Website than a blog for some time. I plan to change that, and post regular articles here.

2014 was an amazing year. I trained with some world-class martial artists for the first time. I certified my first set of instructors. I am currently moving on a plan to expand my organization.

I am honored to have developed a core group of students that have stayed with me in the garage since I moved my classes back there in summer of 2012. I am honored to now be representing several of the systems I teach at the Associate Instructor level. I have four students who are not only yellow sashes under myself, but yellow sashes in Wing Chun under Sifu Francis Fong. I am taking the final steps to get my first group of instructors into the Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association. I recently reconfigured my curriculum. I will be offering my students greater depth.

2015 is going to be amazing. I hope to be making a big announcement soon.

In order to:

1. Differentiate a Kids’ Martial Arts Program

2. Offer more hours in such a deep curriculum

3. Create a schedule more in line with planning for the future

Starting today (3/27/2013) here is the new schedule for the Garage Academy:

Wednesdays:

5 PM to 6 PM – Kids Martial Arts (ages 5 to 13)
6 PM to 7:30 PM – Empty-handed Blend (Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Mixed Grappling, Savate, Silat, Wing Chun)
7:30 PM to 9 PM – Filipino Martial Arts (Inosanto/LaCoste, Dog Brothers, Balintawak)
9 PM to 10 PM- Wing Chun (Sifu Fong’s curriculum)

Fridays:
6 to 7 PM – Kids Martial Arts (ages 5 to 13)
7 PM to 8:15 – Filipino Martial Arts (Inosanto/LaCoste, Dog Brothers, Balintawak)
8:15 PM to 9:30 – Empty Handed Blend (Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Mixed Grappling, Savate, Silat, Wing Chun)

I hope to see you in class soon,

Guro Doctor Bryan Stoops

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A DVD on the Horizon…

11/7/2012

I just had the pleasure of watching the “first draft” of my DVD on stick fighting. It contains a great deal of information, and a great deal of my Phase I FMA curriculum as a means to begin developing a “game” as a stick fighter. I like 95% of what I saw (the 5% I didn’t like consisted of some verbal stumbling on my part, and just a few instances of using the wrong term in the heat of shooting footage).

Despite my having a performing arts background, I hate watching myself on video. That being written, I am excited to see the disk come together, and I will be excited to offer it to my students, and anyone else who might be interested. In south east Asia, students of the arts learn weapons first, which is a very different paradigm than in the West. For many of us who grew up watching Bruce Lee and other martial arts film stars, it seems downright unfair to use a weapon when fighting multiple opponents. In the south east Asian arts, one sometimes prepares to fight not only multiple opponents, but huge numbers (some of the blade systems I study are designed to help fight 10-20 people). The odds of surviving a real attack from a group in those numbers depend greatly on the presence of a weapon.

Many people invalidate weapons training. I hear/read comments on a regular basis like, “How many times will I be walking down the street carrying a stick?” If one looks around his/her living space, or automobile, improvised weapons are often all around. If they are not, what can you do to prepare to defend yourself in the worst possible situations? Carrying weapons can be a violation of the law, depending on where one lives. The decision to carry is highly personal. Even if the idea of carrying a concealed blade is highly repellant, there are still legal tools (like key ring kubaton – click here) one can carry.

For that reason, if one aspires to be able to defend himself/herself, weapons training is essential. My DVD will lay a good foundation for fighting with a blunt impact weapon. Those skills translate to all sorts of household items (baseball bats, umbrellas, etc). When my disk is ready, for distribution, I will be sure it is available to as many who might need the information as possible.

In the meantime, I am pursuing more martial arts learning, and some new training opportunities have arisen. I will continue to share the material I am learning (as long as I am allowed to do so) with those who want it. Some of the footage for Volume 2 of the stick fighting series has already been shot. I will continue to move forward and learn from success and challenges.