Get Real – Learning Practical Self-Defence with Richard Dimitri

By Karen Vegar. Published in Blitz Martial Arts Magazine, June 2007, Vol. 21 No. 6 (pdf, 3MB).

In March 2007, A.I.M. Academy Instructors Kacey Chong, Robert Halaijian & Jim Armstrong headed up to Sydney to attend the 4-day intensive “Get Real” seminar taught by Richard Dimitri, founder of the Senshido system of Reality-Based Self-Defence (RBSD).

This article covers the concepts, scenario training, verbal de-escalation, and ’emotional invocation’ drills taught at the seminar.

Look out for the photo of Kacey Chong with Richard Dimitri, as he demonstrates positioning and posturing for the hair-grab.

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Silvio Morelli Blitzes Monash Kickboxing

Published in Blitz Martial Arts Magazine, Feb 2007, Vol. 21 No. 2 (pdf, 620KB).

This ‘Blitz n Pieces’ article profiles the Kickboxing Seminar taught by Shihan Silvio Morelli for the Monash University Kickboxing Club.

“Silvio is without a doubt the complete martial artist,” said Robert Halaijian, Chief Instructor of the A.I.M. Academy. “Sure, he can kick fast and hit hard, and yes, he likes to get as good as he gives … but talk about been there, done that’. He has a lot to share and share he does.”

“Silvio is genuinely interested in helping the next generation of martial artists achieve their aspirations,” said Kacey Chong, Chief Instructor of the Monash University Kickboxing Club. “The most profound lesson I learnt from him is that to change your external circumstances, you must first transform yourself from within.”

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Thai Harder

By Aidan Ormond. Published in Jetstar Inflight Magazine, Oct/Nov 2006 (pdf, 740KB).

This article was published in Jetstar Inflight Magazine around the time they first launched their flights to Asia, and includes quotes from our Muay Thai Master, Ajarn Chai Sirisute and A.I.M. Academy Senior Instructor, Kacey Chong.

“[Muay Thai] teaches you humility, respect for human life, and also how to remain calm and think clearly under pressure. The discipline, determination and fighting spirit that is cultivated in Muay Thai can also be transferred into other areas of our lives to help us achieve our goals, and improve the quality of our lives,” [Kacey Chong] explains.

Surachai Sirisute, otherwise known as Ajarn Chai (Ajarn means master teacher), is Muay Thai’s most influential figure and the sport’s greatest ambassador. A former champion fighter and teacher, Chai has been instrumental in spreading the word of Muay Thai over the last 30 years.

While Muay Thai does have a spiritual side, it’s a tough-as-nails fighting art. This contrast is beautifully summed up by Ajarn Chai himself. “My late father used to say, ‘Thai boxers should be soft as silk but as tough as a diamond.'”

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Melbourne Kickboxers Try Hakarac

Published in Blitz Martial Arts Magazine, August 2006 (pdf, 1.5MB).

This ‘Blitz n Pieces’ article gives an overview of the Hakarac Martial Boxing Seminar taught by Perth instructor, Mannie De Matos. The seminar was hosted by Kacey Chong of the Monash University Kickboxing Club and Robert Halaijian of the A.I.M. Academy.

Founder and Chief Instructor of Monash University Kickboxing Club Kacey Chong creates opportunities for her students to cross-train with instructors who are leaders in their field by regularly hosting seminars at the club.

“My intention is to create an environment for continuous learning, and inviting Mannie over to teach a seminar on Hakarac was a great opportunity to see what concepts and drills could be incorporated into our current training syllabus,” said Chong.

This magazine has also been autographed by the Editor and Publisher of Blitz Martial Arts Magazine, Silvio Morelli.

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More Than Sticks and Daggers

By Kacey Chong. Published in Blitz Martial Arts Magazine, April 1998, Vol. 13 No. 4 (pdf, 1.6MB).

This article on the indigenous Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) explores the intricacies of espada y daga (stick and dagger), the indomitable mentality of the Eskrimador, and the concept of flow from range to range.

The Philippines, as an island nation, was vulnerable to countless invasions by other countries. This violent history resulted in constant revision and reassessment of the native Filipino fighting systems. Although the Indonesians, Malaysians and Chinese played a partial role in shaping the indigenous Filipino martial arts, it was the Spanish who occupied the Philippines for over 300 years that had the greatest influence on the Filipino martial art of Eskrima.

Doce Pares Eskrima instructor and founder of the A.I.M. Academy Robert Halaijian says: “Espada y daga is considered to be advanced as it teaches you to deal with two weapons of very different nature. The sword is long, powerful and hacks. The dagger is short, subtle and cuts. Both are equally unforgiving but the strategies related to dealing with both of these weapons are very different. What will work for the sword will not work for the dagger and vice versa. That forces you not only to concentrate not only on the type of weapon but also on the nature of the weapon.”

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