Counterpoint Tactical Systems seminar


Counterpoint Tactical Systems seminar

Atlanta Martial Arts Club proudly presents:

CTS founder, American Kempo Senior Professor, Pekiti Tirsia Mataas Na Guro & Cacoy Doces Pares Grand Master

Zach Whitson

Date: April 11th, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM ET – 6:30 PM ET

Cost: $100

Location: The Dojo
3005 Old Alabama Road
Alpharetta, Ga. 30022

Topics: Panantukan, Espada y Daga

Equipment: Sticks & training knives

Contact: Brian Brown 770.837.2234

The Counterpoint Tactical System, also known by the acronym CTS, is a weapon-based integrated martial art designed for the street with an emphasis on real-world tactical counter offense. Although an eclectic martial art, the counterpoint tactical systems largest traditional influence can be found in the Filipino Martial Arts. The purpose of CTS is to train and certify students and instructors, making them well versed in every phase of civilian armed and unarmed combat. The CTS curriculum is designed with a survival based philosophy and is not intended to be practiced or used as a sport. CTS uses a “Civilian Use of Force Continuum” to help students better understand real world violence and how to appropriately respond to a very dangerous situation.
Being an integrated martial art, CTS uses tactics from various arts based on multiple attackers, weapons, range or strategy to formulate a cohesive curriculum. As the range changes so does the combative tactics. Categories of training include weapons techniques such as single and double stick, knife, staff, gun, and the combination of stick and dagger; and empty hand techniques such as kicking, stomping, striking, punching, trapping, locking, throwing and ground fighting.

The Counterpoint Tactical System

The Counterpoint Tactical System is designed as a modern, real world survival based martial art. The CTS curriculum does not focus on sport competition or one dimensional self-defense techniques. We only teach and practice techniques and tactics that are proven to work against a skilled and experienced enemy.

Our primary goal is to teach and develop our student’s skill sets with the most real and effective martial arts training available today. We want to help you develop a healthy life, and to teach you how to protect yourself and your loved ones while providing a safe practice and training environment.

CTS uses an open motor training model to develop life saving skills and habits. As trainers, we live in the world of simple, direct and effective tactics, avoiding all action that has a low probability of success. We also offer a children’s curriculum designed to be fun and effective in teaching young students to be respectful of others and capable of protecting themselves from unwanted aggression.

Currently, many martial arts instructors believe that they must water down their training to make it palatable to the students of today’s fast food culture. We have not gone this route. We use training models that are fun and comprehensive making accelerated learning a reality. As students find success in application, their confidence grows, they practice more often and their tactical survival skills improve exponentially.

Zach Whitson, Founder

Applied Eskrima Balintawak Seminar

Applied Eskrima Balintawak Seminar

Applied Eskrima Balintawak Seminar

Date: March 28th and 29th (Saturday and Sunday) 2015
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p. m.

Price: $60 for 1 day, $100 for both days

Location: Smyrna Community Center (Arts and Crafts Room)
200 Village Green Cicle, Smyrna, Georgia 30080

Event Invite: Fundamentals and Sparring Drills of Applied Eskrima Balintawak

Topic: Fundamentals and Sparring Drills of Applied Eskrima Balintawak

Guro Jerome Teague will be returning to Atlanta, GA the weekend of March 28th through 29th to conduct private and seminar training in the Applied Eskrima Fundamentals and Sparring Drills of Applied Eskrima Balintawak. This seminar will cover the essential skills required to delve into the advanced sparring drills and locking, trapping, and disarming techniques of Applied Eskrima. Applied Eskrima realistic and practical training methods are guaranteed to make you faster, more fluid, and powerful. Come and learn one of the fastest spreading systems of FMA in the world from their top US instructor.

For more information contact Jason Croom 404-396-6173 or via e-mail

Demo Spar training:

Applied Eskrima / Filipino Martial Arts synopsis:

The martial arts of the Philippine archipelago are among the most sophisticated in the world. Most commonly called Eskrima, Arnis, or Kali, the Filipino martial arts are as rich and diverse as Filipino culture itself. The word Ekcrima is derived from the Spanish term esgrimir, which means to wield or brandish weapons. Styles that are based in the central Visayan Islands are generally referred to by this name. Arnis (Arnis de Mano), also comes from the Spanish language. Arnis de Mano as it is generally known in the North likely comes from the old Spanish term “Armas” which roughly translates to skill with weapons. Some other less common terms for referencing the arts are: Pananandata, Estoque, Estoqui, Estokada, many empty hand styles also exist and are known as: Panantunkan, Suntukan, Pangamut, Sikaran, Layog, Dumog, Buno, Silat, Kuntao, and many others depending on region and time period.

Kali is not so easily understood. There are at least three explanations to the origin of the term. The first is potentially a dialectic corruption of the name of a sword on the part of the Spaniards during the colonial period, 1565-1899. It is possible that kriss, keris, or kalis could have been misunderstood through the centuries of Spanish occupation resulting in the nomenclature we use today, Kali, generically called the bladed art of the Philippines. Kali is sometimes referred to as “the mother art” but this is highly controversial and wildly speculative. The likelihood that all FMA came for one original source does not hold up to academic scrutiny. However, it would be fair to say that the modern interpretations of FMA have their roots in much older blade based battle field systems and a rose by any other name is still a rose. So, it would be more accurate to say that there is not a singular mother art, but more likely a similar core set of principles and philosophies at the root of all FMA.

A second etymology comes from an old Malay word meaning “to scrape.” This is an allusion to one of the principle strategies of FMA. If you attack, the defender will hit your attacking limb. He will scrape your hand or arm with his weapon. This is commonly referred to as defanging the snake.

Perhaps the most widely held explanation of the name Kali was first coined in the US by GGM Floro Villabrille, GM Ben Largusa, and continued by Guro Dan Inosanto. In the Villabrille-Largusa system of Kali, Kali is explained to be a construct of two Visayan words, kamut and lihook. Kamut translates to hand and lihook translates to motion, so Kali can be understood as combative hand motion.

A student of FMA could expect to become proficient in a variety of traditional weaponry. Some of the areas of training include:

• Single stick, sword, axe, palm stick, and dagger.
• Double stick, sword, axe, and dagger.
• Long and Short weapons like stick and dagger or sword and dagger.
• Pole arms like the staff and spear.
• Flexible weapons like the sarong, whip, rope, or chain.
• Empty hand fighting consisting of punched, kicks, and sophisticated grappling arts.

*This will vary depending upon each system….

As evidenced through the many languages spoken in the islands, the Philippines have been the epicenter for cultural confluence since at least 800AD. From various waves of Malay and Indonesian migration, Chinese and Indian traders, and later Spanish, American, and Japanese occupation, many cultures have left their mark on the people and cultures of the archipelago.

In the 1946, shortly after the end of WWII and the expiration of the Tydings-McDuffie Act, the Philippines were granted their independence from the United States. The notion of a unified country called the Philippines is only 65 years old. As such, many separatist groups founded on principles of religious and ethnic separatism exist in the islands. This makes some parts of the Philippines some of the most dangerous places in the world. This fact is reflected in the necessity for such an efficient family of fighting systems. FMA is one of the top cultural exports of the Philippines and overall it plays well into a national Filipino identity. With a history of occupation by and resistance to foreign powers, the practitioner of Filipino Martial Arts is participating in a warrior tradition founded on courage in the face of battle and potential annihilation.

General Douglas Macarthur once said, “give me one million Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world,” and I for one believe him.

-Guro Jerome Teague

Balintawak Eskrima