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2/2/05 11:45 AM
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This morning, Wednesday, February 2, at 5:30am, I spoke with Mang Romy Macapagal. He was just about to get on the plane to come to San Diego. He will arrive in San Diego this evening and stay until February 14. He is very excited about this trip! I hope to have him teach the Kalis Ilustrisimo class on Thursday evening this week. We will head to Middletown, Connecticut on Friday morning so he can teach a Kalis Ilustrisimo seminar there, February 5 and 6. We will head back to San Diego on Monday, February 7. A friend of his from Manila will join him in San Diego on Tuesday, February 8. All three of us will travel to Los Angeles to meet with and pay respects to Guro Dan Inosanto during the week of February 7-11. And, on Saturday and Sunday, February 12 and 13, Mang Romy will teach a Kalis Ilustrisimo here at the Harris Academy. This seminar will be open to everyone. No experience is required to attend this seminar. This seminar will focus on the Fundamentals of Kalis Ilustrisimo. Mang Romy will also provide additional techniques and training method to those who already have experience with Kalis Ilustrisimo. Here is what will be covered during the two day, eight hour seminar: 1. Ilustrisimo Theory and History - This will lay your foundation of understanding, as well as let you know where this unique are came from. 2. Ilustrisimo Stance - Learn how and where to place your legs, arms and head, as well as why it is important to place them exactly where Mang Romy says you should place them. 3. Ilustrisimo Footwork - Learn how and where to place your feet during a blade encounter. How and where you place your feet will determine whether or not you get the correct angle, which will ultimately determine your timing and positioning, which will ultimately determine who gets cut first! 4. Ilustrisimo Defenses - You will learn many of the basic defenses in Ilustrisimo that are simple, economical and efficient. If you have experience in FMA and think you know the roof, shield or cross blocks, think again. Mang Romy will demonstrate the correct body, leg, head and arm positioning required to neutralize that piece of steel that is being swung at your body! 5. Ilustrisimo Follow-up strikes - While there are hundreds of follow-up strikes a person could perform, it is important to understand which ones are more important than others. For example, there are times when head or neck shots would be great, but are less desirable, inefficient and tactically foolish. Then, there are times when head or neck shots are necessary. And you must know the difference between the two. You must also understand the importance of positioning as it relates to follow up strikes. 6. Ilustrisimo Disarms - Mang Romy will teach you a few live edge disarms. These disarms are similar to, but different than, the normal disarms found in "stick fighting methods." I think you will enjoy the Ilustrisimo methods. I know I do! 7. Ilustrisimo Sword Work - Mang Romy will explain the difference between sword work and stick fighting. While they may look similar, they are very different! 8. Ilustrisimo Sword and Dagger Work - Espada y daga training is an integral part of Kalis Ilustrisimo. During the second day of the seminar, Mang Romy will introduce you to this unique training method. How far we get with this training will depend on who is in attendance and their level of experience. 9. Ilustrisimo Dagger Defense - Ever had a piece of steel swung at your head of thrusted at your heart or mid-section? Do you know what to do? Well, the Kalis Ilustrisimo method of edged weapon disarming is very economical and efficient. Learn the true meaning of saplit! 10. Questions and answers - During the last fifteen to twenty minutes of the seminar, you will be allowed to ask questions about Kalis Ilustrisimo, its history, Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo (the founder of the system), Tony Diego (the style's current leader), about Mang Romy himself and his experience with Tatang, Tony and other seniors. Additionally, I will show all participants some video footage of Tatang, Tony and romy. I will also have several of Mang Romy's swords (live and blunt) available for sale before and after both seminars. One last thing: For the first five (5) people to pay for the San Diego seminar, I will provide each of you with an autographed copy of "The Secrets of Kalis Ilustrisimo" by Antonio Diego and Christopher Ricketts. Mang Romy was instrumental in the proofing and editing of the text for this book. If you would like to pre-pay for the seminar in San Diego, send a check or money order for $110 (made payable to Harris International) to the following address: Harris International, 8250 Camino Santa Fe, Suite J., San Diego, CA 92121 Good training to all of you, Roy Harris
2/2/05 11:36 PM
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Siciliano
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Hi Roy! I left a message in your voicemail. Please check. My cell no is 6263759375
2/12/05 3:19 AM
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Can you please e-mail me at royharris@runbox.com? I don't have your message. I have been very busy every day with Manong Romy and have not attended to business as usual. Please e-mail me if you have questions. (NOTE: If you plan on attending the seminar, it starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. It lasts until 3pm each day. It is open to the general public. Swords and private lessons will be available.) Roy P.S. It is now 12:30am. I would call you but it is a bit late in the evening.
2/12/05 10:11 AM
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Well, today is the day of the seminar in San Diego. I am expecting around 20 people to show. Manong Romy is very excited about teaching the Original form of Kalis Ilustrisimo here in Southern California. Since he has been in California, he and I have been able to talk a lot. I have learned so much about him and Kalis Ilustrisimo since he first came. For example, I have a rudimentary knowledge of the basics of Kalis Ilustrisimo because Manong Romy and I had been reviewing (and filming) them for the past two years. However, I did not know that each of the individual techniques had four to six variations to them. I didn't know the counters and enganyos to each of them. Nor did I know that very few people were actually taught these variations and enganyos. Manong Romy's trip to San Diego has been very enlightening. I have learned so much about the man and his travels around the world. I didn't know he had traveled to China, Japan, India, Thailand, Indonesia, East and West Africa, throughout most of Europe, the US and even to Iran and Iraq. When he spoke of his travels to these countries, I sat there in wonder and amazement! Also, when he told me of his studies of history, culture, sword work and bladesmithing, again, I sat there and listened in amazement. I am glad to have had the chance to have visited with him like I have had. I will always cherish these times, AND, I look forward to his return to the US. One last comment, I spoke with the seminar host in Connecticut and the reviews are in: Manong Romy's visit was a smashing hit! People were very pleased with the seminar and are asking WHEN he will return to do another seminar! I think he will receive the same response here on the West Coast. If you have the chance to attend one of his seminars, I highly encourage it. Good training to all of you, Roy Harris
2/13/05 12:32 AM
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Edited: 13-Feb-05
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Hi Roy, Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it to San Diego tomorrow. I fractured my left shin bone training for my Muay Thai fight next week. I'm in a cast and will be out of commission for a couple of months. Pls send my regards to Tito Romy. As much as I want to go, its very difficult for me just to get up from bed and go to the bathroom. I'm looking forward to meeting up with you guys when I'm fully recovered. Till next time. TOBY
2/13/05 1:31 AM
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Edited: 13-Feb-05
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Sorry to hear that, Toby. Heal fast and well! Hopefully Mang Romy will be back again sooner rather than later -- the seminar has been awesome so far.
3/7/05 11:39 AM
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To all of you who attended Manong Romy's seminars, he has a special greeting for you: He wishes to thank all of you for attending his seminar. He also wanted me to pass on a special message to you. He said, "I miss you all." Chris and I are working on bringing Manong Romy back in October. We will fill you in on the details as we get them. Roy Harris
3/7/05 3:18 PM
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This is great news!

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