Vocabulary Conversation when Converting Techniques to Left vs Right.

We have been working hard to enhance an already amazing fighting system, Stockton Multi Style Escrima. Traditional martial arts predominantly trains right handed versus right handed. However, in steel fighting it is common to face left handed opponents. That is why we started working on a project to enhance Stockton Multi Style to include this new challenge.

After getting some great feedback from a number of outstanding martial artists, and great conversation with instructor Nelson Pinto, we came up with two ways to look at this conversion. The two terms are reverse and symmetric. The below video shows the difference between these terms. For our conversations in our new video series “Escrima to Sword and Shield” we will be using the symmetric version of the techniques.

Friday Drill 3/8 – March of the Drills

Here is the last free drill for this week. Every weekday for the month of March we will be posting free sneak previews into some of our training methods. Drills focus on very specific skills, however, if you shift the purpose of the drill you will find that one drill can train a multitude of skills. The below drill has a very similar block and strike from yesterday’s speed drill. The difference is the focus. Today’s drill is training the body for defense to offense and teaching the mind to respond to a fighter’s “tels.” A tel is when a fighter telegraphs what they are going to do right before they do it. Often times there is a moment when that fighter’s guard is down. If you have excellent timing you can take advantage of that moment and land a strike.


This drill is from new instructor Nelson Pinto. Elastico is an escrima drill. Escrima and unarmored sword fighting can teach great instincts, especially for a fighter that likes to play the range game. Elastico, in Portuguese, means rubber band and is referring to the back and forth movements of this drill. The version of the drill shown in the video is a beginner level drill. Once fighters get more experience then footwork and movements are added. When learning this drill have fighters stand so far away from each other it isn’t possible to touch one another. The first fighter leans in with a strike (it doesn’t matter what type of strike). The second fighter leans back as if they are dodging the strike. As soon as the first fighter’s strike passes the second fighter should lean forward to answer with their own strike. Remember the first part of this drill is about timing, going from defense to offense. Once fighters are comfortable with their timing they can blend this drill with yesterday’s speed drill.


New Instructor – Nelson Pinto

We are pleased to announce a new instructor with a whole new list of classes being offered at Ironside MC.  Nelson Pinto is a world traveler and student of multiple martial arts.  He has had the privilege of training with some of the best in styles that have been around for centuries.  Starting in February, Master Pinto will be teaching PBIT Blended Filipino Boxing, Balintawak, Stockton FMA Multi Style Escrima, and RIMA Rister Inosanto Kali.

Stay tuned for his official start date and schedule!

Master Pinto was born in Greenwich Village, NYC and raised in Portugal. He began his martial arts education at the age of 15 (1993), studying and experimenting with several arts: Modern Farang Mu Sul (Mixed Self Defense System), Hapkido, Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Aikido, Haidong Gum Do, Taekwondo and several Filipino Martial Arts. He’s certified by the IDP (European Community- Portuguese Institute of Sports) and also a Licensed Massage Therapist in the USA.

He achieved his 1st degree Black Belt in Portugal, under his Teacher Master Carlos Pedro (Taekwondo & Combat Sports: Kickboxing, Boxing and Muay Thai) and under the supervision of GM Chung Sun Yong 9th Dan of Taekwondo.

Belt Ranks Held:

-Chief Master 7th Dan in Hapkido and Master Degree 5th Dan in Modern Farang Mu Sul and Taekwondo. Direct student under the Founder, Grand Master Michael D

Website: www.farangmusul.com

– Filipino Martial Arts Teacher Level 5- Balintawak Arnis Cuentada under Guro Soriano and GM Bobby Taboada. Responsible for the Balintawak Cuentada groups in Colorado Springs, CO
Website: www.balintawakseattle.com
Website: http://gmbobbytaboada.wixsite.com/home/bobby-taboada-story

– Filipino Martial Arts Teacher – Stockton Multi Style Escrima; Giron Escrima, Serrada Escrima and Decuerdas Escrima under Master June Gotico.

– Instructor from RIMA Organization; Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Boxing (Panantukan) & Silat, Inosanto Kali, under Sifu/Guro John Rister.

– Humble student of Libre Fighting under the guidance of the Founder Scott Babb and Cassidy Lee.

Teaching History:

For the last 17 years he has been teaching defensive tactics in several parts of the world to military, law enforcement security and civilians. With his job experience in security and these last years as a Correctional Officer, this gave Master Pinto the tools to have a simple, easy and effective approach to teach Self Defense for the real World, where his students from all ages can learn faster and reach their goals.

In addition to being a personal student of the Living Legends above, he has been trained by several celebrated Grand Masters of many martial arts.

He’s known and respected for his efficiency, speed and explosiveness of execution. He is an expert in several areas of self-defense, combat and weapons, with a practical and effective program, that makes him a complete martial artist, offering immense diversity in his teaching to his students.

He has amassed awards for his martial art prowess and contributions to community, government and military entities, with appearances in mass media (TV, radio, international magazines and newspapers).

His training and studying is dedicated to achieve Perfection of Character and an Effective Self Defense. Master Pinto considers himself always a beginner, a student and leads his life based on this quote by his Teacher, Grand Master De Alba (Founder of Modern Farang Mu Sul),

“Because it is far better to have the knowledge, not the need, than to have the need and not the knowledge”

Master Pinto lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 2018.
His goal, teach more of what he loves. He also wants to make a difference in the community teaching Self Defense skills and leadership.

Currently, he is the FMS Technical Director for Colorado State – USA, President of Fighting Martial Systems (FMS)-Alliance, member & adviser in IDCS (International De Alba System Confederation), member of World Kido Federation-Korea and member of MACS (Martial Arts Collective Society-USA).

FMS Alliance: www.farang-alliance.org