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.

Ironside Training Seminar

We are taking our show on the road!  Ironside Medieval Combat has the honor of teaching a fighting seminar at Warlord Combat Academy in Texas:


Warlord Combat Academy 1915 Peters Rd Irving TX

This seminar will cover the systematic approach to fighting helping both experienced and new fighters develop a better understanding of range power, and footwork. The team strategies will cover timing, precision, and situational awareness. Everyone will be able to take home drills to work with their teams and improve their odds of winning.

Note taking and video recordings will be a big part of this training.  Research has shown a stand alone seminar is extremely ineffective without application and on going support afterwards.  This seminar will cover a mountain of information.  The primary purpose is to expose participants to the information for them to work on and reference later.

Supplies needed:

Notebook and writing utensils –  there will be formal times for note taking and expectations participants come prepared.

Practice weapons you want to work with – This can be rattan sticks, steel swords, padded weapons.  We will be going over a variety of drills and work with partners to learn the motions.  The training will focus on Sword and shield, Polearm, and Longsword.  Fighters can focus and work on a single weapon style or rotate around the styles.  Our structure will be based on small groups and stations leaving a lot of choice and flexibility for the participant

Armor Optional – The seminar does not require armor to participate, however, fighters will find a lot of benefits to practicing these drills in full gear.  Fighters with complete kits can do these drills at full speed with full power.  Fighters without armor will be regulated to slow work only.


June 29th

10 – 12 – Weapons Training

  • 1 hour laying down the groundwork
  • 1 hour Timing and flow

12-1 – Lunch

1-2 – Weapons Training

  • 1 hour Power and Body Mechanics

2-5 – Team Training

  • 1 hour Timing
  • 1 hour Precision and Communication
  • 1 hour Awareness


June 30th

11:30 – 1 – Weapons Training

  • 5 hours mixed weapons

1 – 2 – Lunch

2 – 3:30 – Weapons Training

  • 5 hours Speed Drills

3:30-6:30 – Team Training

  • 1 hour Playbook 3 v 3
  • 1 hour Timing, precision, awareness combined
  • 1 hour flow

ironside training seminar

Escrima to Sword and Shield

Now that instructors Janeal and Nicholas have developed a foundational understanding of Stockton Multi Style Escrima we worked on modifications. There are a lot of resources for Longsword with well developed curriculums and teaching methods. There isn’t nearly as much resources for learning and mastering sword and shield. Escrima has a unique history. It is a living fighting style that evolved from medieval sword fighting. We are taking the modern style and reverse engineering it to find new and better ways to fight with a sword and shield. Our goal was to address two issues. The first, what do these techniques look like when a right handed fighter faces a left handed fighter. This problem occurs often in medieval sword fighting communities. The second, how will these techniques work with longer sword and shield. We just worked on the first two techniques, out of the 115 Stockton has, for angle 1 in this video. Martial arts is always evolving. We learn from a wide variety of sources and instructors. That variety is what makes martial arts so special.

Ironside Medieval Combat and partnered with www.farang-alliance.org

Private Lesson Sale!

Private lessons in with instructors who have 30 years of experience specializing in Self Defense, Filipino Martial Arts, Escrima, medieval martial arts, sword play, and much more! Sign up to receive your discount codes! Save up to $160 depending on your purchase.

We have 3 World Champion instructors to choose from when you sign up for private lessons.  All 3 instructors are offering the following private lesson discounts, but you have to sign up to receive the discount codes!

Buy one Get one Free – With the purchase of your first hour you will receive the second hour free! If you are interested in this offer, add one private lesson to your cart and type in the discount code you receive after signing up for your coupon.

5 Lesson Package – With the purchase of 5 lessons you will receive a 6th lesson free and save $5 per class.  That is a $85 savings!  If you are interested in this offer, add five private lesson to your cart and type in the discount code you receive after signing up for your coupon.

10 Lesson Package – With the purchase of 10 lessons you will receive an 11th lesson free and save $10 per lesson.  That is a $160 savings!  If you are interested in this offer, add ten private lesson to your cart and type in the discount code you receive after signing up for your coupon.


Nelson Pinto

Instructor Nelson Pinto is offering private lessons in Self Defense, Filipino Martial Arts, Escrima, and much more!

Click here to learn more about Instructor Nelson Pinto.


Janeal Ironside 2

Instructor Janeal Ironside is offering private lessons in Longsword, polearm, medieval martial arts, and much more!

Click here to learn more about Instructor Janeal Ironside


3Nicholas Ironside

Instructor Nicholas Ironside is offering private lessons in sword and shield, single sword, medieval martial arts, and much more!

Click here to learn more about Instructor Nicholas Ironside



If you would like to try our regular classes we are also offering a sale on our punch cards.  It is a great way to try a variety of our classes before you decide on committing to a full membership.

Friday Drill 3/1 – March of the Drill

The three pillars of the Iron-warrior system is Fitness, skill work, and nutrition. For the month of February we focused on fitness. This month we are going to focus on skill work – March of the Drills. If you like these drills or have any questions we would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment!

1 Through 6 Pell Drill

This drill can be used with both longsword or sword and shield. The number combinations for this drill are:

1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6

2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6

3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6

4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6

5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5, 5-6

6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-5, 6-6

Keep practicing! Check in Monday – Friday for the rest of the month for more great drills and training tips.

1845 N Circle Dr Colorado Springs CO 80909 719-947-2844 info@ironsidemc.org M-Th: 5:30pm-9:00pm Friday: 6:00pm-9:00pm Saturday: 8:00am-12:30 pm