Montag, 11. Januar 2010

Escrima Concepts Schweiz

Hi there!
We have a new school in Switzerland.
Check for more details.

Ivo has moved to Switzerland and has opend a club.

Escrima Amsterdam

Dienstag, 10. November 2009

Escrima Concepts Seminar 14. and 15. November 2009

ESCRIMA CONCEPTS WEEKEND 14th and 15th of november!

This 2 day event for Escrima fanatics is being held again at the UCT Center in Amsterdam.

2 days of Escrima Concepts training in the Netherlands at the UCT Center with Master Steve, Wayne Tappin, Sifu Benno, Peter de Vries, Sifu Pele and many others!

We start at saturday, Nov. 14th at 12 o'clock and on sunday 15th at 12 o'clock as well


UCT Center in Amsterdam

Adress: Zamenhofstraat 108, unit 1


Saturday 14th 12.00 hrs. - 15.00 hrs.

Sunday 15th 12.00 hrs. - 15.00 hrs.

Cost UCT/EC Members:

1 day: 30 Euro

2 days: 55 Euro

Cost NON UCT/EC Members:

1 day: 40,00 Euro

2 days: 57,50 Euro

Dienstag, 15. September 2009

TRAINING IMPRESSIONS Escrima Concepts Amsterdam

Here are some Pics taken during our training. Enjoy watching and if you feel inspired, you are more than welcome to pass by.

Our new Location

Hello everyone,

since beginning of Semptember we have relocated and started our second class per week.

Now there is a possibility to train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19:30 - 20:30!

The new address is Willem Witsenstraat 6a, 1077AZ Amsterdam

Next to the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel you can find the school.

Grotere kaart weergeven

Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2009

EC Seminar Munich, 19.-21. June 2009

This year Master Steve Tappin went back to Munich to give a seminar to the Munich EC members.

On Friday evening Master Steve started with weaponless fighting and started to connect it with knives and machette techniques. The concepts change slighltly but all applicable in all situations.
Knife attacks were added for foot work practice and that was used in order to continue working with machettes.

Donnerstag, 11. Juni 2009



This year the EC Summer camp in Amsterdam will take place from 3rd – 5th July 2009.
The Location will be the UCT Center Amsterdam, Zamenhofstraat 108, 1022 Amsterdam.

Don’t miss the opportunity to train with Master Steve Tappin and his son Wayne as they teach EC (armed and unarmed) in an open and unique way.
Joining them will be the Dutch EC Instructor team and other international guests.

Training Times:

Friday - 12:00 h – 15:00 h (Advanced and Instructors)
Saturday - 12:00 h – 16:00 h
Sunday - 12:00 h – 16:00 h

Seminar Cost:

UCT / EC Members
1 Day: € 25.00
2 Days: € 45.00
3 Days: € 75.00

Non UCT / EC Members
1 Day: € 30.00
2 Days: € 52.50
3 Days: € 85.00

It’s good to be us!

Mittwoch, 27. Mai 2009


Here are some Pictures from the Training Group in Zaandam...

Dienstag, 14. April 2009

Ivo Colic

Ivo started his Martial Arts studies at the age of eight in 1989. After seeing his first Bruce Lee movie (Enter the Dragon) his older brother Uno (Kruno) and him decided to ask their father if they could learn to fight like Bruce (a similar story for many martial artists).

They were sent to a local Karate Club which was in Ljubljana/Slovenia. The first style they learnt was Shotokan Karate in the Yugoslavian Karate
Federation. Ivo received his Black Belt in Shotokan and his 1.Kyu Brown Belt in Shorinryu Karate.

Then his family moved to Munich in Germany where he had a much wider choice of martial arts than in Slovenia. There he trained Muay Thai, Boxing and Kick Boxing. By a coincidence he came in contact with Wing Chun/WT and then he came into contact with Escrima. In 1998 Ivo began his intensive Wing Tsun studies and just half a year later he also studied Escrima.

Ivo reached the Wing Tsun level of 4th TG and was preparing for his long Master training in WT but decided to dedicate himself to family, work and Escrima Concepts as time constraints developed and his passion was now aimed at Escrima Concepts.
After meeting Master Steve the first time in 2000 Ivo noticed that his Escrima was not the same Escrima he previously studied – this was Escrima Concepts – as taught by Master Steve’s thirty years of knowledge in weapons and varied experiences. Ivo fell in “Love” with the “Efficiency” of Escrima Concepts that impressed him very much and still does.

What is so unbelievable and unique about Escrima Concepts is that it is adaptable to many styles. The basics of Escrima Concepts are the basics of EVERY MARTIAL ART!
Basic understanding of the body mechanics (yours and your opponents) is just as important as the understanding what each weapon can do to you as well as how to keep the balance while fighting and being able to move. The established and progressive syllabus prepares the students for the next programs as well as it prepares them for the situations that might happen “outside” the schools environment immediately. The unarmed drills that teach everyone how to move with purpose and safety for weapon training are intentionally designed to improve student’s movement, confidence and give them fun that prepares them for strategy - a very unique offering at early level training.

From that day on Ivo decided that he would never miss an opportunity to visit Master Steve’s seminars or special trainings if his time and budget would allow him to travel all over Europe to train and support him.

The way Master Steve teaches how he looks at the students and how he always knows when to correct their mistakes with several options is inimitable. He would never leave without letting people know they actually learned something good and useful!

Through all his travelling Ivo has met many nice people and has won many friends all over Europe which resulted in him joining the World Martial Arts Alliance in 2002. Ivo works closely with Master Steve Tappin his son Wayne and also Nic Osei, who have invested a lot of time in explaining the difference between the styles and filling the gaps. Nic has affected Ivo’s Escrima Concepts very much by taking the time to show the correct movements, explaining each one of them, connect them with the concepts and more importantly practiced them with him.

This moved Ivo to support Escrima Concepts and Master Steve as much as he could.

Ivo has run two successful clubs in Munich before he moved to Amsterdam in November 2005 where he still lives. He organises on a regular basis seminars in Munich with Master Steve Tappin, Wayne Tappin, and Nic Osei with the support of his local friends and family there. He would like to thank all of them for the great cooperation and the support. In the future we will also work closer with our friend Robert “Bobby” Sundel who will help us with our BJJ and submission.

Special thanks from Ivo go to:

Master Steve Tappin who is not just a teacher (and friend) but also more than a mentor. He has helped me a lot in difficult situations and gave me back my love of Martial Arts and to people behind it. Don’t need to mention the training and all of that….. And the English humour!

His son Wayne, for all the support in the training sessions and seminars and good laughs.

Nic Osei, for being the first one messing my head up (and I mean messing up!) all the support in training, seminars, phone calls and all the fun. Thanks!

Thanks also go to Sifu Benno, Peter and Pele for making me welcome in Holland and to my Bro Uno for supporting me to go on. He paid most of the bills ;-). My Family! Always there for me.

All the Escrima Concepts members in Europe. Thanks for making it so comfortable by just being yourselves!

Escrima Concepts

What is Escrima Concepts?

After thirty years each in Martial Arts, Escrima Concepts, has been progressed by Chief-Instructor Steve Tappin and Master Stephen Kinvig along with their Masters, friends and high-ranking teachers of Escrima Concepts who decided to teach Escrima using concepts rather than just getting caught up in techniques and tradition. We use the word Escrima out of respect for the teachings and guidance of past teachers and cultures that influenced present instructors.

Escrima Concepts is taught in English to simplify the progression of the art.

Western influences have enriched this system so that it has progressed with the Filipino teaching of centuries ago.

Escrima Concepts have removed much of the showy techniques to develop a no-nonsense combat system for today’s society and from this improvement we have provided a lot of freedom and creativity for future instructors to build.

In Escrima Concepts we use all the tools so we could improve on our foundations to which we first introduced. Now some of these instructors, among the first taught in Europe, have evolved the system to a new, progressive, modern and creative combat art that is: ESCRIMA CONCEPTS

Generic Concepts using our Theories

Understanding how the body and weapon works together based on the following five concepts that hold the whole thing together:

• Focus
• Speed (Timing and Distance)
• Power
• Transition

Balance: – without balance most things will not work. Are you balanced as you fight – with or without a weapon?
Do you know if you are balanced and can you maintain your balance under pressure as you and your opponent move?
How do you deal with different types of contact using different weapons or unarmed – can you adjust to the unequal balance of weapons?
What is the balance of your welfare: are you ill, tired, stressed, happy, frightened, angry, do you have full use of your body or are you injured and in pain – what is your emotional state of mind?
Balance the environment: what are the weather conditions are you sitting, are you on an incline, are your clothes tight or bulky, are your shoes slippery, etc?

Focus: – the ability to read a situation if you are not aware of danger it will be difficult to assess the danger:
Long focus – assess the surrounding area quickly
Short focus – deal with the immediate problem (Pre-empt and Post Fight Focus).
Be aware at all times by learning to remain calm in chaos.
If you cannot see their hands they are armed.
If they look like they wish to invade your personal area – they mean harm.
If they should not be in an area they may have ill-intentions.
Are they alone – did you notice other people in your environment?
Did you notice help in your environment – buildings with people in, weapons in the street, etc?
The way you may be attacked – do they appear trained or untrained?

Speed, Timing and Distance: – how quick ground is covered between two people or their weapons and who evades or makes the first strike? If you cannot cover a distance or read how fast the attack happens or time the moment of impact – then you will struggle and fight instead of learning to win, some points to consider:
How fast can you or your opponent move (or both of you move together)?
Are they balanced and in control of their speed – do they lose energy?
Can they hurt you – are they armed – are you armed?
What is the distance to cover (if they move, if you move or if you both move)?
If they are faster than you and cover the distance quicker – can you time your attack to win?
Can you attack them first – did you time it right?

Power: – to deal with a person’s individual power and the power of a specific weapon – if you cannot deal with and analyse superior power or take advantage of your own power – then what is the point of using power if you cannot control it?
If you over-hit with an unarmed strike you may lose balance and leave yourself open if you do not connect – this may compromise a situation.
If you over-hit with a weapon you may lose even more balance, become very vulnerable and may compromise a situation.
Power only works if you can control it – anything else is tiring and compromising.
How do you develop power?
Where is the power/energy of a weapon?
How do you balance the power of a man/woman and weapon together?
Can you split the power?
How does energy and power work together and is power and energy the same thing?
Is power dependant on size and strength?
Is power needed?

Transition: – the ability to use a variety of weapons and unarmed techniques to a given situation – if we train only with one weapon then we may not be proficient in using other weapons. Do we have time to learn thousands of techniques with all weapons in a short time frame? If we do not understand basic body and weapon mechanics then our weapons may not have the desired effect when used.
To take the knowledge of weapon and body mechanics and take advantage of how to use them against other weapons
To take the knowledge of weapon and body mechanics and take advantage of how to use them against other people
To understand the weapon and body mechanics and apply the previous four concepts together to establish a sound knowledge of different sizes, weights, strengths and sharpness of weapons right through to an unarmed situation.

The description of our concepts is not designed to go into great detail of theory and alternatives – it is an overview of what can be achieved if required.

The most important factor of these concepts is, that on their own they are only parts of a puzzle – but when you put the concepts together, they become one, and the bigger picture can be seen - only then will you have a trained and adaptable person confident in the use of everyday weapons.

Our practical application is based on simple, proven, honest and direct methods for people to use in training and under stress. Our theory is designed to improve and understand the syllabus, its techniques and drills so an individual can use and adapt our concepts to analyse strategies and also progress to self-discovery when outside of the training environment.