Grandmaster Angel Cabales
Angel Cabales Serrada Advanced Diploma #33 (of 67)
The Filipino martial arts are famous for quickly learned hand skills and reflexes. Simple yet effective, training begins with the stick, unlike most systems that only teach weapons to advanced students. Strikes are analyzed by angles, enabling one to counter any type of attack, whether punch, kick or weapon. Emphasis is on understanding principles of movement, enabling practitioners to flow continuously through techniques against any combination of attacks.
From the weapon come empty-hand techniques, including the check hand and trapping for inside fighting. Practical disarms and joint locks are taught, which is why this art is sought by police and military around the world.
Serrada Escrima is the fast moving short stick art developed by the late Grandmaster Angel Cabales, who was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as the "Father of Escrima in America". His students include Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame recipients Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo and Graciella Casillas.
Guro Jeff Finder was privately trained and certified by Grandmaster Angel Cabales and has been teaching since 1986. In 1989 he was a championship member of the U.S.A. National Escrima Team in international competition in the Philippines and has since been judge and referee at national and world tournaments. As the only short-stick fighter in his competitions, he demonstrated the effectiveness of Serrada.