Thursday, September 25, 2014

Manong Dan Inosanto Interview on PG Edgar Sulite (Free Voice/Spring 1997)

Stickgrappler's Note: Punong Guro Edgar Sulite would've been 57 today. He died at 39 years of age 5 months before his 40th Birthday.

It is also the 33rd Anniversary of Lameco Eskrima today. The system was created on Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite's Birthday, September 25, 1981.

With Guro David Gould's gracious permission, I'm reposting this from his Lameco Eskrima Orehenal Facebook Group in honor of PG Sulite's birthday today.

Photo credit: Lameco Eskrima Orehenal Facebook

Guro Dan Inosanto Interview (Spring 1997):

I first met Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite on August 14, 1989, at Indian Creek, Tennessee during a Kali Pekiti-Tirsia Training Camp conducted by Grandmaster Leo T. Gaje Jr. Both Punong Guro Sulite and myself were long time students of Grandmaster Gaje. Punong Guro Sulite and I both taught a portion of this camp along with Grandmaster Gaje. It was at this time that I received my first (of many to come) private lessons in the Art of Lameco Eskrima.

A few months after the camp ended Punong Guro Sulite relocated to the Los Angeles area from the Philippines. Upon his arrival in Los Angeles I began my private training with him and since that time have been a continuous student in the Lameco Eskrima System.

I have taken great pleasure in watching Punong Guro Sulite and his Art of Lameco Eskrima continue to grow and excel in the area of the Filipino Martial Arts. In my opinion, Punong Guro Sulite`s system of Lameco Eskrima has one of the most practical and highly developed progressions of teaching and training.

Lameco Eskrima takes a student from “A“ to “Z” in such an organized and enjoyable progression that both training and learning is fun and practical. The Lameco Eskrima methods and progressions enable a student to learn both quickly and efficiently what will work and what is applicable in a multitude of combative situations. I credit the outstanding contribution that Lameco Eskrima has added to the martial arts community, to the vision, talent, creativity and unparalleled devotion and dedication of Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite.

I remember the early years of Lameco Eskrima. Punong Guro Sulite always credited, with love and respect, the great talents and valuable training he had received from the Grandmasters of the Philippines. Punong Guro Sulite always gave credit to the Grandmasters of the Philippines who had trained him and always gave proper respect and acknowledgement to the techniques, drills, methods and material that was developed by those men in which he used to form the core of the Lameco Eskrima System.

What was unique about Punong Guro Sulite was the manner in which he was able to combine, practically and efficiently the knowledge he had received from the Philippines. Upon his arrival to the U.S. Lameco Eskrima`s: “Laban-laro” had a sequence of only twelve (12). Punong Guro Sulite worked constantly to add, modify and develop his immeasurable body of Filipino martial art material until it had reached the highest level of practicality and value to his students.

Punong Guro Sulite always stressed the importance of “drilling” the basics- over and over again.

Guro Dan Inosanto interview (1997) published by the “Free Voice” which was the official Newsletter for the Inosanto Academy

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