There are, of course, many notable differences between the art of Sungadan and the art of American Kenpo, but the most evident one at first look is the difference in movement. For instance, in Sungadan, the stances are very wide and open. They require a lot more space than American Kenpo, which in contrast, is very close and in tight proximity to your body. I find it very awkward to practice each of them concurrently, both of which take a lot of focus to do, yet even more so on my part so as not to confuse the moves and stances between the varying styles. Therefore, in order to make it easier on myself, I have found that practicing American Kenpo in smaller spaces or rooms really helps to keep the moves closer to my body and to not waste the energy doing each of the techniques and forms by putting my arms and legs to far out of the way. The exact opposite is being practiced for Sungadan. I use my larger sized living room and focus on the open, wider movements to tackle these techniques because the radius of movement is a lot larger. I find this very helpful not only for movement and precise technique practice, but also for fitness. There is a lot of aerobics type workout involved in Sungadan, which requires more space while American Kenpo really does not require as much space and focuses more on strength training. Both do require quite a lot of cardio and strength training in the end, so of course, practice, practice, and then practice again! Because for some reason, your sensei or shifou ( teacher or master, respectively) will never EVER tell you that’s enough or that you’re good enough. So, that being said, there is never a limit to your what you can learn or to your potential. It is limitless. So aim high and good luck!


What is Sungadan?

July 31, 2010

This is a further in-depth explanation of what exactly Sungadan is. Please keep in mind that these are excerpts as written by Mr. Francis C. Blanco (Founder/Instructor) and as such was not written by me. All written below is for information purposes only to inform those who want to learn more about this Martial Art Sungadan and therefore all the credits and rights go to Mr. Francis C. Blanco.

“… Our studio practice the Discipline of Sungadan, ‘The Art of Self Preservation.'” Sungadan is a blend of several empty hand and weapon base combat discipline that I have studied since I started training in the Philippines in 1967. Using Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate as the base art, I incorporated the empty hand art of Awaten Combat Ju Jutsu, Tae Kyon (Tae Kwon Do), Yang Luchuan Tai Chi, Gee Joh Acupressure and Dimmak, and the weapon base art of Filipino Stick Fighting, Filipino Knife Fighting, Japanese Sword Art of Goshindo and Okinawan Kubodu Weaponry intro one system…”

Further Explanations of Each Art Involved in Sungadan/Sungadan Studios::

“Sungadan: a small fishing village in the llocos region of Northern Philippines. It is a place where people put Love, Peace, Respect, Honor, and Commitment to Family above anything. Sungadan ( literal meaning “Entrance”) is chosen for the name of the art, to symbolize the student’s entrance to the secrets of martial arts.

Karate – Shorin Ryu (Kobayashi Ryu): an Okinawan form of martial art which focus on strong traditional movements. It is an art that covers the long combat range with kicks, punches and hand strikes. It also covers the medium combat range with blocks, elbow strikes and knee strikes.

Ju Jutsu- Awaten Combat: Awaten which literal meaning “Take it” is the basis of our Ju Jutsu philosophy of “Take what you opponent gives you, and let your body dictate what technique to use.” It is a system that employs extensive use of the triangle principle of leverage. It covers the short combat range with different types of joint locks, chokes, throws, take downs and ground grappling techniques.

Weaponry- Filipino, Okinawan and Japanese: We teach weapons to cover the extreme distance of combat range. We teach the Filipino Balisong or Butterfly Knife Fighting and the Filipino Arnis or Stick Fighting. We also teach Okinawan Kobudo such as Tonfa, Sai, Nunchaku and Jo (Bow Staff). We also teach the Japanese Sword Art of Goshindo and Chanbara.

Tournament Training: Sungadan Studios is well known in the Open Martial Arts Tournaments in California, Arizona and Nevada. We have several instructors and students that have won World, National and Local Level Competitions. We teach techniques that turn average students into Martial Arts Champions.

Fitness: We believe that fitness is a foundation of any martial arts. We use Tai Kick Boxing movements in our Adult Warm-Ups. In our junior warm-ups, we use traditional and sparring techniques. In our Little Warriors, we use exercises that improve motor skills and coordination.”


July 30, 2010

You might be asking yourself, what the heck is Sungadan? Sungadan is a new Martial Art that I started learning this past Monday. If you have never heard of Sungadan, don’t beat yourself up just yet because it’s a very new form of Martial Art that was actually created and innovated by my instructor Francis C. Blanco. This martial art consists of a variety of styles of fighting ( I will upload another post on each style as described by Mr. Blanco later) that include Shorin Ryu Karate, Philipino Knife Fighting, Ju Jutsu ( Not to be confused with Jiu/Jiiu Jitsu) and many other styles that are all implemented into one fighting style: Sungadan.

I have attended one class so far in which I learned a 10- Technique Kick Boxing Routine. This routine was a lot of fun as it #1 gets your blood and adrenaline pumping and #2 demonstrates all the techniques that will be applied later in karas, forms, etc. I am very excited about attending class with Mr. Blanco  ( also his wife, two children who were great Black Belts and helpful instructors!) and learning not only the Sungadan Karate, but also the Ju Jutsu grappling and Tai Chi on Saturdays and possibly if I am lucky, the Demo Team or Open Tournaments ( you know, once I’m over the whole idea of being pummeled in the face)!

I will update you guys more later on the exact definitions of the styles implemented into Sungadan style as well as how to contact Mr. Blanco if you decide you want to join us all with his amazing instruction in his own Martial Art and take classes yourself!

Hope everyone is having a great day and enjoy your weekend!