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Join us for a virtual training session for our TRAINING FOR LIFE SERIES. We have partnered with Professor Josh and Markis A. Miranda for an exciting workshop of capoeira and gun ownership!
Professor Josh will be teaching practical capoeira partner training drills. This session is suitable for those with some capoeira experience. We recommend wearing comfortable exercise clothing. Also suggested are water and a towel.
Markis A. Miranda will be conducting a lecture and Q&A on gun ownership as a person of color. We recommend participants have paper to take notes and have questions ready for the Q&A section of the discussion.
PROFESSOR JOSH BIO
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Joshua Granger began training Capoeira at the age of 17. He first
discovered Capoeira in the movie, "Only the Strong" and was so intrigued that he tried to learn it on his own from memory. Three months later, he found a group, Gingarte Capoeira, and from there his journey began.
Joshua has taught both children and adults through various programs throughout the city of Chicago. He has professionally performed and choreographed numerous shows and demonstrations. Currently, he holds capoeira classes in Beverly, a southside neighborhood of Chicago.
The essence of capoeira deeply resonates and connects him to his culture and heritage as an Afro-American in his community. Strength and perseverance is rooted in the history of Capoeira, as it stemmed from a necessity of survival. This is what drives Joshua to continue to share this art form.
MARKIS A. MIRANDA BIO
Founder/Chief Instructor of P6 Firearms Training, LLC
Markis is a Former Active Duty Marine (1999 – 2007) and lifelong firearms enthusiast. Markis has been teaching firearms marksmanship and handling for over fifteen years. Markis became a multi-discipline NRA instructor to make a difference. He is a NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor for Handgun and Shotgun.
Markis is passionate about educating people about proper use of firearms. He works hard to assist in dispelling the myths about firearms through instruction and education. Markis has countless hours of NRA/NRA LEAD training and tactical training, Concealed Carry instructor certifications, 360°CQD instructor certification, close quarter combat instructor, and personal protection training. It is through Markis’ extensive military training and real-world experiences that he is able to teach law enforcement, security personnel and civilians how to deal with life threatening situations.
Markis assists with teaching approved NRA LEAD classes to keep him abreast of the industry standard for firearm usage. Markis is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). Markis is a Master instructor through the Master Instructor Firearms Development Program held by the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). Markis has completed the Force on Force Simulation Safety instructor course sponsored by the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor’s & Armorers’ Association (MLEFIAA). Markis is also a registered Firearm Instructor in IL through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for the State of Illinois.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020
Join us as we celebrate JUNETEENTH with a FREE capoeira class for kids! Learn the martial art that has given a force to the oppressed.
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth was first celebrated on the 19th of June, 1865 by enslaved African-Americans.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued January 1, 1863 but news of freedom did not reach everyone in the U.S. at the same time. The news reached many states like Texas years later.
WHAT IS CAPOEIRA?
Capoeira is an African diasporic martial art. It integrates kicks, acrobatics and music. Historically, capoeira has helped arm people with a tool to defend their family and community. It has served as a method to provide camaraderie and support within the community.
This martial art has been with the people from slavery to emancipation. It has helped protect African descendants who have moved to urban areas. Capoeira has given education and opportunity to many that didn’t have other options.
* Virtual (link will be provided)
* In-person: Ogden Park, 6500 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60636
DAY: Saturday, 06/20/20
TIME: We are holding two capoeira class options: one virtual class and one in-person class.
Virtual : 11:00am - 11:45am
* 12:00pm - 12:45pm
* 1:00pm - 1:45pm (if needed)
Space is limited to 8 kids for CDC social distancing guidelines. If more than 8 students register, we will add another class session at 1pm. Please bring a face covering.
COST: FREE! (Registration required)
TO REGISTER, ENTER YOUR INFO BELOW:
INTRODUCTION TO ESKRIMA WITH
GURO EDIE MESINA
We are honored to have GURO EDIE MESINA of the KAMPILAN ESKRIMA SYSTEM leading our first workshop: Introduction to Eskrima! Learn footwork and defense skills against weapons.
WHERE: 8716 S Colfax Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
WHEN: Sunday March 1, 2020
REGISTRATION: 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
TIME: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: No experience necessary
Members price: FREE
Early bird price by February 24: $40 per person
Price after February 24: $50 per person
GURO EDIE MESINA BIO
Edie’s martial arts journey began in her home city of Cebu where she trained in Eskrima and Judo at the world famous Doce Pares Club under the Canete Grandmasters who are recognized legends in the original Filipino art of Eskrima. She also trained extensively in sport Eskrima with Grandmaster Bonifacio “Loloy” Uy, the founder of BDU Eskrima System.
In 1992, Edie won gold in full-contact sparring at the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) World Championships. That same year, she founded Kampilan Eskrima System which employs the principles of body mechanics in the execution of techniques. She trained and coached Team Kampilan who won the Sinulog International Championships in 1993.
Edie pioneered a system of training and rating referees and judges geared to standardize tournament officiating in local, national and international competitions while serving as Tournament Director of Quest for the Best in 1992 - a series of competitions designed to scout new talents for the Philippine Eskrima Team.
After taking a break from competition for a number of years to concentrate on research, teaching and refining her craft, Edie trained and coached Team Kampilan here in the U.S. that saw action during the U.S. Nationals in 2010. She won the U.S. Nationals in her division and earned a slot in Team USA together with her students. She went back to compete with her team and won the Nationals again in February of 2012 and made it to the World Championships together with her students as members of Team USA. She won gold in forms at
Worlds and coached her students who bagged multiple individual World Championship titles in their respective divisions.
Along the way in her martial arts journey, Edie put together a practical, highly effective and easy to learn self defense system called STRIVE – Survival Techniques & Response In Violent Encounters. KAMPILAN on the other hand, had evolved into a revolutionary and highly effective martial arts system. Its weapons program is highly sought after and regarded as one of the most effective and practical weapons programs in the martial arts community.
Edie trains Team KAMPILAN and teaches Eskrima regularly at Lions Martial Arts Academy in Grayslake, IL and holds Eskrima and practical self defense seminars for civilians and security professionals here and abroad.
A visual artist, Edie also designs training equipment, weapons and safety gears for sports, martial arts training and competition.
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MARTIAL ARTS IN THE PARK
Join RISE TRAINING for our outdoor training series Martial Arts in the Park! Our theme is martial arts of colonized/enslaved communities. This is a social event to train well and meet new people. All levels are welcomed! This is a FREE event.
Date: July 28th
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Tentative & subject to change)
We will be training some basic capoeira drills at the Bantu Fest. Bring capoeira instruments, drums, & your best attitude. There will be some extra equipment if you don't own any. Wear clothing you're comfortable working out in. Come join us to learn and if you have something to share, let us know.
Join our Martial Arts in the Park Meetup group to stay current with our Meetup dates.