Guro Jerome Teague

Vertitatem in Disciplina est Veritas in Praxis

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Balintawak Eskrima/Arnis is the term which refers to the modern family of close quarters fighting that developed through the direct tutelage of Venancio Bacon, founder, and Grandmaster of the Balintawak Club. The primary training principle that guides Balintawak training is Cuentada. Cuentada literally translates as “to do by calculation.” In the Balintawak systems, Cuentada is what gives purpose to the various methods of Balintawak training. The specific application of the principle refers to countering an opponent’s attacks/techniques and being able to counter his counter to yours. Under the training principle, the student drills and practices to develop fast reflexes for the purpose of defense and lightning fast counters while developing an intuitive sense of of position, timing, and options. 

Guros Scott Soifer (l) and Jerome Teague (r)

Free form feed/receive with groupings

Balintawak Eskrima Curriculum

Labsika 1
  • Footwork
  • 6 count shadow fighting drill
  • 8 count shadow fighting drill
  • Full Power Angles of Attack Solo Drill
  • 1/2 Strike Angles of Attack Solo Drill
  • Full Power Defend & Counter Solo Drill
  • 1/2 Strike Defend & Counter Solo Drill
  • Receive Single stick 1/2 Strike Angles of Attack in order
  • Receive Double Stick Angles 1-12 in order
  • 6 Count Sinawali

Labsika 2
  • 9 Count shadow fighting Drill
  • Feed Single Stick in order no check and hand check
  • Feed Double Stick in order
  • Receive Single Stick Random with left hand check and Pakgang
  • Receive Double Sticks at Random
Labsika 3
  • 10 Count Shadow Fighting Drill
  • Feed Single Stick in order with Stick to stick blocking
  • Receive Double Stick at Random with Sinawali Defense
  • Receive all Groups (1-6) in order
  • Feeding Variations
Short Node I
  • Lead Groups 1-3 in order
  • Disarms 1-4 on Angle 1
  • Disarms 1-4 on Angle 2
  • Footwork for breaking in and out of groups

Nickelstick Balintawak Eskrima



This course covers the COMPLETE  curriculum for the first 4 levels of Nickelstick as designed by Great Grandmaster Nick Elizar and taught by Guro Jerome Teague.

Even if you have never trained in Balintawak Eskrima this course will show you, in detail, everything you need to know to become proficient in this system of self-defense.

Guro Jerome breaks down the key fundamentals with a heavy emphasis on proper body mechanics, structure and alignment. Mastery of the basics is key to utilizing this system.

This is not a flashy system, it focuses on what you need to know in order to protect yourself and loved ones. The skills you acquire training in Nickelstick Balintawak carry over to empty-hand fighting as well as knife defense.  That versatility in common across most Filipino Martial Arts

Counter Blade Tactics

Guros Jerome (l) and Dave (r) working Counter Blade Tactics flow drills

Note: This is a flow drill for training purposes and does not represent a real-life scenario

Counter Blade Tactics (CBT) is Guro Jerome’s personal blade and weapons curriculum. The program is designed to take students from zero to proficient in a short period of time. The program has three areas with multiple levels of emphasis in each. The structure of the program is based on the military concept of Immediate Action Drilling (IAD). Under stress and pressure, higher-order cognitive processes are severely diminished. The only response that you can hope to muster is the one that is simple, direct, and has been constantly and properly drilled. 

Phase 1: Covers essential footwork, anatomy, blade to blade defense, and countering applications while developing the necessary speed, reflexes, and understanding of how the knife can be implemented as a defensive and offensive tool. These lessons serve as the basis for the next 2 Phases of the curriculum

Phase 2: The student is taken through a progression designed to teach them to work against a knife wielding attacker with bare hands. This is one of the most difficult and dangerous aspects in any martial arts training. While it is always advised to run and acquire a weapon of your own if possible, sometimes you have to fight the fight you are in and not the one you wish you were in.

Phase 3: The student is introduced to the concept of the blade as an offensive tool, the basics of firearms, and improvised weapons. This section is reserved for in-person students who have been vetted through the training process and military/ law enforcement only.

Counter Blade Tactics




Footwork is extremely important when trying to evade a knife attack. We use practical methods to develop quick and agile footwork

Empty Hand vs Blade

Learn to defend yourself against a knife attack when you are unarmed. This covers evasion, limb and balance disruption, and disarms.

Blade vs Blade

Using your blade against an attacker with a blade. Evasion, countering, disarms, and attacking vital points on the body to quickly eliminate the threat

Defensive Sets

Drills to improve coordination, timing, rhythm, speed, and footwork under pressure


Filipino Dirty Boxing

Guros Jerome Teague (r) and Scott Soifer (l) working the mitts

SUNTUKAN, also called Panantukan and Dirty Boxing, is one of many empty hands form of fighting found in the Philippines. These arts borrow heavily from western boxing going back to the late 19th Century and onward and also includes kicking, locking, and takedowns. As with all FMA, there is a great deal of overlap with the impact and bladed weaponry in both the movements of the hands, footwork, as well as core concepts such as damaging the attacking limb of the opponent (limb destructions/ defending the snake).

In this section Guro Jerome Teague presents the 3 main areas of his personal approach to the topic of dirty boxing:

PHASE 1: Basic Kickboxing (Footwork, Hand Attacks, Kicks, Combination Attacks, and Defense) 

PHASE 2: Advanced applications of Defense, Hubud Drill, and Trapping 

PHASE 3: Locks and Takedowns




Phase 1 

Basic Kickboxing (Footwork, Hand Attacks, Kicks, Combination Attacks, and Defense)

Phase 2

Advanced applications of Defense, Hubud Drill, and Trapping

Phase 3

Locks and Takedowns




Nicklestick Balintawak Eskrima 




Counter Blade Tactics




Suntukan - FMA Dirty Boxing

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