In June, for the fourth year running, Shihan Borut Kincl, 6th Dan Black Belt, founder and head of the Kempo Arnis Federation (KAF), organised the Warrior Tribes Gathering and Tribal Challenge in the Olympic Complex at Planica in Slovenia. International experts led intensive training in different martial arts styles and fighting techniques.
The exercises included fighting with and against weapons as well as ground fighting and techniques for self-defence in different scenarios. Shihan Borut Kincl himself, the Slovenian Special Forces instructor, shared his expertise, as did Major Avi Nardia, anti-terrorism expert and leader of Kapap Combatives (Kapap is a Hebrew acronym for face-to-face combat). Other experts who gave their time and knowledge were Tuhon Ray Dionaldo, founder of the Filipino Combat System (FCS), specializing in knife fighting, and Guy Rafaeli, originator of the Israeli Combat System.
The training camp also hosted the Tribal Challenge, a fight against opponents wielding sticks. People from many nations attended, among them Filipinos, British, Gozitans, Italians, Israelis, Serbs, Slovenians and Americans. National and international media reported the event, and Sensei Joseph Portelli (3rd Dan Black Belt and leader of the Gozitan contingent) was interviewed on a popular Slovenian TV show, talking about the schools he heads and about martial arts in Malta and Gozo. Other Gozitans at the gathering were Sensei Alex Vella-Muskat (2nd Dan Black Belt), Sensei Charles Daniel Saliba (1st Dan Black Belt) and Felix Sammut, instructor to the junior students.
Master Kincl congratulated the Gozitan contingent after the event, saying how impressed he was by their performance and fighting spirit. He was invited to come and conduct a seminar on the island and has accepted. The event is scheduled for 30 October at the Gozo Sports Complex and details appear at the end of this article.
The Gozo Karate Club summer seminar, Hard Target Self Defence, is on Saturday, 23 July from 10am to 3pm and will be delivered at the Gozo Sports Complex in Victoria, by Chief Instructor Aidan Carroll. The first part is theoretical and covers: developing a self-protection game plan; understanding the criminal mind-set; understanding body language; and self-defence and the Law. The practical section will include: protecting your personal space; pre-emptive strikes; release from chokes and strangles; ground fighting; and defence against knife holdups.
The autumn seminar, on 30 October at the Gozo Sports Complex, features Shihan Borut Kincl. It covers: Okinawan Karate as a full combat system, working on habitual acts of physical violence; Bunkai (Kata interpretation) for realistic self-defence situations; Tegumi (Okinawan hand-drills) to improve natural reactions and enable performance of Tuite in real-life situations; and Kempo Arnis Tactical, the martial art of the Slovenian Special Forces. Scenarios will include tactical combat situations, tactical escape, control tactics, transition to weapons, knife fighting and sparring and will cater for every skill level from basic through intermediate to very complex. This seminar is sponsored by the Ministry for Gozo and The Gozo Sports Complex and is ideal for Police, military and security personnel—and for anybody that takes their martial arts seriously.
For more information contact Sensei Joe Portelli (+356) 7906 9720 or visit www.kenpokarategozo.com