DTE Eskrima with Jay Sowell
Jay Sowell brings 20+ years of Eskrima training to Damri MMA and is the only DTE Eskrima instructor in the West Valley. He is one of the founders, Current Public Liaison and continuing Support Staff of the Arizona Filipino Martial Arts Association.
Eskrima is a Filipino martial art that has existed for over 1500 years. Unlike most martial arts that teach solely from a traditional standpoint, Eskrima is one of the few arts that is ever-evolving to fit the current circumstances of the present day. As well, Eskrima is a practical self-defense style that focuses on translating it’s training for the use of improvised weapons. As a child, Sowell was always interested in martial arts and cross-trained in multiple arts, including, Muay Thai, Kenpo Karate, Tang Soo Do and Boxing. Eskrima became his primary martial art after realizing how effective, efficient and adaptable it was for defense against an attacker.
Sowell’s style of teaching is practical, as well as reality based. His technique is focused on using realistic methods for defense against bladed/blunt weapons, empty handed attacks, etc. Some of the life skills that will be achieved by practicing Eskrima include: self-discipline, determination, improvisation, mental/physical coordination, confidence, and respect. Eskrima is ideal for anyone willing to learn because it is a great equalizer for using against an attacker who is physically bigger and stronger. It is great for both kids and adults, and it is the go-to art for military, law enforcement and civilian organizations across the world.
One of Sowell’s goals for his students is for them to be able to effectively apply his teachings, as needed, in their defense, as well as, their lives. Direct Torres Eskrima is a complete art in and of itself, but will enhance anyone with an existing background of martial arts. Plus it can serve as a great starting point for those looking to learn effective defense against a weapon wielding or empty handed attacker.