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Suro Emanuel Hart

Founder of Inayan System III Eskrima Suro Emanuel Hart

Suro Emanuel Hart
Inayan System III Eskrima

In 1984 Mr. Hart started his training in Inayan Eskrima under the tutelage of Inayan Guro John Peterson in San Jose California. After meeting Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay in 1985 Mr. Hart became a member of the Inayan System of Eskrima School in Santa Cruz California. Training a minimum of three classes a week, he worked his way up the ranks and in 1991 was promoted to Inayan Guro and took on the responsibilities of that rank in GM Inay’s school.

Throughout the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Mr. Hart worked intricately with Mangisursuro Inay on the Inayan Pressure Sensitive Nerve Areas (PSNA) and Inayan Reactive Knife Defense (RKD) in conjunction with the development of other Inayan training programs. Starting in 1992 Mr. Hart did three European tours assisting Mangisursuro Inay in bringing Inayan Eskrima to England, Germany, France, Norway and Sweden. While conducting these tours, Mr. Hart filmed five video productions with Mangisursuro. In 1997 Mr. Hart filmed the last Inayan Kadena de Mano video with the Inayan Eskrima founder.

In a recorded Will made on December 11, 1999, almost one year before his death on September 27, 2000, GM Mike Inay stated that at the time of his death Mr. Hart would assume the title and responsibilities of Inayan “Suro” (Heir/Master) as one of three heirs, and the only non-family member authorized by GM Mike Inay to use the “Suro” title.

Following the death of GM Mike Inay, and working with other Inayan Guros certified by Mangisursuro Inay, Mr. Hart moved to Paris France and Established the Academy of Inayan Arts (AIA)-Paris to continue the spread of Inayan Eskrima throughout Europe. The following year (2002) Mr. Hart was a guest instructor representing Inayan Eskrima in the first FMA festival in Europe. Suro Hart conducted the first annual European Inayan Eskrima Training Camp in 2004, starting a tradition that continues today.

In 2005 Mr. Hart outlined the requirements for Inayan System III Eskrima, started to use the “Suro” title, and established Eskrima International (EI) the branch of IS3 that interfaces with other Martial Art organizations to incorporate Inayan Eskrima into their training programs. In 2008 Suro Hart introduced Inayan Eskrima to South America by teaching seminars in Venezuela with participants from; Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

For most of his life Suro Hart has been dedicated to the preservation of the Inayan System of Eskrima as taught to him by Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay. Suro Hart spent over 16 years studying from the founder, and over seven (7) years living and training with the founder as a private student. Over those years Suro Hart earned the trust and confidence of the founder in his abilities to apply, teach, and continue the traditions of The Inayan System of Eskrima. Today, Suro Hart lives in the south of France and continues training and developing students throughout the world.

Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay

Inayan System of Eskrima Founder Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay
Inayan System of Eskrima Founder
December 11, 1944 – September 27, 2000

Inayan Eskrima was developed by Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay. Suro Inay devoted his entire adult life to the promotion, preservation, and propagation of the Filipino Martial Arts.

Mangisursuro Inay studied privately under the tutelage of two great Eskrima GrandMasters, Max Sarmiento and Angel Cabales. Mangisursuro Inay proposed the formation of an organization to preserve and promote the Cabales Serrada Style of Eskrima to GrandMaster Angel Cabales. With Mangisursuro Inay’s help, GrandMaster Cabales formed the first Cabales Serrada association. Mangisursuro Inay also developed a ranking structure for GrandMaster Cabales.

The ranks that were developed and presented to the budding Cabales Serrada Association were:

Basic Level CertificateAdvanced Degree CertificateMasters Degree Certificate

The Advanced Degree and the Masters Degree gave the certificate holders permission to award rank in the Cabales Serrada Style of Eskrima. Each certificate was an acknowledgment of proficiency achievement by the student named there-on. GrandMaster Cabales accepted and adopted the three certificates and at least two of the certificates were in use as of 1998.

Mangisursuro Inay co-founded the West Coast Eskrima Society with its first chairman, GrandMaster Max Sarmiento in 1979. The West Coast Eskrima Society was formally inaugurated in Los Gatos, California in Mangisursuro Inay’s home. The West Coast Eskrima Society was founded in the hopes of preserving, propagating and promoting the Filipino Martial Arts. The “West Coast Eskrima Society” was, for the first time in the Filipino Martial Arts community, able to unite several Filipino Masters under one organization. The Society’s Charter was signed on January 13, 1979. Many notable Eskrima Masters joined the West Coast Eskrima Society and were present during the Charter signing. Some of the original members were: Max Sarmiento, Mike Inay, Jimmy Tacosa, Jeffrey Elliott, San Tendencia, Dentoy Revillar, Gilbert Tenio, Leo Giron, Narrie Babao, Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo.

Mangisursuro Inay was instrumental in bringing both The “West Coast Eskrima Society” and the “Cabales-Serrada Eskrima Association” to light. They were the forerunners of the present day Filipino Martial Arts organizations that have emerged in the last 20 years.

Mangisursuro Inay also played an integral role in the events over the 30 years that lead to the growing acceptance of the Filipino Martial Arts in the U.S. and Europe.

Mangisursuro Inay began teaching law enforcement throughout the United States and became well known and respected in the law enforcement community. Mangisursuro Inay also began traveling abroad to conduct seminars and clinics on Inayan Eskrima in England, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Canada and Australia.

At the request of a large Midwest law enforcement organization, PPCT, Mangisursuro Inay developed the first nationwide law enforcement knife defense program called “Spontaneous Knife Defense”. He also appeared on Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN). Mangisursuro Inay developed several courses dealing with pressure sensitive nerve areas, riot baton and advanced knife training. Mangisursuro Inay also developed the use of the knife as an alternative weapon for executive protection in instances where a firearm is not warranted or safe to use.

During this period, Mangisursuro Inay also developed and refined the Inayan System of Eskrima (ISE). Inayan Eskrima is comprised of 7 distinct styles of Eskrima. Each of these styles have a complete set of basic, intermediate, and advanced techniques and concepts that make them independent of each other in terms of self-defense viability.

Mangisursuro Inay put a learning structure to these styles and a ranking system for grading. Mangisursuro Inay elected to call all of the styles he teaches “Inayan” to avoid confusion with other teachers and styles that have the same or similar names. This also reduced the amount of controversy and claims of validity others could or could not profess with regard to “Inayan” Eskrima.

Mangisursuro Inay passed away while doing what he loved the most – teaching Inayan Eskrima. Though he was taken from us long before his time, he made a profound impact in the lives of many.

Grandmaster Max Sarmiento

Grandmaster Max Sarmiento is an important part of Inayan System III Eskrimas historySarmiento Kadena De Mano

Grandmaster Max Sarmiento
April 26, 1929 – Sept. 29, 1982

Grandmaster Max Sarmiento was largely responsible for the emergence of the Filipino Martial Arts in the United State as a public way of life for many Americans.
GM Sarmiento was one of the first Eskrima masters to teach their art to the U.S. public. His art was well known for its effectiveness with empty-hands, Dagger, and weapon counter measures.

Along with GM Angel Cabales, GM Sarmiento’s family style of Kadena de Mano was a major influence in the development of the Inayan System of Eskrima as taught by Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay. Along with Mangisursuro Inay, GM Sarmiento was a founding member of WES (The West Coast Eskrima Society), an association of Eskrima masters in California founded in 1979.

Grandmaster Angel Cabales

Grandmaster Angel Cabales, an important part of Inayan System III Eskrimas historyCabales Serrada Eskrima
Grandmaster Angel Cabales
October 4, 1917 – March 3, 1991

GM Cabales moved to the United States in 1939 where he introduced his unique brand of martial arts, and became known as the “Father of Escrima in America”.
GM Angel Cabales was a student of GM Felisimo Dizon. The art of Cabales Serrada Escrima was first officially introduced to the United States public in 1966 in Stockton, California. In the following years his unique martial art system spread throughout the world.





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