Dog Brothers Grandfathers Speak 2: Sonny Impad DVD

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“Sonny Umpad was born in Bogo, Cebu, Philippines 58 years ago. For those in the know, the man and his reputation invokes deserved acclaim. His speed and ghostlike evasive qualities the stuff of modern Legend.

Jesse R. Glover, who as Bruce Lee’s first student certainly had a basis from which to form an opinion, said: “When I saw Sonny move, I thought this is Bruce Lee with sticks in his hand. Other than Bruce, I hadn’t seen anyone move like Sonny at that time, and I still haven’t”.

Sonny took a bold step, founding his own system: Visayan Style Corto Kadena & Larga Mano Eskrima. He respected the Old Ways, keeping his Art private and personal. To witness his Expression of the Art was to be rewarded with a vision of the Pure and True beauty of Eskrima. His timeless commitment was his Tribute to all Eskrimadors of the past, his contemporaries and the successors of our Heritage. The Art lives On.

Through his relentless devotion to his Art he made a significant contribution to the rich and colorful history of Filipino Martial Culture. His Place with the Old Masters is Secure.”

~George Yore, Elder Guro, Visayan Style Corto Kadena Eskrima

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I love seeing the masters.

I love seeing the masters. Sonny moved like one. It was fantastic to watch this documentary and hear his thoughts, and see old footage of him move. Watching the students was...ummm...not as interesting. One in particular had an ego far larger than his abilities. And I suspect that some view this more as an art for self-development than for the brutal system it really was with Sonny. But these are minor issues. The focus of the video is Sonny, how he was remembered, and watching him. And in that it excelled. Great vid!