The Mana Lima club teaches both Small Circle Jujitsu and Guba Doce Pares Eskrima (also known as Kali or Arnis).
The founder and creator of Small Circle Jujitsu was the late Professor Wally Jay whose most famous student was Bruce Lee in San Francisco in the early 1960s. Wally Jay trained in the 1940s under Professor Henry Okazaki in Hawaii in the Danzan Ryu (Hawaiian Style) fighting system which incorporated Hawaiian Lua (the native fighting art of Hawaii), Kung Fu, Okinawan Karate, Filipino Martial Arts and with three styles of Japanese jujitsu, as well as western boxing and wrestling. Wally Jay combined the powerful and effective wrist techniques he learned from the Hawaiian Judo champion, Ken Kawachi, with his skills in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu to create the world famous Small Circle Jujitsu system. Wally Jay’s son, Leon Jay, is the current head of the system.
Doce Pares eskrima started in 1932 in the Philippines when a group of eskrima masters brought all of their skills together to create the country’s first recognised eskrima school. The Mana Lima club teaches the version created by Grandmaster Danny Guba who had trained under most of the old masters in the Doce Pares club. This multi-styled system includes single stick, double stick, knife, stick and knife techniques as well as Filipino boxing and grappling.
Within the Mana Lima club a student learns both defence systems. The teaching program includes strikes, kicks, throws, locks, joint/limb manipulation and pressure point attacks (Kyusho-jitsu) on the weak spots on the human body, as well as an in depth study of weapons defence. Students can chose to grade in one or both arts. Certification of student’s grades is from grandmaster Leon Jay of Small Circle Jujitsu and grandmaster Danny Guba of Guba Doce Pares Eskrima. All instruction is from David Burke who is a seasoned black belt martial artist with over 35 years of experience.