INTRODUCTION:
My name is Vincent Pernice, and I am the instructor of the Kapatiran Mandirigma crew in the
greater Wichita area.   My primary instructor is Grandmaster Shelley Millspaugh, Lakan Siam
(9th Dan) under Great Grandmaster Ernesto A. Presas.  GM Shelley also served as Chief
Instructor for the United States, and is one of the best “stick guys” in the nation if not the
world.   I have been teaching this system since 1999, as an assistant to Guro Shelley.  Shelley
moved from Wichita to Kansas City, Mo in 2002, leaving me to teach in his wake.  I currently
hold the rank of Sr. Master Instructor in Kombatan as well ranks in other arts.  I don't make a
big deal out of it, but it's important to know that my credentials are in order and I didn't learn
what I teach by sitting in front of a VCR.  Feel free to look me up and validate my training.

I love to train, and I love to teach.  I do both my own way, which is a little unorthodox.  Respect
and martial code live well in my training environments, but it’s a lot more relaxed than most.  I
don’t care about anyone’s rank, because rank is not the tell-all of ability.  I know "black belts"
that would lose a shadow boxing match, and I know folks that have never studied a thing that
you couldn’t knock down with a bat.  


That said, my credentials are well in order and easily verified:

Kapatiran Mandirigma Master Instructor ------------------------------
Vincent Pernice - Wichita, Kansas
Senior Master Kombatan Arnis - Lakan Pito (7th Degree)
Modern Arnis / Kombat-an (MAK) - Master Instructor
5 Way Method - Master
Maju Bela Diri Pentjak Silat - Master
Kadena Kruzada Eskrima - Instructor

I hear bologna all the time about how I’m breaking with tradition by not wearing uniforms with
belts.  Read up on your history… the lands that these arts came from seldom had uniforms,
patches, etc.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY:
I primarily teach the art of Kombatan, founded by Great Grandmaster Presas and taught to us
by him.  The art involves weaponry, primarily the use of rattan sticks, but also including a
variety of knives, swords, and short weapons.   In addition, we will learn empty hand combat in
every range.  We will use traditional drills used in the Philippines for learning responses and
enhancing reaction both with and without the weapon.  The uniqueness of the arts from the
Philippines is the translation from weapons to empty hand combat… the movements are all the
same.  It it tactically sound today.

In addition, I will often incorporate Silat and Kuntao into our training.  This will be done primarily
through the study of the 5 Way Method, created by Grandmasters Steve Todd and Jeff
Sprawls, both good friends of ours and outstanding teachers and fighters.  I actually owe
everything I have in the martial arts today to Steve, as he is the person that introduced me to
Shelley.  He continues to teach me things today. This system teaches every facet of combat in
an intelligently formatted method, and it will change the face of martial arts training.  And just
to make sure it’s in the right hands, GM Shelley happens to be the third-highest ranking
individual in the system.  Occasionally, some Maju Bela Diri Pentjak Silat makes its way into the
class plan.  MBD is Jeff's.

BE FOREWARNED:
I do NOT teach self defense.  "Defense" is a victim's word... I teach people how to deal with
threats that would harm them... quickly and decisively if it comes to that.
Quite frankly, I hope that none of us ever need any of what we study together.  Fighting is a
nasty business, too often glorified by movies and schools in the hands of fools.  But the truth
of the matter is that in today’s world there is a real need for the ability to protect ourselves and
the ones we love.  Just read the paper… there are a lot of wicked people out there looking for
easy prey.  It’s my job to make sure you don’t fall into that category.   No one is invincible; it’s
ultimately a numbers game:  how can you protect yourself from the most likely threats in your
world.  We speak candidly about the threats in the world and how to deal with them.

By carefully governing who is allowed to train with us, I strive to create a comfortable, relaxed
environment for us to train for the unthinkable.  If all goes well, you will learn what to do if the
need arises, and more importantly learn that avoiding conflict is almost always the correct
answer.   My own training has enriched every facet of my life... from my work ethic to
interpersonal relationships.  In my opinion, this is the thing that makes a martial artist as
opposed to someone that practices martial arts.

    RULES ABOUT TRAINING WITH ME
                They are simple, but they are important... and they are not open to debate.


    1.  Train to learn the art.  If you’re in it for the belt and the wallpaper, you’re in the wrong
    place.  
    2.  Respect everyone in the group… no exceptions.  Take care of the juniors and those
    who are less “blessed” than you.  This includes all of our large “family”, both in the
    Kombatan and 5 Way Method worlds.  
    3.  Always come to me with problems that might affect your training.  This includes
    everything from the class schedule, to finances, to problems with other students.  
    4.  Do not take advantage of the school.  "Do not mistake my kindness for weakness"  
    Offenses against the school or other students are not tolerated.  I am judge, jury, and
    executioner where this is concerned.  Don't tell me you can't pay dues, and then post on
    Facebook that you're travelling the world.  If you think you can play me, you’re wrong…
    and I don’t want to have to explain it to you after I’m angry.
    5. Do not use the art improperly.  Fighting without just cause is a one-way ticket out the
    door.  If you haven’t already figured it out, “just cause” is just about a “never” condition,
    and I will preach this.
    6.  Do not do anything to deface you and bring shame to the organization.  These are
    things that I can’t deal with:
      a.  Substance abuse of any kind.
      b.  Going to jail (do not pass “Go”, do not collect $200, don’t come back)
      c.  Degrading statements to or about fellow students.
      d.  Stealing… of anything from anyone.
      e.  Spousal abuse or child abuse.  God help you if I find out you are guilty of this.
                



That’s about the sum of it.  Understand that agreeing with the rules does not guarantee
that I'll accept you to train
... I turn students away on a regular basis.  I maintain an open-
door policy to everyone, so please feel free to express your concerns.  Below is my contact
information, use it when you need to:

Cell: 250-2017
Email:
vince@k2kombatan.com

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"Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight."
Psalm 144.1
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THOSE THAT I AM FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO REFER TO AS MY TEACHERS:

GREAT GRANDMASTER ERNESTO A. PRESAS
GRANDMASTER SHELLEY MILLSPAUGH
MASTER KURT GRAHAM
GRANDMASTER STEVE TODD
GRANDMASTER JEFF SPRAWLS
MASTER STYLE ALLAH
(PENDAKAR) BAHATI MERCHANT