December 28, 2012

Brennan's Blades: The PNW Best Kept FMA Secret

Guro Scott Brennan is a 30+ year veteran of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), and is arguably the foremost authority in Lucaylucay Kali in the Pacific NW.  Being a Sheriff brings a whole new perspective to his teachings and training, as does being an amateur blade smith!  I was fortunate enough to host Scott last month for a introductory seminar on Lucaylucay blade work at Three Harmonies. 

First and foremost anyone interested in the FMA living up in the island counties of our great green state of Washington, look no further then Scott Brennan.  Sharp wit, laid back attitude, coupled with a knack for teaching and working with groups give Scott that needed bonus many look for in a teacher.  Though I only spent a few hours with him I have been around long enough to know if someone can teach or just preach.  Scott is without a doubt the former, offering insight not only into the techniques of Lucaylucay Kali, but more importantly the mindset and approach to training that Master Ted Lucaylucay imparted to Scott.  Peppered with stories throughout the workshop it was a pleasure to touch hands with Scott.

Now onto the meat of this review... Brennan's Blades, quality training blades.  Of course everyone says that, but what does it really mean in the end?  Typically you dish out good money for a trainer that hopefully is weighted right, has a solid fit handle wise, and holds up.  Rarely do you get the opportunity we did with being able to handle and work with all the blades Scott had for sale at the workshop.  I know I handled at least half a dozen different knife types and grips, and I was also lucky enough to take home a espsda y' daga set in the form of a Barong, as well as a Bolo shaped blade.

Bolo(L): $50 / Barong Espada y Daga Set: $75

Made out of quality aluminum with intricately cut handles made from actual iron wood (I believe) these trainers are simply the best weighted and highest quality in regards to grips!  Scott has spent decades collecting blades and blade patterns from all over the world and he has templates and designs to fit even the rarest of request.  That's right, got a blade you want a trainer for?  Send him the specs and he will make you a quality trainer for any style blade or cut you desire! 

I cannot comment too deeply on the durability of the trainers as I have not purposefully tried to thrash them, but even knocking them around with other metal trainers they seemed no worse the wear minus a few scratches.  High quality at an an affordable price, which of course varies depending on the piece(s) you are acquiring.







You can contact Scott Brennan at:
Brennansblades@gmail.com
360-317-6221

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