St. Louis Counterpoint Martial Arts is a club formed to practice Zach Whitson’s Counterpoint Tactical Systems (CTS) and Cacoy Doce Pares (CDP) in the St. Louis, MO region. St. Louis Counterpoint Martial Arts club practices safe, non-competitive martial arts for real world self defense.
At different stages of the student’s development, the CTS curriculum covers the following material:
Empty Hand Martial Arts
Panatukan (also known as Filipino Boxing)
Grappling – Both standing and on the ground
Weapon Martial Arts
Espada Y Daga (Stick/Sword and Knife)
Walking Cane/Hiking Stick/Staff
Master Whitson’s Counterpoint Tactical Systems is the primary focus of our training. The CTS art is heavily influenced by Filipino Martial Arts and incorporates Cacoy Doce Pares, Pekiti Tirsia and American Kenpo Karate as part of its curriculum. CTS trains in all ranges of combat as well as preparing the student for empty hand or weapons based self defense. CTS is not a sport, and we do not train for sport applications. Cacoy Doce Pares is a close range stick fighting system from the Philippines that focuses on trapping, locking and disarming your opponent. In both systems, sparring, in a safe manner, is essential to the practice of the art. Methods are built into each system to progress in a controlled manner from drills and first principles to actual sparring.
The club was founded in January 2010 by Evan Ringle, and in fall of 2012, Eric Primm took over lead instruction in the club. St. Louis Counterpoint Martial Arts is active within the CTS community; the club makes multiple trips throughout the year to attend seminars with Master Whitson and to train with other CTS practitioners. Each club member is encouraged to attend as many seminars as possible with Master Whitson to learn from the founder of our system and to experience training with diverse partners. Belt testing and promotion are only done at Master Whitson’s seminars. St. Louis Counterpoint also travels to the nearby Springfield FMA club in Springfield, MO for training with our closest CTS family. (These trips are encouraged but not required.) There are other CTS schools located in a number of states and more as the system continues to grow. Finally, St. Louis Counterpoint Martial Arts continues to attend the Iron Mountain Instructors Camp held every September to keep up to date on the current CTS curriculum.
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