Sayoc is a Filippino tribal art originated hundreds of years ago by the Sayoc family and continued today by Tuhon Christopher Casteneda Sayoc. Like most martial arts and art in general it incorporates ideas and techniques from other arts like it and not like it. Sayoc is full of original, ground breaking, state of the art concepts that couldn't be quantified in a short posting. Sayoc has no basis in taekwondo other than that some Sayoc family members studied taekwondo and some Sayoc practitioners teach tkd as a business in part because it allows them to teach real martial arts concepts to those who think TKD is the only martial art. Sayoc ran in the same groups as Pekiti Tersia but laid low and so doesn't have as big a name. It is an expensive art to study since it is not run to be a commercial enterprise and therefore has a relatively low number of regular practioners as compared to other martial arts. Tuition is comensurate with semi-private training. Tuition is often lowered or even waived for serious students under financial stress which is in keeping with the tribal family atmosphere. As a martial art Sayoc is given the highest ratings by respected MAs like Dan Inosanto. In Sayoc everything is considered a MA from edged weapon knowledge and teamwork, to driving skills and diplomacy.
Sayoc is a Filippino tribal art originated hundreds of years ago by the Sayoc family and continued today by Tuhon Christopher Casteneda Sayoc.
by TVW August 14, 2007

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