Monday, December 28, 2009

Guro Chuck Cadell - A Mission Driven Legacy

Guro Chuck Cadell – A Mission Driven Legacy
Having trained under Pangulong Guro Chuck Cadell in the arts of Cabales Serrada Eskrima, and various Kali influences for the past 18 years, I have learned as much through his examples of character and dedication as techniques and combative principles.  Despite Guro Cadell’s vast repertoire of FMA background, he has always maintained a distinct regard for the preservation of GM Angel Cabales’ teaching methods.  In this day and age when the vast majority of martial arts schools and instructors seize techniques and teaching methods as their own, Chuck carries the honor and dedication to give credit where due.  In the words of GM Cabales as echoed through Chuck’s teaching, “It’s got to be.”
Another very distinguishing attribute of training with Guro Cadell is his unyielding desire to pursue professional development and opportunities related to the combative arts.  I have witnessed over the years as he has adapted his teaching methodology to the needs of vastly different groups.  From highly skilled martial artists to young children, to women’s self defense or with tactical teams in the Illinois Department of Corrections, Chuck has proven his ability time and again to build the connections that lead to creative growth within his teaching structure.   Knowing that Guro Cadell is always developing and sharpening his training methods to apply in dynamic environments, he sets the example for the rest of us.
Ultimately, I must pay my respects to Guro Cadell for showing me a path to a lifelong pursuit of personal development within the Filipino Martial Arts.  No matter the challenge, his teaching always brings me back to the center – the basics that are at the heart of all advanced learning.  Chuck uses his life experiences to bring a wide range of feedback and advice throughout the various stages in his students’ lives.  While always a consummate professional, he has served me and countless other students as an instructor, mentor, and friend.  The strength of this bond serves as a cornerstone that continuously brings us back to train as a group.  We share our techniques, progress within our principles, and then branch out into the world to apply and adapt.  Then we regroup and return to the foundation of our progression – Guro Chuck Cadell and Cabales Serrada Eskrima.


With Respect and Gratitude,
Erol Weber
Intermediate Instructor
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