Sonny Umpad has always been one of my favorite people in the martial arts. He’s always been generous with his knowledge, and as one of the most creative people I’ve ever known, he’s expanded the skill set for many of us with his innovative tactics. In particular his centerline roll for double sticks has had an impact, not just by combining concepts from Wing Chun and Escrima but expanding the effective elements within both arts by integrating FMA stick work with simple dynamics from Wing Chun’s punching.
This past Wednesday Sonny had a stroke. A student got him to the hospital, where doctors found a tumor in his brain. To save his life they performed surgery. He’s not out of the woods yet, with other complications still to be addressed, so right now he can use all the prayers and best wishes we can send him.