“Secrets” of the Filipino Fighting Arts
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Thoughts on FMA Empty Hand

I am going to have to remember this date:  February 15th, the day after Valentine’s Day. Boy, did I accomplish my secondary mission in the FMAs. We had the highest number of hits in one day on this blog, because of this article, entitled “Fallacy of Empty Handed FMAs”. My mission was simple:

  1. Teach my styles of martial arts and make the best possible students I can, and
  2. to lay the groundwork so that the Filipino Martial Arts can be restored to a place of respect in the Martial Arts community.

You guys don’t realize this, but you just got your wake-up call. The most important four words any martial artist could ever hear in his career:  Your art is inferior. Some martial artists welcome these words, and most fear them.

Why? Because there is only one logical answer to that statement and that is to PROVE the statement is false. You guys have been hanging out in online forums too long, hanging around friends and patting each other on the back, being too damned chummy and non-confrontational. So it made you weak, and made your arts weaker. And worst of all, it’s made your skin so thin you want to cry foul whenever someone insults your art.

What does a real fighter do when somebody says, “I can beat you”?

He sets out to prove that you can’t.

And what does the FMA guy do? He goes on Facebook and whines to his girlfriends about what an asshole you are. He goes to your website to look for holes in your bio that he can ridicule and try to question the validity of. He calls other girls on the phone and tries to find out what he can, so he can feel better. He wants to question your credibility, your rank, your knowledge, even your fucking existence. And why all of that work? Because the one thing he is supposed to do as a fighter–kick MY ass–he isn’t willing to do.

Have I been challenged before? All the time, you guys have no frigging idea. Have people shown up to my school to fight me (or bring students to fight my students)?  Yup. Have they gotten matches from us? Every damned time.

Now ask me how many were FMA guys. Wait, one… and you’d never believe who he is.

That’s right, kids… NONE.

So now you want to figure out who has gotten matches, right? You want to see if I’m lying? I challenge you, contact them yourself:

  • The late Frank Waller and his students (Rancho Cordova)
  • Thomas Gibbs (East Wind Martial Arts, Sacramento, CA)
  • Students of Uriah Faber
  • Master Don Bitanga (Baltimore)
  • Michael Ajay (Sacramento)
  • Greg Alland
  • Deathkido members Norman Charles and others (Baltimore… thought I was lying, didn’t you?)
  • Wayne Hatcher (Sacramento, school is called “Scorpion”-something)
  • Tae Kuk Mu Sul (Citrus Heights, CA)
  • Students of Master Eddie Chong
  • Students of Cedric and Cliff Robinson (Robinson’s Tae Kwon Do, Sacramento)
  • Robert Dosty and his students

I’m getting bored. I didn’t ask any of these gentlemen’s permission and so they don’t know you’re going to call. But humor me. If you think I’m fake, call them or email em.

Now, people who can verify that I am a martial artist, and what type of martial artist I am. I’m sure you are hoping I don’t know what I’m doing… after all, you’ve never heard of me right? Perhaps you’ve heard of a few of these people:

  • Eddie Chong
  • Greg Alland
  • Apolo Lladra
  • Mike Ocampo
  • Robin Taberna
  • GM Ed Bansuelo
  • Chuck Perry (Alexandria, LA)
  • Master Raymond Wong
  • Master Deric Johnson
  • Grandmaster Dennis Brown (yes, that Dennis Brown)
  • Grandmaster Carlito Lanyada
  • Master Boggs Lao
  • Master Don Bitanga
  • Master Joey Paman
  • Master Emilio Labarcon (Bay Area, California)
  • Master Carlito Bonjoc
  • Grandmaster Diony Canete
  • Guy Kinanahan (I call him “master” but he doesn’t like the term)

That’s it… No more. I feel like I’m catering to kids. You have enough. Now the question is… why go through all of that, when there are people right here in my town who can “check me out”? Why ask me to post a youtube clip? Why imply that my history is false? Why call me a troll? Why ridicule me on the net from the safety of friends and your computers, when all my information is on my websites?

Because when a martial artist’s fighting skills are not up to par, when his knowledge is weak, he will emphasize other things like rank, lineage, and amiability. Are you serious? By how likeable and respectful I am? You’re kidding.

So, this article was supposed to be a “positive one” and not “negative”. I’ve been asked by my students not to be so darned grumpy in my writings and give tips and helpful hints, like I was some type of fucking Martial Stewart or something.

Before we can start to fix something, you will have to first acknowledge that it needs fixing. FMA people aren’t willing to admit that they don’t know if their empty hand is functional because they simply don’t fight with it. We have to first (if my tips and advice is to be, excuse me… “helpful”…) admit that you even NEED tips. And as always, if you are local, and anything on this blog needs clarification, or you aren’t convinced that my advice works or will work–email me and arrange for a match (excuse me, demonstration) and I will gladly show you in person. I mean that. Ace Goldsby, you are the man. You’re the only guy to show up and ask for a match after reading my work. I’ll ask him to post his info if anyone would like to verify that he exists. If you’re in town, I’ll even let you meet him when he comes to class. He’ll even spar you, I’m sure.

Without further a due, the tips.

But next article. ;-)

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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