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Archive for the ‘Teaching Philosophy’ Category

Learning the Rhythm of Styles (Knife At a Gunfight)

November 12, 2014

I would like to introduce you to a concept that few fighters understand, but many great fighters use to their advantage. There is a little-known characteristic of fighters that few fighters are conscious of, which is the rhythm of styles. A system’s rhythm owes itself to a variety of factors: the culture of the system […]

Why I Require Competition

October 21, 2014

Let’s begin by stating that I actually don’t require competition of all my students; only the ones who wish to one day teach. I will not grant a student permission to teach if he or she has never fought in competition. However, if a student was only interested in fitness, self defense or anything else–competitive […]

The Triple Effort

October 2, 2014

Here’s a quickie for today… Last night I was talking to a young man named Rahsaan, who is an aspiring martial arts teacher. He probably has a few years before I would recommend he round up his family members to invest in a commercial space, but I like his approach to his martial arts education. […]

Lessons from Middle School Wrestling

February 11, 2014

A little personal information on me. I’ve been married 7 times, and have three kids with two of those wives. My oldest son, Abdul Khaliq (we call him Kali), lives with me full time. Recently, he and my daughter (she isn’t competing because she broke her ankle) have been on a wrestling kick and my […]

Thoughts on Canelo vs. Mayweather (Expose Your Students)

September 28, 2013

There is a teaching principle that many teachers are unaware of, that I would like to share. Often, many teachers are not actually trained as instructors or teachers. Rather, they are simply taught the art and very little attention is given to actually teaching the future instructor or teacher how to teach. This is one […]

The Next Best Thing(s)

June 18, 2013

Again, I am on this blog talking about seminars and short courses… One of the questions I am asked, and perhaps more than “How much are your classes?” is the real question they want to know: ¬†“How can I study without really studying?” Or how about “How can I study without committing fully?” Or “How […]

Exceed the Teacher, pt III (Two-Way Street)

April 20, 2013

It is said that teaching is a two-way street. How true. I’ve stated in earlier articles that some teachers are more skilled at teaching beginners, some are good at teaching the advanced, and then others excel at teaching teachers–guiding experts and novice teachers to mastery. You have instructors, you have trainers, you have teachers, and […]

Learning the Art While Teaching (No Cornerman, pt II)

April 1, 2013

Today’s article will be short and sweet. This may seem like a contradiction from much of my past writing. I normally speak against teaching the art until you have acquired your own fighting experience, but this is no contradiction. I still believe getting your own experience is the best way to ensure that what you’re […]

Exceed the Teacher, pt II (Lesson from Bouie Fisher)

March 31, 2013

This article is a nod to one of the late, little-known masters of the fighting arts: ¬†Bouie Fisher. It is also part II to this article–but will ride the topic of fight strategy. I am still putting the article under “Teaching Philosophy”, because the thrust behind my reason for writing this article is to share […]

Importance of Cadence in Training

March 17, 2013

Something we don’t see much of in today’s Eskrima class is the use of cadence during training. This is an old-school teaching tool that many think of as only relevant for Karate and Kung Fu classes. If you have ever studied with an old teacher in the Philippines, you may remember teachers calling cadence endlessly […]


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