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Eskrima Broken Rhythm Attack

October 27, 2015

I would like to offer some fighting advice I think you will find valuable, regardless of style or method of fighting you do. A young man who studies with my Kung Fu brother Sharif Talib has recently taken an interest in the Philippine martial arts. Although he is a beginner, he is Sharif’s top student, […]

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 […]

Tips for Developing Fighting Dominance

December 31, 2013

Considering that this is the last day of the year–and many of you guys will be making your New Year’s Resolutions–here’s a NYR you might want to add… Especially if you’re a martial artist: This year, I will train for dominance. I am floored that more martial artists do not aspire for this. They train, […]

Reaching In Eskrima

September 26, 2013

I’d like to offer some practical, universal advice about the practice and application of martial arts. Any stylist can benefit from this because, like I said, this is a universal principle. It is also a principle–as practical as it is–is violated by much of the martial arts community, even masters and grandmasters. One of my […]

Improving Your Master’s Eskrima (Exceed, pt V)

May 2, 2013

So, I said all of that to say this… And this will be the shortest article of the series. Today, we will commit the so-called FMA blasphemy that so many people think is impossible. I am going to introduce to you five things you can do, that you must do, to get you started on […]

Learn to Fight by Fighting *Back*

January 5, 2013

A week ago I was talking to a gentleman who is returning to martial arts training after about 20 years of a layoff. From what he tells me, the school he belonged to in the early 90s was a good one. While still commercial (I believe the teacher’s name was Jack Corey/Curry, cannot recall the […]

FMA and the Art of Body Punching

August 20, 2012

I have been looking at a note for me to respond to Kris Williams, who lives in Bakersfield, CA, and practices Muay Thai, Eskrima (DP? I forgot), Kenpo and some other styles. We met in a Starbuck’s, and ended up playing Eskrima in the parking lot, before moving to discussing my articles and empty hand. […]

Revisiting Repetition

June 17, 2012

There is a saying that no cut is the same after the 10,000th execution of that cut. In the FMAs we too often spend a great deal of time trying to invent and practice creative ways to defend against attacks, while neglecting our development of executing attacks. I have long said that learning 5 disarms […]

Ten Rules of Fighting

March 20, 2012

I have a list of “to-dos” that seem to never get done. Right now, I am heading to the school to work on a Mook Jong (wooden dummy) I started on in October. There are sets of techniques for the Mook Jong I learned from three different masters I had been wanting to consolidate since […]

Lessons from Nunez vs. Latimore

February 29, 2012

There are many lessons you can get from watching professional fights. I know that most martial artists are not at the level of the professional fighter, but this art is more than just a hobby for most of us. And we take the art just as seriously. I believe if you learn to correct the […]


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