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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 […]

Trapping for Fighting

February 6, 2012

Today I’d like to discuss the technique called trapping. In my many criticisms of the empty handed Filipino Martial Arts, I use the phrase “patty cake” to insult what many of you regard as your unique, bread-and-butter technique. Do I do this for reaction? Yes, I do. Do I really think trapping is no good? […]

Beating the Jab

January 23, 2012

This subject is a little deeper than just beating the jab. The tips I will give you will also help you beat the taller fighter or fighter with better use of his reach, the faster fighter, and the fighter who fights on the outside. First I would like to clarify something I said:  fighter with […]


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