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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, […]

Learning by *Not* Dominating

November 12, 2013

There is  great wisdom in the following saying: Reputations from the opponent you barely beat I have seen good fighters get stuck at “good” and not become “great” or “better”. I’m sure you have seen some athletes, businessmen, students/scholars, and others fail to make that jump from good to “gooder”. This adage explains one of […]

Challenge for Filipino Fighting Secrets Live Readers…

October 10, 2013

I want to challenge each and every one of you to improve and update your FMA. You may not like it. But I guarantee if you complete my challenge, nobody will fuck with you. And you have 45 days to accomplish it. Please keep an open mind–and I am speaking to my own students as well… […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Eskrima Should Remain *Armed* (Well-Rounded, pt II)

June 2, 2013

Before everyone gets their panties in a bunch, please hear me out. By the way, this article is “part II” of this article, entitled “Does Eskrima Need To Be ‘Well-Rounded?”  Surprisingly, it was well-received. I think maybe folks are starting to really look at what I write about, rather than just take offense to everything. […]

Does Eskrima Need to Be “Well-Rounded”?

June 1, 2013

I don’t think so. Here’s why. Eskrima is, what it is–and that is a weapons fighting art. We do what we do, and we don’t do all that other stuff. I believe that someone who tries to learn everything else, aka the “Perpetual Student”, is on a never-ending, foolish endeavor. Don’t get me wrong; I’m […]

Fill the Brain (Empty Cup, pt II)

May 25, 2013

The path of the martial arts master does not generally begin with a declaration that one intends to be a master. Such a path, in my opinion, is a foolish one if everything you do is to get you closer to becoming a “Master”. I’m sure that’s confusing, because isn’t that the goal for all […]

But Dad, He Was *Weaker* Than Me… (Fight without Fighting)

May 20, 2013

Today, a quickie. I was talking to a friend today, a fellow FMA fighter who also teaches tennis. Being a Filipino, our conversation quickly turned to our sons–as our sons happen to be our most prized accomplishments. And being Filipino, we had a contest of one-upmanship. You see, my kid is so awesome, he…. And […]


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