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Straw vs. Waterhoses

January 28, 2015

It is no secret, that I am the anti-FMA Grandmaster. I respect them. But I disagree with most of them when concerning teaching the art. The proof is in the pudding, and I support my side of the debate with my claim that I will bet my house on ANY of my instructor level students […]

Streetfighters vs Ring Fighters

January 21, 2015

There is an ongoing debate among martial artists, actually between three groups–although there appears to be a debate among just two of them: Streetfighters. Martial artists who train strictly for streetfighting. They have little interest in, or respect for, tournament fighting of any type. They modify traditional martial arts for the street in the modern […]

Warriors of Righteousness

January 14, 2015

I’m going to let you know right now, this article, which will read like a manifesto, is going to lose me some fans. I don’t care. This is my truth, my blog, and like it or not–it will be a truth for you if you are an FMA man as well as your systems’ founders, […]

Revere Your Art, pt II

December 29, 2014

This article is actually “part two” of a series I am in the process of writing, although I’m releasing this one first. In part I, I discuss how the art is treated as a “hustle” for those who claim to love–but really don’t–love the art. To sum it up, let me post a series of […]

Teaching Notes for New Teachers of the FMAs

December 17, 2014

Concerning the Art of TEACHING the FMAs… I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that in the Filipino Martial Arts world, we have many ways of teaching fighting and drills but very little addresses how to teach students. We’re not talking about how to teach a seminar; I am referring to lessons on how to […]

Preparing Your Eskrima for the Street

December 9, 2014

Is your Eskrima still “street-effective”? One of the things drawing street defense/self defense enthusiast to the Filipino art is our simplicity and our effectiveness for the average man’s needs. I ask if your FMA is “still” street-effective because over the recent 30 or so years that the FMA has been noticed by the mainstreet, most […]

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 […]

Ninth Degree Eskrima Masters

October 23, 2014

I never really understood this one. Let’s just say up front that I never liked the Black Belt ranking structure for the Filipino arts. I don’t have a problem with that structure being used for students as a way to designate the various levels of learning and accomplishment. We even tried it twice in my […]

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 […]

Reputation-Building in the FMA

October 17, 2014

I have mentioned a “Mastery” book that I’ve been working on over the last two years. I haven’t settled on a title yet because the focus changes (as does my desires for the reader), but when it’s done–trust me–it will be a masterpiece. This book has occupied my brainspace lately, which is why the articles […]

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