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Posts Tagged ‘Kali

The Power of Specializing in the FMA

November 3, 2015

If you want to learn it, study it If you want to excel at it, practice it If you want to become an expert at it, use it If you want to master it, teach it There are many paths to Mastery, but almost all follow the above poem. One would think that this is […]

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, […]

On Martial Arts Alliances

August 23, 2015

There are many roads to the top of a mountain, and likewise–there are many paths to perfection and mastery of the martial arts. One of the most underused and misused of these paths is the Martial Arts Alliance or Organization. Sadly, the ones misuing this institution are the most knowledgeable of the martial arts community:  […]

The Illusion of the Old Warrior Past His Prime, pt II

August 22, 2015

My grandfather had told me to look for old warriors along my martial arts journey, and to learn from them where I could. I discovered that many of these old men still possessed their fighting skills, and were very happy to oblige when I would ask for a match. Anyone who knew me in my […]

The Illusion of the Old Warrior Past His Prime

August 22, 2015

I’ve said it many times on this blog–that my favorite boxer is “The Executioner” Bernard Hopkins. I see in him many of the qualities of a true martial arts fighter-teacher, and I consider him a Master Boxer. If you are around when my new book is released and you get a copy–I’ll explain in depth […]

Gatekeepers of the Lineages (Bahala Na, Serrada and Presas)

February 12, 2015

Some feelings might get hurt on this one. I decided to tag the four systems in the title of this article (Presas, meaning Remy as well as his brother Ernesto) for a reason:  I know people on several sides of the debates in these systems and have some insight. Because I am not a player […]

Teaching Patiently (Straw vs. Waterhoses pt II)

February 2, 2015

This message is just as much for my own student-Instructors, as it is for my readers. It is a continuation of this article, entitled “Straw vs. Waterhoses”. When you get a chance, check it out. An important vitrue in learning the martial arts is, of course, patience. What few know is that patience is equally […]

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, […]


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