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Posts Tagged ‘Martial Arts Mastery

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 […]

The Triple Effort

October 2, 2014

Here’s a quickie for today… Last night I was talking to a young man named Rahsaan, who is an aspiring martial arts teacher. He probably has a few years before I would recommend he round up his family members to invest in a commercial space, but I like his approach to his martial arts education. […]

Why I Won’t Teach My Friend Tim, part II

September 21, 2014

This is a continuation of this post, written yesterday. It might be a little wordy, I wrote it after getting home about 1 a.m., and when I’m sleepy I am both cranky and loquacious. So, back to Tim. No my brother, I won’t teach you. We have been friends for over 25 years, I would […]

Know Your Place (Why I Won’t Teach My Friend Tim)

September 21, 2014

Yesterday I visited a friend of mine who is a unspoken pioneer and martial arts hero in the American martial arts community. Most of you have never heard his name, and will probably never hear his name outside of this blog. Not because of his lack of accomplishments–so you might think if you rely on […]

Sparring with Friends

July 14, 2014

Some random thoughts today… I have made the case often with my martial arts friends, that while sparring with friends and training mates is good–nothing beats the old fashioned fighting competition, regardless of what type of fighting you do. Few martial artists will agree with me. Most who do agree with me, are already competition […]

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