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Posts Tagged ‘Martial Arts Mastery

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 […]

The Graceful Loser (Strongest FMA, pt III)

May 3, 2013

In the search for the “Strongest” FMA, you must not pass over the loser. Let me tell you a story. I arrived in California in January 1999 from Washington, DC. I was very fit, aggressive, and new. As always, I was eager to build my reputation here. Those of you who are Philippine-based know that […]

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 […]

If I Taught Seminars and Made Instructional Videos…

April 30, 2013

I’m really not a jerk. If you ask people who know me personally, they will attest to that. I would say that the only people who think I’m an arrogant bastard with no manners are either folks who haven’t met me yet (and base this opinion on my internet activity and writings) or people who […]

Exceed the Master, pt IV (The Door)

April 29, 2013

Two things: I’ve relocated this part of the series to “Philosophy”, and I am about to ask you to commit martial “blasphemy” Steven Dowd is dedicating an issue to this blog (thanks Steven!) in his FMA newspaper, FMA Informative. If you are unfamiliar with it, I recommend you go over to the site and subscribe. […]

The Tempering (For Pia Cainglet)

April 22, 2013

I had to interrupt my plan for a quick article. I have a student, Pia Cainglet, who has been studying with me for a few years. She has a very busy job and she joined the school at an older age than most new students (actually, she and I are about two weeks apart in […]

Exceed the Teacher, pt III (Two-Way Street)

April 20, 2013

It is said that teaching is a two-way street. How true. I’ve stated in earlier articles that some teachers are more skilled at teaching beginners, some are good at teaching the advanced, and then others excel at teaching teachers–guiding experts and novice teachers to mastery. You have instructors, you have trainers, you have teachers, and […]

When Two Brothers Fight…

April 18, 2013

There is an African proverb a friend read to me years ago: When two brothers fight, a stranger inherits their father’s harvest So much wisdom. As it was explained to me, that in my friends’ culture, fathers rely heavily on the work of the sons to till his crops. The “every-man-for-himself” philosophy that we live […]

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