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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 […]

Lessons from the Tim Waid Experience

February 24, 2014

This is sure to be a controversial article, although it does not intend to be one. I have written a few articles about severing familial relationships within the martial arts–the Filipino Martial Arts, in particular. And let’s put this out up front. I strongly disagree with teachers awarding rank and then taking it away–even the […]

Lessons from Middle School Wrestling

February 11, 2014

A little personal information on me. I’ve been married 7 times, and have three kids with two of those wives. My oldest son, Abdul Khaliq (we call him Kali), lives with me full time. Recently, he and my daughter (she isn’t competing because she broke her ankle) have been on a wrestling kick and my […]

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, […]

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