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Posts Tagged ‘super techniques

The Level V Guro

January 24, 2016

If you haven’t gotten a copy of my book, teaching philosophy, you should get it on Amazon. Extremely vital to the survival of the FMAs, but ignored and often taken for granted, the art of teaching the martial arts can mean the difference between an art that grows and prospers versus one that simply exists. […]

The Hierarchy of FMA’s Teaching Class

January 18, 2016

Some of you may dismiss this discussion as a matter of semantics, but this really is serious business. All who teach the arts are not created equal, and what separates us is so much more than which styles we offer or who taught us. Today, I would like to introduce a few of these things […]

On Filipino “Ninjas”

January 15, 2016

I’m just kidding. ;-) I couldn’t think of a catchy title, and I was sitting here wasting time. Just figured I’d type something that would get your attention (I now hear they call that “click-bait” in the cyberbusiness world). So before you guys go run and tell your girlfriends on Facebook or MyFMAchat or whatever […]

Many Paths: The Middle Ground Approach to Eskrima, pt II

January 3, 2016

AKA “Create Your Own Path”. AKA “Many Roads to the Same Destination”. AKA “NO Way as Way”. Something about experienced martial artial artists vs inexperienced martial artists, and so-called “cocky/arrogant” martial artists vs insecure/unsure martial artists… They will always point the fingers at each other and disagree, arguing endlessly. Why does the debate last forever? […]

The Middle Ground Approach to Eskrima

December 31, 2015

If you were to go back in time, to the days when the great pre-Colonial Filipino warriors walked the earth, do you believe your combat skills would look like theirs? Would Lapu Lapu recognize the sinawali or your favorite sumbrada drills? Would you feel confident defending your family against the muskets and razor sharp swords […]

Missing Pieces of Modern Eskrima Practice

December 23, 2015

This topic may become a series, as I have much to say on the subject. Look for future posts, and if you see this title again–“Missing Pieces of Modern Eskrima Practice”–you may notice that I’ll have added part II, part III, etc., to the end of the title. I fancy myself an “Old School” Eskrimador, […]

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 […]


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