Filipino Fighting Secrets Live: Techniques and Fighting Strategy (It’s Here!)

Our new book is finally completed!

6 months ago, I promised you all that we would have Filipino Fighting Secrets Live on Hardcopy, and the first book in the series, Techniques and Fighting Strategy, is done and ready for printing!

The controversy over my writing is often that I seem to complain a lot about the problems in the Filipino Martial Arts without offering a solution. I don’t agree, but if you heard about the problem, this is the main part of the solution.

Mainstream FMA media seems to be full of a bunch of copy cats. Sure, there are a few unique products out there, but if you’ve seen one, you darn near seen em all. This book–I guarantee you–is one of a kind. We discuss fighting–mainly, empty handed fighting–from an FMA point of view. I promise, there is no Wing Chun/Jeet Kune Do rip-off here! And what you will get is far better than the old, run-of-the mill, “just throw your Arnis with your hands” mano-mano stuff.

In a nutshell, if you want sound, empty handed fighting advice for your FMAs, look no further.

The book is $30, which is half the price of one class in my school…. and if you order now, you can save $10 if you get a book before March 30th. See the “Offerings” page for info.

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Why Teachers Die with Their Secrets

I would like you to do a little homework before reading this article. But chances are that you won’t, so I’d like you to do the homework after reading this article. It will make much more sense if you do.

The homework:  do a search on my articles about martial arts “secrets”, so that you have my definition of what a martial arts secret is.

Masters dying with their secrets is a really sad thing. Once a master and the knowledge he has to pass down have gone from the earth, something that comes once in a lifetime that may not return for several lifetimes had just been lost nearly forever. Our job as carriers of the torch is to make sure that as much martial knowledge is preserved as possible. Especially when that teacher is your own master, how sad is this, that he would rather die and never pass on the techniques and strategies so dear to him… when there are students in his circle?

Would you like to know why this happens?

This is one of those cultural things that many Western martial artists do not understand about Filipino FMA–and I’m not speaking in racial or ethnic terms, I’m referring to the culture–that are often lost in translation from East to West.  To many Filipino masters, that information they possess is not something you can buy with money, or impart in exchange for magazine articles, seminar tours and things that jingle and fold. These things are family heirlooms–and many many masters have passed over their own sons to teach a more deserving senior student. The kind of art you can’t buy with money is the best kind you can find. Show me techniques that you see on 90% of the DVDs on the Filipino martial arts market, and I will show you garbage FMA. If these things are readily available on youtube, it’s there because it’s worth is paid for by everyone who sees it. The kind of knowledge you should be looking for won’t be found in Black Belt magazine ads or bought with your Paypal accounts… it must be paid for with your blood, sweat, tears and loyalty. They are the unique applications of common techniques that only certain masters know. Perhaps it is a number one strike and you’ve seen it on Master Presas or Inosanto’s video… but what this master has is a small twist you’d never seen before, and you better not put it on youtube. I am talking about a special way to attack the opponent when he has the weapon and you don’t. The method of putting a guy on his ass when you’re at a disadvantage. That striking combination he used to successfully in umpteen matches; although it looks so simple and common, he has a reason why it’s so unique…. and he’s going to share it with you.

There are those who will ridicule this kind of knowledge, and dismiss it. How many times have I been laughed at by infants in the FMAs who say that my assertions of FMA secrets are hogwash. Those who think that if it’s not taught in a seminar or sold on the internet, he doesn’t want it. Ignore those guys, they are a dime a dozen–as is the McScrima and Burger Kali he’s practicing.

The masters who hold on to their secrets do so because they came across this knowledge after a lot of effort. Some traveled to study with a master, others had a chance meeting. And others came up with these techniques themselves after reflecting on a match or while contemplating “what ifs” during practice. These are, in fact, original ideas and techniques–although others may have come up with the same thing–and they are as unique to each master as his own fingerprint. Some of the knowledge is extremely profound, while others are just slightly unique. But all of it is held very dear to these teachers, and they are looking for the right person, the right situation and the perfect time–to share it.

And sadly, many of their students are present, but absent.

They have students who have potential to be great, but they are distracted away from their martial arts. I know a man who is the grandmaster of his teacher’s art after his passing. His master lamented to my uncle once that even his student (who would be grandmaster) is too awed by another style to carry the torch once he passed on. He thought this student to be too weak, to easily impressed, and too distracted by the world of the martial arts. Yet he still crowned this man with the title, “grandmaster”, although he thought him to be unworthy. Without a doubt, the late grandmaster did not show everything to him, as he most likely felt the information would be wasted on one who was so fascinated by someone else’s art. How sad.

In my grandfather’s last year, he made me vow to come to my mother’s house every Saturday for sparring with him. He had some techniques I had asked about in the past, but never showed me. However, at 21 years old, I was working full-time for the first time, had bought my first sports car, and had started teaching classes on a military base which paid pretty well (at least it felt like I was making money). I failed to come every Saturday in the beginning, and as the summer went on, my grandfather lured me to the house with more and more techniques that I had never seen before. He was explaining more of what he had been doing over the years in our sparring matches–where in the past he would just scoff and tell me to practice, he was now telling me stories about how he came up with these techniques and who taught him others. I realized that I was getting something valuable, and adjusted my priorities, and began becoming more consistent–even staying at my mother’s house days at a time to learn as much as I can. He did tell me that he had more, but to visit my uncle when I could, and within a few months of his return to the Philippines, he died. I am not satisfied that I had learned all I should have, and I lament that I took my training for granted and failed to take good notes. I know, because he told me himself–that my grandfather died with some secrets that I will never be able to recover.

Today, I have the same situation. I have been wanting to leave Sacramento, California for about two years. Because of this, I have been planning a trips to Latin America, West Africa and the Middle East to take my martial arts abroad. At the same time, I have been prepping my senior students to learn the rest of my art and my knowledge, and getting them ready to move forward without me. The sad thing is that I can barely get students together at the same time to share. So what we end up with is two or three guys with this knowledge, another two or three with that knowledge, and so on, and everyone has different pieces of my styles. I must admit, that if I am expecting 6 guys and two show up, I am not interested in teaching what I planned to teach. The rest that I have left can only be taught one way, which is the way I was taught this knowledge–in sparring. I cannot video tape it for them. I cannot “write the techniques down”, as I am often asked to do. I teach my art hands-on, and if the mood is not right–no one will get it.

And I’m not crazy. Teachers all over have to have the mood right, if they are going to pass this stuff down. ‘The valuable kind of knowledge they hold on to until the very end is not going to be taught in a Wednesday night class with everybody else. And if the student doesn’t seem like he’s giving his full attention, or dedicated to the knowledge, or appreciates the teaching–the master will clam up.

At the same time, Masters need to know that the art they are imparting will have done with it what they want done with it. If they have sometimey students, or students who are just trying to pad a resume, or students who are a weak example of that master’s teaching, he may not be willing to share.

Bottom line, when you are in the presence of a true master, you have to slow down and take the time to dedicate yourself to the training. It may not be the flashiest stuff seen on the net. It may not come as fast as a two-hour kung fu movie. But these old men’s eyes have forgotten more in their lifetimes than you have ever seen. If you bypass them to chase after something that is mass-marketed, you just might miss the kind of martial arts that comes along once every few lifetimes. Don’t take your masters for granted.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

The Importance of Developing a Good Punch for the FMA Fighter

I am going to try a different style of communicating with my readers. And whether you like me or not–if you read my blog–you are one of my readers. So, I’ve been told that I am heavy-handed with FMA practitioners (you should see how I treat Kung Fu people!), that my words sting, and I sound as if I don’t like FMAs. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. I love the Filipino Martial Arts. And I want to see the FMAs improve. I really can’t stand that I think I can whup on most of the FMA people I see; I would love to see more tougher Arnisadors out there. However, it seems that FMA people are more into looking deadly and looking like fighters, than they are into being deadly fighters. And the easiest thing they need to do that will get their heads out the sand as see reality–fight–they aren’t willing to do.

So, they’d rather talk about fighting on the internet. They’d rather look at youtube clips and pat some guys on the back for being “deadly”, while others who put up the same damned techniques will be ridiculed. I wonder what they’d do if one of those they laugh at actually showed up on their doorstep…

Anyway, my supporters have asked me to go a little easier on FMA people and try my best not to offend or ruffle feathers. My critiques should read more like “helpful suggestions” or “advice”, like I was fucking Oprah or something. Funny, every article on this blog is offering advice. But I guess some of my readers want me to rub their bellies and kiss them on the forehead while I offer my advice.

Well, my name is Guro Mustafa, not Father Mustafa. Nevertheless, here we go…

So, the FMA fighter must understand the importance of developing a good, strong punch. All the combinations in the world won’t matter if the single, well-placed, unanswered punch is not damaging enough to break bones or smash meat. Too much time is spent on trying to punch in cadence with some rhythm, or trying to defend the punches with as many “translations” and variations as possible. FMA people try to link punching with swinging a stick or cutting with a knife, when only the crude movements are similar; the two are completely different animals. Not enough time is spent understanding the dynamics of punching, nor is enough time spent simply punching. I know that most of you reading this blog will never do the obvious thing to do if you really want to understand punching–which is to train in a boxing gym for 6 months. Because of that, I will do my best to explain as best I can in very generic terms without “teaching by blog”.

Understand how to hit your opponents

I know. This rule sounds awfully simple, and you already know how to hit an opponent, right? Wrong.

If you want to see where you stand with this knowledge, I challenge you to tie one hand behind your back or tuck it in your belt, and then spar with a guy allowed to do anything. All you are allowed to do is to punch him with that one hand. It’s not very easy. But if you understand all about punching, that extra hand and what your opponent is allowed to do have nothing to do with being able to use your one fist. If you know how to punch a moving, combative opponent, then the other hand isn’t really needed. If your knowledge of footwork and timing is well-connected to your punching skill, how far he is and the fact that he can kick and you can’t won’t matter. If you understand how to use your body and angle it so that you can land your punch–and if you know how to use those punches as a counter to your opponent’s attacks–none of those things matter.

The bottom line is that you must have developed your punching skills to the point that you can handicap yourself and use only your hands (or one hand) and fight another fighter regardless of what he does.

But most martial artists, FMA people in particular, see fighting in terms of “range”. I am in punching range so I will use my punches. I am in kicking range, so I will use my kicks. Blah blah blah. No. You must be able to use the weapons you choose to employ regardless of where the opponent is and what he is doing.

Question. Do you think you can whip Manny Pacquiao?

Is he a good puncher?

If you came at him, how will he attack you?

If you kicked him, how will he attack you?

If you came at him with a stick, how will he attack you?

If you came at him with a knife, how will he attack you?

If you came at him with punches, do you think you had a snowball’s chance in hell to whip him?

Wanna know why?

Because Manny Pacquiao is a punching expert. Regardless of the fact that he is a boxer, Pacman is a puncher, and he will use that skill to everything you throw at him, including the kitchen sink. He got to that level of skill by fully understanding the skill that he chooses to specialize in, and I guarantee you, he will use that skill successfully.

If you are to have good, not-just-practical-but-dominant use of your fists, you must study punching as if there were no other option in a fight. And when you have this level of understanding of how to use your fists… then you are ready to move on to other stuff. Most of you… excuse me (in my Oprah voice), most of US, have not allowed ourselves to develop this level of understanding of anything in our arsenal because we are too busy adding tricks and failing to stop long enough to study the weapons we already have in our tool box.

And I mean this:  if anyone reading this blog would spend 6 months training with me just one day a week, I will get you to that level of understanding. And this is a money-back guarantee. You will not find it on youtube. You won’t get it in a seminar, and I don’t care if it was taught by the guy who use to do Bruce Lee’s laundry–you won’t get it. You can’t get it on a video. Try me.

Next point.

Understand Power Mechanics

You must be able to differentiate between punching for accuracy and punching for destruction. There are levels in between, but we won’t get into those on this blog. There are differences between a hook to the chin and a hook to the neck, just like there is a difference between punching to knock a guy down, and punching to kill a man. The next level to your knowledge and development of punching skill is knowing how to generate and multiply power, while not allowing the fluctuation in power levels to affect your technique. If you let power level change your delivery of a punch, your opponent will know when it’s coming and will be ready to defend from it. There are very small movements and nuances to power punching that will completely change the way those punches are used and delivered, and you must be able to throw them on demand with ease. This is all I will say on this subject.

Except this:  An ample amount of time must be spent developing the powerful version of each punch in your arsenal, including the often dismissed backfist. You must be able to knock a man clean out with every single punch your keep in your toolbox. And in order to develop this level of power you have to know how to use power mechanics as well as when to use them. I would say about a third to half of your training in the beginning of a fighter’s learning career should be spent on this aspect of punching, and then once it’s developed, you can reduce it to maybe 10% of your time to maintain skills.

Okay, we are up to 1300 words, so I am going to close here. Expect a part II to this article. Thank you for visiting my blog. And look out for my new book on “Fighting Techniques”! Coming soon!

Importance of Training Around Power

One of the most important methods you can use to prepare your fighters for combat is to have them train “around” power.

Why “around” power?

This is what I mean:  Fighters and students must learn to harness power, utilize power mechanics, stop power, redirect power, control power, manipulate power, withstand power.

The FMA man is always calling himself a “weapons” expert, yet he rarely practices with power. Barring certain styles of blades and sticks, what good is a weapon if it is not wielded with power? We cannot assume the machete will cause major damage just because it is a heavy blade, or the cocobolo stick will break bones simply because it is a strong wood. Just because our Guro taught us a block, or a pass/check, a redirection–that the technique will work. Opponents do not strike the way your classmates strike. If you do not prepare for the frenzied unpredictability of the untrained man’s attack, a simple increase in power from the levels you are accustomed to will ensure the failure of 99% of what you have practiced in training. Weapons–especially blunt weapons–are pointless without the inclusion of power. You must not only practice the strikes and attacks in your system, but you must frequently practice those attacks with good, raw power. And you must do this far more often than you practice intricate movements. For some reason, too many FMA people prefer to emphasize the tricky movements over the crude movements that cause the most damage.

I will give you two tests. Try them, and you tell me.

  1. Take your stick and go to your punching bag or Wavemaster. Execute 250 power strikes against this bag. (FYI, this is half of what I require of my advanced beginners to practice with) If you have the kind of power I believe the stickfighter should have, your 250th strike will have the same amount of power as the first.
  2. Take a stick combination that you practice regularly. If you do double stick (I don’t), take a sinawali combination. Execute the combo full power 5 times, as quickly as you can. You tell yourself (1) if each strike you just threw had fight-stopping power, and (2) if this type of practice would help you increase your lethal potential in combat, or if it would make any difference at all.

If my test left you feeling like your technique needs no improvement, then hit <back space> 3 times and stop wasting your time on my blog; I don’t have anything useful for you. But if you feel like what you just did fails my test–and you want to improve on what you’re doing, then read on.

  • fighters must spend a majority of training time learning to destroy things with his strikes. too often, FMA people are walking around with perceived skill, but in reality, they only have power with basically two or three angled strikes. and what of the rest of his martial knowledge? just sitting there, waiting to be used for a demo, or practiced with a partner somewhere… but never to run the risk of taking an opponent out when it really counts.
  • you must be able to have bone crushing power with every strike in your arsenal.
  • you must be able to posses this kind of power in every strike in every combination. notice I did not say “use this kind of power in every strike…” I am saying that you must be able to pull out full power on every strike whenever you want. too many people do not have access to this ability.
  • power should never hinder speed, timing and accuracy very much. many people either have good accuracy, good speed, good timing, or full power–rarely all at the same time.
  • your blocking technique must have been practiced against full power strikes, or they will be useless. how many times have I heard an FMA guy say, “you dont have to practice against full power strikes in order to have effective blocks in combat”, but they are not willing to test that theory against my strikes.
  • blocking a full power strike should never hinder your movement, your follow up, your counter attack, or your concentration.
  • you must practice against heavy-handed partners until their heavy handedness does not affect your intentions or performance. often I will see men do well in casual practice just to be thrown off by a change in power. power should never be a bad thing.
  • make sure that as a teacher, you have worked with both the deliverer as well as the recipient of power so that you can tell your students all about it.
  • understand how to teach power mechanics–how to generate more power when necessary. this is an important piece of saying that you “know” a technique. and you will need to know more than just “hit harder”. there is so much more to power than just that!
  • when fighters are accustomed to power–both using power and defending against it–they are more prepared for fighting.

Doing this will help your fighters increase the natural level of destructibility they possess with their body type. Power is too often ignored or discounted by the FMArtist. And if you do not work with power regularly, it will not be accessible to you when you need it.

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Don’t Split the Hands

I want to tell you about a technique I learned to use on my own, which violates a rule that perhaps most fighters adhere to. It worked for me because I am a shorter fighter, and although my reach is at a disadvantage–my footwork allows me to make this work. This is especially related to the FMA fighter, as we are taught to fight off of angles, so this technique should fit right in with your existing fighting styles.

In boxing there is a saying that straight punches should “split the hands”. Basically, there is always an opening in the opponent’s guard when you learn to split the opponents hands with your own punch. Regardless of how your opponent holds his guard, unless your opponent is holding a “shoulder roller’s position” (George Foreman/Floyd Mayweather), he can only bring his fists together and the shape of his forearms will form an inverted “V”. When you throw a straight punch, you will aim for the opening in the forearms as high as you can, and force your punch to “split” his hands. This will allow you to hit the target although he tries to close his guard. Especially if you are fighting with gloves (gloves get slippery with sweat and are bulky and bigger than fists), this technique works well.

Well, let’s break from sparring and ring fighting and look at the real fight.

What can you hit? Are we only shooting for the chin, the mouth, the nose and the eyes? No. You can hit the throat, the collarbone, the side of the jaw, the side of the neck, the cheekbone, the ear, the space below the ears, the corner of the eye sockets, even the shoulders. With such great targets, there is no reason to limit yourself to just one method of using your straight punches.

Here’s the method.  Instead of splitting the hands, you will direct your punches in a straight line over the opponents guards, and behind his fists. This sounds awkward, but if you have a better position to fire from, then it is very easy. The difficult thing is to get there.

Look for my articles on Footwork, and you will see that I’m talking about. You want to maneuver yourself to a position where your front foot is behind your opponent’s front foot, and then shoot your punch to the target from behind or over his guard. So, instead of splitting the hands you will be punching around them. It is a simple concept and you will find that your landing ratio will increase; and you will frustrate the hell out of your opponents.

Here are some important and tips and rules:

  • mix up the targets. try not to become predictable because your opponent’s defense gets easier when you hit the same targets. blocking the ear is very difficult if you are not used to doing so in practice. pop him there a couple of times, then hit his shoulder–hard. then the jaw, then split the hands… you get it? make your punches land all over the place. in the rapid pace of a real fight, your opponent won’t have time to think or plan–so you will be even more successful–and then take him out.
  • always hit in 2s and 3s. I cannot stress this enough. it’s so easy to block one punch at a time, but 2 and 3 are nearly impossible.
  • mix your traps/checks and punches. this isn’t a boxing match. take a 1-2-3 combination:  instead of jab-cross-lead or jab-cross-hook, try a trap (the hand)-cross-hook. or a jab-check-lead. replace your second punch with hooking the opponent’s guard. or slap the hand. those things are very confusing to an opponent, and mainly because no one is doing them. what is everyone doing? exactly what you’re doing right now…
  • do you know why I don’t split the hands as much? because everyone trains to slap-block a punch. either it’s slap to the center with the front hand, or slap to the outside with the back hand. by hitting from the outside, your opponent is now experiencing something he hadn’t practiced much in training and sparring. so now you know.
  • if you were ever going to use a leg kick, now is the time. do it after popping your opponent with good, solid punches from a superior firing position–he will have no defense from it. why? because he is too busy defending from your punches.

There isn’t much to this technique. It is a simple one that you can learn in a matter of minutes, but it will take hours of sparring with it to do it with proficiency. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. And if you are in the Sacramento area and either want to test this skill, or need a better explanation, or you’re just not convinced this technique works–make an appointment to see me, I’d be glad to show you how it’s done.

Thanks for visiting my blog. And don’t forget to check out my book, Mustafa Gatdula’s How to Build a Dominant Fighter in 12 months! Look for it on the “Offerings” page!

Thoughts On FMA Empty Hand, pt II

Although 75% of the articles on this blog is offering ways to improve your FMA, people are complaining that my blog is too negative. (Oh? Would you like some cheese to go with that whine? Sorry, couldn’t resist) So I’ve been asked by my own students to give the solution–or possible solutions–to what is lacking in FMA empty hand.

I’ve said these things hundreds of times on this blog, I’m sure. But here goes:

  • FMA people must spend more time on basic skill development. Not drills. Not prearranged counter and defense. Basics. Skills. Development of those basics and skills. They must take each type of hit, each type of kick, each individual skill and work them to exhaustion… a lot. You must refine your technique. You must develop accuracy to land these hits while moving and while being attacked. You must develop power mechanics with each skill and technique, and understand the difference between a jab and a power jab. No, it is not “jabbing with power”. But like I said many times before, this blog is meant to cause discussion and reflection, not to teach. Learn all you can about each skill and each basic technique and refine them.
  • You must be a student of fight strategy. Not drawing board fantasizing. Not “if he does this I can do that”. You must learn the methods of attack, the methods of counter attack, the types of fighters and how to beat them, and study how to force an opponent to do what you want him to do. Trust me, I have seen darn near every FMA video on the market and NO ONE teaches this. You must go to a teacher to learn it, and then be a true technical fight scientist.
  • You have to engage in matches. Call it what the hell you want–tournaments, scrimmages, challenge matches, death matches (lol)–but you need to engage in them. Preferably with people who don’t know you. Preferably with people who want to dog you out and prove that your art is bs. You guys spend too much time shying away from these forums, and you have too many damned reasons NOT to fight. Tournaments aren’t real enough. Too many rules. Can’t kill anybody in tournaments. Nothing to prove. Over my dead body. Shit like that.
  • You must have had enough of a variety of opponents and situations that you can bridge the gap between sport and practice and real fights. Too many of you don’t have this balance. All sport, no “realism” (whatever the hell that is). All practice and no sport. All streetfights/real fights for your life (lol) and no practice or sport. Sport is the safest place you have defend your way of doing this while still being in a venue you can learn from and still experience the rush of losing/winning or kicking ass/getting your ass kicked. You must have balance, and them fights you had in high school or when you were working as a bouncer in a night club damn near don’t count.
  • You must have had so many of these “practice sessions” that it would not bother you to be called to the carpet to prove yourself. That is something that every boxer has that you don’t. Even basketball players know how to handle a guy who says, “I’m better than you.” Emotionally, you are not ready to be a fighter although you call yourself one. It must be a drop in the bucket for you to hear a guy question your way of doing things, and you should enjoy the opportunity. This can only happen when you have had your own experiences to brag about, and is extremely necessary for you to elevate your fighting style.

So, I hope you’re not disappointed. You probably were hoping for a youtube clip you could make fun of, or see a technique you’ve never learned before that you could copy and show to the boys next time you are fooling around in the gym. Not at all. I am not a showman. My art is for my students and my friends. If you want to see what I’m made of… really see what I’m made of, plan a trip to Sacramento or catch me on the East Coast. I announce it every single time I travel and I always end up hooking up with non-FMA people. I would love to have the opportunity to prove my point.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Thoughts on FMA Empty Hand

I am going to have to remember this date:  February 15th, the day after Valentine’s Day. Boy, did I accomplish my secondary mission in the FMAs. We had the highest number of hits in one day on this blog, because of this article, entitled “Fallacy of Empty Handed FMAs”. My mission was simple:

  1. Teach my styles of martial arts and make the best possible students I can, and
  2. to lay the groundwork so that the Filipino Martial Arts can be restored to a place of respect in the Martial Arts community.

You guys don’t realize this, but you just got your wake-up call. The most important four words any martial artist could ever hear in his career:  Your art is inferior. Some martial artists welcome these words, and most fear them.

Why? Because there is only one logical answer to that statement and that is to PROVE the statement is false. You guys have been hanging out in online forums too long, hanging around friends and patting each other on the back, being too damned chummy and non-confrontational. So it made you weak, and made your arts weaker. And worst of all, it’s made your skin so thin you want to cry foul whenever someone insults your art.

What does a real fighter do when somebody says, “I can beat you”?

He sets out to prove that you can’t.

And what does the FMA guy do? He goes on Facebook and whines to his girlfriends about what an asshole you are. He goes to your website to look for holes in your bio that he can ridicule and try to question the validity of. He calls other girls on the phone and tries to find out what he can, so he can feel better. He wants to question your credibility, your rank, your knowledge, even your fucking existence. And why all of that work? Because the one thing he is supposed to do as a fighter–kick MY ass–he isn’t willing to do.

Have I been challenged before? All the time, you guys have no frigging idea. Have people shown up to my school to fight me (or bring students to fight my students)?  Yup. Have they gotten matches from us? Every damned time.

Now ask me how many were FMA guys. Wait, one… and you’d never believe who he is.

That’s right, kids… NONE.

So now you want to figure out who has gotten matches, right? You want to see if I’m lying? I challenge you, contact them yourself:

  • The late Frank Waller and his students (Rancho Cordova)
  • Thomas Gibbs (East Wind Martial Arts, Sacramento, CA)
  • Students of Uriah Faber
  • Master Don Bitanga (Baltimore)
  • Michael Ajay (Sacramento)
  • Greg Alland
  • Deathkido members Norman Charles and others (Baltimore… thought I was lying, didn’t you?)
  • Wayne Hatcher (Sacramento, school is called “Scorpion”-something)
  • Tae Kuk Mu Sul (Citrus Heights, CA)
  • Students of Master Eddie Chong
  • Students of Cedric and Cliff Robinson (Robinson’s Tae Kwon Do, Sacramento)
  • Robert Dosty and his students

I’m getting bored. I didn’t ask any of these gentlemen’s permission and so they don’t know you’re going to call. But humor me. If you think I’m fake, call them or email em.

Now, people who can verify that I am a martial artist, and what type of martial artist I am. I’m sure you are hoping I don’t know what I’m doing… after all, you’ve never heard of me right? Perhaps you’ve heard of a few of these people:

  • Eddie Chong
  • Greg Alland
  • Apolo Lladra
  • Mike Ocampo
  • Robin Taberna
  • GM Ed Bansuelo
  • Chuck Perry (Alexandria, LA)
  • Master Raymond Wong
  • Master Deric Johnson
  • Grandmaster Dennis Brown (yes, that Dennis Brown)
  • Grandmaster Carlito Lanyada
  • Master Boggs Lao
  • Master Don Bitanga
  • Master Joey Paman
  • Master Emilio Labarcon (Bay Area, California)
  • Master Carlito Bonjoc
  • Grandmaster Diony Canete
  • Guy Kinanahan (I call him “master” but he doesn’t like the term)

That’s it… No more. I feel like I’m catering to kids. You have enough. Now the question is… why go through all of that, when there are people right here in my town who can “check me out”? Why ask me to post a youtube clip? Why imply that my history is false? Why call me a troll? Why ridicule me on the net from the safety of friends and your computers, when all my information is on my websites?

Because when a martial artist’s fighting skills are not up to par, when his knowledge is weak, he will emphasize other things like rank, lineage, and amiability. Are you serious? By how likeable and respectful I am? You’re kidding.

So, this article was supposed to be a “positive one” and not “negative”. I’ve been asked by my students not to be so darned grumpy in my writings and give tips and helpful hints, like I was some type of fucking Martial Stewart or something.

Before we can start to fix something, you will have to first acknowledge that it needs fixing. FMA people aren’t willing to admit that they don’t know if their empty hand is functional because they simply don’t fight with it. We have to first (if my tips and advice is to be, excuse me… “helpful”…) admit that you even NEED tips. And as always, if you are local, and anything on this blog needs clarification, or you aren’t convinced that my advice works or will work–email me and arrange for a match (excuse me, demonstration) and I will gladly show you in person. I mean that. Ace Goldsby, you are the man. You’re the only guy to show up and ask for a match after reading my work. I’ll ask him to post his info if anyone would like to verify that he exists. If you’re in town, I’ll even let you meet him when he comes to class. He’ll even spar you, I’m sure.

Without further a due, the tips.

But next article. 😉

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