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Time for an FMA Revolution, Part II

March 21, 2017

This is a continuation of an article I wrote last year introducing a few suggestions about an “FMA Revolution” I thought should take place. If you hadn’t read it, follow this link and take a look. I think you might see some things that will help you bring your martial arts up to modern times. […]

My Thoughts on Rousey-Nunes (and Cross Training)

January 1, 2017

Let’s take a break from our discussion of FMAs and turn our attention towards MMA for a second. Because of the nature of the modern FMA man’s martial philosophy–one of “learn what works, discard what doesn’t”–this subject is highly appropriate for this blog. On top of that, it is highly relevant to the modern FMA […]

Thoughts on FMA Empty Hand, pt II: “Translating”

October 23, 2016

This article is a continuation of yesterday’s article, answering a reader’s question about the effectiveness of FMA empty hand. If you haven’t read it, please do, because you will need to understand where I am coming from in order to fully grasp what I am saying here. One part of Mike’s question is that he […]

Thoughts on FMA Empty Hand: The Doubter (for Mike Jolly)

October 23, 2016

Ah, that “Fallacy of FMA Empty Hand” article… I thought my Hermit article would be my defining article, yet the Empty Hand article seems to be the one that endears me to my readers–or make me the FMA public enemy #1. No need to fret FMA brothers and sisters, by this time in 2017, I […]

Time for an FMA Revolution

June 1, 2016

Let’s stir things up a bit. Yup, when it comes to stirring the pot, there aren’t too many people other than good ole theKuntawMan for something like that. That FMA Empty Hands article was written in 2009, and it is still the most read article on this blog. It has probably gotten this blog more […]

The “Wrecking” of the Filipino Martial Arts…

April 20, 2016

Social Media is abuzz with anger and hurt feelings, and this time it ain’t because of anything Mustafa Gatdula wrote… 😉 So there is a martial artist named Christophe Clugston who is posting video blogs about the martial arts. From what I can see, he is as true to the spirit of the Filipino martial […]

How Bad Do You Want This Art?

March 19, 2016

Seriously, how bad do you want to learn the FMA? It appears to me that the majority of people studying the Filipino arts don’t have a sincere interest in the art. We’re kind of like the greasy spoon at the corner with the high prices and horrible food. No one really enjoys the service, but […]

The Master Student, pt II (Definitions)

March 12, 2016

Most of the articles on this blog has been directed to fighters (which is what I refer to anyone beyond an intermediate level of training) and teachers of the Filipino arts. It’s time to switch focus toward the beginner and novices. Hopefully those of you who have put some time into the arts will find […]

The Master Student

February 28, 2016

Before you can become a Master Teacher, you must first become a Master Student… ^^ GREAT piece of wisdom, often lost on martial artists. ^^ Years ago, early in my teaching career, I had organized a sparring group in my school in Reisterstown, MD, just outside of Baltimore. We didn’t have many martial arts teachers, […]

Sleeping on Floors, pt IV (Fat Cream/7Eleven Martial Arts)

February 28, 2016

The new age dating game and social media has cheapened relationships these days. There was a time that our parents picked our spouses (at least in my culture they did), and we married them and made it work. Over the course of the marriage even if she was not your Juliet, you treated her like […]