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Why the “Perpetual Student” Is Misguided (10 Steps to Expert)

September 2, 2016

There is a concept often thrown around in the FMA/SEAMA circles (mainly, seminar circles) that I must challenge. In the hopes of maintaining one’s appearance of humility, many claim to be “always a student” of the art. Some use this perpetual status as an explanation for always investing in their video collection and adding yet […]

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 […]

Teaching Patiently (Straw vs. Waterhoses pt II)

February 2, 2015

This message is just as much for my own student-Instructors, as it is for my readers. It is a continuation of this article, entitled “Straw vs. Waterhoses”. When you get a chance, check it out. An important vitrue in learning the martial arts is, of course, patience. What few know is that patience is equally […]

Straw vs. Waterhoses

January 28, 2015

It is no secret, that I am the anti-FMA Grandmaster. I respect them. But I disagree with most of them when concerning teaching the art. The proof is in the pudding, and I support my side of the debate with my claim that I will bet my house on ANY of my instructor level students […]

Teaching Notes for New Teachers of the FMAs

December 17, 2014

Concerning the Art of TEACHING the FMAs… I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that in the Filipino Martial Arts world, we have many ways of teaching fighting and drills but very little addresses how to teach students. We’re not talking about how to teach a seminar; I am referring to lessons on how to […]

Preparing Your Eskrima for the Street

December 9, 2014

Is your Eskrima still “street-effective”? One of the things drawing street defense/self defense enthusiast to the Filipino art is our simplicity and our effectiveness for the average man’s needs. I ask if your FMA is “still” street-effective because over the recent 30 or so years that the FMA has been noticed by the mainstreet, most […]

Learning the Rhythm of Styles (Knife At a Gunfight)

November 12, 2014

I would like to introduce you to a concept that few fighters understand, but many great fighters use to their advantage. There is a little-known characteristic of fighters that few fighters are conscious of, which is the rhythm of styles. A system’s rhythm owes itself to a variety of factors: the culture of the system […]

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 […]

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. […]