Happy September everyone!
So I’m sure you guys missed me, as much as I’ve missed you all… These last few years have been tough–I became a widower in 2014, the security side of my business picked up immediately after so the boost in income was bittersweet. I made the difficult decision to take a step back from teaching; I closed my hands in 2015 and turned the teaching over to my students in order to focus on working towards retirement. This required long hours which took me away from the physical aspects of teaching while simultaneously giving me even more time to reflect and ponder upon the martial arts. You will notice a change of heart for many things that served as the pillar to my martial arts philosophy in the upcoming articles and books. They may even contradict much of what I’d written in the past. However, as the late, great Muhammad Ali once said, a man who sees boxing the same way at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. We must all go through this process, as it is through chaos and conflict that greatness may spark creativity and growth.
As I had pictured my life for most of my adult life I am now retired, although without my wife and children. I am back in the Philippines with the same mission I started in life as a young Black Belter in 1990. I had a plane ticket to America, with the equivalent of about $2000 to my name, these skills where I thought I could whip any man with two hands and two feet, and the dream of making a huge noise in the West that would echo back to my double hometowns of San Fernando and Angeles City. Today, I am 29 years older, just as broke (hehe), with fewer skills but double the knowledge and wisdom. We will see what type of noise I can make here in the East!
This year, I will be laying low until the New Year while I fix up my kubo (and try to located better internet) and get my body back healthy and strong. We are about to put these training theories to the test; I’d been fortunate enough to have good genes and remained in good shape until well into my 40s. However, the last few years took its toll and I’m feeling more and more like a 50 year old man. The next six months will be spent writing and training, and hopefully building back this blog’s readership. So those of you who are still with me–spread the word! Share my articles, even go back and reread some past articles, maybe even some you may have missed. I promise you, there will be plenty to come, including YouTube videos(see? I told you much has changed!)… Yes, you read that right: YouTube videos!
I have five books that are partially written, so much time will be spent finishing those projects up, so look out in the next few months. My deal with Amazon is not so sweet, so everything will be on pdf until I can find a publisher here in the Philippines. Altogether, there about 20 titles that will be expanded into books in the next few years. For sure, five–as they have already been started and just need a little TLC. Also on the list–a training DVD, maybe two. I don’t want to say too much about that, so rather than make announcements, I’ll leave it at that and make moves.
For those interested in learning my Kung Fu style–Jow Ga–we will be starting training chapters in several cities in Central Luzon. This is completely separated from my FMA, as I promised my late Kung Fu master to never combine his art with other systems. Look for announcements on this blog for mid to late 2020. FMAs will be available as well, and perhaps a training camp or two throughout the year… All styles, ranks, and backgrounds welcome!
Finally, here is an offer. All of my books will be on sale until further notice, PDF copies only. Take a look at what I’ve got on the “Offerings” page and place your order. The two business titles (Make a Living and Eight Tips) will be available for $5 each, and the three titles (Dominant Fighter, Philosophy, and Teaching Philosophy) will all be offered for $15 each. We may let this run for 30 days or 90 days, so don’t procrastinate!
I have a few surprises that I’ll tell you about in the next few weeks. Make sure you subscribe and keep checking back with me. Trust me–you are going to love it.
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