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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 […]

More on FMA Footwork

February 27, 2016

One of the weaknesses in modern martial arts is that the philosophy of fighting is no longer studied. FMA people either delve into fighting, they immerse themselves into philosophy, or they skip both and deal mainly with transmission of the art as a business–which I consider to be the worst of all. Regardless of the […]

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 those […]

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, […]


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