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Posts Tagged ‘Martial Arts Mastery

Path To the Perfect Martial Arts Student (A Series)

June 19, 2016

Can you believe that I wrote 900 words of this article–and then LOST it??? Starting over. And boy I am NOT very happy about this. I need a new computer, jeez. Happy Fathers Day. *fuming* Today is the perfect day to introduce this subject. I first had planned to write this series as a book […]

“There Are NO Qualified Masters In My Town…”

June 18, 2016

I would like to introduce you to a very old tradition in the Filipino arts, but it will sounds very foreign or strange to you. Western FMA students have it so good. You can shop teachers around, look up their histories, look up the systems you are thinking about studying. Hell, you can even go […]

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 Problem with Being Polite

May 11, 2016

A Filipino martial arts philosophy that you might notice, but never hear discussed, is the absence of politeness from some parts of the FMA experience. Ask a master about it, and he will never admit that this is true. But observe him, and you will quickly notice that Filipino martial arts teachers are rarely polite […]

The Quickest Route

May 9, 2016

The Filipino martial arts is unique, compared to most other types of fighting arts because unlike Chinese Wushu and Tae Kwon Do–most new students to the FMAs are older and arrive from other styles. Few children are drawn to Arnis and Eskrima outside the Philippines mostly because of unfamiliarity due to the limited attention the […]

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 arts […]

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 […]