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More on FMA Footwork

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 27, 2016

More on FMA Footwork

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 27, 2016

The Level V Guro

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 betwee...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 24, 2016

The Level V Guro

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 betwee...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 24, 2016

The Hierarchy of FMA’s Teaching Class

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 lik...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 18, 2016

The Hierarchy of FMA’s Teaching Class

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 lik...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 18, 2016

On Filipino “Ninjas”

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 wo...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 15, 2016

On Filipino “Ninjas”

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 wo...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 15, 2016

Many Paths: The Middle Ground Approach to Eskrima, pt II

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 3, 2016

Many Paths: The Middle Ground Approach to Eskrima, pt II

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 3, 2016

The Middle Ground Approach to Eskrima

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 f...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 31, 2015

The Middle Ground Approach to Eskrima

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 f...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 31, 2015

Missing Pieces of Modern Eskrima Practice

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 I...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 23, 2015

The Power of Specializing in the FMA

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 thi...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Nov 3, 2015

Eskrima Broken Rhythm Attack

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. A...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Oct 27, 2015

On Martial Arts Alliances

There are many roads to the top of a mountain, and likewise–there are many paths to perfection and mastery of the martial arts. One of the most underused and misused of these paths is the Martial Arts Alliance or Organization. Sadly, the ones m...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 23, 2015

The Illusion of the Old Warrior Past His Prime

I’ve said it many times on this blog–that my favorite boxer is “The Executioner” Bernard Hopkins. I see in him many of the qualities of a true martial arts fighter-teacher, and I consider him a Master Boxer. If you are around...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 22, 2015

The Illusion of the Old Warrior Past His Prime, pt II

My grandfather had told me to look for old warriors along my martial arts journey, and to learn from them where I could. I discovered that many of these old men still possessed their fighting skills, and were very happy to oblige when I would ask for...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 22, 2015

Gatekeepers of the Lineages (Bahala Na, Serrada and Presas)

Some feelings might get hurt on this one. I decided to tag the four systems in the title of this article (Presas, meaning Remy as well as his brother Ernesto) for a reason:  I know people on several sides of the debates in these systems and have som...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 12, 2015

Teaching Patiently (Straw vs. Waterhoses pt II)

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 2, 2015


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