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The Mean and Nasty Old Master, pt II

I want to talk a little more about one of my favorite people in the world:  Old people. I was partially raised by my grandparents, as my mother could not afford child care in those days. My grandfather, then, took that opportunity to hijack my life...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 27, 2013

Taste EVERY Ingredient (Skipping Grades, pt IV)

By the time we get done with this series, you will notice something. I’m not going to explain it right now, because FMA students today are way too anxious to get to the back of the novel. Although the average person who reads this blog is likel...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 24, 2013

The Novice Student (Skipping Grades pt III)

This is a continuation of my series on How to Study the FMAs. The last installment is located here. If you notice, I named the series “Skipping Grades”, rather than “How to Study”. Ever wonder why? It’s because martial a...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 22, 2013

Beware of the Orphan

The Quran warns us to be kind to orphans and treat them justly. These are the most vulnerable of us:  the orphan is parentless and has no one to protect him or speak for him with the fervor that a mother or father would. The orphan is often poor and...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 22, 2013

Can’t Steal This Glory

Recently I have had some conversation with a young teacher who is hoping to open his own school and teach a fusion of the various systems he has studied over the years. I certainly have some reservations about his age and level of experience before s...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 22, 2013

The Mean and Nasty Old Master

This will be really quick. I am sure I’ve posted on this subject several times before, but I felt compelled to write on it one more time. Experience has told me that when I meet a rude, nasty old man who appears to not want new students–I...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 11, 2013

Forgotten Key to Dominance in Street Self Defense, Pt I

One of my frequent debates is over the subject of self-defense. In this series, I’d like to introduce my basic approach to preparing students for Street Self-Defense Dominance. We often get potential students who will come in and tell us someth...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 6, 2013

Exceed the Teacher

I have long held the opinion that the best teachers train his students to beat him. Many take pride in saying that they could never best their masters, as if to say that “My teacher was so good, even as an old man–he could beat me and all...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 5, 2013

Learn to Fight by Fighting *Back*

A week ago I was talking to a gentleman who is returning to martial arts training after about 20 years of a layoff. From what he tells me, the school he belonged to in the early 90s was a good one. While still commercial (I believe the teacher’...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 5, 2013

The Higher Form of Martial Arts

I started to name this article “The Highest Form of Martial Arts” after a conversation I overheard today. I was reading a book today (The Essential Rumi, if you must know. I happen to love poetry) and engrossed in trying to make sense of...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 18, 2012

The Master Student (Skipping Grades pt II)

Much has been written on the subject of teaching the martial arts, and even more has been written about the technical and historical sides of the Martial Arts (even the Filipino Martial Arts)–but very little has been written on teaching the Fil...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 13, 2012

Skipping Grades

I recall a story I read in a book on leadership: On a man’s first day on the job as a new manager, his CEO invited him into the office for a short meeting, welcoming the young man to the world of leadership. Eager to learn, he listened intently...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 6, 2012

Starting from Scratch (Why New Styles Are Sometimes Better Than Legacies)

I am going to introduce a very revolutionary concept to you that will probably upset most of you. Then I’m going to prove to you that my idea isn’t my idea at all; that my idea is actually traditional for the Philippine Martial Arts. And...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Nov 14, 2012

Being Like a Ballerina

“I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee…” The above quotation needs no introduction. With his pretend-arrogance, Muhammad Ali thrust himself into greatness just by having what every champion must have:  confidence. And not just...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Oct 9, 2012

Why Some Birds Don’t Fly

I was in the East Bay last week looking for a place to open a satellite class. It is a challenge because for the last 13 years, I have made Sacramento my home and I kicked off my school in 1999 by fighting in tournaments and building my reputation fi...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Sep 16, 2012

FMA and the Art of Body Punching

I have been looking at a note for me to respond to Kris Williams, who lives in Bakersfield, CA, and practices Muay Thai, Eskrima (DP? I forgot), Kenpo and some other styles. We met in a Starbuck’s, and ended up playing Eskrima in the parking lo...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 21, 2012

Learning From Your Soul

I have long said that the real skill in the martial arts will not be developed in a class. We must differentiate between learning, practice, testing, and training. Let me restate for emphasis: Learning Practice Testing Training These are not the same...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 9, 2012

No Big Fish In THIS Pond

I get called to the carpet often by Filipino Martial Artists and other “reality-based” martial artists because of my support of martial sports fighting. Their main point is that tournament fighting is not “real” fighting, and...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jul 31, 2012

Stealing Information–and Respect

I would like to share my view of something with you, but first, some background. You may or may not like my views presented on this blog. Your blood may boil when I ridicule something you do, or your system, your Supreme Burrito Datu Grandmaster̵...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jul 29, 2012

For Entertainment Purposes Only, pt III

We need for FMA teachers to return to basics. Filipino Martial Arts have gotten too complicated and are moving further and further away from being practical forms of self-defense and streetfighting. This is why Eskrima, Arnis and Kali have become les...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jul 22, 2012


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