Blog Posts - Kuntao



Why the “Perpetual Student” Is Misguided (10 Steps to Expert)

There is a concept often thrown around in the FMA/SEAMA circles (mainly, seminar circles) that I must challenge. In the hopes of maintaining one’s appearance of humility, many claim to be “always a student” of the art. Some use this...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Sep 2, 2016

Keep Swinging, pt II (How to Make Video Training Work)

If you are an FMA veteran, even if only a veteran student, you may walk away from today’s article feeling cheated. Please don’t, though. Because although much in today’s discussion is common sense and often-quoted advice, very littl...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 30, 2016

Shut Up and Swing!

In other words, “How to Study the FMA, Even by Video“… I give up. You guys know, I absolutely despise the FMA video industry. Yes, it has helped the FMAs grow commercially. Yeah, grow into a classical, McSupersized Mess! I guess I c...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 27, 2016

Protected: 7 Arnis Blows Your Guro Probably Never Told You About

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by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 6, 2016

After Instructor’s Certification… What’s Next?

Congratulations! You put in your time, you attended the camps, took your licks, killed the exam–and now your Guro has bestowed a title to you every Arnis students long for: Guro. Surely, you deserve it–you earned it. Your classmates have...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Aug 6, 2016

Path To the Perfect Martial Arts Student, pt II (The Laboratory)

There are many reasons to study the martial arts, and not all of them are to learn to beat people up. However, they all involve combat. Does this sound like a contradiction? I’m sure it does, but I assure you, combat and training for combat doe...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jun 26, 2016

Path To the Perfect Martial Arts Student (A Series)

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 fir...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jun 19, 2016

“There Are NO Qualified Masters In My Town…”

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 th...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jun 18, 2016

Time for an FMA Revolution

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 art...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jun 2, 2016

The Problem with Being Polite

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 qu...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on May 11, 2016

The Quickest Route

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 ou...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on May 9, 2016

The “Wrecking” of the Filipino Martial Arts…

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Apr 20, 2016

How Bad Do You Want This Art?

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 19, 2016

How Bad Do You Want This Art?

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 19, 2016

The Master Student, pt II (Definitions)

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 t...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 12, 2016

The Master Student, pt II (Definitions)

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 t...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 12, 2016

Sleeping on Floors, pt IV (Fat Cream/7Eleven Martial Arts)

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 28, 2016

The Master Student

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, M...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 28, 2016

Sleeping on Floors, pt IV (Fat Cream/7Eleven Martial Arts)

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...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 28, 2016

The Master Student

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, M...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 28, 2016


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