Blog Posts - Martial Arts Mastery



Straw vs. Waterhoses

It is no secret, that I am the anti-FMA Grandmaster. I respect them. But I disagree with most of them when concerning teaching the art. The proof is in the pudding, and I support my side of the debate with my claim that I will bet my house on ANY of...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 28, 2015

Streetfighters vs Ring Fighters

There is an ongoing debate among martial artists, actually between three groups–although there appears to be a debate among just two of them: Streetfighters. Martial artists who train strictly for streetfighting. They have little interest in, o...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 21, 2015

Warriors of Righteousness

I’m going to let you know right now, this article, which will read like a manifesto, is going to lose me some fans. I don’t care. This is my truth, my blog, and like it or not–it will be a truth for you if you are an FMA man as well...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 14, 2015

Revere Your Art, pt II

This article is actually “part two” of a series I am in the process of writing, although I’m releasing this one first. In part I, I discuss how the art is treated as a “hustle” for those who claim to love–but reall...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 29, 2014

Teaching Notes for New Teachers of the FMAs

Concerning the Art of TEACHING the FMAs… I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that in the Filipino Martial Arts world, we have many ways of teaching fighting and drills but very little addresses how to teach students. We’re not...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 17, 2014

Preparing Your Eskrima for the Street

Is your Eskrima still “street-effective”? One of the things drawing street defense/self defense enthusiast to the Filipino art is our simplicity and our effectiveness for the average man’s needs. I ask if your FMA is “still...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 9, 2014

Learning the Rhythm of Styles (Knife At a Gunfight)

I would like to introduce you to a concept that few fighters understand, but many great fighters use to their advantage. There is a little-known characteristic of fighters that few fighters are conscious of, which is the rhythm of styles. A system...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Nov 12, 2014

Ninth Degree Eskrima Masters

I never really understood this one. Let’s just say up front that I never liked the Black Belt ranking structure for the Filipino arts. I don’t have a problem with that structure being used for students as a way to designate the various le...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Oct 23, 2014

Why I Require Competition

Let’s begin by stating that I actually don’t require competition of all my students; only the ones who wish to one day teach. I will not grant a student permission to teach if he or she has never fought in competition. However, if a stude...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Oct 21, 2014

Reputation-Building in the FMA

I have mentioned a “Mastery” book that I’ve been working on over the last two years. I haven’t settled on a title yet because the focus changes (as does my desires for the reader), but when it’s done–trust me–...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Oct 17, 2014

The Triple Effort

Here’s a quickie for today… Last night I was talking to a young man named Rahsaan, who is an aspiring martial arts teacher. He probably has a few years before I would recommend he round up his family members to invest in a commercial spac...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Oct 2, 2014

Know Your Place (Why I Won’t Teach My Friend Tim)

Yesterday I visited a friend of mine who is a unspoken pioneer and martial arts hero in the American martial arts community. Most of you have never heard his name, and will probably never hear his name outside of this blog. Not because of his lack of...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Sep 21, 2014

Why I Won’t Teach My Friend Tim, part II

This is a continuation of this post, written yesterday. It might be a little wordy, I wrote it after getting home about 1 a.m., and when I’m sleepy I am both cranky and loquacious. So, back to Tim. No my brother, I won’t teach you. We hav...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Sep 21, 2014

Sparring with Friends

Some random thoughts today… I have made the case often with my martial arts friends, that while sparring with friends and training mates is good–nothing beats the old fashioned fighting competition, regardless of what type of fighting you...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jul 14, 2014

Lessons from the Tim Waid Experience

This is sure to be a controversial article, although it does not intend to be one. I have written a few articles about severing familial relationships within the martial arts–the Filipino Martial Arts, in particular. And let’s put this ou...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 24, 2014

Lessons from Middle School Wrestling

A little personal information on me. I’ve been married 7 times, and have three kids with two of those wives. My oldest son, Abdul Khaliq (we call him Kali), lives with me full time. Recently, he and my daughter (she isn’t competing becaus...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 11, 2014

Tips for Developing Fighting Dominance

Considering that this is the last day of the year–and many of you guys will be making your New Year’s Resolutions–here’s a NYR you might want to add… Especially if you’re a martial artist: This year, I will train f...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Dec 31, 2013

Learning by *Not* Dominating

There is  great wisdom in the following saying: Reputations from the opponent you barely beat I have seen good fighters get stuck at “good” and not become “great” or “better”. I’m sure you have seen some ath...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Nov 12, 2013

Challenge for Filipino Fighting Secrets Live Readers…

I want to challenge each and every one of you to improve and update your FMA. You may not like it. But I guarantee if you complete my challenge, nobody will fuck with you. And you have 45 days to accomplish it. Please keep an open mind–and I a...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Oct 10, 2013

Thoughts on Canelo vs. Mayweather (Expose Your Students)

There is a teaching principle that many teachers are unaware of, that I would like to share. Often, many teachers are not actually trained as instructors or teachers. Rather, they are simply taught the art and very little attention is given to actual...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Sep 28, 2013


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