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For Entertainment Purposes Only, pt II

It seems these days, that the FMAs have gotten really caught up in a grand old Pyramid Scheme. You know: It’ll cost you $Xx.xx dollars to get in on the ground floor To get started you need our “kit” (sticks, T-shirt, association pat...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jul 22, 2012

For Entertainment Purposes Only

Also known as “FMAs Are Not Spectator Sports”. Also known as “Too Many Chiefs (or Grandmasters)”. Also known as “Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Yours”. I met the most interesting sleeping Tiger last week; you...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jul 22, 2012

Revisiting Repetition

There is a saying that no cut is the same after the 10,000th execution of that cut. In the FMAs we too often spend a great deal of time trying to invent and practice creative ways to defend against attacks, while neglecting our development of executi...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jun 17, 2012

Arguing in the Filipino Martial Arts

There is a saying, that all arguments in the martial arts can be resolved in 60 seconds. People seem to forget that. There is another one that is relevant here:  “Truth in combat can never be argued, only proven.” Wow. Each of my student...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jun 10, 2012

Socrates’ Teacher: A Fool for a Teacher, pt II (The Other Side)

About 6 months ago, we published an article entitled “A Fool for a Teacher“. When you are done with this one, hit the link and check it out. I have a Facebook friend who is a friend to several of my students and a fellow FMAer who follows...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on May 27, 2012

My Problem with “Create Your Own Path”

This weekend I was talking to a young man who was around 25 and had been studying various martial arts since the age of 6. He is a huge MMA fan as well as a great spokesperson for the Filipino Martial Arts. After hearing him talk to his friend about...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on May 24, 2012

You Might Get Hurt

One of the my favorite, most telling quotes from the martial arts movies is a scene from Bruce Lee’s “Way of the Dragon” (also known as “Return of the Dragon”). He goes into the back of the restaurant where the staff is...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on May 21, 2012

Training for the Street vs. the Ring

I recently reconnected with an old friend from the DC area who is planning to begin teaching the martial arts soon. We had not seen each other since the late 90s and have been catching up with each other, in between classes and the time difference. A...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on May 13, 2012

Learning Wisdom

I have read, with disgust, many stories of teachers molesting their students, bilking students out of money and creating cult-like schools. People fall for this and are easily misled because they believe that a martial arts expert is automatically an...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on May 10, 2012

Promoting the Filipino Martial Arts

This morning I was surfing youtube, looking at martial arts videos and I noticed a few things. Some styles are tightly controlled–who gets certified to teach it, who is called a teacher vs master, and access to learning those arts Some arts are...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Apr 22, 2012

Not “the” Best…

I would like to share with you my observation about the phrase “strive to be the best”. When a martial artist says that he is striving to be “the best”, he is actually working for a goal he could never achieve. To be better th...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 31, 2012

Ten Rules of Fighting

I have a list of “to-dos” that seem to never get done. Right now, I am heading to the school to work on a Mook Jong (wooden dummy) I started on in October. There are sets of techniques for the Mook Jong I learned from three different mast...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 20, 2012

thekuntawman, En Espanyol

That’s right. Look for upcoming articles to be published in Spanish. I have my reason for doing so, but I want to surprise you with it. I have a few articles that will first be translated into spanish, and then eventually we will be publishing...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 4, 2012

Skill Dilution

I am in Washington, DC., my old stomping grounds, and visited an old friend who has a successful school in town recently. He started with a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do/Moo Duk Kwon at a well-known local school while we were still teens, and today he bo...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 4, 2012

Lessons from Nunez vs. Latimore

There are many lessons you can get from watching professional fights. I know that most martial artists are not at the level of the professional fighter, but this art is more than just a hobby for most of us. And we take the art just as seriously. I b...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 29, 2012

Why “Sparring” Is Necessary

If you are a longtime follower of this blog, you will probably read some things I’ve written over and over in various articles. I was asked about a statement I made recently at a tournament while talking to some teachers. Most of the gentlemen...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 28, 2012

Signs That You’re Attending a “McDojo”

There is a joke, that one in every group of four friends is an idiot. So, if you have three friends, and none of them are idiots… you’re it. The sad thing about people who belong to fast-food martial arts schools is that they are always t...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 23, 2012

The Business of Doing Martial Arts Business

When I opened my school, I was young and green and very idealistic. Unlike many of you who teach for a living, I spent a few years working for commercial schools, learning the ropes from how to teach a larger class to sales pitches designed for marti...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 21, 2012

Trapping for Fighting

Today I’d like to discuss the technique called trapping. In my many criticisms of the empty handed Filipino Martial Arts, I use the phrase “patty cake” to insult what many of you regard as your unique, bread-and-butter technique. Do I do this f...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 6, 2012

The Hardest Stone

I recently received a visit from an old friend I hadn’t seen in almost ten years. He was a training partner/sparring partner, and very good fighter. We use to get together once a week for sparring, and sometimes the sessions became a trading se...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 1, 2012


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