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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 “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

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

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

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

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

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


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