Blog Posts - Sparring



Christmas and Hanukkah Boxing

Yesterday, I pointed out to Alan that it has been a year since Colonel (Ken), who stands to the left in the photo above had passed away.  I still miss him.  Alan wondered how Kenny, Colonel's son, was holding up.  We haven't seen him s...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Dec 20, 2016

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

Ring Rust Is Real

I decided to have Donovan and James do something different today.  "Miss Hillari, why do you have headgear on?" James asked.  "I'm going to spar one round with you, then one round with Donovan.  Then you two will spar together," I answ...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Aug 25, 2016

Late Summer and Sean

John gets in one on Ro during their sparring session at Loyola Park in this photo.Unfortunately, I have to begin with some sad news.  Sean Curtin passed on several days ago.  He was the author of two books about Chicago boxing -- Chicago Bo...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Aug 20, 2016

Blood In The Mouthpiece

Jesus and Carlos sparred down at Loyola Park.  Carlos had his hands down too much, and kept hesitating to throw punches.  Jesus took advantage of this.  At the end of their session, I saw a lot of blood on Carlos' mouthpiece.   Al...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Aug 9, 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

Ariel vs. Ben

I had Tayjon and James do some inside fighting during their sparring time.  The boys had to keep one foot inside the tire in the gym as they duked it out.  James got popped a couple of times, landing on the floor.  As he got up slowly,...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jul 28, 2016

Taking It Personally

I was poised to get a good shot of Alan and his son talking in-between rounds of Matt's sparring session with Rojan.  Then they both noticed I had the camera and started clowning.Note in this photo that Matt is not wearing headgear, but Rojan is...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jul 27, 2016

Humidity and Excuses

Tayjon was MIA again, but my two most consistent people, Donovan and James, showed up for class.  Today was a sparring day, and the usual procedure is to let them warm up and work out for a half-hour, then begin sparring the second half of the h...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jul 22, 2016

Steam Bath Gym

LaFollette boxing gym might as well have been a steam bath.  The heat just hang over the room.  I was sweating profusely, and it wasn't comfortable for anyone else, especially Ariel.  She worked out for a half-hour before she just had...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jul 14, 2016

Coaching In Two Places

I was coaching more than I was working out at Loyola Park.  Marta needed help with a bobbing and weaving move that Alan had showed her the previous week.  She was a little frustrated with what she perceived as her slow progress, and she wan...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jul 13, 2016

Forcing The Workout

Alan told me, "You need to go to the doctor about your shoulder."  I need to talk to a doctor about my wobbly knees, too.  I'll try to schedule an appointment for next month.  I've become irritated because I can't spar as much as I wan...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jun 28, 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

The Summer Cast At Loyola Park

It was a hot day for the first day of summer, and having the fan on in the gym at Loyola didn't help much.  There were a lot of people in the gym on the first day of the summer session there.  In the photo above, Alan and Ro do some tight i...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jun 21, 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

Far North Side Punches

No sparring for me again at Loyola Park.  The same issues with my left shoulder and my left knee as usual.  I had seen Ben (with glasses) earlier in the day when I went to move my car.  I had a chance to park it on the block where I ac...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jun 14, 2016


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