Blog Posts - Teaching Philosophy



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

The Level V Guro

If you haven’t gotten a copy of my book, teaching philosophy, you should get it on Amazon. Extremely vital to the survival of the FMAs, but ignored and often taken for granted, the art of teaching the martial arts can mean the difference betwee...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 24, 2016

The Level V Guro

If you haven’t gotten a copy of my book, teaching philosophy, you should get it on Amazon. Extremely vital to the survival of the FMAs, but ignored and often taken for granted, the art of teaching the martial arts can mean the difference betwee...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 24, 2016

The Hierarchy of FMA’s Teaching Class

Some of you may dismiss this discussion as a matter of semantics, but this really is serious business. All who teach the arts are not created equal, and what separates us is so much more than which styles we offer or who taught us. Today, I would lik...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 18, 2016

The Hierarchy of FMA’s Teaching Class

Some of you may dismiss this discussion as a matter of semantics, but this really is serious business. All who teach the arts are not created equal, and what separates us is so much more than which styles we offer or who taught us. Today, I would lik...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jan 18, 2016

Teaching Patiently (Straw vs. Waterhoses pt II)

This message is just as much for my own student-Instructors, as it is for my readers. It is a continuation of this article, entitled “Straw vs. Waterhoses”. When you get a chance, check it out. An important vitrue in learning the martial...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Feb 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Next Best Thing(s)

Again, I am on this blog talking about seminars and short courses… One of the questions I am asked, and perhaps more than “How much are your classes?” is the real question they want to know:  ”How can I study without really s...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Jun 18, 2013

Exceed the Teacher, pt III (Two-Way Street)

It is said that teaching is a two-way street. How true. I’ve stated in earlier articles that some teachers are more skilled at teaching beginners, some are good at teaching the advanced, and then others excel at teaching teachers–guiding...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Apr 20, 2013

Learning the Art While Teaching (No Cornerman, pt II)

Today’s article will be short and sweet. This may seem like a contradiction from much of my past writing. I normally speak against teaching the art until you have acquired your own fighting experience, but this is no contradiction. I still beli...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Apr 1, 2013

Exceed the Teacher, pt II (Lesson from Bouie Fisher)

This article is a nod to one of the late, little-known masters of the fighting arts:  Bouie Fisher. It is also part II to this article–but will ride the topic of fight strategy. I am still putting the article under “Teaching Philosophy&#...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 31, 2013

Framed Spontaneity: Teaching Resources from the Philosophy Shop

There are different approaches to classroom teaching, ranging from lecturing, which is highly structured, and controlled and directed by the instructor to other styles that are more open-ended and student-centered, hence putting more emphasis on the...
by Arash's World on Mar 24, 2013

Importance of Cadence in Training

Something we don’t see much of in today’s Eskrima class is the use of cadence during training. This is an old-school teaching tool that many think of as only relevant for Karate and Kung Fu classes. If you have ever studied with an old te...
by Filipino Fighting Secrets on Mar 17, 2013


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