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First of all, I would like to thank some of the members for the warm welcome.

I'm not ashamed to say that I am a newbie in Martial Arts.  I just started last May learning FMA but the passion and dedication is building within to learn more about the discipline and the Art itself. 

So please, if you have good advices to share, I am welcoming them.


-Arnold (fromToronto) 

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Welcome to  It's nice to see a student with such enthusiasm.  Practice, practice, practice; that's my advice.  I don't know who your teacher is so I can't comment on anything too specific.  They will be able to direct your studies better than any of us could.  I will say, however, what helped me in my early training was concentrating on the fundamentals, the basics.  Don't be too eager to acquire the next great move.  Most FMA systems have seemingly simple fundamentals; things like footwork and warm up drills.  But I have found that the truths of most arts are contained in these basics and new students often blow right past them in their eagerness to learn more complex maneuvers.  Great buildings start with a stable and sound foundation.  Once you have that, the rest - while not necessarily easy - will make much more sense to you.  Good luck and enjoy the ride!




Like Guro Motta wrote, it's the dedication and time spent on the rudiments that give you functionality. The term "advanced" doesn't necessarily mean "better"..."advanced" in the martial sense really means that more is required of you to make it functional.

Practice slowly...often, but slowly...because if you can't perform slowly well, there's no way you can do it quickly well either. "Slow is smooth...smooth is fast".

And always practice with intent. What are you trying to accomplish with the technique you wish to apply? Is the incoming attack "pure" or is it merely a soft facsimile that has no real intent? Remember its a martial art that we practice...not scrap booking. One can still practice safely to some degree and still have genuine intent.

Good luck and keep us all updated with your progress and any questions you may have.


Jack A. Latorre
Mataas Na Guro
Pekiti-Tirsia International

PS If you are ever over the border/lake in Rochester, feel free to contact me.

I'll keep that invitation and hope to learn some techniques from you, sir.

Train hard, train well, and learn all that you can. If someone has something to teach, then let them teach you. Be inquisitive, read a lot (you have to train your brain as much or more than your body), pay attention, and be direct with your training. I have studied quite a few arts over the years, and ALL of them have something to teach, and after a while, you will see the beauty of balance, grace, power, and speed from all of them. 

I believe that academic training is just as important as physical training. has a LOT of martial arts books, as well as, em3video, and quite a few others. 

Martial arts is something that will never leave you. Once bitten, youre pretty much stuck for life. haha

Good luck with your new journey. 

Every thing previously said is excellent advice enjoy the martial and also the art. Have fun, fun and dont get stressed out with a lot of information. Interact with beginners they are a source of empathy.

All the responses are very good.
First at an early start you must be willing to take in all you can and the best way is to practice practice practice. You don't necessarly need to understand everything out of the gate, your practice will begin to build skills you will utilize later.
Faith in your instructor is another important thing to keep in mind. Find out the lineage of your particular art, that will help realize the usefulness of it. Have faith in the training. It was developed this way for a purpose, follow it and all will be made clear in time.
And lastly, keep reminding yourself why you started training. Its always good to keep a journal to see how you progress. If you become board maybe you forgot why you started in the first place. Remember in life we plan out our lives but more often than not we find ourselves in a place better than we imagine.

I really like that Guro Latorre has written this: "And always practice with intent. What are you trying to accomplish with the technique you wish to apply? Is the incoming attack "pure" or is it merely a soft facsimile that has no real intent? Remember its a martial art that we practice...not scrap booking."

One thing I have found in various schools is a focus on drills with a lack of intent. A "going through the motions", if you will.

Always know your target, and make an effort to reach that target; and if your training partner doesn't seem to know where he/she is striking--or, isn't actually trying to hit that target (even at safe speeds)--then speak up and ask them to try to actually "hit you". Train safely, but train smart.

It does nothing for either student when one partner is lazy with the strikes. We fight the way we train, and if we train with little or no intent on actually hitting our target, our technique will suffer.

Also: footwork, footwork, footwork. I, personally, have not yet gotten my head fully wrapped around the Arnis and PTK footwork as it differs greatly from my Tai Chi Ch'uan and Aikido background. But, that's one of the things I've found is extremely important for speed, timing, and accuracy of technique.

Every one is giving you great info. Just remember Rome was not built in a day. Keep hard at it, and most of all have fun learning.  

Thank you all for the nice words.  I've never seen an organization as active and as sincere as yours. I'll have a training around 7:30 tonight and I promise I will let my pals learn about your great organization (and will urge them to join).  I will ask our Master Guro to sign in as well.

By the way, I am learning through the supervision of Master Guro Oliver Formaran Garduce of Punite PMAAC. Here's our website:

Also, the picture in my profile is not actually me.  That's my dad who passed away two years ago.  I've used his picture hoping that I'll be able to meet some of his friends who are mostly in US. He was a 4th Dan Blackbelt in Karate.  He mentioned that few of his friends are teaching but I don't exactly know their names and locations.  I'm learning the Art as a tribute to him. I promised myself to continue learning and pass it to my kids.

I am Filipino. Pinoy na Pinoy from Pampanga! and I came here in Toronto in 2005. Mabuhay po kayong lahat.

Hi Arnold and welcome.

My advice is simply to stick with your training, and be patient. Constant repetition of the basics will take you quite far. Good luck.

Guro David Battaglia


Kumusta :-)

Wala akong maidadagdag sa mga magaling na payo dito except enjoy your new friends in the Filipino Martial Arts. Much as we'd enjoy thwacking our rattan sticks at old tires all day, FMA is still, and will always be, a person-to-person(s) activity. Talagang I wouldn't have kept going if it weren't for those friends I started hitting sticks with. Sana this will lead to you guys heading to seminars, competitions, practicing by yourselves, all that fun stuff.

- Ryan

Mabuti naman po.

Surprisingly, ang anak ko talaga ang gusto kong ienroll, at nag enroll din ako para sana bonding moment na lang namin yun. He was not able to enjoy, ayaw ko namang pilitin. At the end, ako ang naging pursigido.  Now I'm on my 3rd month and still having fun.  I will attend a seminar this coming August 10 for Jiu Jitsu and Bladed Hands, sponsor ng Punite at Toronto Kickboxing and Muay Thai Aacademy (TKMT). Hopefully maka-attend din ako ng seminar across the border.


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