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What Teacher/Coach??? What Style????

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

I always hear talk and discussions on "WHO" do or did you train with? What "STYLE", what Lineage?

You hear conversations on Digests and Networks like this and more. 

Many people in my humble opinion, take the STYLE, TEACHER, etc. as to being more important, because they think it legitmizes them and what they do ! After all, if they train under a well known teacher from a well known style, they must know what their doing and must be good ! Right??

Well, in my experience…


Rank and Titles

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 9:30pm 21 Comments


In the Martial "Arts", you hear about titles, rank, and where uniforms and rituals accent the training. Respect is sometimes given automatically, through inexperience rather than seeing, feeling and believing. After all one doesnt know what he doesn't know ! So assumtion is first hand.

 What I just wrote is how an inexperienced person AND unfortunately some experienced people, approach Instructors, Trainers, and the Martial "Arts" as a whole. 



Modern Arnis - MFA Method

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 10:20am 0 Comments

                                              Modern Arnis - The MFA Method

Modern Arnis, the MFA Method is an explosive system where two Arnisadors each armed with sticks engage in spontaneous sparring. Striking, blocking, entering, trapping, locking, disarming, off balancing, control moves and takedowns are applied, flowing from one technique to the next, with counters and recounters.

In the beginning level, the instructor will…



Posted on March 27, 2012 at 11:19am 39 Comments

                                                           Combat vs Art

                   In the Filipino martial arts you have the translation of techniques from weapon to empty hand. This is one of the unique qualities we have, and one that sets the Filipino systems apart from others. You use the same techniques, weapon vs weapon, empty hand vs weapon, empty hand vs empty hand, with little or no modifications. What a beautiful, compact, effective fighting…


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At 8:15am on August 13, 2013, Guro Bob Sullen said…

Hey Andrew: I was down for one day to meet with my teacher GM Bobby Taboada didn't have a lot of time and had to take my good friend Zac Taco and his family back to the bronx. Then had to get back upstate it got late. Would like to meet w/u at some point to train.

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At 12:38am on April 30, 2010, Dave Standeven said…
Happy birthday Andrew, best wishes...
At 2:15pm on April 28, 2009, John R. Malmo said…
Welcome to Andrew!
At 2:01pm on April 28, 2009, Guro Steven Mogavero said…
how you doin thank you andy i appreciate it i hope all is well tell all the guys i said hello

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