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Posted on March 9, 2018 at 10:08am 0 Comments

In a martial arts system that is primarily based on the block and counter theory, understanding and navigating the differences between blocking and countering is essential. That seems pretty simplistic and rather over stated but you might be surprised by how easy it is to forego one for the other or to lose sight of the functionality of a technique because you are too focused on either ham handed blocking or overly decorative counters. Transitions and…

On Abaniko

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Abaniko is a great style to learn for scenarios where your back is against an obstruction or hazard. Uncle Leo used to tell us it was good for fighting up against a wall or car or other barrier. It's important to remember that "Abaniko" translates as Fan. This is both a metaphor and a practical application. With the Abaniko techniques, we use the side of the blade to redirect and propel the opponent's weapon off the attack line. It takes precise timing and accurate placement of the weapon to…



Posted on February 7, 2018 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

We certainly enjoyed the unseasonable weather this past weekend and got out to do more advanced training. Thanks Janelle and Patt for putting in the hard work and taking a few knocks. Trust me, they delivered a few too.

Saturday's lesson centered around elliptical striking and blocking and the way it helps cut down intervals of time. By applying the principal of ellipses to our work, we bring round movements closer to straight lines and therefore cut down t…


Some notes on Macabebe

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 10:52am 1 Comment

Estilo Macabebe is one of the 20 styles in the Giron system of Escrima. Uncle Leo explained that the name derived from the Macabebe tribe who were known for their double weapon fighting style. It is practiced with two similar length weapons and incorporates both Kob Kob and Sinawali techniques (more about those later). On the surface, defending yourself with two weapons rather than one seems a no brainer. More is better, right? But, the reality is much more complicated than the theory. Most…


Diversity in Style

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

I wanted to have a brief chat about style. One thing I have learned over the years is that each player has their own style; distinct, individual, unique. Yet, how does that square with the need for conformity and consistency in curriculum? I have to teach the same technique to a wide range of individuals. Does that mean that I have to change the technique for each student or is it the student who needs to change? My Dad was a strict Biology professor. His opinion was that it was the…


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At 10:36am on February 3, 2016, Jay Jasper Pugao said…

Thank you sir! Salute!

At 3:16am on March 19, 2014, Edward jonathan Dockrill said…

Thank you so very much Guro Lawrence Motta for adding me to your friends list, I'm humble and greatful.

kind regards


At 1:06pm on January 14, 2014, Ron Kosakowski said…

Its good to meet you here. Thank you for connecting. Do keep in touch any time. Iyt will be good to hear from you. :)

At 1:22am on January 10, 2014, Paul Ingram - Kali Center said…

Lawrence, Thanks for the invite. Life, Health & Success my friend

At 1:21pm on November 8, 2013, Daniel Mendoza said…

Thank you Guro Motta and was wondering if you are in Arizona. Around the Glendale, or the Phoenix area.

At 5:14pm on August 4, 2013, GURO ANDREW "TATTOO" FILARDO said…

thanks for the support Bro !!

Mabuhat Ng FMA !

At 9:13am on July 21, 2013, Jerome Barber, Ed.D. said…

Thank you Guro Lawrence  for the invitation which I am very honored to accept.

Jerome Barber, Ed. D.

At 1:07am on June 14, 2013, Sean Pendleton said…

Thank you, Guro Lawrence!!

I am very happy to be a part of the network.

Awesome group!!


At 12:57pm on February 4, 2013, Jay Jasper Pugao said…

Thank you sir

At 2:50pm on January 29, 2013, Kevin Stafford said…

Thanks Guro!


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