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Posted on March 23, 2010 at 12:01am 2 Comments

Suffering a steep setback in my FMA training thanks to our landlord deciding he wants to give us the boot so he may sell the property. He wants it empty, so we are in the process of relocating into another place. The move must be complete before March 30th, so once I've got everything moved and get the computers set back up, having gotten all settled in, I can again pick up where I left off here on MyFMA as well as training with GM Shelley in Ft. Collins.

Sometimes when…

Review: Nap. David Guillory's Custom Sticks

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 12:00pm 5 Comments

Everyone knows Rattan sticks have a tendency to eventually blow out. The question is: how long will your set last you? Do you find yourself buying sticks once every month or two? If so, how about changing that to once every six months to a year or even longer! This is an independent review. I have not been paid to write this review, nor has it been requested.

When I first received my sticks from Maestro Nap. David Guillory, I'll never forget the moment. As soon as I held them in my… Continue

The Illusion of Knife "Fights": Does FMA Really Work?

Posted on February 21, 2010 at 12:17am 46 Comments

Ok all, now that I've introduced myself as a newcomer to FMA, and mentioned what I would "like" to learn, and that I have mentioned I've been involved in the military in my lifetime, some real "beginner's questions" are now finally coming to mind in which I would like to ask the FMA community.

I was involved in "drug interdiction" when I was stationed in Honduras back in the 1990's, at a support air base about 30 minutes away from Comayagua, Honduras. If you type "Soto Cano Air Base"… Continue

My Journey: From Kombatan Neophyte to GM - Post 003

Posted on February 19, 2010 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

Now I Should Be Able to "Stick" With It!

Wow, equipment is all acquired, now if the student can just get the transportation thing ironed out - my little 1987 Mazda B2000 has been involved in a collision and it is a real mess. I've got a motorcycle currently being paid for to do the 5-hour round trip to Ft. Collins each Saturday through the Summer months, but can't have the joy of the new toy until all payments have been made. It's a… Continue

My Journey: From Kombatan Neophyte to GM - Post 002

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 8:39pm 0 Comments

Delays Getting Started!

I was looking forward to my first class with GM Shelly on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 It's obvious that getting things going will be a little tougher than I had planned. I was instructed to find a training partner whom I can spar with throughout the week back in my hometown, as I must travel a 5-hour round trip every Saturday for the training I desire and need a sparring partner here to… Continue

My Journey: From Kombatan Neophyte to GM - Post 001

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:12am 1 Comment

In The Beginning

Well, here I am contemplating the idea of learning the Kombatan system of Arnis/Eskrima. Already I've been told by family members: "You aren't a Spring chicken anymore, you're 41. You've gotta be outta your mind. There isn't enough time left in your life to get anywhere near good at it. Grow up!" Well, in one breath they say I'm "too old" but then they sit there and tell me to… Continue

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At 1:59pm on December 27, 2010, terry joven said…
Happy Birthday!
At 5:40pm on June 7, 2010, Black Swan Tactical said…
I just sent a big o'l Saint Bernard out with a keg of beer and a box of chocolates to locate you! I'm in the public library here in Chicago and cannot hear you recording live... but I still "hear it" in my head... hahaha!

Talk to you!
At 1:03am on April 1, 2010, Black Swan Tactical said…
Hey Kurt!

Let us know what is going on. Did you get new digs? Are you ok? What is going on?

At 3:09pm on February 21, 2010, Black Swan Tactical said…

The address to my YouTube Portal is given below. If you have a YouTube account, and want to befriend me just drop me a note here. I have made many playlists on hand to hand combat. It is NOT in any way a complete review of the materials, it is a start. I do not have the time to do a thorough review and come across new martial arts, players and training techniques every day.

At 1:32pm on February 18, 2010, terry joven said…
thank you for joining the UFMAC!
At 11:42pm on February 16, 2010, John R. Malmo said…
Thanks for the donation!
At 10:08am on January 23, 2010, terry joven said…
go to the blogh portion of the site and let everyone know what your looking for. You should get some responce or at least contact from FMAers near you!
Good luck!
At 11:39pm on January 21, 2010, terry joven said…
Welcome to!
terry joven

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