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Misinterpreted FMA

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zach Jenkins Mar 22, 2016. 10 Replies

The most influential people in the Filipino Martial Arts may also be the most detrimental to the progression of the art.Over the years there have been several well-known individuals as well those…Continue

The most common mistakes made by martial artist while training

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Morales Sep 23, 2015. 2 Replies

One of the most common mistakes I've noticed that some martial artists make is in feeding punches or strikes to their training partner. Often when we feed strikes to our training partners we leave…Continue

Pride and Pain

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The difference I believe between a martial artist and a person that trains to fight for sport is in the mindset. An ongoing topic of conversation regarding martial arts and the sport aspect usually…Continue

Looking for FMA near Seattle Washington

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zach Jenkins Jul 9, 2015. 7 Replies

Fellow martial artists, one of my beginning students is relocating to Washington state near Seattle and would like to continue training in FMA. He leaves in a week and I would like to put him in…Continue


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Jorge R.Miranda replied to the discussion 'Who do you think has had the greatest influence on Filipino Martial Arts in your country?'
"  I think it was "Lapu-Lapu"!"
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Mark Kwong replied to the discussion 'Points of Contention'
"Interesting points of discussion. In regards to abanikos - 2 points. 1) sometimes a strike is more for distraction to set up for destruction rather than going straight to destruction - i.e. left jab to the nose leading to the right haymaker.…"
Apr 3, 2016
Zach Jenkins replied to the discussion 'What's in a name of a Filipino Martial Art school or system'
"I can't really disagree with any comments here since I've noticed that different teachers of FMA teach different things about the history of the arts. My teacher said that it depends on the point in history and the region when it comes to…"
Mar 22, 2016
Zach Jenkins replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"Nail on the head"
Mar 22, 2016
Zach Jenkins replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"Thanks guro Lawrence for your excellent insights!"
Mar 22, 2016
Zach Jenkins replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"Thanks Terry"
Mar 22, 2016
terry joven replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"Always good stuff sir!"
Mar 21, 2016
Guro Lawrence Motta replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"Zach, Another provocative topic. I think we might consider that every FMA "system" is a blended art.  Many of the FMA founding fathers themselves blended various styles of not only Pilipino, but also other Asian and…"
Mar 21, 2016
Zach Jenkins replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"I agree with your reply Jason..."
Mar 16, 2016
Zach Jenkins replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"Chris, I think you really hit the. Ail on the head with your comments!"
Mar 16, 2016
Jason Winchester replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"Fair points in my view.  Having a core strategy and set of tactics that apply to various ranges and situations is important, and blending too many things together can cause this to be lost.  If this is going to be done effectively, one…"
Mar 16, 2016
Chris Sargent replied to the discussion 'Misinterpreted FMA'
"Eclectic study is the result of a incomplete system or art of fighting. Or it can be the result of a practitioner of a art or system that is unwilling to dig deeper into what they've learned. The latter seems to be the norm amongst the people I…"
Feb 16, 2016
MIchael Clark replied to the discussion 'Points of Contention'
"Al S, Thanks again. I see what your saying in  the reference to disarming. Partner may be the wrong word here. In this situation it requires the "resisting" to make the drill applicable., but you can describe the drill any way you…"
Feb 11, 2016
MIchael Clark replied to the discussion 'Points of Contention'
"Guro, Thanks for the comments.  I really appreciate "a meditative effect while training sinawalis". It is my understanding that the concept of "Flow" is important to the development of efficiency and effectiveness. Flow…"
Feb 11, 2016

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Believe it or not

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 11:01am 3 Comments

Believe it or not

For several years now I’ve been blogging and introducing threads on martial art forums for a variety of martial art websites. My purpose for writing in these forums are to share my experiences and start a conversation in regards to Southeast Asian martial arts namely FMA on this site. Often I read comments like, “I’m calling BS on this or that.” But the fact that whether a person believes something or not is based on their exposure or the lack thereof.

When I… Continue

More than just self-defense

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 10:41am 8 Comments

When I decided to pursue training in the martial arts I was a young kid growing up in New York City just trying to find a way to protect myself against the neighborhood bullies. Now I enjoy martial arts training much like others enjoy any other hobby or interest.

In the fall of 1999 I was in Birmingham England for a Filipino Martial Arts workshop. A day prior to the event my teacher sent word for me to meet with him and two other instructors outside of the guest house where we were… Continue

Over Structuring

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:30am 3 Comments

Can martial arts be over structured?

Structure is very important in almost everything we do in life. In the military structure equals efficiency and is effective in the movement and training of large groups. The same holds true for the martial arts in that when you take a person that knows nothing or very little about the martial arts, it requires structure in order to get them through the different stages of training.

Students are comfortable with a structured curriculum… Continue

Creating a Fighting System

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:54am 11 Comments

What goes into the creation of a new martial art, style, or system?

In my opinion there are degrees of separation when it comes to the martial arts. You have an art, a system, and a style. Being a professional artist I always think of art as being creative. A system to me is a method of doing something and a style is how a person interprets what they learned.

In order for a martial art system to work as it is intended, it must be tested. Much like theories must go through… Continue

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At 2:42pm on September 21, 2012, Alfred Plath said…

Hi Zach,

it is a long time ago that we see us in Germany. Hope you are well.



At 8:48am on June 7, 2012, Sony P. Sy said…

Hello Zach,

Follow my symbol with your arnis cane,start to the left...and you will discovered the different styles of arnis.put together. patabig (parry),sungkit ( hooking),pinayong (umbrella),pahablig (upward attack) buhat araw (center downward strike).Hope you like it.

At 12:47pm on July 19, 2011, Willem de Thouars said…

Thank you guru Jenkins,

Our wishes are always mutual, with my best, uncle bill

At 4:23pm on August 7, 2010, Cathy Landers said…
Thanks for the kind words, I think that would be nice to exchange our concepts and ideas in the Filipino Martial Arts. We will talk again soon. You too have a great weekend.
At 2:21pm on July 30, 2010, Dan Medina said…
Zach welcome to Majapai Derobio Escrima. Hope to meet you some day in the future.
At 2:12am on July 28, 2010, GGM Isidro P. Javier (Manong) said…
At 11:59am on July 27, 2010, Grandmaster "D" said…
Greetings Guro Zach Jenkins,

it was really a blast communicating with you recently. I truly do enjoy reading your various forums. Your journalistic skills & abilities are well implimentated within the field of martial arts. Continue to write & to inspire others; and also continue to be a strong force within the arena of FMA...Thanx for connecting with me & reaching out. If in any way I can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to call upon me. Lastly! I'm sure that our paths will meet at the crossroads of FMA... "Maybe sooner than we think".

P.S. Please let me know how I am to properly address you 'title' wise.

Until that glorious day comes!
"Stay Focused & Keep it Moving"

Brothers in Arms!
At 9:40pm on July 25, 2010, John R. Malmo said…
Hey Zach,

The discussions have a 15 minute edit time window. Blogs do not have that option (yet) on here or

It is something that is being worked on, but I do not know how soon it will be released. :)
At 12:54pm on July 22, 2010, Raul Marquez said…
Hi Zach,
Not that much, I only get to play at Central Park when my friends from Manhattan are available and they're always traveling around. I usually train at the parks in Jamaica Queens. Its nearer where I stay at present. Looking forward to meet you, let me know when you're in the city.
At 5:19pm on July 9, 2010, terry joven said…
Just wondering.. i was in Baumholder 73-76. 1/87 inf mech. i thought you might have been in, cuz why else would u be at a seminar in germany unless u were rich or lived there.
anyway if you ever make it out to california please drop in!!

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