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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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The question no practitioner of FMA wants to hear

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 10:41am 8 Comments

The question: How practical in today's world is the use of the stick or sword as a necessary means of self-defense?

 A question like the aforementioned one is enough to get many practitioners of FMA triggered.  The common rebuttal is often the fact that any object can take the place of the stick or sword.  Really? Like what?  A tennis racquet, an umbrella, a baseball bat?  The problem with this analogy is that just like sticks, normally none of these items are readily…


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

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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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