I watch a few videos from time to time on techniques and real life situations. I am often surprised by how barbaric and savage we have become as humans. Maybe it was always this way and we are only seeing more of it since the birth of the information age. But, I don't remember things being this savage; almost bestial. Have we not evolved at all? Are we devolving back into unrestrained, banal, barbarism? It seems like we are. So, train. Train so you have some skills to fall back on… Continue
Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on March 16, 2015 at 2:38pm —
I have spent half of my life studying engineering, and the Filipino martial arts appeal to me because they fit hand in hand with certain engineering concepts. I learned early on in my life that memorization wasn't my strong suit, but if I could learn fundamental principles, then I didn't need to memorize thousands of things. When I found that FMAs operate under the same philosophy, I… Continue
Added by Eric Primm on February 25, 2015 at 8:33am —
Had a great early morning training session with Dan and Janelle working on absolute basics. I've heard it was Arnold Palmer who said "Practice doesn't make Perfect, perfect practice makes perfect". It's funny how we all get into habits; little things that throw off our game. I notice it myself in my daily routine. I do my warm ups every morning at 4:30 during the week and sometimes, I phone… Continue
Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on February 16, 2015 at 3:48pm —
Counterpoint Tactical System uses a belt ranking system as part of its organization. This year, I am training for my first degree black belt in CTS. Read here my thoughts on what a black belt…
Added by Eric Primm on January 30, 2015 at 2:37pm —
Keys to Victory
Professional pianist excels in the art of Filipino stick fighting
By Stephan Reed
For Dean Marcellana, the martial arts are more about philosophy than the fight.
For 21 years, Marcellana – also a professional pianist – has practiced the art of Filipino…
Added by terry joven on January 30, 2015 at 10:54am —
The new year has begun, and soon, the Counterpoint Tactical System seminar circuit will begin. Check out my blog page for the first seminar of the year.
Added by Eric Primm on January 28, 2015 at 8:43am —
There was a gem of a man who once lived in Stockton, Ca. and not that very long ago. Loved by many and respected by everyone lucky enough to have had any contact with him: His name was Bobby Antuna.
I thought of him this Saturday when driving by Lindey's Dough nuts. I remembered sitting one day in Lindey's when Bobby happened to come in for some of the localy famous…
Added by terry joven on January 17, 2015 at 9:41am —
I grabbed a 'short' Serrada stick last night to work out with. I was visiting the old Harding Way School where Angel Cabales started Filipino Martial arts on the mainland in 1968. There is 'a lot' of history in that building.
So many famous people have gone through the doors of the Harding Way School that I can only hope that it is never torn…
Added by terry joven on January 17, 2015 at 9:12am —
Let me first tell you how I met GM Dr. Guillermo Lengson . Continue
I was a high school student then when I trained under him at the gym of the Quirino Grandstand (in Luneta, Manila). To me, he was just an ordinary man and the way I saw him was he was not so impressive, like the martial art actors in a movie. He’s not tall; around 5’5 and had a big belly. I even wondered if I can learn something from this guy. But through a matter of faith, submissiveness, hard training and…
Added by Sony P. Sy on January 17, 2015 at 7:30am —
Very cool story from
Added by terry joven on January 16, 2015 at 10:07am —
Some thoughts on Larga Mano:
There is a difference between Larga Mano and using a long weapon. Just using a long weapon does not mean you are playing Larga Mano. Often I see long weapons used in close quarters or Medio range; even as close a Corto. But this is not Larga Mano. There are principles to Larga Mano that include range, footwork, timing and tactics. Larga Mano principles can even be applied to empty hands if you think about it. The choice of weapon is not all we should… Continue
Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on December 10, 2014 at 2:47pm —
Here is the final report the curriculum of the 2014 Counterpoint Tactical System Iron Mountain camp. This last section covers the Standup Grappling and Double Knife level one drills that we did. The double knife section was a mind bender. Each person has so many options that the drill is more like sparring… Continue
Added by Eric Primm on December 4, 2014 at 11:43am —
The second part of the curriculum write up has been posted to my blog. On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, we studied the kenpo techniques that Master Zach Whitson combined with Filipino Martial Arts to form the kenpo counterpoint one drills. We learned a lot of great techniques to build a… Continue
Added by Eric Primm on November 29, 2014 at 1:09pm —
STICKFIGHTING WORLD wants to make the FMA community aware of an opportunity for you to influence government policy regarding Combative Sports.
The Government of Ontario has presented a list of 9 combative sports that are to be regulated and exempted from the Criminal Code - Mixed Weapons Martial Arts (including FMA) is not on that list!
We need as many people as possible to ask that Mixed Weapons Martial Arts be exempted from the Criminal Code so that STICKFIGHTING… Continue
Added by STICKFIGHTING WORLD on November 25, 2014 at 1:03pm —
Master Zach Whitson covered a lot of material at the 2014 Iron Mountain instructor's camp. Counterpoint Tactical System students learned everything from qigong to Cacoy Doce Pares to Kenpo to Grappling to Pekiti double knife. I started writing up a blog post, and it kept growing. Sor, here is part… Continue
Added by Eric Primm on November 24, 2014 at 8:15am —
The first post of my 2014 Counterpoint Tactical System camp summary is live. This year, I started with an overview of the camp followed by curriculum and testing reports. Check it… Continue
Added by Eric Primm on November 20, 2014 at 11:39am —
By: Noel Royeca (KOMBOKAN Fighting System)
Knife fighting can be a complex matter. Practical fight wisdom tells us that knife fighting must be swift and quick focusing mainly on lighting strikes. This article will focus on a simple technique borrowed from the ICE PICK (a simple sharp tool used to break a block of ice) called the SUNDOT or TUSOK.
The SUNDOT or TUSOK is to make a tiny hole by using a sharp object. In the Philippines where ice block making is a big business, the… Continue
Added by Noel Royeca on November 8, 2014 at 4:34am —
2014 Iron Mountain camp is done. The Counterpoint Tactical System instructor's camp showcased another year of polishing old skills and learning new one. Master Zach Whitson maintained his high quality,… Continue
Added by Eric Primm on November 7, 2014 at 9:52am —
This blog entry details my thoughts on training double stick. I've moved from drill phase to tactical phase, and I love it.
Check it out.
Added by Eric Primm on October 29, 2014 at 11:39am —
I've been thinking a lot about what I am really doing when teaching the Filipino Martial Arts. What do I owe my students? How can I be the best instructor that I'm able to be? Continue
I wrote about it on my blog. Please, check it out and let me know what you do to be the best instructor you can…
Added by Eric Primm on October 13, 2014 at 8:33am —