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My Journey to Black Belt

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 — No Comments

Key to Victory

Keys to Victory

Professional pianist excels in the art of Filipino stick fighting

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…

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Added by terry joven on January 30, 2015 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

2015 CTS Seminar Schedule

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 — No Comments

Remembering Bobby.....By Ron Saturno

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…

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Added by terry joven on January 17, 2015 at 9:41am — 2 Comments

Ground Zero Post from Ron Saturno

Ground Zero.....

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…

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Added by terry joven on January 17, 2015 at 9:12am — No Comments

The Importance of Lineage in Martial Arts

      Let me first tell you how I met GM Dr. Guillermo Lengson .



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…

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Added by Sony P. Sy on January 17, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

There can only be one! Long live Escrima!

Very cool story from

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Added by terry joven on January 16, 2015 at 10:07am — No Comments

Larga Mano

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…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on December 10, 2014 at 2:47pm — 7 Comments

2014 IMC Curriculum: Part Three

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…

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Added by Eric Primm on December 4, 2014 at 11:43am — No Comments

2014 IMC Curriculum: Part Two

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…

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Added by Eric Primm on November 29, 2014 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Submit your Comment to the Government of Ontario (Canada) to Exempt Mixed Weapons Martial Arts from the Criminal Code

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…

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Added by STICKFIGHTING WORLD on November 25, 2014 at 1:03pm — No Comments

2014 IMC Curriculum: Part One

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…

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Added by Eric Primm on November 24, 2014 at 8:15am — No Comments

2014 CTS Iron Mountain Camp: Overview

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…

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Added by Eric Primm on November 20, 2014 at 11:39am — No Comments

The Sundot

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…

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Added by Noel Royeca on November 8, 2014 at 4:34am — No Comments

2014 Iron Mountain Photos

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,…

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Added by Eric Primm on November 7, 2014 at 9:52am — No Comments

Double Stick Tactics

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 — No Comments

An Instructor's Responsibility

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?



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…

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Added by Eric Primm on October 13, 2014 at 8:33am — 3 Comments

Creative Warrior Academy of Las Vegas and Sifu Justin are relocating to a bigger , better facility that has every thing you need under one roof !

If you are looking for great Kali / Eskrima /Arnis classes ,

if you ever wanted to study Kung Fu or Tai Chi , 

If you are interested in Jeet Kune Do concepts and training ,

this could be the place for you , 

On top of all that you can get professional level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA training there too from David Howard , & Marvin Eastman !



City Athletic Club is located…

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Added by Justin Cataldi on October 8, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Springfield FMA Seminar Part Three: Sparring

The final part of Counterpoint Tactical System rank testing is sparring. To finish up the test, we sparred panantukan and largo, single stick. To get caught up, you can find the first and …

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Added by Eric Primm on September 30, 2014 at 3:53pm — 2 Comments

Springfield FMA Seminar Part Two: Testing

On September 13th, Counterpoint Tactical System founder Zach Whitson taught a seminar in Springfield, MO. I covered part one about the seminar material here. At the end of the seminar, three…

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Added by Eric Primm on September 25, 2014 at 9:35am — No Comments

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