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On Follow ups

In a martial arts system that is primarily based on the block and counter theory, understanding and navigating the differences between blocking and countering is essential. That seems pretty simplistic and rather over stated but you might be surprised by how easy it is to forego one for the other or to lose sight of the functionality of a technique because you are too focused on either ham handed blocking or overly decorative counters. Transitions and…
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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on March 9, 2018 at 10:08am — No Comments

On Abaniko

Abaniko is a great style to learn for scenarios where your back is against an obstruction or hazard. Uncle Leo used to tell us it was good for fighting up against a wall or car or other barrier. It's important to remember that "Abaniko" translates as Fan. This is both a metaphor and a practical application. With the Abaniko techniques, we use the side of the blade to redirect and propel the opponent's weapon off the attack line. It takes precise timing and accurate placement of the weapon to…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on February 27, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Elipses

We certainly enjoyed the unseasonable weather this past weekend and got out to do more advanced training. Thanks Janelle and Patt for putting in the hard work and taking a few knocks. Trust me, they delivered a few too.

Saturday's lesson centered around elliptical striking and blocking and the way it helps cut down intervals of time. By applying the principal of ellipses to our work, we bring round movements closer to straight lines and therefore cut down t…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on February 7, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The question no practitioner of FMA wants to hear

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…

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Added by Zach Jenkins on June 28, 2017 at 10:41am — 8 Comments

BARK RIVER KNIVES MORO BORONG

FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTISTS



I don't know about you, but I collect knives of all kinds for practice and personal protection.  Have been doing so for a fairly long time.



Bark River Knives (BRK) makes a very nice Moro Borong, but it in A2 steel. A2 steel is a good steel but because it is a tool steel there are much better steels out there to be had.



I called BRK and they told me that if I wanted to see the Moro Barong in CPM 3V, which is…

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Added by Black Swan Tactical on June 13, 2017 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

Some notes on Macabebe

Estilo Macabebe is one of the 20 styles in the Giron system of Escrima. Uncle Leo explained that the name derived from the Macabebe tribe who were known for their double weapon fighting style. It is practiced with two similar length weapons and incorporates both Kob Kob and Sinawali techniques (more about those later). On the surface, defending yourself with two weapons rather than one seems a no brainer. More is better, right? But, the reality is much more complicated than the theory. Most…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on May 16, 2017 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Diversity in Style

I wanted to have a brief chat about style. One thing I have learned over the years is that each player has their own style; distinct, individual, unique. Yet, how does that square with the need for conformity and consistency in curriculum? I have to teach the same technique to a wide range of individuals. Does that mean that I have to change the technique for each student or is it the student who needs to change? My Dad was a strict Biology professor. His opinion was that it was the…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on May 10, 2017 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

INSIGHT ON GROWTH

by PTK-KDP

December 2016

No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” (Carl Jung)

     As a beginner, one can see the distinction from advanced techniques to basic techniques. But for someone who is growing in the art, the distinction disappears. What's left is only growth. When you…

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Added by Pekiti Tirsia DC/MD/VA on May 1, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

DEVELOPING PATIENCE IN MARTIAL ARTS PRACTICE

by PTK-KDP

January 2017

     Mastery of Kali takes time. The transformation that occurs throughout our time for practice is both internal and external. It is not smooth and flowing like the movements we practice. Sometimes it is challenging and painstaking... sometimes deeply moving or thought-provoking, sometimes it confirms…

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Added by Pekiti Tirsia DC/MD/VA on May 1, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Take your warrior with you

Topic for this week: Take your warrior with you. Last weekend, we decided to loop back on fundamentals. The students have been working through the week on angles 1-12 and now that they are getting advanced, they decided it would be good to review. I still teach the old way. Everyone has to go through each number completely before advancing to the next. It's the way I was taught and I think there is deep value in it. The Giron system, taught this way, is complex and highly technical. It's…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on April 4, 2017 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Situational control

Finally got back out on Saturday after weeks of unrelenting rain. Thanks to Janelle, Patt and Dan for…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on February 27, 2017 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Hammer time

Okay, so now I have freekin' seen it all! I just came across a video of a FMA…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on February 7, 2017 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Balintawak iyahay concepts

Quick essay I wrote to try and organize the teaching of GM Sam Buot. Forgive any grammatical or spelling errors. I will eventually clean it up.



On Iyahay-

Learning martial arts is like learning a language. You start with simple vocabulary. In this case, the 12 basic angles of attacks and preliminary defensive counters. Next you learn how to create basic sentences. I.e. See spot, See spot run. In Balintawak, this is the grouping system which consists of 6 basic sequences. As you… Continue

Added by Mark Kwong on November 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Loyalty or obedience?

Remember that history is written by the conqueror and that obedience is often mistaken for…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on October 18, 2016 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

Block hard

We recently worked on some consecutive, simple blocks. They were Roof on #1, Sweep on #2,…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on September 29, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Levels of Expertise

I would like to ask the MYFMA.NET community what they feel best represents basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of FMA. Please include short video examples in your responses.

Thank you,

Maestro Guro Dave

Added by Guro David Battaglia on May 4, 2016 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Doug Marcaida on History Channel, "Forged In Fire"

MyFMA.net member Doug Marcaida is on a History Channel cable show regarding bladesmithing called, "Forged In Fire." I highly recommend you watch this show. My brother is busy taping all of them!!!Doug Marcaida

Added by Black Swan Tactical on April 8, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Alternate Activity to enhance your FMA training...

Does anyone of you have a great idea on how to make eskrima more enjoyable to practice? Let's face it, doing the same steps again and again makes the art repetitive and boring. Do you have some cool or crazy ideas to make the steps look fresh and enticing to practice everyday but at the same time, maintaining the concepts of the art's style?

Added by Lester U. on April 7, 2016 at 6:11am — 3 Comments

Decuerdas-Diestro Fighting System

I.D.E.A International DeCuerdas Escrima Association

Presents Gm Arthur Gonzalez teaching along with De Cuerdas Escrima instructors in DEFMAC: DeCuerdas Escrima-...FMA Camp:

On April 30, 2016 from 10am to 3 pm. All martial artists from beginner to master levels are invited to attend

The Gonzalez DeCuerdas Escrima-FMA Camp presents an intensive self-defense program that’s comprehensive and practical. …

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Added by terry joven on March 18, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

6 Steps for Mindful Practice

One thing that I love about the Filipino martial arts is that they require mindful practice in order to avoid a stick to the face. As much as I wish it didn't, my mind wanders frequently. On my blog, I give six steps that I use to be more in the moment during my martial arts training.…

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Added by Eric Primm on February 10, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

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