I often refer to fencing techniques during instruction. I spent a good part of my youth in a fencing school, practicing advances, retreats, lunges and other techniques. My teacher was the father of one of my high school friends. Maestro Meudt had a small club in Maryland called the Olympic Fencing Club and we would go there and train a lot and go to local competitions. Later, I signed up for the team in college and I got to compete throughout the mid-Atlantic and once in…Continue
Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on August 3, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments
ITAK Clothing attended this years GSBA USA Regional Tournament, and helped sponsor this great event. A lot of great aspiring fighters represented their respected schools, to qualify for the Nationals and on to the Championship. Schools from around California participated in this event, including the schools from the North Bay. This event was hosted by Francis Serrano, of the FMA School (www.fmaschool.com), and the turnout was great. There were raffles…Continue
Added by Marc Mendoza on July 28, 2015 at 2:10pm — No Comments
This year's SEACAF has the honour of being attended by two Special Guest
Instructors from California: Master Mark Mikita (http://fightology.com/)
from Los Angeles, and Maestro Dexter Labonog, Head Instructor of Bahala Na
Multi-Style in Stockton, California. We also have the privilege of
attendance by Tom dyTang, designated head of the Kalis Ilustrisimo Orihinal
Repeticion lineage under Grandmaster Tony Diego. It is…
Added by terry joven on July 21, 2015 at 5:48pm — No Comments
So, I was going over some video files and decided to put something together. Hope you guys like it. It's a mixture of drills, 12 basic strikes, lock and block, and sinawali. Towards the end, I put a clip of a demo we did back in the day for a church group here in our area. I choreographed it mixing in the the lock and block drill, espada y daga style. Then moving on to the sumbrada... (continued…Continue
It was another sunny day over the weekend, and I was lucky that I got off work early. Called over some friends and had them come over to record some videos. We usually do this just to go over some lessons, drills, that we previously learned.
We started off with some basic drills that we usually do and work from there. Then we went on to some basic knife defense. Trying to get the ins and outs, going over those “what ifs” situations. Then went over some hand to…
Added by Marc Mendoza on July 14, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I wrote this up for my website as a way to entice folks to join my classes at the local community centre.
The beginning of this post:
"This post delves briefly into what to expect in the first Modern Arnis/Filipino Martial Arts class and applies equally to children and adults.
For starters, you can expect a hell of a lot of fun!
You can expect to start on a fascinating journey through…Continue
Added by Brian Johns on July 11, 2015 at 10:06am — No Comments
Once again I cant begin to express how thankful I am to the Babao family for all their help and support in putting together these Las Vegas seminars twice a year. God willing we will have many more .
GM Zena Babao , Master Narrison Babao , & Master Jack Babao came out this time , Maestro Kris Babao would also have been there but had a young one get sick in the last minute, for us parents we know how that goes lol .Masters Nar and Jack held a great seminar showing angles 7…Continue
Happy 4th of July!
In the beginning of this post, I said: "In this post, I discuss the 5 benefits of teaching private martial arts lessons from an instructor’s perspective. The obvious financial aspect will not be discussed. Instead, I will discuss several benefits that instructors can derive from teaching private lessons."
This post obviously applies to FMAs.
Added by Brian Johns on July 4, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments
The beginning of the post:
"Modern Arnis, a Filipino Martial Art, has been around since at least 1957 when it was introduced to the public by the late Professor Remy A. Presas. There are many elements to Modern Arnis including stick work, joint locks, ground controls, knife defence, empty hands,and espada y daga. It’s not just a martial art; it’s a great self defense system!"
To find out the 10 Reasons to Try Filipino Martial Arts, click …
Added by Brian Johns on June 20, 2015 at 7:43am — No Comments
The Martiatial Concepts assoc. name i have been using since 1985, is no longer used. I am now simply Morales' Escrima-Kuntaw. Certificates and all other material will be changed to accordingly.
Added by Joel Morales on June 19, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments
While this applies to the art that I teach (Modern Arnis), this can apply to any FMA. :-)
Many of my kids are 5 to 8 years old and are a lot of fun to teach. You need a lot of patience. :-)
The beginning of the article:
"Yesterday, we covered the first 7 benefits that children can gain from training in Modern Arnis.
Today, we cover more benefits that children can gain from…Continue
Added by Brian Johns on May 30, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments
Occasionally, I get asked if I teach the whole Counterpoint Tactical System curriculum, or if I will teach knife material only. In an effort to maintain a level of quality instruction, I teach from the curriculum, and my…Continue
Added by Eric Primm on May 28, 2015 at 7:29am — No Comments
Ever since ITAK Clothing opened back on April 2nd, 2015, the FMA community has been very helpful and supportive. Our friends in the social media has been increasing. I even had the chance to talk to some fellow practitioners who have helped our brand spread either via word of mouth or through other social media. I am very thankful and appreciate all your continued support.
With the community's help, we are able to attend as a vendor for the upcoming June and July events. We will…Continue
Added by Marc Mendoza on May 18, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments
The beginning of this post: "Often I’ll tell my students “Change partners!” during class. Why? Because it’s good for all of us. In this article, I list seven benefits of changing and working with different partners."
Read the rest of this post at: 7 Benefits of Changing Partners
"There are some in the FMA community who argue against set patterns believing that dynamism does not come out of set patterns, whether it be a form/kata/or anyos or flow drills. The thinking is that time would be better spent giving students problems to solve and figure things out on a trial and error basis. According to them, you should spend more…Continue
This past weekend, May 1st-3rd, Master Zach Whitson, founder of Counterpoint Tactical System, was in St. Louis, MO to conduct training. Friday afternoon we had an advanced class on double stick tactics and sparring. Saturday was the seminar. The morning session was dedicated to trapping in corto range sparring from Cacoy Doce Pares. The afternoon session was…Continue
Added by Eric Primm on May 8, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments
I teach Modern Arnis in Oshawa and blog regularly about my art as well as other FMAs. Here's the latest blog. Enjoy! :-)
Added by Brian Johns on May 2, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments