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4th EAST COAST FMA GATHERING 2015 BALINTAWAK GATHERING LEGACY OF MASTERS at NOVA Field House

July 11, 2015 at 9am to July 12, 2015 at 5pm
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5 Benefits of Teaching Private Lessons

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Brazilian fighters react to new UFC drug testing program

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UFC expands its Hall of Fame to accommodate fans of every stripe - Las Vegas Magazine

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My Fight Your Fight: (The Official UK edition): Amazon.co.uk: Ronda Rousey: 9781780894904: Books

amazon.co.uk - These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers. Great got the book, but delivery took really long. Great read. Can definitely hear Rousey's voice throughout the book. Only criticism ...


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Dana White gushes over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, details her 'f**king crazy' first meeting with Ronda Rousey

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Remembering The Time Ronda Rousey Beat The Crap Out Of Three Men On A Japanese Game Show

uproxx.com - From the wonderful world of Japanese game shows comes this video of Ronda Rousey using her judo skills on three male comedians. This was back in 2011, the first year of Rousey’s pro MMA career. Bef...


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5 Benefits of Teaching Private Lessons

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.

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Added by Brian Johns on July 4, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments

Ten Reasons to Try Filipino Martial Arts

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 …

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Added by Brian Johns on June 20, 2015 at 7:43am — No Comments

Rename

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

Over Structuring

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

Added by Zach Jenkins on June 10, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Creating a Fighting System

What goes into the creation of a new martial art, style, or system?



In my opinion there are degrees of separation when it comes to the martial arts. You have an art, a system, and a style. Being a professional artist I always think of art as being creative. A system to me is a method of doing something and a style is how a person interprets what they learned.



In order for a martial art system to work as it is intended, it must be tested. Much like theories must go through… Continue

Added by Zach Jenkins on June 5, 2015 at 9:54am — 11 Comments

How Children Can Benefit from Modern Arnis

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…

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Added by Brian Johns on May 30, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why I Teach Curriculum

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…

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Added by Eric Primm on May 28, 2015 at 7:29am — No Comments

Upcoming Events and Thank You!

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…

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Added by Marc Mendoza on May 18, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments

The 7 Benefits of Changing Partners

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

Enjoy!! :-)

Added by Brian Johns on May 16, 2015 at 8:37am — 4 Comments

Evolving from Set Patterns

Evolving from Set Patterns

"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…

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Added by Brian Johns on May 10, 2015 at 9:55am — 5 Comments

3rd Annual Seminar Report

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…

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Added by Eric Primm on May 8, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Blog Post on Stances of Modern Arnis Anyos

I teach Modern Arnis in Oshawa and blog regularly about my art as well as other FMAs. Here's the latest blog. Enjoy! :-)

Stances of Modern Arnis Anyos

Added by Brian Johns on May 2, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments

FMATalk Live! - Grandmaster Sam Buot Balintawak Eskrima

We are excited to have author and Grandmaster Sam Buot Sr.  Grandmaster Sam Buot, Sr., born March 24, 1936, is a lawyer and businessman, a graduate of Silliman University in the Philippines. He was a broker, appraiser, investor and developer, who engaged in real estate both in the Philippines and the USA. Buot was active in the Realtors Board, serving as three-term president of the Cebu Realtors Board and rising to become national president of the Philippines Association of Realtors Boards…

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Added by Mark Basel on April 27, 2015 at 8:47pm — No Comments

It Doesn't Work

I get stuck on the phrase, "It Doesn't Work." I think the phrase is missing a few words. It's one that makes me think about my art. If something doesn't work, why is it still taught? I wrote up my thoughts, and you can check it out…

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Added by Eric Primm on April 22, 2015 at 2:26pm — 4 Comments

Gathering My Thoughts on the Knife

Last week we did some knife training. Between the sparring and the Marc MacYoung Facebook post, knife concepts wouldn't leave my thoughts. I gathered some of them and put them in a blog post. My blog is one tool to help in my Filipino martial arts studies. Sometimes, I have to put all my thoughts in one place to see if I'm on the right track.…

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Added by Eric Primm on April 15, 2015 at 9:06am — No Comments

The Beginning of ITAK Clothing | A New Clothing Brand for Eskrimadors!

How ITAK got started?
I actually been asked a couple of times, what is the meaning of ITAK? How is the sword apply to attaining knowledge? What is Inspired To Attain Knowledge mean?…
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Added by Marc Mendoza on April 14, 2015 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Thanks to sir Terry Joven and sir Patrick Lee for Welcoming Us.

Thanks to sir Terry Joven and sir Patrick Lee for Welcoming Us.

Added by WC Paranaque on April 9, 2015 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

FMATalk Live! - Is Limb Destruction Bulls**t? and Fred crashes the Legendary Wild Card Gym

This week on the podcast we chat about limb destruction in FMA empty hand fighting and Fred tells us his tale of daring do as he attempts to work out at the legendary Wild Card gym while Pac Man there conducting his training camp for the Mayweather fight May 2nd. 



Our hosts will be Guro Federico Malibago, Guro John Bednarski, Guro Mark Basel and anyone else we can convince to join in on the madness.

Check us out on Stitcher and iTunes.…

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Added by Mark Basel on March 31, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Taming the savage within

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…

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Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on March 16, 2015 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

Engineering the Martial Arts

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…

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Added by Eric Primm on February 25, 2015 at 8:33am — No Comments

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