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March 2014 Blog Posts (10)

FMATalk Live with Master Jon Escudero on iTunes

This week we were excited to have Master Jon Escudero of Lightning Scientific Arnis Israel.  We'll be chatting about his upcoming US tour and the importance of weapons training in the modern world.

Visit his website:

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.

Listen to this show live and streaming this…


Added by Mark Basel on March 31, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments

Horizontal and Vertical lines

When you think about  it there are only two directions strikes can come from based upon planes: Horizontal, Vertical.

Regardless of how the strike is thrown they are still on these planes. Period!

The skill lays in the ability to deal with them on different planes of the three zones of the body.These are the head to neck, chest to abdomen, hips to feet. This process involves punches and kicks, all edges weapons & impact- pole weapons. you must be able to think in these…


Added by Marc Lawrence on March 30, 2014 at 7:09pm — 3 Comments

“It’s your baby”

“It’s your baby”

-Guro Mike Cardenas

Many years ago, when we used to train out of Master Jorge’s school off of Fremont Street in Stockton, GM Art had been teaching us a variety of defenses against mugging scenarios. On this particular evening we started the lesson in a very controlled manner with a single attacker, yielding a knife. We would react with a series of quick and deliberate movements to escape the situation, over the first hour my confidence grew as I quickly…


Added by Michael Cardenas on March 27, 2014 at 4:08pm — 3 Comments

Punching and Kicking with stick fighting

Last night we trained at the park like we do every week. This week's topic was how to punch and kick while stick fighting. I took a lesson out of Manong Espi's book he used to say the you distract with stick and change ranges and punch. My students found that basic punches like jabs crosses, bolo and hooks worked the best. The striking area's with punching were limited to the upper and mid zones of the body. From the belt line down kicking and kneeing worked the best simple kick not less.…


Added by Marc Lawrence on March 20, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments


I started off the class on Saturday morning with a recommendation on some really nice documentary work done by the PBS people on the making of and philosophy surrounding traditional sword craft in Japan. For anyone who may be interested, here is a link to the video: What I have always admired about the Japanese culture is the level of commitment both expected…


Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on March 17, 2014 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

Tai Chi & Kali in Las Vegas

Creative Warrior Academy of Las Vegas offers high quality progressive and traditional martial arts, my instructors Guro Richard Lamoureaux & Sifu Jack Soderberg have trained me in such a versatile , eclectic way that Im able to offer to you a well balanced system that includes brazilian jiu jitsu, western wrestling, kickboxing, lama kung fu, Tai Chi and Kali all with JKD concepts.

I teach at 2 store front locations and working on setting…


Added by Justin Cataldi on March 14, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Ground Zero....Ron Saturno

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 down for 'any' reason. If it should ever come up for demolition, it should be lovingly taken apart brick by brick and moved to another…


Added by terry joven on March 12, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

FMATalkLive with Author and Healer Virgil Mayor Apostol on iTunes

Virgil Mayor Apostol has dedicated himself to the research, development, and promotion of Filipino cultural and healing traditions. He descends from a paternal and maternal bloodline of healers and from the teachings of respected elders. 

His book, Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions, which is now in its second print, was released by North Atlantic Books back in 2010.

We had a great…


Added by Mark Basel on March 10, 2014 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Great Grandmaster Ernesto Presas


Great Grandmaster Ernesto Presas is the founder of Kombatan and one of the most accomplished Filipino martial artists. In 1970 he created ARJUKEN, the Arnis, Kendo, Jujitsu, Karate Association to promote Filipino martial arts within the Philippines. In 1975 he founded the International Philippine Martial Arts Federation (IPMAF) to promote Filipino martial arts around the world. Currentlly Kombatan has schools that reach from the United States, Australia, Mexico…


Added by AJ Ruiz on March 9, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments

New FMATalk Live episodes are on iTunes

Checkout  and subscribe to FMATalk Live on iTunes.  New episodes with Maha Guro Brian "Buzz" Smith and Stick Fighting World Commissioner Datu Tim Hartman.  We also talk about the deadly Piper Knife method from South Africa.

Added by Mark Basel on March 5, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

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