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May 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Memorial Day Reifications

Isidro P. Javier    5/10/1912 - 8/18/2010



  To day is Memorial Day. All over America people are celebrating with the traditional “day off’ and lighting up the bar-BBQ's, going out on picnics, having festivals, and enjoying time with families and friends. We do not mean to ignore the terrible…


Added by Glen A. Rathbone on May 30, 2011 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Recovering from Western Regional WEKAF

Went yesterday and supported WEKAF's Western Regional at Mt Sac. Had good time, saw a lot of old friends there, caught up with many of them face to face instead of e-mails. Saw some of my Facebook and my FMA,net buddies there and talked. Joe was there, and I had only talked with the net to him.  My nephew and I fought, it was funny being coached by my 13 year old nephew Gilbert, he also was my corner handler like I do for him. I won both of my fights, had really good clean fight with Joe, real… Continue

Added by Marc Lawrence on May 29, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Filipino Master Arnel C. Ariap (JAMBIAS) authentic weapons


 (JAMBIAS) authentic weapon

By: Master Arnel C. Ariap

The jambia is a traditional curved dagger worn at the waist by Yemeni men. Archeological evidence suggests that jambias originated in about 500 B.C. The jambia is worn with the tip of the blade pointed toward the side, which is jamb in Arabic, hence the origin of the name. Jambias are usually handed down from generation to…


Added by Tad-Sun-Pok (Hybrid Boxing) on May 29, 2011 at 12:52am — No Comments

New Kali sticks arrived :)

Just got a brand new set of sticks from, they are fantastic. Hand-crafted durability and tradition you can feel. I fear I could easily drain my bank account on this website. I will likely be keeping the neighbors up all night with sinawalli drills on the trees out back :)

Added by Andy Narusewicz on May 26, 2011 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Introduction to

Hello everyone, my name is Andy Narusewicz and I am new to

I am 26 years old and live in Northern Virginia, Ive been involved in the martial arts for about 12 years. I began studying Shaolin Kuntao in the late 1990's in Pennsylvania where I grew up. After college, I moved to Virginia where I trained in Krav Maga for 4 years. I continued to train (and even teach a little) Krav when I found out about a new FMA class being offered at my school. Guro Bryan Mossey, a student and…


Added by Andy Narusewicz on May 26, 2011 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

FMA Brotherhood Midwest Gathering Donation to the Wounded Warrior Porject

The Brotherhood Midwest Gathering took place on May 21 & 22 at Ki-Do Karate, Highland, IL. The gathering was high energy from the opening demonstration by Isang Mundo Isang Tribo through the final session on Sunday. It was a great weekend for networking, participating, sharing, and caring. All proceeds benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. We were able to donate…


Added by David G. Daiber on May 25, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

The best pasta I ever ate

I am often asked what knife I carry and what the best knife for tactical use is.  I also see a lot of FMA practitioners show extreme loyalty to one or more of their precious, decorated $50 sticks.  There is a saying in our dialect of Italian that loosely translates as “the pasta I am eating right now is the best I ever had”.  In my family, we often quote this phrase when we want to say that we are happy with what we have and grateful for it.  I have practiced with old Wiffle Bats, broom…


Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on May 25, 2011 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Fighting the need for drama

We have all seen the movies and the videos of high flying, acrobatic athletes performing martial maneuvers that defy physics.  Although extremely entertaining, most of us know that astounding leaps and earth shattering kicks don’t really happen in the real world.  Likewise, extended weapon exchanges that go parry for parry and lay waste to the surrounding set usually are more fantasy than fact.  In reality, exchanges with weapons are fast, direct and simple.  Defenses against such attacks…


Added by Guro Lawrence Motta on May 25, 2011 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Happy Birthday Manong Isidro P. Javier


 Today is Great Grand Master Isidro P. Javier’s birthday. He would have been 99 years old, and were it not for his passing in August 2010 at the age of 98, I was  looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday.


It is a time to…


Added by Glen A. Rathbone on May 11, 2011 at 1:07am — 2 Comments

Filipino Martial Artist Doing Triathlon for Leukemia Asking for Donations

As a three year student of Kuntaw Kali Kruzada under Datu Rich Acosta, I'm asking my fellow martial artists to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by clicking on the following link to my Team in Training page where you can make donations with a credit card:

In case you're interested, as part of my fundraising efforts I also did stand-up…


Added by Dave on May 10, 2011 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

A journey of many lifetimes

Passed down from generation to generation, hundreds of styles of martial arts exist today and are practiced by hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Each style has it's own strengths and individuality created by its founder and each style means something slightly different to each of its practitioners. Over time the style is shaped by infamous metaphorical river of time and the passage from one practitioner to the next. Styles ebb and flow and take on…


Added by Tim Johnson on May 5, 2011 at 11:18am — No Comments

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