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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

Progress through Resistance

If we want to get stronger, we add resistance or weights to our training regime. We can do the same to increase our martial arts skills. No, not add weights, by adding resistance. This doesn't necessarily mean increase your free sparring, though.

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Added by Eric Primm on January 22, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Engineering the Martial Arts: Problem Solving

Martial arts and engineering have a lot of overlap, and engineering concepts are easily applicable to the martial arts. With a sophisticated art like the FMAs, problems can become complex right away. Engineers have developed a robust process to get to the root of complex, difficult problems. This year, I'm adding a new monthly feature to my blog where…

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Added by Eric Primm on January 19, 2016 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Five Easy Steps to Martial Arts Mastery

Over the past five years, I've really paid attention to martial artists of various skills and levels of commitment. With all of that research, I've distilled the five easy steps that anyone can apply on their martial arts journey. Please,…

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Added by Eric Primm on December 29, 2015 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Footwork Friday: Training Clusters & Block Curriculum

Part of my goals for the second half of this year has been to work on my footwork. I started a blog series about FMA footwork with a new entry every Friday, but when I started, there was no organization or progression to my entries. So, in this latest article, I utilized the concept of block curriculum to group similar footwork patterns. Note that this…

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Added by Eric Primm on December 21, 2015 at 9:11am — No Comments

A Martial Life Episode 19: The Gathering.



Don Franks, creator of the webseries "A Martial Life," visited the Gathering back in September, and while there, they visited with Master Zach… Continue

Added by Eric Primm on November 11, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

2015 Iron Mountain Camp Testing

Counterpoint Tactical System testing took place on three days over the course of the 2015 Iron Mountain camp.

The first rank through the most advanced rank tested during this year's camp. And I had a major milestone as welll.

I tested… Continue

Added by Eric Primm on October 30, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments

2015 Iron Mountain Camp Day Three

Day three of camp was dedicated to Master Whitson's gun versus knife curriculum. With the 21 foot rule in mind, Master Zach Whitson of…

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Added by Eric Primm on October 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

2015 Iron Mountain Camp Day Two



Day two of the 2015 Counterpoint Tactical System Iron Mountain camp was dedicated to panantukan level three. The first level of panantukan is taught to beginning students, and it is revisited in level two a few years later at the first class brown belt. Level three is required for fourth…

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Added by Eric Primm on October 26, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

2015 Iron Mountain Camp: Day One

The 2015 Counterpoint Tactical System Iron Mountain camp is done, and I have started my annual review of what Master Zach Whitson covered. This is the ninth annual gathering of the CTS students. Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North and South…

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Added by Eric Primm on October 20, 2015 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Preparing for Iron Mountain

The ninth annual Iron Mountain instructor training camp is approaching. This is my sixth time attending the camp. This year is a special one for me because I will be testing for first degree black belt. I wrote about preparing for the camp.…

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Added by Eric Primm on August 27, 2015 at 8:27am — No Comments

Footwork Friday: Forward Triangle



On my blog, I'm posting a series of articles about Filipino martial arts footwork. Every Friday brings about a new article. I've gotten behind in posting the articles to this forum; so, I'm now playing catch up and posting the articles here.



This was the second in my footwork Friday articles. It discusses the companion to the reverse triangle. The… Continue

Added by Eric Primm on August 25, 2015 at 8:03am — No Comments

Double Stick Gem City Style

Jonny Lacey is a black belt candidate in Counterpoint Tactical System, and he recorded some double stick solo practice. I couldn't figure out how to load the video on my blog here; so, here is the link to my blog post with Jonny's great work. Wish him luck on his test this October. Check it out…

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Added by Eric Primm on August 21, 2015 at 8:29am — No Comments

Footwork Fridays First Post

At STL Counterpoint, we've spent the second half of the summer focused on footwork. I've also committed myself to a deeper study of footwork by posting up a blog entry every Friday about a different aspect of Filipino martial arts footwork as taught to me by Master Zach Whitson. I'm four…

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Added by Eric Primm on August 17, 2015 at 7:43am — 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

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

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

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

My Journey to Black Belt

Counterpoint Tactical System uses a belt ranking system as part of its organization. This year, I am training for my first degree black belt in CTS. Read here my thoughts on what a black belt…

Added by Eric Primm on January 30, 2015 at 2:37pm — No Comments

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