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Overly complicated methods used in teaching

If you have good teacher then they will start you off at the basic level doing simple things with you and teaching you foundational principles. But if you have bad teacher or lazy teacher or worse an instructor that does monkey see monkey do, then you will be taught overly complicated methods before you are ready to understand them and be able to perform them thus making you lost.

I will take shot at one of the sacred pillars of FMA, sinawalli- yes double stick! Most people at first…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on May 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 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…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on March 30, 2014 at 7:09pm — 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.…

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

Of Spears and Lances

Of all of the weapons the spear is one of the oldest ones,  think about it, its a long skinny pole with a pointed end. It may or may not have metal pointed end and still is effective. It is not complex to teach someone how to use it as it is simple weapon, yet how many martial art schools teach how to use it or even throw it. I know some Kung Fu schools do they make it a bit fancy, I know groups like NAWA do and spar with them, the Hawaiian Lua schools do but only a hand full of FMA schools…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on February 25, 2014 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Lunar New Year the Year of the Horse

We sit in a new Lunar New Year it being the year of the Horse. Most people do not know the origin of the Chinese Lunar New Year, as Chinese were settlers and traders in the Philippines, this celebration  still happen every year.The story I heard about this was one going back in time. As many on myths and legend go this is good one to share.  According to the legend, over 17 centuries ago, during the Yin-Shang Dynasty, an evil monster lived in the depths of the Yellow River. Every New Year’s…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on February 1, 2014 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Christmas Time in Our Filipino American Family

Well its the Christmas season here on the main land and our little Barongay-Villiage in Little Hawaii and our Filipino -American family has its blend of cultures and traditions. We look forward to the family parties that have been going on for last two weeks and will continue to go on until New Years. We look forward to home made lumpia, spam fried rice, christmas ham,  corn bread stuffing and pansit! Banana lumpia and apple pie with home made whipping cream. Christmas trees and…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on December 21, 2013 at 12:31pm — 2 Comments

A Special Philippine Typhoon Relief Martial Arts Seminar

December 7th, 2013 at Kaizen Dojo, Torrance, CA

A Special Philippine Typhoon Relief Martial Arts Seminar will be held at Kaizen Dojo. 1824 West 182nd street, Torrance, CA 90504

Teaching will be Sensi William Christopher Ford, Mataw Guro Marc Lawrence,Officer Cesar D Catamisan, Sensi Jocelyn Chang.

Topics will include Kata for real world application,

Practical Knife defense for street attacks,

Weapons Retention in hand to hand combat, control methods for subduing…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on November 19, 2013 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Links on How to Help with the Typhoon Disaster the Philippines

As with most of us in the Filipino Martial Arts and Filipino American community are asking right now the same question, which is How can I help folks back in the Philippines? Here is link to page I found put out by CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/09/world/iyw-how-to-help-typhoon-haiyan/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

Added by Marc Lawrence on November 10, 2013 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Super Typhoon hits Philippines

My thoughts and prayers goes out to my friends and their families we know in Cebu. As we know currently the largest Typhoon to ever make land fall happen to the islands of Leyte, Samar, Cebu as well other smaller islands. With winds of over 150-195 mph in what was considered a category five hurricane force winds very few building can survive this! Typical framed homes will be destroyed. There also was storm surge of up to 10 feet in the coastal areas. All of us in the FMA community will have…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on November 8, 2013 at 4:36pm — No Comments

To Breath, Move & Focus on Action!

So I guy I know sent this in chain e-mail on Survival methods I thought he had some good points.

Breathe! - Fear restricts breath. Practice breathing during your training, and in situations that cause you apprehension and fear. Be mindful of your breathing when you're feeling nervous and take control of it.

Move! - TOWARD and INTO the Attacker! It's the opposite of freezing up or retracting, and it's the only place you can effectively harm him with a counter-attack. Press…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on November 5, 2013 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

What is an Advanced Technique and how do we get there?

I hear people say they teach an advanced techniques, but what is it and how do you know it is  and it is not just an intermediate technique!  So lets take striking be it forehand or back hand, you are first taught to strike at general target area. Then you are taught to strike at specific target. This striking is done with fluid complete motion. Great so now you know how to hit something quickly and cleanly. So we have progressed from the most basic your teacher has slow you long range…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on November 3, 2013 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

The Basics of Filipino Martial Arts

I have heard people say that there are no basics in Filipino Martial Arts, but that is farther from the true then the Moon! Filipino Martial arts have some very solid basics that make it up. It may get lost sometimes in translation or just in explanation by a teacher but they are present!

Over the years I have had the great fortune to work out with cross train with and go to seminar with many Grand Master, Masters Guros and Instructors. Because of my work-place training as vocational…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on October 28, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Check out how to fight from the setted position!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEMO5-DBUWM

Here is the link to a 6 minute video we shot on how to fight from the seated position. Everybody should practice this. I had someone recently ask me how this was done, did a demonstration at my work on how to do this. Not hard but worth the practice.

Added by Marc Lawrence on October 22, 2013 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Check out my daily Twitter post on Arnis Training

You can find me at filamfighter1- here's todays:There are 4 parts to a stick ion Arnis 1) tip 2)blade 3) handle 4) butt The Trick is to use each part of the stick when fighting!

Added by Marc Lawrence on October 7, 2013 at 11:23am — No Comments

Daily Basic Tips on Arnis de Mano and more!

I have taken to posting daily on twitter tips on being a better Arnisador. You can follow me on twitter @ filamfight1. Besides that just thought for the day based upon the geometry of fighting you have three zones you must defend, these are divided into eight parts from another thought process, there are four ranges you must be able to fight in and five lines you methods must work in. When stop to think about that it creates many different problems and solutions. All of the old Masters…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on October 6, 2013 at 11:32am — 4 Comments

Arnis de Mano a Weapons platform

When people want to learn Arnis de Mano, they usually mean they want to learn a martial art. What they do not realize is that Arnis de Mano is what the military would call a "weapons platform". This means that the skills and concepts when done correctly can be applied to any hand held weapon so long as the practitioner understand the mechanics of the that weapon. That includes what kind of cutting weapon, impact weapon, flexing weapon, whether its long or short in its reach or even if is…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on September 25, 2013 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Long Weekend of FMA and Living History

This last weekend myself and seven other Eskrimadors were part of a living history event at old Fort Mac Museum in San Pedro, CA. We organized along with other Spanish American War Reenactors both American and Spanish to show the Philippine- Spanish War for Indepence and the Philippine American War. It is also known as the Philippine Insurrection. It was challenge to get three different FMA school together  for an event and put on a good show. We organized ourselves into group we called "The…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on July 17, 2013 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

The Last 72 Hours- 3 days of non-stop Arnis



The last 72 hours have been a very interesting chain of events making more tired then I have been in a long time, but it has been very positive! Things started a number of years ago because of introduction by Darren Tibon to gentleman named Val Mijailovic. Val is the publisher of Masters Magazine and owner of Empire Media. Val has been trying to get me out to his studio for a nu…

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Added by Marc Lawrence on July 1, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments

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