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…
Added by Marc Lawrence on November 19, 2013 at 10:37pm — No Comments
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:
Added by Marc Lawrence on November 10, 2013 at 9:45pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Marc Lawrence on November 8, 2013 at 4:36pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Marc Lawrence on October 28, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments
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
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…
Added by Marc Lawrence on July 1, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments
Great workout today with my two morning students! Nothing like playing with double sticks then going to double bolos then double bolo to single bolo! Worked on knife tip parries blended with Enganyos! Through in some knife tapping and Cadena de Manos we have great two hour workout! I think I wore out my students only went through two bottles of water. To think we did this by 1030 am
Added by Marc Lawrence on June 27, 2013 at 8:45pm — No Comments
We have a small class on Saturday morning at Kaizen Dojo teaching Arnis de Mano, it is just eight of this morning like most, we training hard teaching just the basics of it with just 12 weeks. I will say that the student learn the concepts well and have to focus on whatever the weapon(s) are. We played a game this morning with one person getting a whatever thrown at them, it could be a kick, a punch, a cut with a knife or a stick swung at them. I…Continue
Added by Marc Lawrence on June 22, 2013 at 1:25pm — No Comments
So today is the Summer Solstice and I had private lesson with another one my student David. WE had a good work in a small patch of shade at the park playing with double sticks, wooden Bolos and wooden training knives, and of course knife training. I believe and stress upon my students that every knife training session should always include empty hands verse knife while accessing your own, uses of foot work, using you live hand in conjunction to your knife and understanding the geometry of…Continue
Added by Marc Lawrence on June 21, 2013 at 8:54pm — No Comments
Had great workout this morning with one of my students Thomas, training in self defense against knife attacks. Did both seated and standing methods. Practiced accessing your weapon, when attacked, using defensive counter measures, and controlling of the five lines based upon the fighting geometry. look for an article about this coming soon in the FMA Informative.
Added by Marc Lawrence on June 20, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments
I will say this topic is one I deal with all of the time and if you are reading this and are "thin skinned" stop now so you feeling do not get hurt! OK for those who are interest here is my thoughts and observations. I have seeing some of the post that my friend Daniel has posted in his satire Guro FOB, and it has made me laugh because I can relate to what he says.
But putting the humor aside for moment lets look at some of the Filipino American systems, these are made out of piece…Continue