The question: How practical in today's world is the use of the stick or sword as a necessary means of self-defense?
A question like the aforementioned one is enough to get many practitioners of FMA triggered. The common rebuttal is often the fact that any object can take the place of the stick or sword. Really? Like what? A tennis racquet, an umbrella, a baseball bat? The problem with this analogy is that just like sticks, normally none of these items are readily… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on June 28, 2017 at 10:41am —
Believe it or not
For several years now I’ve been blogging and introducing threads on martial art forums for a variety of martial art websites. My purpose for writing in these forums are to share my experiences and start a conversation in regards to Southeast Asian martial arts namely FMA on this site. Often I read comments like, “I’m calling BS on this or that.” But the fact that whether a person believes something or not is based on their exposure or the lack thereof.
When I… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on August 31, 2015 at 11:01am —
When I decided to pursue training in the martial arts I was a young kid growing up in New York City just trying to find a way to protect myself against the neighborhood bullies. Now I enjoy martial arts training much like others enjoy any other hobby or interest.
In the fall of 1999 I was in Birmingham England for a Filipino Martial Arts workshop. A day prior to the event my teacher sent word for me to meet with him and two other instructors outside of the guest house where we were… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on July 17, 2015 at 10:41am —
Can martial arts be over structured?
Structure is very important in almost everything we do in life. In the military structure equals efficiency and is effective in the movement and training of large groups. The same holds true for the martial arts in that when you take a person that knows nothing or very little about the martial arts, it requires structure in order to get them through the different stages of training.
Students are comfortable with a structured curriculum… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on June 10, 2015 at 8:30am —
What goes into the creation of a new martial art, style, or system?
In my opinion there are degrees of separation when it comes to the martial arts. You have an art, a system, and a style. Being a professional artist I always think of art as being creative. A system to me is a method of doing something and a style is how a person interprets what they learned.
In order for a martial art system to work as it is intended, it must be tested. Much like theories must go through… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on June 5, 2015 at 9:54am —
Have you ever spoken to someone that knew that you practiced martial arts and when you suggested that they try it out they came back with I’ll just shoot them and then they point their finger like it’s a gun? I used to say okay, I’m ready, lets fight and you shoot me with your finger gun, but now I don’t even bother. The truth of the matter is that a gun is not the answer to every situation. Being in law enforcement I’m required to carry a firearm in performance of my duties and I also carry… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on June 18, 2014 at 9:43am —
Most forms of Filipino Martial Art styles employ the solo baston, doble baston, long and short combinations, knife work, empty hands, grappling, and so on. In fact it’s rare to see a teacher or practitioner of FMA that sticks to one aspect of FMA. But is it a necessity to train in many aspects of FMA? Did European fencing clubs practice boxing as well as fencing techniques? What if single stick was the only method someone placed all of their focus on, would it be enough or are multiple facets… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on May 29, 2014 at 10:22am —
Although there are many martial artists that deny it, more than many want to be recognized for their accomplishments as martial artists. I had a discussion with my students recently about the belt ranking systems and titles. Most martial artists that practice and teach arts from Southeast Asia and who live outside of this region will at some point have this discussion with their students since traditionally belts and titles in these arts only meant you are extending an open invitation to a… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on May 22, 2014 at 8:21am —
One of my former math teacher's favorite saying was, "you must know it like you know your name..." It's funny the things that you never forget and it's also funny how something like a little saying can be applied to amost anything including the martial arts.
Whether what you're training is practical or not, if you train it enough, you'll get very good at it... I often use this phrase with my students in order to get my point across to them about the importance of training away from… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on March 13, 2013 at 10:03am —
I never put much though into it before until last night when I decided to teach some students a few drills that I learned when I was first studied "Kali" here in the United States. After one of my students began performing the drills he said, "seriously?" After explaining and examining the differences in concepts and principles from what I learned in the beginning and what I teach as my base FMA system, I came to the same conclusion. There were so many fallacies I discovered in what I'd… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on September 27, 2012 at 9:57am —
Safety is very important when practicing martial arts, especially for beginners. I know a famous and very respected teacher that used to always say, "be careful, we all have to go to work tomorrow". That being said, is there ever a time where a person's skill reaches a level where they should fight unprotected? I believe there are advantages and disadvantages. Obviously the disadvantages are the possibility of injury. The advantages that I see are that a person will learn not to be too daring… Continue
Added by Zach Jenkins on July 25, 2010 at 8:35am —