Recently I started watching the HBO series “walking dead”. It is a show about apocalyptic events on earth that has a majority of the population turning into zombies and a few remaining humans left fighting for their survival. Turns out the zombies are attracted to human beings and feed on them; the zombies can only be killed by damaging the brain or removing their heads which separates the nerve endings that support movement to their extremities. So far the show has them being killed by the…Continue
Training “Por Vida”
Finding the martial art of Eskrima was an accident of good fortune. I say this because the timing was right for a marriage between my needs and that of learning an incredible martial art style that is by far one of the most well rounded arts I had ever seen. Many years ago while working as a maintenance electrician at Rare Parts Incorporated in Stockton I had the great fortune of meeting and befriending Senior Master Jorge Magana, at the time he didn’t hold this…Continue
June 14th 2014 Martial Arts Cultural Exchange
Another M.A.C.E event has come and gone, it was truly an amazing day of cross training and collaboration as well as a historic chapter in the books for Stockton FMA and the VEA Martial Arts Academy. In attendance and on the teaching roster were representatives of Stockton’s greatest and perhaps more widely known eskrimador legends GM Gilbert Tenio, GM Leo Giron, and GM Angel Cabales. As a Fillipino Martial Arts Practitioner I owe a lot of…Continue
This blog is dedicated to my wife Lisa. One might ask the following, a martial art blog about his wife? Well let me explain, this is my way of publically saying thank you to a woman who has supported my martial art lifestyle since the day our relationship got more serious; I can remember the day I confessed through casual conversation to her that I was a martial artist. The conversation went something like this, there is something you should know about me, my comment was followed a…Continue
As an eskrimador and student of Tenio’s DeCuerdas under Grand Master Art Gonzalez I found our methods of training at times to be unorthodox when compared to your standard run of the mill dojo’s, whenever I spoke of the training I was doing with friends and family they always gave me this puzzled look, from their laymen perception martial arts training was filled with kata’s and kia’s. I however was too green to know any difference, I started my lessons with no reservations or expectations, I…Continue
Added by Michael Cardenas on April 22, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments
“It’s your baby”
-Guro Mike Cardenas
Many years ago, when we used to train out of Master Jorge’s school off of Fremont Street in Stockton, GM Art had been teaching us a variety of defenses against mugging scenarios. On this particular evening we started the lesson in a very controlled manner with a single attacker, yielding a knife. We would react with a series of quick and deliberate movements to escape the situation, over the first hour my confidence grew as I quickly…
“The federally dilemma”
By Guru Mike Cardenas
Excitement mixed with nervousness is how I would describe my mood as I packed my bag in preparation for a martial arts trip down to Mazatlan Mexico. My instructor, GM Art had requested I join him along with two other senior students in order to assist with the training we were scheduled to give to members of the Mazatlan Police Department and Mexican DEA Agents. We were just one group amongst a few instructors from the United…
Hello my FMA brothers and sisters;
A friend of mine is looking for an FMA school in our around Seattle. Do you have any suggestions for a good school in that area?
Article on the MACE Filipino Martial Art Summit, written by my cousin Lisette Saldana.
By Lisette Saldana
September 7, 2013
MANTECA, Calif. – Sponsored by the Martial Arts Cultural Exchange, the VEA Martial Arts Academy hosted its third annual Filipino Martial Arts Summit on Saturday Aug. 31 2013 in Manteca, CA.
Nearly 40 participants attended the event -- men and women of all ages and backgrounds went to the summit to get hands on…
Added by Michael Cardenas on September 7, 2013 at 9:32pm — No Comments
After hearing about the horrible tragedy in Connecticut this past weekend I got to thinking about what could have been done to minimize the loss of life. While I do not know what the answer is, I do know that there are some skills that I am sure most of us as martial art practitioners are aware of for disarming and subduing an armed attacker if we are close enough to surprise and engage the attacker. My question to my martial art brothers is what if at all is should be our responsibility as…Continue
I was just informed via Jeff Finder: great grandmaster Al Novak has passed away, allegedly the victim of a hit-and-run driver. This marks the final passing of a generation of martial art pioneers here in California, with the passage of Wally Jay, Ming Lum and now Al Novak all within the past few…Continue
Added by Michael Cardenas on November 26, 2011 at 5:16pm — No Comments
I just received the bad news, and was asked to email everyone. I am very sorry to say that Great-Grandmaster Ming Lum passed away about 30 minutes ago. I was looking forward to seeing him this coming weekend at the Deep Roots seminar. …Continue
Whether you are lifelong martial arts practitioner or a novice just starting your journey you probably have or will at one point during your progression encounter stumbling blocks in either the inability to perform a technique, remember a kata or even worse through the introduction of an injury inflicted during training. How we respond to these moments of frustration and disappointment depends entirely on our mindset and objectives.
I have seen students who have the natural talent…Continue
Training for S.P.A.C.E
(Speed, Power, Accuracy, Consistency and Efficiency).
While sitting in my office and letting my mind wander away from my work responsibilities, I wondered how many of my Eskrima brothers and sisters train to enhance their speed, power, accuracy, consistency and efficiency of their strikes and movements.
SPACE is an acronym that lays the foundation to a concept that my instructor emphasized early on in our development to insure…Continue
As my DeCuerdas students shuffled through the door of the gymnasium in which we train I was greeted with several handshakes and a fist bump. There was light chatter amongst the arriving students as we all got ready to start off the class with our warrior fitness cardio program and then transition into our Eskrima training. What started off as some light training and teaching for a select few out of the driveway of my home has now grown into more than a dozen committed practitioners who have…Continue
To many, martial arts may be seen as non conducive to the positive development of a child or an adult. By some, its practice can be viewed as barbaric and counterproductive to a civilized society. As you can probably guess, I disagree.
Martial Arts, under the proper guidance has the ability to teach individuals about physical fitness, goal setting, determination, team work, discipline, leadership, and the value of hard work. While I do not consider myself a scholar by any stretch of the…
Recent article about GM Art Gonzalez and Tenio's DeCuerdas found on FMA digest (Vol-7, No.5). Check it out.
While most FMA styles contain flow drills that aid in honing one’s skill I often wonder how often should we (as instructors) disrupt or modify flow drills by incorporating counters and reversals? The one thing I can appreciate most of all with the FMA’s is that we always delve into what if scenarios, and treat our opponent, even in practice, as possibly being skilled enough to counter our…Continue
Often it is human nature to become complacent in life and forgo the thought of taking on new challenges, especially when we have become comfortable within our current situation and or lifestyle. For many, the fear of failure may keep them from trying new things or taking on new challenges. While this type of behavior is not necessarily a negative…Continue