Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 16: Bob Burgee – The Grind

I knew of Bob Burgee before I knew Bob Burgee. More accurately, I knew about Edges2 and trainingblades.com before I met the Guro Bob himself. His were, and still are some of the best training blades ever produced. Alongside the Sayoc Tactical line of trainers, the Official Vital Template series had the signature red cord … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 16: Bob Burgee – The Grind

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 15: Magtutudlo Ramon Rubia – The Researcher

Magtutudlo (Cebuano). Teacher. Instructor. Coach. Mentor. When I left the Patalinghug Family in Maryland to move to Los Angeles, the first Doce Pares instructor I got in touch with was Guro (Magtutudlo) Ramon Rubia. He was my first and only Doce Pares Eskrima teacher in California, as well as a major influence in my understanding … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 15: Magtutudlo Ramon Rubia – The Researcher

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 14: Sifu Tim Becherer – The Student (Part 2)

Here is Part 2 of my interview with Sifu Tim! There was still more I wanted to talk about and ask him, so after training concluded the next day we sat outside and caught up some more. One of the things I admire so much about Sifu is his authentic sense of loyalty and dedication. … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 14: Sifu Tim Becherer – The Student (Part 2)

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 12: Sifu Tim Becherer – The Student (Part 1)

I tried for the longest time to figure out a way to combine this interview, which was recorded in two parts, on different days in different locations into one. But one of the things I’ve always appreciated about this podcast was it’s off the cuff spontaneity, the candid energy of the moments recorded. So I’ve just … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 12: Sifu Tim Becherer – The Student (Part 1)

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 11: Ayla Roda – The Painted One

“People generally understand how muscle memory works – we use it to play instruments and write in our learned language. But deep within there is spiritual energy to that muscle memory that is embedded in our DNA and when we recreate those acts of physical artistic expression, we bring our ancestors back.” I stared at … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 11: Ayla Roda – The Painted One

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 10: Guro Paul McCarthy – The British Ninja

When we finally got a break, I remarked to Paul, “it’s good you were able to take time from work to train!” To which he an answered, “well fortunately for me, this is my work!” Earlier this year I had the pleasure to partner up with Paul McCarthy, “The British Ninja” at the Inosanto Instructors … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 10: Guro Paul McCarthy – The British Ninja

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 9: Tuhon Brian Calaustro – The Tactician

Tuhon Brian Calaustro is one of the select few to be awarded the rank of Tuhon in the Sayoc Kali system. He is the founder and head instructor of his Southern California school, Tribal Tactics and for the few years before leaving Los Angeles he was my primary Sayoc teacher. I say teacher, rather than … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 9: Tuhon Brian Calaustro – The Tactician

Martial Mobility

Over the last few years, I have been very inspired by the many excellent martial artists that have been promoting our arts for health. Guro Inosanto of course has been propagating this idea for a long time, and it is well known how much value Sigung Bruce Lee placed in health, dieting and conditioning. The … More Martial Mobility

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 8: Guro Victor Gendrano – The Matrix

I first met Guro Victor Gendrano at the former Inosanto Academy location on Manchester Avenue, and have come to know and respect him not only as a senior but as a good friend. Whether it was seeing him in classes at the Academy, presenting with him at gatherings in Duarte or watching him record, document … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 8: Guro Victor Gendrano – The Matrix