Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 20: Guro Jay Jasper Pugao – The Movement

In our method of Kali as taught by Guro Inosanto, we learn that our term comes from the words “kamut” (hand) and “lihok” (motion, or movement) and so Guro explains that our art is one of hand movements; of body motion. Guro Ramon Rubia used to always say that “the truth is in the movement”, … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 20: Guro Jay Jasper Pugao – The Movement

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 19: Tuhon Apolo Ladra – The Indigenous

Indigenous. Native. Natural. Inherent to. Originating from. Characteristic of a particular country, region or people. Tuhon Apolo Ladra is all of these things. He is a bridge. A torch. He is a bridge from our ancient, indigenous Filipino culture to our modern American life. He is a torch passed from Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 19: Tuhon Apolo Ladra – The Indigenous

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 18: Lyn Pacificar – The Albularya

I remember reading many years ago, an article on Filipino culture. It wasn’t Sikolohiyang Pilipino (Filipino Psychology) per se, but it had to do with the cultural personality of Filipinos. And I clearly remember it discussing the Filipino’s love of, and communion with nature. The Philippine motto is Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa (translated as … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 18: Lyn Pacificar – The Albularya

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 17: Manursuro Virgil Mayor Apostol – The Manghihilot

There is in martial art the romantic image of the healer warrior. We imagine the deadly master who can heal his students, or the lone warrior who can save lives as well as protect them. It is a theme that exists through story, across culture. We see it in Mr. Miyagi and in Jason Bourne. … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 17: Manursuro Virgil Mayor Apostol – The Manghihilot

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