Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 25: Lauren Mary Kim – The Stunt Woman

We all leaned forward, on the edges of our seats. As the Stormtroopers surrounded her, she sat still, forging tools in hand. One prodded her helmet with his blaster. Suddenly she sprung up, alive in action, her hammer and tongs whirling and smashing and crushing. We all shrieked in exhilaration! My daughter next to me … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 25: Lauren Mary Kim – The Stunt Woman

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 24: Tuhon Ray Dionaldo – The Bridge

I could barely believe it. I was standing outside in the Southern California sun, looking up at the Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate sign at his original school in Pasadena. I was about to go inside and meet Tuhon Ray Dionaldo, the incredible Filipino Martial Artist that had captivated my attention over the last several months … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 24: Tuhon Ray Dionaldo – The Bridge

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 23: Dr. Mark Wiley – The Through Line

Sometime during my college years, I came across a book that truly captivated me and significantly influenced my views on Filipino Martial Arts. That book was “Filipino Martial Culture” by Mark V. Wiley. Growing up, I loved going to bookstores and my local mall had at least two or three. I would scourge the graphic … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 23: Dr. Mark Wiley – The Through Line

Gratitude, Identity & Filipino Martial Culture

Growing up, I hated history. I remember almost nothing from my US History or European History classes, and I clearly remember feeling very disconnected to the material and my teachers (mostly Jesuit priests) as a teenager. Now I love it. Especially the history as it relates to The Philippines. As still the case today, almost … More Gratitude, Identity & Filipino Martial Culture

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 22: Guro Steve Grody – The Flow

Guro Steve Grody is one of the pioneers in sharing JKD and Kali through video. He is the one that put Burton Richardson on, and propelled Mark Balluff to mega stardom. But what really set him apart at the time, and what is still immensely valuable to me was his emphasis on very specific components … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 22: Guro Steve Grody – The Flow

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 21: Jay Enage – The Script

Guro Inosanto always shared with us that it was the martial artists, the warriors who protected the culture. He once commented that any culture that exists today, only exists because there were warriors there to preserve it. And as long as I have known about Filipino Martial Arts, I knew that somewhere in that culture … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 21: Jay Enage – The Script

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