Tuhon Rafael Kayanan of Sayoc Kali wrote, “Inspiration is triggered by our creative habits, it does not originate from a vacuum” and it has always remained with me. While I agree in sentiment that we don’t need calendar years to change our lives, I do like the idea of using our life’s markers as moments to start something new, or in this case restart again. This past year has been one of tremendous change for me. Many of the variables in my life changed, and I was encouraged to reexamine my life’s priorities. While my involvement with our tribe, my friends and organizations is ever evolving, I will be returning to the root of Lakas Filipino Martial Arts, which is still rooted in our mission,
The mission of Lakas Filipino Martial Arts is to educate, preserve and honor the martial arts from the Philippines as well as those fighting systems born from the Filipino American experience.
Lakas Filipino Martial Arts is a tribute to my family history. My grandfather, Col. Laureano Marana was a Constabulary officer in the Philippine Army who led a covert counterinsurgency operation against the Hukbalahap. He and his men were hand selected, trained in secret and given the codename “Force X”. Lakas is the Tagalog word for “force, or power”, and is also my recognition of the struggles my family has endured that makes me who I am today.
I teach to educate my family, friends and community in these martial arts and preserve the Filipino martial culture and oral history contained therein. It is my intention to develop in our physical skills, evolve our collective Filipino American identity, honor our teachers and remember those that came before us.
Lakas Filipino Martial Arts was created above all else for my children William, Matthew & Hope.
To those I have missed or never met, to my family, friends and students I will forego the long and poetic wishes and say simply this. Crush each day!
“Before you go to sleep at night ask yourself one question: Did you do every single thing you could today to make sure that you did your best? It’s hard to answer ‘yes’ every single day.” – Apolo Anton Ohno