Land of the Blades

Originally published in The Manila Times. MACABEBES as WARRIORS and MERCENARIES July 5, 2014 8:56 pm by Perry Gil S. Mallari, Fight Times Editor While it is not highlighted in Philippine history, the first Filipino martyr for freedom was a Kapampangan, a Macabebe in particular. When Spanish forces under the leadership of Don Miguel Lopez … More Land of the Blades

The Pressure Project Podcast #100: Masculinity 2015 – A Talk with Tom Kier and Jack Donovan

Congratulations to The Pressure Project on their 100th podcast!  The Pressure Project Podcast is run and hosted by Master Chim (Guro Justin Garcia, Sayoc Kali) and White Boy Pat.  Tuhon Tom Kier is a Master Level Instructor in Sayoc Kali, as well as the Director of Operations for Sayoc Tactical Group.  Jack Donovan is the author … More The Pressure Project Podcast #100: Masculinity 2015 – A Talk with Tom Kier and Jack Donovan

Cognitive Benefits of Martial Arts

The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine recently posted this video of a presentation given by Dr. Robert Bilder, Dr. Janet O’Shea and Guro Paul McCarthy during their Exercise and the Brain Symposium.  The demonstration, titled “Cognitive Benefits of Martial Arts” displayed not only some of our basic Kali drills from the Inosanto Academy of … More Cognitive Benefits of Martial Arts

Weapon Based

When my lolo (grandfather in Tagalog/Filipino) was still alive he would tell me all kinds of things that I thought were completely embellished if not flat out incorrect.  My brothers and I could tell you stories for days.  But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to often startling revelation that a lot of what he … More Weapon Based

Energy Based

The phrase “Energy Based” is used frequently to describe the Filipino Martial Arts.  It involves a reciprocal and mutual relationship between and amongst students, practitioners and instructors.  It encompasses concepts like sensitivity and flow.  It focuses on the unique characteristics of that time and place, with specific individuals.  It isn’t cookie cutter, and it isn’t … More Energy Based