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

Digital Engrams

There has been a surge of footage of Filipino Martial Arts masters on blogs and social media recently.  Brian Vancise’s blog on The Instinctive Edge is one of the few that frequently posts articles and shares footage.  His most recent post shared some old footage of the late Tatang Antonio Illustrisimo, assisted by the recently … More Digital Engrams

Podcasts

In the past year or so I’ve found myself listening to some pretty great podcasts.  While I still do listen to my usual rotation of 90’s Hip Hop, it must be a mix of me getting older, not keeping up with all the new urban pop music, and finding a patience and focus while running, … More Podcasts

Colonel Marana

This Throwback Thursday is dedicated to my Lolo (grandfather) and inspiration for our group’s name, Colonel Laureano Marana.  A Philippine Constabulary Provincial Commander of Cavite, Col. Marana is most known for forming and leading the counterinsurgency group Force X (lakas is the Tagalog word for force), as well as hunting and ultimately being assassinated by … More Colonel Marana

Mano, Po!

Last night on CBS, millions of viewers around the world watched “Tuhon”, the latest episode in the incredibly successful NCIS: Los Angeles television series.  The Sayoc community has been excited to see this episode since NCIS: LA writer and producer (and Sayoc brother) Dave Kalstein revealed it’s title several months ago. As a student under … More Mano, Po!

Armed, Always Armed

Armed, Always Armed “Charmed by the money they received, they came in ever increasing numbers – ‘armed, always armed, stuck all over with daggers and krises.” – Frank Charles Laubach (citing Captain Bullard’s account of the Moros from Atlantic Monthly in March of 1905!) Guro Dan used to frequently quote a missionary named Frank Charles … More Armed, Always Armed