Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 2: Master Carlos Patalinghug, Jr. – The Visionary

He once jumped up and kicked the ceiling of the school. His sister told me that she watched him abaniko so fast he snapped the stick. He was a student of a teenage Master Chris Sayoc, and learned how to top rock from Felix Cortes. He home schooled all six of his kids, and literally … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 2: Master Carlos Patalinghug, Jr. – The Visionary

Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 1: Guro Pat Finley – The Academic

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. This vision of this podcast is to capture and share the stories of teachers, instructors and mentors that have not only contributed their life … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 1: Guro Pat Finley – The Academic

Crush Each Day

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 … More Crush Each Day

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

Fire and Lightning

“Fire and lightning, it doesn’t get much more warrior than that.” – Guro Leo Manalo The warm, humid breeze moved amongst us that night.  Shifting sillouettes and faces, of seniors, of teachers, friends and brothers revealed themselves with the licks of flame behind them.  Light blue strobed the sky and the low rumble of thunder … More Fire and Lightning