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

Flashback Friday

This week’s Flashback Friday article (as I missed Throwback Thursday) is “Atienza Kali” by Tuhon Carl Atienza.  Originally published in the Filipino Martial Arts Digest Special Edition, “Filipino Martial Arts at Ang Daga” from 2006 you can still find it online HERE. Atienza Kali by Carl Atienza The respected Grandmasters from the Philippines developed their … More Flashback Friday

Iron Sharpens Iron

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 There have been some excellent articles, blog posts and interviews recently on many of our very own brothers, seniors and instructors in the Filipino Martial Arts.  It’s no surprise as the systems we train in and teach, develop not only martial skill but … More Iron Sharpens Iron

Filipino Martial Arts in Film and Media 2014

Filipino Martial Arts have gotten off to a spectacular start in the movies and on television in 2014!  While martial arts in the movies in the 90’s was dominated by acrobatic wire work (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger) and high flying choreography (Jackie Chan, Jet Li), the past few years have welcomed more Southeast Asian influences … More Filipino Martial Arts in Film and Media 2014

Atienza Streetsweeper

The longstanding issue for Filipino Martial Arts practitioners in America has been that while we train in weaponry, namely knife and sword it isn’t always very easy to find well made knives and swords that fit our specifications.  As Tuhon Carl Atienza has pointed out, most of the mass produced short and long blades out … More Atienza Streetsweeper

Training in the Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia Areas

One of the main purposes of Lakas Filipino Martial Arts is to promote the Filipino Martial Arts systems and organizations that we teach, and support our teachers, seniors and brothers & sisters in the arts.  There are some truly amazing resources in the area, many of which I myself participate, train or teach with.  I … More Training in the Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia Areas

Guro Mike Writes About the Best Sports to Crosstrain In

Guro Mike Writes About the Best Sports to Crosstrain In Guro Mike Pana of Bayani Warrior (also an instructor in Atienza Kali and Ambassador for Sayoc Kali) writes about the five best sports for Filipino Martial Arts practitioners to crosstrain in.  Guro Mike is a good friend and brother in the Filipino Martial Arts, and … More Guro Mike Writes About the Best Sports to Crosstrain In

Staying the Course

As we near the end of January of 2014, many of us have had moderate or even great success in implementing our New Year’s resolutions.  The gyms are busy, co-workers and friends are watching their diets and martial arts classes are full.  For others, this is also a time when these goals and newly established … More Staying the Course

Sayoc Winkler Hawk

Art, as defined by St. Thomas Aquinas – “the right making of a thing to be made.” Several years ago at Pamana Tuhon Sayoc‘s house, I had the privilege to see Tuhon Rafael Kayanan‘s tomahawk that he had designed, and that was going to be produced by Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler.  Knifemaker RJ Martin once … More Sayoc Winkler Hawk