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

Constant Growth

It has been a very fulfilling, but very busy summer this year!  We started in June with Guro Daniel Lonero’s Filipino Kali and JKD seminar in here in Maryland, then began July with Kali Sayoc Sama Sama down in Florida.  Last month in August I flew out to Inosanto Instructor Camp in California, and now … More Constant Growth

Filipino Martial Arts Royalty

Earlier this year, Kick Connection was proud to host Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio Canete, Grandmaster Andres “Kano” Canete, Grandmaster Felix Gutang & Master Jerald for a one day seminar.  Supreme Grandmaster (SGM) Diony is one of Master Carlos Patalinghug’s primary influences and instructors in the Doce Pares Multi-Style System and the individual mostly responsible for the … More Filipino Martial Arts Royalty

NY State of Mind

“Inhale deep like the words of my breath.  I never sleep, ’cause sleep is the cousin of death.  I lay puzzle as I backtrack to earlier times, nothing’s equivalent to the New York state of mind.” – Nas, “N.Y. State of Mind” This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend Progressive Martial Art’s seminar … More NY State of Mind

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

Atienza Sama Sama 2014

Mind blown.  Primitive weapons, cutting edge technology.  Bolo, knife.  Sticks, Thai pads.  Individual skill, group tactics.  Close quarters, long range.  Bahala Na, Maphilindo Silat.  Atienza Eskrima, Sayoc Kali.  One Tribe. This past weekend I had the great pleasure and honor of training with my brothers and sisters in the blade, the AK Tribe at Atienza … More Atienza Sama Sama 2014

Motivation Monday

I had the privilege this weekend to be able to attend Guro Dan Inosanto’s seminar down in Newport News, VA at East Wind Academy of Martial Arts.  Guro Norris Domangue and his crew hosted Guro Dan, his assistant Guro Joel and the rest of us attendees at his facility and it was a great time. … More Motivation Monday

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