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

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

A Fighting Chance

Tomorrow in Glendale, CA ten Filipino Martial Arts Grandmasters, Masters and Guros will be teaching an all day seminar to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. This is a great opportunity to learn or simply see the various systems, styles and individuals propagating the Filipino Martial Arts in Southern California. … More A Fighting Chance

The Vital Templates of Sayoc Kali

Today’s Throwback Thursday article is “The Vital Templates of Sayoc Kali.”  While there are many individuals and/or systems that utilize the term “template”, few outside our system truly understand the purpose and concept of Vital Template mapping, target identification and physiological responses.  Here is an introduction to Vital Templates as a component of the Sayoc … More The Vital Templates of Sayoc Kali

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

Slash & Feed

Guz demonstrates Inosanto Kali Doble Daga – Phase 1 counters (Slash and Thrust) for Inosanto Academy angles 1 to 5. The material covered today is Guro Dan’s double knife Abecedario progression, developing line familiarization, parrying and counter cutting (Defanging the Snake). We also worked the Sakay, Cover & Hit and Ordabis series in the Double … More Slash & Feed

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