Guro Inosanto has said it countless times, “in order to understand the art, you have to understand the culture, and in order to understand the culture, you must understand the history.” I had the great privilege of being a resident student at the Inosanto Academy for almost 10 years, and in addition to the world … More Filipino Culture Through Guro Dan Inosanto
Indigenous. Native. Natural. Inherent to. Originating from. Characteristic of a particular country, region or people. Tuhon Apolo Ladra is all of these things. He is a bridge. A torch. He is a bridge from our ancient, indigenous Filipino culture to our modern American life. He is a torch passed from Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 19: Tuhon Apolo Ladra – The Indigenous
“People generally understand how muscle memory works – we use it to play instruments and write in our learned language. But deep within there is spiritual energy to that muscle memory that is embedded in our DNA and when we recreate those acts of physical artistic expression, we bring our ancestors back.” I stared at … More Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 11: Ayla Roda – The Painted One
“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
This summer Maharlika Martial Arts hosted Guro Leo, Full Instructor in Atienza Kali for our yearly Training Group session. We covered the bolo, knife, stick and archery in the usual comprehensive format that Atienza Kali excels in. For more information on Atienza Kali, please visit the Atienza Kali Facebook page HERE or at http://www.atienzakali.com.
A few weeks ago at Maharlika Martial Arts we worked this exact scenario.
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
Guro Ervin Quintin’s Kali Channel Guro Ervin Quintin of Impact Martial Arts in VA launched his Kali Channel on YouTube this week. Guro Ervin is a great instructor, and he along with his wife Simo Eloy and their kids have made Impact Martial Arts one of the premiere facilities in the Virginia Beach area. I … More Guro Ervin Quintin’s Kali Channel
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
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