This past week’s episode of NCIS: Los Angeles featured a blade sequence designed by Tuhon Rafael Kayanan of Sayoc Kali. Current students, what did you see that Nell employed during this encounter?
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
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
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
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
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
A discussion came up the other night at Guro Dr. Bob’s class regarding angles of attack and targeting specific points. While utilizing angles of attack is definitely a valid means to introduce students to striking, in the Sayoc and Atienza Kali systems we install vital targets first. Using Vital Templates and Targeting Chains, these methods … More Intent
This video was included in the extra features of Ip Man’s release overseas. I have absolutely no idea why both music and movies sometimes differ from Europe and the US, but apparently this was exclusive to the European release. We recently talked about some of the same positions that Guro discusses as he’s demonstrating trapping … More Ip Man Extra Features
This is a demonstration and lecture that Guro Dan gave for the Smithsonian Institution in 2010. One of the things that I absolutely loved and truly miss about training with Guro on a weekly basis is hearing his thoughts, memories and historical information about the Philippines and Filipino Americans in California. Much of this history … More Guro Dan Inosanto Demonstration at the Smithsonian
This weekend, Guro Dan will be teaching seminars on Panantukan and Dumog, sometimes described as Filipino Boxing and Grappling. These opportunities to train with Guro Dan don’t occur frequently, so if you have an interest and means to attend, I would highly suggest you do!