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

Did I Get Him?

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 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

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

Intent

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

Ip Man Extra Features

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

Guro Dan Inosanto Demonstration at the Smithsonian

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