25 February 2017

  1. Being a weapons-based system, the importance of grip strength cannot be over emphasized in the practice of arnis, escrima and kali collectively known as Filipino martial arts (FMA).  An...
  2. Every martial art carries its own mentality and the Filipino martial arts (FMA) being a weapons based system has a unique one. An escrimador is a weapons man. The FMA was originally a battlefield art...
  3. Proper breathing is important in the practice of any martial art. You draw your energy from your breath hence it is the fuel of every thought and physical action. Oxygen is the most important...
  4. The jab boasts of multiple functions; you can use it to bridge the gap, probe your opponent’s defenses, as a set up for a heavy punch or at times even to score a knockout. The long reach of the jab...
  5. In training and teaching the Filipino martial arts (FMA), there are instances wherein a teacher must apply minimalism to the way he teaches and expresses his material. For instance, when teaching the...
  6. The term attributes within the context of martial arts training refer to the desired qualities of a fighter. Attributes are the foundations that make techniques work. Without the necessary attributes...
  7. There are fundamentally two ways to strike an opponent with your hand – its either you use your fist or your palm. The question of whether to strike with fist or palm is a crucial issue among...
  8. Filipino knife fighting originated from an ancient blade culture. In the setting where it was originally practiced, every man carries a knife and with few exceptions all disputes were settled with...
  9. I like things that work. This is primarily the reason why I was drawn to arnis, escrima and kali collectively known as Filipino martial arts (FMA) in the first place. The FMA was originally a...
  10. Dan Inosanto once said that one of the benefits he got from training with Bruce Lee is that he gained an “educated eye.” Inosanto is pertaining to the highly conceptual nature of Lee’s jeet kune do,...
  11. Balance is a crucial component in the practice of the Filipino martial arts (FMA). Arnis, escrima and kali, favoring gross motor skills (simple movements) over fine motor skills (complex movements)...
  12. This article is a continuation of my FMA corner story titled Exploring the Indian connections of the Filipino Martial Arts published on April 21, 2011. I was inspired to continue investigating on...
  13. “Danny [Inosanto] came to Parker [Edmund K. Parker] as a kicking specialist and by the time he earned a black belt under the Kenpo founder, Parker had infused his own brand of deceptive hand work to...
  14. The term tactical means relating to military use. The tactical application of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) has a long and colorful history. It was used by Filipinos in precolonial tribal conflicts...
  15. Fear of fighting is normal. It is an expected occurrence particularly in weapons combat where the anticipation of serious injury or death is higher. Controlling fear and harnessing it to one’s...
  16. The pinnacle of the learning process is to teach what you have learned. This is true not only in martial arts but in other fields of learning as well. I recently chanced upon an escrima teacher...
  17. Throwing occurs in both empty hand and weapons fights. Throwing happens when the fight shifted to grappling range and the bigger and stronger combatant attempts to throw the other to the ground. This...
  18. In combat, the first problem that confronts the fighter is how to bridge the gap between him and his opponent so he land a blow. There are basically just two ways of closing the gap: it’s either you...
  19. In escrima, arnis and kali weapons fighting, every limb is used in addition to the stick or knife that the fighter is wielding. A description of juego todo (full contact escrima match using live...
  20. Ambidexterity is the ability of being equally skilful with each hand. Attaining ambidexterity is crucial to any individual who must depend on a weapon for survival because in real combat, you are...
  21. The palm stick is known by many names among Filipino martial arts (FMA) practitioners. Among the more popular terms for this weapon are tabak maliit (small sword), olisi palad (palm stick) and dulo-...
  22. You’ve got to know your weapon because your survival would depend on it. In knife fighting, you’ve got to know what damage a blade can do to the human anatomy. Stabbing and slashing are the two...
  23. Because the Filipino martial arts (FMA) originally existed as a battlefield art, the initial objective of practice was to develop functional fighting skills. Side benefits of training like longevity...
  24. If I would be asked to name the most distinctive movement characteristic of arnis, escrima and kali collectively known as the Filipino martial arts (FMA), I would say it is the flow. It is hard to...
  25. I recall one escrima training session wherein my teacher had a difficulty articulating the nuances of one tricky technique. We ended up having a brief brain storming session on what name would help a...

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