28 March 2017

  1. It is quite a paradox that relaxation is among the secrets to speed and power in the practice of martial arts. Among escrimadors, the fastest I know are those who have gained excellent command of...
  2. The preservation of the purity of a style or system has been the subject of many heated debates within Filipino martial arts (FMA) circles. But really, is there such thing as pure unadulterated...
  3. For everyday carry of modern practitioners of Filipino martial arts (FMA), the telescopic baton, also known as collapsible baton or expandable baton, is the practical alternative to the hardwood...
  4. A knowledgeable teacher of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) or any martial art knows the dividing line between practice and reality. But more importantly, he is quick to point out to his students the...
  5. Fast weapon deployment is a crucial area of study for practitioners of Filipino blade arts. Any individual who carries a knife for self-protection must be aware of the fact that his defense would...
  6. Speed is perhaps the most sought-after attributes in the practice of arnis, escrima and kali, collectively known as the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). But the truth is there is more to speed than the...
  7. Terrain will affect the way you fight. An escrimador unaware of this fact is bound for a rude awakening when he finds himself fighting in an unfamiliar environment. Terrain changes everything. If...
  8. The stronger you become the better martial artist you will be. In a weapon-oriented system like the Filipino martial arts (FMA), the importance of strength training cannot be over-emphasized....
  9. It’s been said that you can build anything on a solid foundation. The teaching methodology of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) focuses on principles rather than techniques and that is why I believe...
  10. I would like to begin this article by saying I believe in the magical power of oracion – I believe in the supernatural as well as the spirit world. My aim in writing this discourse is not to mock...
  11. Right from the beginning, a large part of the study of Filipino stick fighting is devoted to the understanding of movement concepts. It is for this reason that the majority of systems of arnis,...
  12. The mind is the most powerful weapon in a martial artist’s arsenal and this is true not only in the Filipino martial arts (FMA) but in other martial arts as well. In the FMA, it was no less than...
  13. There is an enormous variety of bladed weapons in the Philippines. In my FMA Corner article titled “The Existence of Pre-colonial Filipino Martial Arts", I mentioned that the immense assortment of...
  14. Dan Inosanto in his book “The Filipino Martial Arts” paid tribute to the many women warriors of the Philippines, “The Philippines had a ‘Queen Elizabeth’ in the person of Princess Urduja. She was...
  15. Escrima owes its first global exposure to the late Bruce Lee. Escrima was featured in two of Lee’s film – Enter the Dragon (released in1973) and Game of Death, the kung fu superstar’s last and...
  16. The power to be invisible was among the magical powers or galing used by Filipino fighting men of the olden days. Among the Tagalogs of Luzon, it was known as “tagabulag.” The root word of tagabulag...
  17. While the principles and techniques of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) are efficient and practical, they may not work in actual combat unless the fighter possessed the necessary physical and mental...
  18. Piratical raids were common in the Philippine archipelago before and after the arrival of Spain.  Philippine pirates were fearsome fighters thus the raids they’ve had conducted may have had...
  19. While Philippine society became heavily patriarchal under Spain, a balance between the roles of male and female was more evident during pre-colonial times.  Warriorship was highly valued...
  20. War is the prime stimulus in the development and refinement of man’s fighting skills. In the evolution of martial arts, it is good to note that spiritual and philosophical components usually progress...
  21. The garote is a hardwood fighting stick popular among old-school escrimadors. Often fashioned flat like a sword, the garote is obviously a battle stick meant for duels and live encounters. The...
  22. It is highly probable that the influence of the Spanish way of combat started to make its way to the indigenous martial arts of the Philippines through the recruitment of some of the natives for...
  23. The tradition of becoming citizen-warriors is deeply rooted among Filipinos and its practice can be traced back in pre-hispanic times. The volatile condition of the Philippines during colonial times...
  24. The Filipino word for blowgun is “sumpit” or “sumpitan.” Used by the natives for both hunting and warfare, the blowgun is among the Philippine weapons described in details by Antonio Pigafetta, the...
  25. The Tagalogs are members of an ethnic group inhabiting the central part of the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The Philippine Revolution (1896–1898), the first organized revolt against western...

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