Filipino Martial Arts Grandmaster Percival ‘Val’ Pableo

The eVALution- This is my Culture

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“The eVALution- This is my Culture” features grandmaster Percival ‘Val’ Pableo in an interview session with Victor Mambu of the The interview is conducted out in an open field. Presumably, this is the place where the master trains his students.

The interview discusses why master ‘Val’ is so motivated to teach and push Filipino Martial Arts. We learn that the master wants to improve the Filipino Martial Arts and also adapt it to counter the martial arts of different culture. To him, the Filipino Martial Arts is not just an art but a system that works in real life. He wants to promote it and that’s why he teaches around the world.






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In “THE MOST IMPORTANT FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS LESSON” video, we see master Mark Anastacio and Union Martial Arts instructor Sam Descargar engaging in a stick sparring session. Later, the master gives us some advice on how to improve our Sinawali technique and also demonstrates the concepts by action.

The double stick Sinawali can be executed in a number of ways but ultimately it comes down to simply hitting the sticks or swords in a set pattern. In the video, we learn that our technique can be focused on the offense or the defense, depending on the context. Thus, it is important to understand the context behind an attack and not just focus on the speed of the attack or the technique itself.

We also learn that it is important to have a point of reference at all times because our position dictates what techniques we should use.




Grandmaster Richard Bustillo about Bruce Lee

Grandmaster Richard Bustillo about Bruce Lee

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The Filipino-American martial arts instructor Richard S Bustillo was an authority on Jeet Kune Do and one of the few people who were lucky to get Bruce Lee as their master. This video features an interview with Richard S Bustillo regarding the time when he trained under the legend, Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee’s was known for his speed. This was confirmed by Richard when he stated that even a black belt was not able to block his punches. We also learn that Bruce Lee held private one on one sessions in his house and he liked to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of everyone individually. So, all his students didn’t have the same training curriculum.

Richard stated that Bruce Lee was a perfectionist and he loved to spar with everybody so that he can improve his own skills. He wanted the same for his students and structured their training in a way that would suit their body type or compliment their previously learned skills.

We learn that Dan Inosanto, Ted Wong, and Danny Lee were some of the regulars who practiced in Bruce Lee’s school.

We also learn that Bruce Lee took his art to a philosophical level and wanted his students to be free from limitations and focus on their creativity. He didn’t want his students to be like him. Instead, he wanted them to create their own Jeet Kune Do way.

Richard commented that Bruce Lee loved to read philosophical books and that he had a huge collection. He used to highlight certain sections and underline them or take notes. Then, he used to apply that knowledge on improving his own martial arts.

Bruce Lee weighed 140 pounds but his metabolism was very aggressive. Due to this, he couldn’t gain weight and so he shifted his focus from weightlifting to weight training.

Richard also commented on how he felt when he heard the news of Bruce Lee’s death. The sad news affected him and Dan Inosanto very much. After mourning for some time, both of them decided that they should open a school, train more people and share their experience regarding Bruce Lee.


Key takeaways –

1 – Bruce Lee was a perfectionist and loved to improve his skills by sparring with different people.

2 – Bruce Lee took his art to a philosophical level.

3 – Bruce Lee loved to read philosophical books.


“Bruce Lee loved martial arts and used to practice it almost 24 hours a day.”



FMA meets Tang Soo Do – Defending Against the Uppercut

FMA meets Tang Soo Do – Defending Against the Uppercut

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An uppercut is a very dangerous move and it is vital that all martial artists learn how to properly defend against it. “Tang Soo Do – Defending Against the Uppercut” features ‘FMA Way producer/host’ Jessie Santiago and Master Joe Fitzgerald, engaging in a sparring session in order to demonstrate how to defend against an uppercut using Tang Soo Do.

We learn that the uppercut has a lot of energy, so it is better to evade it instead of completely blocking it. Thus, the main focus should be on redirecting the uppercut using a lower block and then unbalance the opponent in order to make them go out of position. Then using this situation to our advantage.





Visayan Style Corto Kadena – Largo Mano Escrima

Visayan Style Corto Kadena – Bugsay/Largo Mano Escrima Demo

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The video features the 5th-anniversary event for Eskabo Daan. It was held at His Lordships in Berkeley, Ca on November 22nd, 2014. In the video, we see a group of four people demonstrating the ‘Visayan Style Corto Kadena – Bugsay/Largo’. We see them sparring with escrima sticks in an artful way with each other in the massive hall.

We also see some people who are sitting at a table on the far left side of the hall and some people who are just standing at the back. We also see two people playing a musical instrument in the back along with a person who is presumably the host of the event.  Looks like a fun martial arts demo followed by great meal.  Win – Win!




Muay Thai – Clinch Escape – Cross Face

Muay Thai – Clinch Escape – Cross Face

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In the “Muay Thai – Clinch Escape – Cross Face” video, Sifu Kevin Le, the owner and head instructor of Elite Academy of Martial Arts (EAMA) teaches us how to escape from a Muay Thai clinch a.k.a plum, using the cross face technique. In order to demonstrate the technique, he takes the aid of Muay Thai assistant instructor Katherine McAllister.

It is evident from the background that the video was shot in the gym or the dojo of the academy. In fact, we see some students sparring in a boxing ring in the background. Due to this, there is a lot of background noise in the video which makes it difficult to understand what the master is saying in some places. However, it is still relatively easy to understand the technique as it is demonstrated very clearly.

In the video, we learn that if you get caught in a clinch, you should always try to keep your head back and stay tall so that your opponent cannot force you into a full tight clinch. This is the first step. Breaking a full tight clinch is very difficult as it is a very strong lock. So, we should focus on not getting ourselves into such a difficult position in the first place.

The second step is to maintain this posture and put your hands around your opponent’s body around the chest level or their head. You may think that doing this will even the odds but the truth is that your opponent still has an advantage over your hold. If you try to knee them, they can just tilt your head and move your body around.

The third step is to cross face your opponent in order to get to the inside. The cross face will loosen your opponent’s hold and allow you to get your hand on the inside This is very difficult to do normally as your opponent will try to maintain a strong hold over you. Once you get on the inside, you gain an advantage. It is much easier to knee your opponent from this position or force them into a full tight clinch.


Key takeaways –

1 – Always try to stay tall if you get caught in a clinch.

2 – Clinching from the inside gives you an advantage.

3 – During a clinch, you should cross face your opponent in order to get to the inside.

“The ideal range for doing a cross face is more in the mid-range section and not super long range.”




The Return of Bare-Knuckle Fighting

The Return of Bare-Knuckle Fighting

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“The Return of Bare-Knuckle Fighting” is an article that covers the ‘Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’ event which was held on June 2 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. In fact, we learn that it is the first legal and sanctioned fighting event in the USA since 1889 when John L. Sullivan fought with Jake Kilrain to defend his world heavyweight title.

It also briefly talks about the history of bare-knuckle fighting when boxing was governed by the London Prize Rules. We also get to learn that season fighter from MMA, Muay Thai, boxing and kickboxing will be allowed to participate in the event. Fighters will be allowed to use punches and stand up style grappling techniques.


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Why Blocking is Useless in the Martial Arts

Why Blocking is Useless in the Martial Arts
A Las Vegas Cop Issues a Challenge and Teaches Some Lessons

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Chad Lyman is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at Xtreme Couture. He is also a police and military instructor in the state of Nevada. In this video, Chad Lyman demonstrates why blocking doesn’t work in the real world and what we should do instead. In order to demonstrate the techniques, a certified ‘Code 4 Concepts’ instructor Mikey Floreal helps him. The video was shot inside the Xtreme Couture MMA gym.

Chad demonstrates how we can use different kinds of blocks for different kinds of attacks. For eg – we can block a rounded right hand or parry a straight punch. However, things happen so fast in real life that we seldom have the time to judge the attack and use the proper block. In fact, we learn from Chad that Boxers, MMA and Muay Thai fighters who fight for money, try not to block attacks and instead try to evade them or try to take cover. The reason is simple. Blocking rarely works.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor tells us that when we are under attack we should cover our head which is the intended target of the attack. This will protect our head. Then, we should move forward in order to control the distance or range between our opponent and us. Lastly, we should create an angle which gives us an advantage over our opponent. We just need to accomplish these three things and it doesn’t matter how we accomplish them.

One way to know if someone is getting ready to punch us is to watch their feet. If they move one foot forward or backward, it is usually a sign that they are gonna attack. We should immediately step backward out of their range if that happens.

Chad further demonstrates the importance of covering vs blocking and why it is important to control the range. He also shows us why creating an angle gives us an advantage.

Key takeaways –

1 – Blocking rarely works in real life situations.

2 – It is better to cover your face and move forward instead of blocking attacks.

3 – It is important to control the space and angle between you and your opponent.

“Remember cover, control range and create angles. Go train a lot so you can be your own best back up.”





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It is tricky for a beginner to use a karambit. So, it is essential that you learn how to train with a karambit from reputed masters. In the ‘3 TIPS ON IMPROVING YOUR KARAMBIT’ video, maestro Mark Anastacio gives us three tips on how to improve our karambit skills.

Maestro Mark is the youngest master in the World Bais Tres Manos Federation and the head instructor and founder of Union Martial Arts. At the start of the video, we see the master engaging in a karambit spar with a student of his and demonstrating his fluent karambit skills. Shortly after that, he gives us some advice that we can use to get better at handling a karambit.

The master tells us that in order to improve our karambit skills, we not only have to understand that nature of blade work but also about the nature of a karambit itself. This is important because a karambit doesn’t work as a regular knife.

From the first advice, we learn how to use the momentum of a karambit flip for increasing the efficiency of our attacks. We learn how to continue a flip loop so that we can rotate the weapon as many times as we want. We also learn why it is better to go from a backhand slash to a cut, instead of coming back and holstering it. This technique works the same way on the forehand side.

From the second advice, we learn the ideology of capturing. A karambit is made to imitate a claw. So, a karambit should be used in different ways instead of just puncturing the opponent. We learn how to utilize the curvature of a karambit to our advantage and manipulate our opponent. Thus, our focus should be on capturing our opponent.

From the third advice, we learn how to use the ring of the karambit. Training with a knife can be lethal. However, we can use a karambit without fatally wounding our opponents. This can be done by attacking the opponent with the ring of a karambit. This way you can apply force without cutting your opponents. This also gives us better control.


Key takeaways –

1 – We should use the momentum of a karambit flip efficiently in order to cause more damage.

2 – Karambit can be used to capture and manipulate our opponents. It is more versatile than a knife.

3 – Karambit gives us more control. We can choose to attack our opponents in a non-lethal way. This is very useful during training.

“It’s not so much focusing on the flip itself but focusing on the quickness and the application as a whole.”




Extreme Martial Arts Training

Be advised, this is not for the weak of heart. Meet John Veisa as he introduces some of the more robust and extreme training routines that you won’t find in your typical martial arts dojo. They can cause permanent physical impairment so proceed with caution.

The list of exercises is meant for those who have undergone extreme hardcore training and intend to push their limits. They are intended to make you stronger and resilient when faced with life-threatening or similar dire situations.

  • Fire Walking teaches you to cope with your fears and surpass them with little difficulties
  • Another way to enhance your resiliency is to train under extreme weather conditions
  • The Iron crotch training, as the name suggests, is not for the weak and not the correct choice if you want to have a family but it will make you a force to reckon with in battlefield