What Your Knife Grip Tells Others – Filipino Martial Arts

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Today we have Mark Anastacio demonstrate how different grips seemingly affect your fighting style and reveal the kind of fighter you are. Filipino Martial Arts has a diverse range of weapons to choose from, each with their unique fighting style.

In this video, Mark focuses on two different ways of holding an escrima stick and knife. In both cases, we see how a small shift in grips completely alters how you approach a combat situation. Changing up grips will also enable you to incorporate various strikes that are executable in specific grips.

The 6-minute video is short but informative. It encourages you to try out various grips and grants you a sense of perception necessary for implementing your own mindset into your fighting style.



Wing Chun vs. Filipino Martial Arts

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In this video, master Wong demonstrates how Filipino martial art can be used to disable someone who is coming to attack you in the street. An interesting point to notice in the video is that master Wong is playing the role of the attacker and the guy helping him is executing the technique.

We see how easily the Filipino martial arts instructor disables master Wong using a combo of connected moves. Then, they slowly dissect the whole technique in detail so that you can understand how to execute the move yourself.

We also learn that this technique is similar to the Wing Chung system which involves close range combat like elbow strike and headbutt.



Anyone Who Does Filipino Martial Arts Becomes Part of the Family

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In this video, executive director for classical Pekiti-Tirsia, Master Tuhon Kit Acenas conveys what it is like to be a part of Filipino martial arts culture. Throughout the video, we also see some intense sparring sessions held by different people out in the open. It is complimented by a soothing music in the background which really helps to set a nice mood for the video.

The master expresses the beauty of learning Filipino martial arts.  It can improve your skill set and you can apply these skills to other type of martial arts to get an advantage. So, even if you practice other type of martial arts, you can still learn something from the Filipino Martial arts and enhance your knowledge.


Testing a Self Defense Umbrella

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In this video, we see members of the ‘Aperture Fight Focused’ team doing hands-on testing or review of a self-defense umbrella. It is clear that the video is shot at an open parking space, probably to test the product safely.

They try to examine how helpful the product really is for defending yourself in the real world. In order to test the strength and durability of the umbrella, they hit it with a baseball bat several times. However, we see that the umbrella does not break and is still in a good shape.

We also learn that they didn’t actually buy the umbrella. Someone sent them the umbrella as a gift.



GM Michael Giron FMA Seminar Review by 413 Group

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In this video, Mark Guillermo of the 413 group, interviews Grandmaster Michael Giron about his experience teaching Filipino Martial Arts at the ‘Fighting Edge’ seminar. The interview was short but it was fun. We learn from the Grandmaster how it is like to conduct a small seminar versus structuring a class in his curriculum.


After the interview ends, we get to see some highlights of the ‘Fighting Edge’ seminar event. In it, we see the Grandmaster teaching his students Filipino Martial Arts arts techniques and also sparring with other instructors with weapons such as knives, escrima sticks, swords, and daggers. An upbeat music plays in the background which nicely sets the mood for the video.



Best Martial Arts Move for KO

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In this video, Master Wong teaches us how to instantly knock out somebody in a street fight. His advice is to follow his technique and go in straight for the attack when you see someone coming to punch you in the face. His technique involves covering our face with our palms and then hitting the attacker in the face with our elbows.

Traditionally, people will try to block the punch with one hand and try to attack with their other hand. However, if you are not fast or fail to block properly, you can get hit pretty badly. Your opponent can even overpower you and force his punch inside. Following Master Wong’s technique will allow you to defend yourself and attack your opponent at the same time.


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.