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


Hawaiian Fighting Art – Lua


The ancient martial art from Hawaii is unique and different from any other fighting style you have seen before. Instead of severely harming or injuring the opponent, lua aims to incapacitate its victim, thereby preventing any potential damage to both the attacker and the person who is being attacked. Although it ranks pretty down in the lethal chart, the martial art can deliver an extreme amount of pain. It does so by dislocating or some cases breaking the joins of the assailant and the way it works is even more amazing.

Meet Solomon Kaihewalu who has been a lua instructor since 1948. He was first introduced to lua in the young age of three and has been in practice ever since. When asked for some details on the ancient fighting style Solomon commented that the art is solely based on daily household activities. During his early years, most of his training consisted of doing daily household chores under extreme discipline. The Hawaiians managed to incorporate the art into their daily lifestyle and even the simplest of jobs were targeted to train the mind and the body with the mystic art of lua.

The great thing about lua is its wide variety of techniques. The martial art borrows different fighting stances from throwing, wrestling, boxing, and kicking. Although the goal is to incapacitate, it is done with a great ferocity which is preceded by a wild fury of pinpoint blows to key parts of the body. It manages to use the human body’s physiology against itself. The strategy behind the fighting style is to “bite” in with the fingers. Simply put, the fighter grapples or hits a vital part of the opponent with great force. In reaction to the pain the muscles surrounding the region tightens up and the fighter then proceeds to dislocate the join closest to that region.

Lua presents a fighting style that is unique. The thing that separates it from other martial arts is the ability to strike preemptively. It was created with the idea to hit fast and shoot to maim in a single. Unlike other martial arts, it’s not bounded by the constraints of competitive sports which makes it all the more effective.

The details shared in the article is quite interesting and aside from talking about fighting, Solomon Kaihewalu also sheds light on the vibrant history of his beloved fighting sport. He also discusses how lua go incorporated in the U.S. Air Force and since then been gradually spreading around the world. The content is short informative and is a must-read for anyone whose is a fan of martial arts.

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Worst Martial Arts Techniques

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Stephan Kesting is a very funny guy and in this video watch as he ridicules some of
the worst martial arts techniques he witnessed in his 30-year long career. The
techniques he showcases should not be implemented under any situation as they
are plainly stupid.

Firstly he shows the baseball bat blocking technique where you use one hand to
obstruct the strike from the assailant while breaking the bat with the elbow of
your other hand. You then proceed to beat up the attacker with the broken bat,
finishing the whole ordeal with a kick in the belly. Sounds simple and dramatic
right? Don’t try it.

In the next technique, he demonstrates the contents of a ninja guidebook he once
read. It showed how you can kill an armed soldier with a knife after bouncing it
off your feet. You got to see it for yourself to believe how benign and stupid these
techniques are.



Kali – Superior Martial Art


Today we bring to you a page from Paul Ingram’s journal who is a trainer at Kali Center, an online Kali Training school. The topic of discussion swerves a bit wayward from typical fighting conversations. Before we jump in let’s get one thing clear, martial arts weren’t always meant for fighting and self-defense. The true principle behind any martial art is to join the mind and the body into one complete being.

Martial arts is all about discipline and training the mind and the body to face any hurdles you might face in life. They aren’t meant to make you into a fighting machine, but to regulate your body so that you can function at 100% capacity no matter what challenge comes up. The practice routine is the same for every fighting style around the globe. Even before you start learning the moves and techniques, you are required to strengthen your body via regular exercise. Different individuals relate to their exercises in different ways. Some do it to clear their minds, some do it for a better and healthy life and some do it just for the sheer fighting experience. The point being that martial isn’t just meant for enhancing your fighting prowess, its goal is to take you to a better plane of existence.

Paul’s choice of the fighting art may be Kali, but the reason he calls it superior to other teachings is completely different. Not for once, does he mentions how Kali has superior fighting techniques compared to other fighting arts. It’s completely situational as the flow of a fight can go either way and no martial art can ever guarantee a win or ensure survivability in a life-threatening situation. You may be a master of Kali or any other martial art for that matter. If your opponent has a gun, chances are that they might land the first blow no matter what type of hand-to-hand combat you excel in.

Paul intends to go deeper into Kali or any other fighting style for that matter. He describes how Kali has been learning Kali since he was 6 years old, and this training paid off during the growing years of his age. Dedicating your life to martial arts isn’t about learning a hundred different fighting moves. Its true goal should be to enhance your quality of life and improve your attitude towards it. The short journal entry is truly enlightening. It will change your perspective of martial arts training by teaching you the true goals behind said training. It’s a must-read not just for the martial arts practitioners but for individuals who intend to improve their lifestyle as well.

Master Wong vs. Bear Hug

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Bear hug is a very common technique used by criminals to grab hold of their victims and subdue them in any given condition. Master Wong here demonstrates how you can break out of such a grasp and use it to your advantage in subduing your attacker.

The techniques taught in the video are very simple to understand and you can easily pick it up after a few practice sessions. He also mentions how you have to be quick in your actions, and strike the moment you realize you are being attacked without giving your attacker the opportunity to strike back. The video is quite helpful and will surely come in handy should you find yourself in such a situation.