Guros Doug Marcaida and Willie Laureano on Kali in Filipino Dances

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People see what they want to see; the whole video revolves around this little line. When looking at a dance performance, a normal person, uneducated in the arts of combat will only perceive the beauty with which its performed. However, the various dance forms in Kali contain a hidden message that only a fighter could understand.

The dance forms in Kali were not only made to entertain, but also to educate the soldier into an efficient killing machine. The moves may seem harmless, but underneath they are educating the right people with the knowledge necessary to handle themselves in a combat situation. In this video, we will meet Doug Marcaida and Willie Laureano, two combat practitioners who as they break down the various dance forms(‘Panatukan’ meaning hidden warrior dances) and reveal the hidden layers of combat that lie underneath.

First, in the list, we have the ‘Maglalatik’, a very peculiar dance form that appears silly at first glance. A bunch of men wearing coconuts shells all over their body and slapping around is hard to be taken seriously. However, as Doug explains it isn’t as simple as it seems.

The dance form was created to teach soldiers the various openings in the Spanish armor. The coconut shells were spread strategically all over the vital parts of the body, simulating the openings in the armor. A critical strike in any of those place would be termed as lethal.

Secondly, we have the ‘Tinikling’ which is also quite unique. The dance has a feminine aspect to it, but don’t get fooled by those smooth steps. This particular form was created to teach proper footwork and timing in order to improve the mobility of the soldiers in a combat situation. The moves in this dance are coordinated and appear continuously at specific intervals thereby, refining your footwork to a new degree.

In the third place, we have the ‘Pandango Sa Ilaw’, which is more of a defensive dance form compared to the first two. This form is mostly about balance and teaches various motions which can help you escape from the grasp of an enemy with relative ease. You can even use this as a pivot and transition to countermeasures which is also very effective.

The short 4-minute video teaches you a lot about Kali and its various dance forms and helps you get a grasp of the idea which, is a key factor in Filipino Martial Arts.

Overcome Fear in Filipino Martial Arts

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Say hello to Master Wong as he delves deep into the psychology of fear. Fear is like a double-edged sword and can make or break you in a fight. It is natural to feel scared before a fight, especially in street brawls.

In this short 6-minute clip, Wong interviews his friend Alex, who is also a 6 times World Champion in stick fighting. Together they talk about fear and how you can overcome it.

Alex admits that fear is inevitable, and the key to overcoming it is not letting it control you. Instead of cowering, embrace your fears and let it drive you. It’s a store of energy, and can potentially change the rhythm of a fight to your advantage. The video also discusses a few ways regarding how you can control your fears that will surely come in handy for any upcoming fights.

Grandmaster Bobby Taboada’s Filipino Martial Arts

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Grandmaster Bobby Taboada is highly skilled in the Filipino Martial Arts of Balintawak. Raised in the Philippines, GM Taboada learned from some of the best, namely Grand Masters Venancio Bacon, Teofilo Velez, and Jose Villasin.

The video is a demonstration of some of his techniques when he visited the Hard Ready seminar hosted by Ryan Hoover in North Carolina. He was a surprise guest at the venue but his performance left an everlasting impact on everyone that visited.

Starting off, GM Taboada demonstrates some swift knife techniques followed by some stick fighting. Both demonstrations show off some serious moves and you can tell by the faces that everyone is impressed. During his sparring, he keeps on emphasizing on the word ‘Magic’, which is his way of referring to some moves that are not quite perceivable to the eye.

During the stick sparring, he introduced one of those magic factors where he effortlessly disarmed his opponent with relative ease. He made it look so easy that the crowd also joined in with the laughter.

After this little arts demonstration, Grand Master Taboada gradually transitioned into fighting drills and that’s when things got interesting.

To start off, he calls a volunteer and started sparring with her. Now what’s interesting here is, he calls her and instructs her to block his blows. After the first few, he asks her to close her eyes and repeats the lesson. After a little stutter, she manages to get into the rhythm and blocks every shot, with her eyes closed. He ends the exercise commenting that it will now be much easier for her to repeat the drill with her eyes open.

The episode may seem entertaining, but there are a lot of things going on the background. This type of drills are unusual and goes on to show the level of difficulty that comes with this style.

As we progress further, we observe a few other sparring techniques, most of which are pretty basic but differ from their normal counterparts. Balintawak Arnis incorporates a lot more swift and quick movements, which may be hard to see at first, but learnable once you’ve put in the effort.

The short 10-minute video showcases a decent set of combat techniques, which you can pick up and start practicing right away with your training partners. They are easy to learn but hard to master, so make sure to follow through once you have committed to the routine.

Guro Doug Marcaida on the Karambit

Meet Doug Marcaida as he demonstrates his swift Karambit moves. The video is quite fast paced so you might want to pause at places to take a better look.

Doug is a FMA weapon specialist and demonstrates the various ways you can use a Karambit to your advantage in a combat situation. During the course of this video, he focuses on various ways to strike your opponent. He also shows how you can manipulate the knife to deliver different types of blows in a fight.

Besides the traditional slash and flail, you can also use the Karambit for impact strikes and pokes. Each type of strike has an advantage since they can be delivered from different angles with varying efficiency.

The short 10-minute video is super helpful in teaching some of the absolute basics of Karambit handling and can act as a foundation for future lessons as well.

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.