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.




Apolo Ladra in Black Belt Magazine

Apolo Ladra is a man on a mission to spread the Filipino martial art style pekiti tirisa around the whole world. At the beginning of the interview, he describes how he got into Filipino martial arts. After moving to America at the age of 7, Ladra immersed himself in the practice of Taekwondo. He even established multiple academies all of which have been quite successful.

After a few years of mastering Taekwondo, Ladra was slowly drawn into Filipino martial arts especially the stick and blade technique. He moved to the Philippines and devoted himself to the practice of pekiti tirisa under the tutelage of tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. after seeing him on the cover of the Black Belt magazine. He didn’t start until a decade later, a good part of which he spent on looking for his master.

The pekiti tirisa focuses on blades, sticks and empty-handed combat styles. Ladra reveals that the key to the technique is learning universal moves that could be easily transitioned seamlessly among the three afro mentioned fighting tools.

Unlike many martial arts, Ladra focuses strictly on offense and leaves the defense to his opponents. He explains how hitting first matters a lot compared to defending. Putting in the first blow gives the striker an advantage whereas defending always risks taking some sort of injury. The ferocity and frequency with which he makes his point are somewhat terrifying to read.

After describing what they do, Apolo Ladra went on to explain how they do it. He explains how the martial art style is distributed across 12 basic techniques. More complex and advanced combo strings are just the basics techniques being executed with the ‘flow’. The ‘flow’ as Ladra describes is like a state of extreme awareness where you execute a specific combination of the 12 basic techniques which best suits your fighting style. He also explains how adjusting to the flow can remarkably your fighting prowess.

At the end of the interview, Apolo Ladra mentions the key principles which have guided him through his fighting career. He always believes to lead by example, to have a positive attitude towards every everything and to never give up, even at the mouth of desperation. Some of the speeches he gave during the interview are truly inspiring and reveal how great of a person he is not just in terms of fighting prowess but in terms of a good human being. Read the full article if you want to learn about an extraordinary man and his journey to becoming a well-renowned martial artist.


Aperture Fight Focused – Avoiding Fights

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It is wise to walk away from a fight than to jump in at the first sight of distress.
Human beings are emotional and most of the time they let their ego do the
talking for them. Unless the other guy is shoving the fight right down your throat,
always try avoiding it. The brawl can go either way but both of you may end up
hurting yourselves which isn’t worth it.

The video dictates that under any normal situation the guy you are fighting maybe
just a regular person. Consider the fact that something may have happened to
him that’s forcing him to act in such a way. So the next time your knuckles start
itching at some random stray comments, think twice before landing the first blow.


Do you have to fight to be a legitimate fighter?


“Do I need to fight in order to become legit?”

This question has been plaguing trainers all around the world, and today we will be meeting Mark Anastacio who shares his two cents on the matter. You can clearly see why this question is so controversial. On one hand, you are learning to fight and defend yourself and on the other, you’re asking if you have to really fight to prove your rank. Before delving any further into the topic, Mark clearly states that you don’t need to fight(doesn’t count sparring) in order to prove your rank and here is his reason. Note that for future references Mark, in the context of this video refers to the masters of any given martial art style as a black belt.

When learning to fight, you can choose one of two paths that lie ahead of you. You can either become a professional fighter or you can take up teaching, sharing and spreading the techniques to others. Martial artists assume that if they become a black belt they would have to take up the professional path at some of their lives to show their worth as an esteemed fighter. However, that’s not completely true.

Mark comments that it all depends on how you define martial arts and the way you look at it. Choosing to become a professional fighter may test your strength and talent but being an instructor is no walk in the park either. An instructor is responsible for teaching other fighters a demanding task, to say the least. Also, teaching exposes a more tranquil side of martial arts. It may be said that the art of fighting was created for self-defense and skirmishes, but there are cases where martial arts is practiced to develop character. There’s no doubt that learning martial arts will surely turn you into an adept fighter but one should never lose focus on a more inherent cause i.e., to train your mind and body into becoming a better version of yourself.

Mark keeps emphasizing that you don’t have to actually fight to become a legitimate black belt. There is more to martial arts than just fighting. The time you’ve spent learning the style, gathering the experience and mastering different techniques testify that you are indeed a legit fighter. Although the ability to apply the art goes far beyond the ability to teach the latter is an equally important field and cannot be achieved by inexperienced fighters. The short 5-minute video is enlightening and will surely put your mind to rest if you face a similar cynicism regarding your position as a black belt.



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A knife is a very versatile tool. It can be easily concealed and can even render a
world class martial arts champion helpless if used correctly. Meet the Energy
Warriors as they demonstrate some swift knife sparring techniques.

The sparring session is both entertaining and educational. It includes a point
fighting system, which aims to strengthen your accuracy and spatial awareness.
The whole exercise is fun to watch and is documented in the video description,
along with the timestamps of all vital hits during the fight. The video is also the
first of its series and in order to gain a better understanding make sure to watch
all the three parts.


Kali Empty Hand Essentials

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Fighting is like an art where you use your hands and feet in the most coordinated manner possible and today, we will be discussing some of the best empty hand fighting moves you can use in a fight. The possibilities are limitless and the more you’re able to adapt, the more innovative ways will present themselves to you. Join Mark Anastacio as he demonstrates some of the vital empty hand fighting techniques and teaches you how to integrate them in your fighting style. Fun fact, most of the moves are adapted from Western-style boxing and added to Filipino Martial Arts after undergoing certain improvisations.

In this video, Mark will be working with two boxing combos, a 2-5-4, and a 3-6-3 string. It is essential you put in the effort to learn these combos by heart. Pick a sparring partner and practice them on a daily basis so that you can assimilate them seamlessly into your FMA fighting style. Once you have laid down the basics, it’s time to slowly put it to the test.

For better understanding, let us consider a typical FMA entry. Instead of following through with the basic grapple technique, try to insert some of the strike combos you learned from the training. The empty hand blows come in handy whenever your opponent is aware of the oncoming grapple and sidesteps out of your reach to prevent a takedown. In order to close the gap, keep an eye out for the shortest path between you and your opponent and work your way through that distance with the help of empty hand strikes. A simple 2-5-4 combination is enough to close the distance and down your opponent, if implemented correctly. Mark stays put with the 2-5-4 combo because it’s simple and in the right hands the technique can open up a lot of angles and opportunities to successfully hit the opponent.

The video concludes with a note that nothing is set in stone. The best way to win a fight is to use boxing templates and not relying on them completely. You may have mastered 7 entries in Kali but in a match, none of them may end up being useful.

The short 5-minute is all about adaptation and improvisation and is a must watch for anyone looking to improve their fighting skills. The templates are a good point to start a combo. You may start executing one string but the next one might not be feasible for that situation. Having a ton of combos is truly advantageous but in order to gain the upper hand, you must know how to transition between them as effortlessly as possible.  



Grandmaster Percival Pableo founder of Amarra Fighting Concept FMA

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Escrima is a form Filipino martial arts that train your body and mind to act as one collective unit during a fight. Meet Grandmaster Val Pableo and channel host Victor Mambu as they talk about the newly evolved Amarra Fighting Concept. Grandmaster Val is a seasoned veteran when it comes to Filipino martial arts and his current endeavor is to take the classics and transform it into something new.


Val Pableo’s visits around the world have convinced him that Filipino martial arts need to adapt to new and improved fighting techniques. In this short two minute video, we see him talking about his own Amarra Fighting style, it benefits and flexibility and how it will shape the future of FMA.