Training Martial Arts on the Road: Tips for Frequent Travelers

TRAINING MARTIAL ARTS ON THE ROAD

I love traveling solo. And one of my biggest dilemmas when I travel for more than a week, is having no one to train with. I need and want to train at least once a week. It drives me nuts sometimes when I don’t.

In Filipino martial arts, it’s important to have a training partner so you can practice drills and techniques more effectively. Usually, one acts as a feeder (teacher role) and the other, a receiver (student role). That’s why I find it difficult when I have to be away from my teacher and teammates for a long time.

So what does Eskrimadora the explorer (Hint hint: me!) do when she’s got no one to train with? Suck it up and practice solo! It’s surely not as fun as training with a partner. Often, it’s boring AF. But these blah things like solo training are essential to progress further—whether or not you’re a frequent traveler.

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Jason Bourne 2016

Oh gosh, Jason Bourne is back! Being a big fan of the Bourne film series, I’m beyond excited to see this. The last installment, The Bourne Legacy, was quite bland for my taste.  So I’m hoping this upcoming movie will be just as phenomenal as the previous ones with Matt Damon as the lead character—or even more.

Opens this July!

Here’s the first official trailer:

Weapon Wednesday: The Kukris of Nepal

I’m krazy over kukri! One of the many reasons I visited Nepal was because of their national weapon, the kukri (also spelled as khukuri or kukuri). The Gurkhas (Nepalese soldiers) have been using these blades since the Gurkha war.

“If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.”

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Street Harassment Has to Stop or Make It

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I just read an article about a Filipina traveler who got sexually harassed on the street while traveling in a foreign country I’d rather not mention. Apparently, after groping the poor girl, the perpetrators (yes, plural) left laughing.

Grrrrrrr!!!! My blood boils with wrath! I feel like slashing someone’s throat right now, preferably those fuckers who assaulted her.

If I ever find myself in that kind of predicament, I pray to the Universe that I’d have the opportunity to AT LEAST break my assailant’s arm and kick his groin.

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Stay safe everyone. And yes, that’s why learning some type of self-defense like Filipino martial arts is important. It’s better to know it and not need it than need it and not know it. Read: FMA as a great self-defense tool.

This was just supposed to be a tweet, but 140-characters are not enough to voice out my fury rant.

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I’m gonna smash you!

Ok, thanks, bye!

Arnis, Kali, Eskrima Training Tips: How to Have an Effective and Enjoyable Filipino Martial Arts Training

Short answer: Train hard, play hard. For the long answer, check out my Arnis, Kali, Eskrima training tips below:

Be patient

Slow progress is progress

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Learning takes time. People progress differently. Some adapt quickly while others take quite a while. It doesn’t matter what your learning pace is, as long as you’re not giving up. That being said, never compare yourself to others. Don’t be frustrated when you don’t get the techniques right away or as fluidly as you’d hoped. You can always try again, which leads me to…

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Media Lab Breaks Down Your Favorite Hollywood Fight Scenes

Currently loving this new Internet TV series, Media Lab. They feature fight scenes from various movies and TV shows; dissect them piece by piece and re-enact the scene to determine if they’re realistic or not. The host, Dom Raso, is a former US Navy SEAL with 12 years of experience—so he must really know what he’s talking about.

In this particular episode below, Dom explains the importance of proper mindset, visualization and preparation amidst a fight or conflict.

Noticed how Wing Chun kinda resembles empty hand fighting of Filipino martial arts (Arnis / Kali / Eskrima)? Pretty cool!

Coming soon are scenes from The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Supremacy. Yay! 😀

The Winter Soldier: Knife Fighting Scene

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Many of you have definitely seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And if you’re a Filipino martial arts practitioner (like me) or a knife fighting enthusiast (like me again), I’m sure you’re also wowed by the Winter Soldier’s awesome and drool-worthy knife skills.

Winter Soldier Knife Fight

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Look how he tosses his knife up in the air like he’s flair bartending or juggling. Insane! Goose bumps. Yeah yeah, it’s unrealistic and impractical. But hey, it’s visually stimulating and entertaining like most action/superhero movies are.

IMDB trivia – During filming, Sebastian Stan would walk around all day practicing his moves with a plastic knife because he wanted his movements to feel natural.

No wonder, the knife fighting scenes in the movie turned out to be fluid and ahh-mazing!

While I enjoyed the Winter Soldier’s character, I loved Black Widow more, who’s such a bad-ass fighter. Maybe more on her next time.

UPDATE as of August 15, 2014:

Take a peek at the Winter Soldier’s knife fighting training:

Any cool knife fighting movie scenes you’d like to share? Please let me know in the comments below. 😉

Bonus:
Because I get a lot of “Winter Soldier knife” and “knife used by Winter Soldier” inquiries, here’s where you can buy Bucky Barnes’s dagger. It’s The Gerber Mark II, according to Wikipedia. Happy now? You’re welcome! 😀

Filipino Martial Arts: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Kali, Arnis, Eskrima

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First off, Kali is a very newbie friendly martial art. But I understand many people have questions and doubts about this discipline. To help shed some light on those uncertainties, I’ll answer some Kali FAQs that are probably holding you back from trying out Filipino martial arts.

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Date A Girl Who Trains In Martial Arts

You guys may have already read a few articles that start with “Date a girl who” or similar. I truly enjoyed reading most of them. So now, I’ll shamelessly join the bandwagon and write my own version. Here are my 5 reasons why you should date a girl who trains in martial arts:

1. She can protect herself

Kick ass at work

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Eskrima Plus MMA = Stickfighting World

Eskrima stick fighting plus other martial arts? Why not? If UFC has the cage or octagon ring, the Stickfighting World has The Tank.


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