My Filipino Martial Arts Journey So Far: Updates and Goals

It’s been almost 3 years now since I started practicing Filipino martial arts. Picking up the sticks is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I admit there were times when I got distracted and lost my focus because work happened. Travel happened. Personal battles happened. Laziness happened. Oops, sorry! But never did it cross my mind to give up this art/sport/lifestyle that I’m crazy about.

What occurred in the last 3 years was exactly what I had imagined. Looks like I’m slowly starting to become a “Visualization” or “The Secret” or “Law of Attraction” believer—or whatever you may want to call it. So far…

I’ve found a teacher

The mediocre teacher quote

Via quotlr.com

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Balintawak Eskrima Practice Sparring

I’m usually rattled when I’m pressured. But I’d like to believe I’m a diamond in the rough. So I accept all the polishing and pressuring needed to become a stronger, better fighter. In the end, win or lose, I’ll still emerge a champ.

Sharing to you a quick Balintawak Eskrima sparring session with my Filipino martial arts teacher, Guro Jeric Pantaleon of Applied Eskrima. Pardon my haggardness!

Yes, my face, my face! 😀

Filipino Martial Arts Seminar 2014: Balintawak Eskrima and Close Quarter Combat

Imagine this: Two world-famous Balintawak eskrima teachers under one roof for two whole days.

Stop dreaming now! Wish granted. Yay!

Master Virgil Cavada of Applied Eskrima Global and Grandmaster Nonato “Nene” Gaabucayan of NNG Balintawak will conduct a 2-day Filipino martial arts seminar on close quarter combat and Balintawak style of Arnis, Kali, Eskrima at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts on December 6 and 7, 2014.

Yes, you read that right. Two Balintawak celebrities. Once in a lifetime event. Must book now.

Please check out the poster below for more details.

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Balintawak Eskrima: Street Training and Stick Sparring with Combat Kali Manila

Combat Kali Manila Balintawak Street Training

Tired but happy. Goofy but deadly.

Another fun-filled Filipino martial arts (Balintawak Eskrima) street training with my amazing teammates at Combat Kali Manila. It’s summer time here in the Philippines but we didn’t mind the scorching heat and humidity–not to mention the dust, dirt and uneven ground. Watch the video below; choose HD quality:

Outdoor training is always refreshing, very much different from the four corners and matted floors of the gym we’re used to. Hopefully, we’d be able to train on a pristine beach someday. That’d be lovely!

How about you, what’s your Kali training situation like? Do you train indoors or outdoors? Cheers and happy training! 😉