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
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You might want to read this first (or not): How I Got Into Filipino Martial Arts
Finding a Kali teacher is no easy feat!
Around February 2013, I was researching where I could possibly learn Filipino Martial Arts. I found out that my choices are infinite! There are a ton of gyms/schools/teachers offering many different FMA styles/systems. I thought this pursuit is getting more and more confusing yet very interesting.
Anyway, I contacted a handful of prospective teachers; many of them were quite unresponsive or snob for some reason. Others sounded promising yet too far from my place or were expensive. I wasn’t making excuses, I swear! Plus, I’m pretty choosy when it comes to getting a trainer/teacher because I had a few disappointing experiences with my previous trainers (in boxing and Muay Thai). At one point, I wanted to ask myself, “Is it me?” Haha. I guess like most things, finding a teacher requires trial and error.
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I sometimes ask myself, “What have I gotten myself into?” Because I know I have an addictive tendency about things that stir my interest. Filipino Martial Arts is no exception. You know that kind of addiction that no antidote or rehabilitation program could cure? That’s it. But why would I wanna be cured in the first place, right? Hell no!
It’s a positive kind of addiction, I tell you. All-natural high, too! Truth is, if I could train every day, I would. Like I told my FMA teacher once, “When I’m not training in Kali, I think about it or Google stuff about it.” The more I learn about it, the more I crave for it. And I can’t stop. And I won’t stop. (Anyone else can hear We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus?! Hahaha)
Well, I guess that’s another reason why I put up this blog—as an outlet for me to rave or share anything about FMA. I understand not everyone is interested in Kali or martial arts in general, so this venue is for passionate, like-minded individuals. Let’s connect and collaborate! So much for the introduction.