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


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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

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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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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Chatri Sityodtong’s TEDTalk On How Martial Arts Can Help Achieve Greatness in Life

Wow, I’m glad I came across this very inspiring TEDTalk by Chatri Sityodtong. I have to admit I didn’t know who this guy is minutes ago. Thanks to Google, now I know how incredible he is in Muay Thai (martial arts in general) and in business. 😉

In the video, he talked about how martial arts can transform people to be better/greater. And that martial arts is not about fighting and violence. It’s about taking risks and constantly improving. Just watch the video. It’s worth your 17 minutes! 😀

“Martial arts is the greatest platform to unleash human potential.” – Chatri Sityodtong

Workout Wednesday: Muay Thai

Muay Thai Batman and Robin

I finally did Muay Thai training today after being on hiatus for awhile. And I was reminded again, right on the first roundhouse, why I love it.

It’s fat-burning – I was like butter on a hot pan. I was sizzling. Sweat galore! Ok, gross. You get the idea.

It’s intense – Powerful punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes. Heart-racing combinations and techniques. True-to-life sparring. Brutal conditioning. What’s not to love? 😉

It’s anti-stress – Pressured at work? Stressed about love life (or the lack thereof)? Bad mood for unknown reasons? Muay Thai just might be the solution. Feel my rage! Here’s a superman punch and then some.

Adrenaline rush – Adrenaline protects you from various kinds of trauma/stress/attack. Thus, it numbs the pain and boosts your energy when practicing Muay Thai. I can’t 100% say that I’m an adrenaline junkie. But I love getting the high every now and then.

Of course, it goes without saying that Muay Thai will make you strong, fit/toned and feel bad-ass.

I hope to do this more often. Doing this in combination with Kali, I’ll soon be apocalypse-ready (zombie or otherwise). 😛

Finding a Kali Teacher

Mission Impossible 3 Eskrima

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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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How I Got into Filipino Martial Arts

Fight like Jason Bourne

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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.

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