Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Whether your interested in self-defense or just martial arts in general, there are many lessons we can learn from watching the early UFC events. 

The most famous was that in North America, up until the UFC, grappling wasn't considered to be effective when strikes were allowed. 

So now we can say that grappling can be extremely effective even when striking is allowed. 

The next most famous statement is that cross training is necessary to be effective.
This is actually inaccurate because people seem to think that this means you need to be well rounded.

To be successful in the UFC you need to cross train in certain specific styles, not so that you become well rounded, but so that you know how to deal with other strategies. 

Case in point is that there have been many champions in the UFC that specialize in one area, yet they became champions.   

If you follow my logic, you can be a Boxer, but you need to be a Boxer that can defend against take downs, kicks, submissions, the clinch, the ground, and have the ability to steer the fight to your area of specialty which is Boxing.

The next lesson is something I have found on my own trying to make sense out of everything.
There are basically three kinds of people that entered the early UFC.

From weakest to most successful. 
1. Martial Artists
2. Tough Guys
3. Athletes

A martial artist is a regular person that has martial arts skills.
A martial artist can beat a regular person that has no martial arts skills.

A tough guy will beat a martial artist because a tough guy is not a regular person, on top of that they have street fighting skills. So let's say that the street fighting skills and martial arts skills cancel each other out, all that's left is a tough guy versus a regular person. This is why the tough guy wins.
Some people will say that martial arts skills are better than street fighting skills but they are underestimating street fighting skills. Martial arts skills may encompass a larger wealth of knowledge but much of that may not directly affect the actual combat. Martial artists learn things like philosophy, history, spirituality, health, and teaching skills. 

At the end of the day the athlete reigns supreme because they are tough, have skills, and have a much higher work ethic and ability to perform than the others. They are a small percentage of the population. 

Now that tale doesn't end there, you have to consider what I'm about to say next. Most people can do martial arts, it was designed for the average person. Not everyone is a tough guy, not everyone can be a tough guy. Being an athlete is so difficult that most people can't be a life long athlete, or at the very keep training at a high level for many years.    

So the lesson here is that you start as a regular person. 
Learn martial arts and become a martial artist.
Then try to become tougher and tougher.
Then try to become as close as possible to an athlete as you can.

If you want to know how good you are, just compare yourself to what an athlete does everyday. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


So you want to be able to protect yourself on the street? 
Well self defense skills begins with honing your body mechanics.

It’s the same as someone that wants to get good with a yoyo, you just pick the darn thing up and keep playing with it. 

So you should pick up a pair of sticks and keep playing with them. 
From there you put in the time. 
You got to have a good work ethic. 
That develops focus and discipline.
The focus is needed in a street altercation, because it’s very easy for the mind to wander off and start thinking about stupid stuff. 
You need to focus on the task at hand. 
What is happening, what do I need to do to survive?

Instead most people think about stuff that is not going to help them.
I can’t believe this is happening to me!
What will my friends and family think when they see me in the hospital or dead? 

The discipline is needed to become stronger. 
Keep in mind that the criminal that is going to attack you is a different breed of person. 
The criminals are predators that grew up in harsher environment than you, they have a different mind set. 

So you will need to be mentally and physically as strong as you can get. 

The Heaven 6 is perhaps the most famous technique in Filipino martial arts. 
It is a combo that can be done continuously with double sticks, single stick, double knife, single knife, stick and knife, empty hand, improvised weapons, and more.

Many people take for granted and don’t realize just how brutal the Heaven 6 really is. 
It is one of the most violent technique ever known to human kind! 
If you did the Heaven 6 with a machete in each hand, you can beat just about anybody. 

The Heaven 6 with a knife in each hand turns you into a wild animal. 

Even without weapons, just using your bare hands, the Heaven 6 is incredibly violent, relentlessly clawing, grinding, and striking using your fingers, fist, palm, forearm, and elbow.    

The Heaven 6 pattern flows, it’s a natural figure 8 movement that is incredibly efficient and can be changed making it extremely deceptive as well. 

The violent capabilities of the Heaven 6 is needed because a physical altercation is violent. 
If you can’t accept violence then you will be freaking out by the violence that is happening rather than focusing on what you need to do to protect and survive. 

So practice the Heaven 6 like an addiction, and make sure that you also make yourself as strong as possible. 
If you don’t do this kind of training then you won’t have skills to fight back. 

If you can't fight back, then you have to take the same approach as a rabbit in the forest. Sneak and hide from the deadly animals.

The various Heaven 6 techniques and tactics will help make your Heaven 6 better, but it's just useless info if you don't put in the practice. 
How much should you practice? 
It depends on how serious you are about not becoming a victim. 
The more effort you put in, the more you get out of it. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Choreography training consists of two or more martial arts practitioners following a fixed set of moves.

Martial arts choreography training is pretty similar to theatre or dance. The main difference is that martial arts choreography training is done for skill development rather than entertainment purposes. 

Choreography training is done in many traditional martial arts.

Because choreography training is prearranged, it is looked down upon by those who focus more on sparring.

The fact of the matter is, while choreography training may not be as realistic as full contact sparring, it's the next best thing.

The reason why many martial arts practitioners of the old chose choreography training over full contact sparring probably had to do with safety issues.

Medical technology was not as developed back in the day, and injury was not a risky people were willing to take in an already harsh life.

The quality of life has become better today, and some people are willing to sustain injury for the purpose of developing better abilities.


Many people feel that combat sports are not practical or effective on the street.  
In fact many people believe that it will get you killed on the street.

I completely disagree.

People don't want to give combat sports any credit primarily for one reason.
Combat sports have rules, while a street altercation does not.

The people who think this way are forgetting the fact that combat sports is designed to help a person develop a specific set of skills under rigorous competition as safely as possible.

Competitors are developing fighting skills under the limitation of rules, which allows them to develop their skills to a high level.

The founder of Judo, Prof. Jigoro Kano understood this.
The difference between Judo and Jiu-jitsu was that many of the Jiu-jitsu techniques were considered too dangerous so the Jiu-jitsu practitioners didn't spar. The Judo people on the other hand took the techniques that were safer to execute and sparred and competed with each other.

When the two schools fought, the Judo guys came out on top. It doesn't mean that Jiu-jitsu doesn't have valuable material to offer, but it does mean that sparring and competing will give you the ability to better execute your techniques.

And I believe that is the main lesson here, it doesn't matter if you have lethal moves if you can't execute them.

Think of it this way, who would you rather bet on, the person who uses dirty moves or the person who knows how to fight?

Also keep in mind that if a person knows how to fight they will be in better position to do the dirty moves.

These specific set of skills developed through combat sports can be applied effectively in a specific street situation.

The key is to know when and how to apply your skills.



Point Fighting is a combat sport where contestants compete to be the first one to score the first valid strike. Excessive force is not allowed.

Many practitioners of full contact combat sports look down on Point Fighting.
Many people view Point Fighting as a glorified game of tag, so they do not think of it as effective or realistic for the street. 

I completely disagree.

Like any other combat sport Point Fighting develops a specific set of performance skills under competition. Competition creates the environment of psychological stress and physical opposition.  

The skill set developed in Point Fighting is the skill set needed for Long Range fighting.
Long Range fighting is the safest fighting distance a person can be in.
If you are in a real life altercation with weapons involved, it would be smart of you to be in Long Range. When attacks are exchanged you will want to be doing it in a game of tag like manner.

Believe me you will not want to be Kickboxing with your opponent when weapons are involved, because even the victor could be extremely hurt.
Think about it, the victor of a Kickboxing match usually takes some good hits too. Just imagine if it was done by a weapon, the damage could be much worse.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


In Eskrima we are taught the 4 Ranges of Combat.

1. Long Range
2. Medium Range
3. Close Range
4. Ground Range

Even though the 4 Ranges of Combat is commonly taught, most people are just like, in Long Range I'll use kicks, in Medium Range I'll use punching, in Close Range I'll use elbows and knees, and for the Ground Range I'll use wrestling and submission holds. 

This is not enough, chances are your opponent will be thinking the exact same thing. 
So we need to take the extra step and define the characteristics of each Range.

Long Range
Difficult to successfully attack a person from here. 
The person who controls the distance has the advantage.

Medium Range
Not enough time reaction time to see the opponent's attack and select the appropriate technique.  
The person who causes significant damage first has the advantage.

Close Range
Also called the clinch and grappling energy will be applied here.
The person who has control over their opponent has the advantage.

Ground Range
Mobility becomes limited here. This is a good place to finish someone, but your also committed.
The person who has the better position has advantage.

Monday, March 19, 2018


The most common way to hold the stick seems to be with one fistful sticking out after your pinky.
I call this grip the Tail Grip.
The area that is protruding at the bottom is used for striking, hooking, and pinning.

The next most common grip is to hold the stick at the very bottom.
Following the same concept as the Nunchaku. 
The lower you grip towards the bottom the more power you get, while you get more control the closer you grip towards the center of the stick.
Holding the stick at the very bottom is what I call the Power Grip.

I want to introduce a 3rd grip that I find very useful.
I call it the Knife Grip.
The idea is to hold the stick with 2 fistful amount of stick sticking out on the bottom.
This grip will allow you to simultaneously practice your stick techniques and Reverse Grip knife techniques.  
This is very important because most people I see on Youtube seem to prefer using the knife in the Reverse Grip yet they are very awkward with it.

If you were interested in learning Reverse Grip, the old school way was to hold the stick in the Reverse Grip which would be the opposite of the Power Grip and hold the stick at the very top.
I practice this way too, but I find that holding the stick in the Knife Grip is more of a direct correlation to handling a knife in the Reverse Grip.

Three Stick Grips
1. Tail Grip
2. Power Grip
3. Knife Grip

Practice your forms and techniques using these grips, so that you are getting triple the practice.
Remember you need to put in the repetitions to get better, there is simply no way around that.