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Top 10 Qualities of a Great Filipino Martial Arts Teacher

Whether you are looking for a teacher or striving to become one, there are a few traits that you should look for when considering what makes a great instructor. If you are looking for a teacher, then it is in your interest to find one that is best prepared to help you with your [...]

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Filipino Martial Arts Basics - How to Measure a Rattan Stick for Filipino Kali, Escrima, or Arnis

We often get questions about selecting the right pair of rattan sticks. In this short video, Leslie Buck shows a few examples of measuring them and shares a few tips on determining the length, diameter, and weight of rattan sticks for use in the Filipino martial arts.

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Do More Now - Faster Skill Development for Kali, Escrima, Arnis

We all seek ways to get better at our skills. We learn new drills. We add new techniques to our arsenal. We find new ways to test our skills. Learning these things can keep us excited about growth. However, learning new techniques and drills don’t always make us better or even more skilled in [...]

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Reaction Training for Filipino Kali

One of the most important factors in your training to get right is reaction training. No matter how great your technique is, if you have not trained it properly, it will be useless. You must train the technique to be reflexive. You cannot rely solely on your conscious ability to analyze your [...]

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Top 10 Tips for Learning Kali, Escrima, and Arnis

In more than 20 years of teaching the Filipino Martial Arts, I have seen many students grow from a fresh beginner into a solid intermediate student, then a seasoned advanced student and some on to instructor ranks. Because of this experience, I have been able to observe several trends in the growth a student [...]

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The Filipino Balisong - A.k.a. the Butterfly Knife

The balisong has long been known as a beautiful and unique weapon of the Philippines. Also known as the Batangas knife, butterfly knife, clik clik knife and more, the balisong gets its common name from two words. The first is bali, which means to bend or to break in Pilipino, and the second [...]

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How to Measure your Rattan Stick for the Filipino Martial Arts

In the Filipino Martial Arts, the personalization of your weapon is very important. Your success relies on the coordination of your skills through that weapon. You will spend countless hours of training to use it. If your weapon is not right, then your ability to train effectively and perform successfully will suffer. [...]

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The Right Skills - Classifying your Filipino Kali and Indonesian Silat Skills for Optimal Training

While training, we are not only developing our physical skills. We are developing an intelligence that allows us to learn faster and accomplish more than others can do. To do this, we must always seek better methods of training and understanding that will maximize our time devoted. Understanding the nature and intent of [...]

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How to Make Every Repetition Count when Training the Filipino Martial Arts

With a busy life, getting in just a little time for training can be difficult. Though I own a school and teach Kali and Silat full time, I find it difficult to carve out some extra time to practice on my own. Because of this, I want to be sure my students and [...]

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Failing to Learn - How to Focus your Filipino Kali and Indonesian Silat Training for Success

Risk is required for learning. It is unavoidable. When practicing anything new, you must attempt to perform a movement before you have any experience with it. You repeatedly take the risk of making mistakes as you practice a technique. When you test a combination, a takedown or a disarming technique in sparring, [...]

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