Sunday, February 28, 2016

Seattle State of Mind

I feinted left and went in with a right corkscrew punch. I connected solidly on the jaw. All my training had paid off.

This morning I when I slid from bed my left knee creaked and my head ached from a thorough workout the day before.

None of that matters in this zen like moment. In the presence of sparring, practice fighting, I’ve forgotten my body. All that lives is the desire to make contact.

 In this blog we will rarely, if ever discuss technique. The thing that is paramount over all technique is context. While fighting, while training, the question hangs, “What is my purpose?”

Your purpose, if you are persistent, will be rediscovered newly each time you train.
If you are lucky you will land on the same purpose every time.

 Purposes include:

To be a better fighter
To train myself on the path of being a warrior
To crush others
To protect those I love
To not punch someone at work, out of rage

 Even if you think your purpose is hidden, I promise you, it is NOT. Your purpose is revealed in every practice and utterance of your art. No matter if your Spirit returns to the same purpose every time you practice, the meta-purpose is, that you PRACTICE, that you continue to inquire. That you continue you make your Self better. After all, how we practice is a microcosm of how we live.

 I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. Read more at:
- Bruce Lee

 This underscores what I saw in my practice today. I’m not as fluid as a long, limbed wolf, I don’t have the form and inquisitive nature of a devoted fox.

What I do have is that I return to practice each time, to grind out the learnings. To enter what is unknown to myself, and make my Self known, to myself and others, through practice.

Guro Bahi

 SEACA Systema In Seattle -  I started my martial arts journey in 1985. I have been a student of Tai Chi, Aikido, Capoeira, Escrima, Kali, and SEACA Systema. I have taken seminar(s) with Guro Dan Inosanto and students of Remy Presas. I am most at home teaching the Mariposa de Combate form of SEACA Systema.

I have been teaching SEACA Systema since 2003. As a Maha Guro Bahi I have taught students in Phoenix, San Miguel de Allende and Seattle. The founder and chief instructor of SEACA Systema is Manuong Gardea.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Fighting without continuing to develop the inner-observer, the inner good-critic, will only yield a better animal, not a better fighter, not a warrior

That said. If you lack as a warrior, you can still get the sh*t torn out of you by an animal

_ Guro Bahi

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


The taste of my own blood is clarifying. As it drips down from my nose my comrade asks if I'm okay. I smile and say, "yes." For what other answer can I give? The SEACA Systema,, warriors and warriors-in-training have been through far worse. They've served their country and family in too many ways to count, and they have endured far more than a bloodied nose. I breathe and blink once, i nod and I smile as my way of saying continue, there is more I need to learn. Knowing that my, "yes," helps me grow as a martial artist, that a tiny defeat or mis-step is a trifle in the span of a life that will take more than 150 million steps I learn from this moment and I allow this moment to train me to: manage my breathe, let my footwork move through me (instead of thinking about my footwork) and most of all, no matter how fatigued, I must keep my hands up. Lesson learned. Thanks