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

Saturday, February 7, 2015

What do you see?

A martial artist learns everywhere and every when. When you turn your attention to these Youtube videos, what do you see? What do you notice about breath, timing, footwork, and attitude?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015

“He spoke of very simple things- that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form. 

"Set aside," came a voice from the multitude, "even if it be the Law of the Flock?"

"The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other.” 

― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Our Lineage

From the Ishizu family, the brother and the father… and their gifts of training with linear kicks in the form of Katas. Their introduction to the live hand specifics of Jun Fan the use of the various training aids to help hand speed and back-fist

To Tachan and Santos… the way of Kali. Practices with hardwood garrotes. They gave us strikes to the low lines, different numbering systems and ground techniques.

Juan Santos… Introduced a Siliwesi Kali structure with the use of Kicks for deflecting and jamming. Also the use of Doble Dagas.

Manuel Sison… Introduced Manangkaban Silat with open hand grabbing, rending, and tearing, and later introduced Tjikalong Silat for the hands, but Tjimande kicks with stamps, with an emphasis on multiple attackers

Kalev Ongrung… Introduced Kumango Silat-emphasizing the use of thigh slapping for distraction-feints and the utilization of the elbows and knees for countering knees and kicks.

Anthony Blas… gave us the hand phases of JKD-the use of the open hands for heavy and powerful striking-Inside crescents combined with powerful linear kicks and Jumping kicks for power not exhibition.  

Kalani Tabura… Introduced the Villabrille Kali system and the art of Lima 1976 Lama, this great teacher was the cousin of Benny Largusa and learned from the Uncles and Grand Master Floro Villabrille. Footwork and the use of the blades, open hands and entries into grappling 

 Sifu Christiansen …Introduced the Numbering system of Doce Pares and the counters of Modern Arnis. 

Sam Buot… Introduced the art of Balintewak and numbering system, disarms, and the strong stroking philosophy.