You can get with this or you can get with that…

I listen to a lot of podcasts during my commute to / from work, specifically in the mornings as I head into work it helps me with positive thoughts and helps me set the tone for the day.

There are a lot of great podcasts but there are times when a specific episode resonates with specific thoughts of mine and this podcast touches on one that really drives home personally.

#1: God helps those who helps themselves.
I’m not trying to delve into religion it’s just a quote that stuck in my head; I didn’t quite understand it for quite a while until some years ago.

#2: 80% of life is showing up.
I first heard this when I was preparing for my first Dog Brothers gathering; they have a reputation of being “sweaty, smelly psychopaths with sticks” and every year they have a gathering in which many people talk about doing but few show up.

#3 Life is choices.
The first time I heard this was in a vocational school for television production and engineering.  The electronic theory portion of the program was a great class.

I think some people get stuck on what seems to be the “superficial” surface of those statements.
While you listen to the podcast you will find yourself agreeing with Dr. Mark Cheng that wow it seems like he’s always happened to be in the right place in the right time, what a lucky guy! Even Dr. Mark Cheng says something to the effect of “My life has been series of lucky events.”

When Dr. Cheng made that comment I was reminded about my own career in InfoSec as well as my martial arts journey and being able to have trained with certain people.  I’m not sharing this to brag as I think I have been extremely fortunate in both areas.

Jarlo responds with “Yes, there is a certain amount of randomness but you chose to put yourself in those positions.” Which is true.

Dr. Cheng found himself in a place he did not want to be and he chose to act. He could have chosen a different path when Pak Victor DeThouars asked him to help a friend ( Guro Dan Inosanto.) He could have chosen not to assist Guro Dan which in led him to meeting Pavel Tsatsouline, he could have turned down Pavel when it came to meeting Gray Cook .

Another thing to think about is that if he didn’t work his butt off do you think any of the above people would have invited him or presented him with the choices in the first place??

Let’s go back to the aforementioned quotes

  • God helps those who helps themselves.
  • 80% of life is showing up. 
  • Life is choices.

In regards to the first two quotes, I think people just assume good things are going to happen to them just by asking for help or simply showing up. While exploring the origin of this quote I found the following page which is good food for thought:
God helps those who help themselves – is it in the Bible?

A picture of myself and a few friends at the Dog Brother which was covered by Nat Geo and became the "Fight Club" documentary.
A picture of myself and a few friends at the Dog Brother which was covered by Nat Geo and became the “Fight Club” documentary.

When I attended my first Dog Brother gathering, I didn’t just show up and hope for the best, a close friend and I trained almost daily for that event.

In terms of my career and being in the right place at the right time, I worked my butt off in order to be noticed by the right people and when I presented with opportunities I chose to accept and kept working my butt off.  I could have chosen NOT to accept and remained in my current situation.

A series of pics used in an article with Datu Kelly Worden in Martial Arts Presents
A series of pics used in an article with Datu Kelly Worden in Martial Arts Presents

In terms of my martial arts journey, I could have chosen to not go into Datu Worden’s school in Lakewood, WA which allowed me to be introduced to so many different systems and practitioners.

Essentially what I’m trying to get to is that in this life we have many opportunities to do things and sometimes its the little choices that we make that have an effect on the bigger choices and opportunities that we are presented with further down the road.

Anyway, the podcast touches upon many other subject please check it out, and if you enjoy it share it with like minded friends.

I’ll just leave this classic song right here:


Awareness: The First Layer of Personal Defense

I missed the opportunity to attend a seminar by Datu Kelly Worden a couple of weeks ago; thankfully Guro Belton Lubas used the power of social media to share some righteous footage from the seminar; as I was watching the live stream I was literally blown away by what Datu was saying and couldn’t wait to blog about it!  A couple of months ago I wrote about the correlation between Critical Security Controls and Personal Security Concepts. Within the Cyber Security realm we want to be aware of all the devices and software within the computing environment (network) and those controls are defined here:

In my previous post, I exchanged “Authorized and Unauthorized” with Awareness. Therefore the concept can be applied to the realm of personal security a bit easier.  However our environment is more dynamic than the computing environment and has the potential to changes from moment to moment.  For example, when we are at home / personal dwelling it is a bit easier to determine what is “authorized and unauthorized.” When we leave that space and venture into the public space the environment becomes more dynamic and the sense of “authorized and unauthorized” applies to who and what we allow into our personal circle / bubble. Personal Safety then becomes more about the awareness of who and what is around us and at what range to we let them get into before having to go into fight or flight mode.

As we move between environments are we going to be actively engaged in awareness or are we going to stare at the phone and or walk around with headphones oblivious? Being unaware is a vulnerability that can be potentially exploited by a threat and compromise our personal security and our family’s security.

Awareness can be actively practiced with family members too.  I was talking with a good buddy and the topic of teaching family members to be aware of the surroundings when grocery shopping came up; an example is having the kids monitor the parking lot as the parent is putting away the groceries. When incidents occur in a parking lot it’s usually when the “victim” is unaware.

Anyway, I just wanted to write a quick post about awareness since the opportunity presented itself.

Thanks for reading!

Open hand or Closed Fist?

The advantages or disadvantages of using a open palm vs close fist has been a topic of polarizing discussion but most agree there is a time and place for both.  Obviously I would not advocate one of the other everyone has their preferences as to why and when they prefer use each method of striking.

Guro Burton Richardson touches upon many reasons in the following articles:
These 10 Silat Strategies Will Expand Your Consciousness and Make You Better at Self-Defense! Part One

These 10 Silat Strategies Will Expand Your Consciousness and Make You Better at Self-Defense! Part Two

When people doubt the power of the open palm slap I like to refer them to this video:

One of the techniques I like to teach in class comes from Jesse Glover; Datu Worden affectionately refers to it as the “B*itch Slap” you can find similar techniques taught in other systems where it may be known as the “dead arm slap” which is not to be confused with those ridiculous dead arm punching videos where two guys punch each other in the arm.

Here is a nice clip of Jesse Glover demonstrating techniques he always shared at camps:

The empty hand strategies fit well within the Filipino Martial Arts; one of the things I like to do first is use the sinawali pattern known to most as “Heaven” to correlate the weapon movements to empty hands, at first we begin sticking to form just to get the movement down; we then translate it to the empty hand drill from Modern Arnis known as Brush, Grab, Strike and progress from there.

Another Sinawali that I refer to as “two count” teaches the student to target the head and knee is great reference for the correlation of weapons movement to empty hand.

Datu Worden breaks it down very nicely in this excerpt from his DVD titled “Bridging Hands Striking Relations.”

You can purchase the DVD here at

I probably could go on and on as this is a favorite topic of mine but I’ll stop here so you can enjoy the clips.

If interested in learning more stop by the school:

Warrior Collective of WA
12401 NE 60th Way #A7
Vancouver, WA 

Security Warrior: Cyber & Personal Security P2

English: Information Security Components layering the Information Assurance at three levels: Physical security, Personal Security, Organizational security. These layers protect the value of the information by ensuring Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OK. In the previous post “Cyber Security how does it correlate to personal Self-Defense?” we left off at attempting the correlation of the following Cyber Security Controls into Personal Security Controls.

CSC 1: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices
CSC 2: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software

Now in relation to Cyber Security these two controls are primary about controlling your computer environment; we don’t want rogue (unauthorized) devices or software  in our environment because they introduce vulnerabilities that could be exploited.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with the terms vulnerability and exploit here are the definitions:

In computer security, a vulnerability is a weakness which allows an attacker to reduce a system’s information assuranceVulnerability is the intersection of three elements: a system susceptibility or flaw, attacker access to the flaw, and attacker capability to exploit the flaw.
Vulnerability (computing) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An exploit (from the English verb to exploit, meaning “using something to one’s own advantage”) is a piece of software, a chunk of data, or a sequence of commands that takes advantage of a bug or vulnerability in order to cause unintended or unanticipated behavior to occur on computer software, hardware, or something …

Exploit (computer security) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In human terms a vulnerability is leaving yourself open so that someone can take advantage \ exploit and put you in a compromising position.

A common scenario is people walking around and focusing on their phone or tablet instead of being aware of their surroundings (vulnerability) and allows a bad-guy (threat) to exploit (mugging) the vulnerability (lack of awareness)

OK now that we have the technical jargon out of the way how do we relate that to personal self-defense and the individual practitioner.  When looking at the terms “Authorized / Unauthorized Software and Devices” what exactly does that mean?  Does it have something to do to with alien abductions, rear-end inspections and then forcing you to slow dance to Lady in Red?  Simply put, no.

How do we relate these terms of unauthorized hardware and software to what and who we are? When you wake up and get dressed are you unknowingly putting on un-authorized items of clothing? Does that ugly sweater that Aunty Carol gave leave you vulnerable in such a way so that others can exploit you and then make you do things like try and eat that un-edible Christmas tradition called a fruitcake?  Worse yet, would they be able to remote control you like a Zombie and force you stand under the mistletoe and kiss appalling people?

Does that piece clothing that sticks to you via static clinic considered a rogue piece of clothing?  Possibly.

How about, substituting unauthorized with unaware or un-validated?

Have you validated the techniques you learned by training with a resistant partner?

The tool or tools you carry for self-defense:
Do you practice with it?
Do you practice with drawing that tool from it’s concealed location?
Have you attended appropriate training for your chosen firearms and the potential scenarios?

Do you know anything about your local self-defense laws?
[ Defense of Personal Property ] § RCW 9A.16.020 The use, attempt, or offer to use force upon or toward the person of another is not unlawful in the following cases: [You can use reasonable force to defend your property, but not deadly force.] . . . (3) Whenever used by a party about to be injured, or by another lawfully aiding him or her, in preventing or attempting to prevent an offense against his or her person, or a malicious trespass, or other malicious interference with real or personal property lawfully in his or her possession, in case the force is not more than is necessary; (4) Whenever reasonably used by a person to detain someone who enters or remains unlawfully in a building or on real property lawfully in the possession of such person, so long as such detention is reasonable in duration and manner to investigate the reason for the detained person’s presence on the premises, and so long as the premises in question did not reasonably appear to be intended to be open to members of the public; . . . “One of the defenses to a charge of assault is that the act was committed in the defense of property of the actor, or of one whom he is under a legal duty to protect. It is the generally accepted rule that a person owning, or lawfully in possession of, property may use such force as is reasonably necessary under the circumstances in order to protect that property, and for the exertion of such force he is not liable either criminally or civilly” State v. Bland, 116 P.3d 428 (2005) fn3. (citing Peasley v. Puget Sound Tug & Barge Co., 125 P.2d 681 (1942)). [ You can even assault someone to prevent damage to or the taking of property. But you cannot use more force than is necessary, and certainly not deadly force. ]

Vilos, Evan; Vilos, Attorney Mitch (2010-06-01). Self-Defense Laws of All 50 States (pp. 415-416). Guns West Publishing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Are there thoughts / actions leaving you vulnerable in ways that others can exploit?; aka Situational Awareness
When attending an event do you know where the exits are?

Do you maintain an appearance of confidence? Bad guys often prey on the unaware or those who appear vulnerable.

When someone enters your or is on the edge of your personal bubble are you aware of what they are doing?
Are their hands in their pocket?
Are they demonstrating any signs of aggression verbally or physically?

When attending large public events with family, friends or partner, do you:
Have a rallying point in case of separation?
Have an exit plan in case of a violent event?

I think you get the idea or ideas presented; I’m not trying to break new ground here or reinvent the wheel.  I’m just an information security nerd exploring the correlation of Cyber Security and Martial Arts or as Datu Worden says “Connecting  The Systems” virtually and physically.


What is JKD?

English: JKD logo; appeal of refusal of copyri...

In I prior post I mentioned a great podcast by fellow martial artist Jarlo Ilano with Guro Burton Richardson and in that podcast Burton brought up a short story about Guro Dan Inosanto; one day during class Guro Dan asked “What is JKD?” The class shared their thoughts and then he shared his thoughts “JKD is research and development.” To me, it was like a light bulb went on.  You guys are probably saying “DUH!”

I know it seems obvious but so many people want to make a big fuss out of it and in my opinion it makes so much sense.  The only thing that I would change about it is that in my opinion JKD = Personal Research and Personal Development.

People take the martial arts for a variety reasons; one of the things we are taught is to use martial arts training as a vehicle to being a better person and that we take what we learned in class which can be equated to “problem solving” and apply it to real life situations, not just physical altercations but to how we deal with things when faced with adversity.

Comprehend, Intend and Connect the Systems!
Comprehend, Intend and Connect the Systems!
The martial arts is also about self expression, you can stay inside your own little box and be comfortable or you can step outside of your comfort zone and grow; this also applies to being a better husband, a co-worker, a better teammate, a better artists or whatever you choose to apply it to.

Step outside of your self imposed limitations, grow and then share what you have learned with others so that others may grow as well.

Hey, we got that P.M.A!

Don’t care what they may say
We got that attitude!
Don’t care what you may do
We got that attitude!

Hey, we got that P.M.A.!
Hey, we got the P.M.A.!
~Bad Brains

I just finished listening to a great podcast between a good friend Jarlo, highly skilled martial artist and Guro Burton Richardson we both studied under him; not at the same time and Jarlo studied with Guro Richardson for a far longer length of time than I did.  I was fortunate to study with Guro for a little over a year but I learned a lot not just about martial arts but teaching, sharing, being positive and more.

Kawika, Guro Burton and IBurton Richardson

I like to refer to Guro as the “teachers-teacher” because of what I learned and how he taught. My statement is not to disrespect all that I have trained under. I have much respect for them and I try to emulate certain aspects.

Anyway, there are several great topics Guro Burton and Jarlo touch upon in this podcast and the first one is having a positive attitude!

Jarlo: Hey, everybody, this is Jarlo at GMB Fitness, and I’m really happy today on this podcast to be with my teacher, Burton Richardson. Hey, Burton, how you doing?

Burton: I’m fantastic!

Jarlo: Good.

Burton: As usual. How are you, Jarlo?

Jarlo: Yeah, I love your positive attitude all the time. Positive all the time. That’s what we should do, right?

Burton: It’s our choice.

Jarlo: It’s our choice. That’s exactly it.

Burton: Right. You know, when somebody’s asked me, “How are you,” we have to realize that’s actually, the answer is compared to what?

Jarlo: Right.

Burton: We get to choose what we compare it to. Am I going to compare how I am today to the best day I’ve ever had on this earth or I’m going to compare it to my worst day? It’s like, “I’m great, man.”

We can choose to be happy or choose not to be; yeah I know choosing to be happy or positive when we are feeling negative can feel forced; but when we start making that choice on a regular basis it becomes more natural and you don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.

Example: A couple of weeks ago the alternator on my Jeep went out while I driving to work. At the time I didn’t know it was my alternator, I was driving, the battery light came on and the long story short is that I was able to exit I205 quickly, turn around and  make it to garage where the car literally ran out of “juice.” As I was pulling into the parking lot all the lights came on and the car barely made it , whew!  Car problems stress me out the most because I depend on the vehicle to get back and forth to work but instead of being incredibly grump I realized how fortunate I was.

I drove approximately a 100 miles up to Tacoma and back the day before to train with Datu Worden.  Although I was able to complete my trip without issue I did witness two car fires (cue ominous music.) I was a little sore the following day and was in need of a chiropractic adjustment; I already starred the day in a uncomfortable situation.  I could have been really grumpy because I was in pain and I was going to be late for work because of that and  on top of all that the car crapped out on me and on and on.

The positive side is that having to get an adjustment allowed me to miss rush hour traffic; imagine being “THAT GUY.”   You know, the guy created the traffic jam and made everyone else late to work because their car broke down; then the potential of having to be towed (mo money) all the way to a garage to fix the issue (even mo money.)  I was able to miss all that traffic and make it back home and the issue with the car wasn’t as big of an issue as it could have been.  It could have been a lot worse.

There are some other great topics in this podcast that can keep me going on and on but I’ll keep it short and let you enjoy the awesomeness.


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Cyber Security how does it correlate to personal Self-Defense?

(even when online!)

We live in a new age and now have a new front to have situational awareness of as well as defend ourselves and loved ones from. My primary job is working as an Information Security Engineer. Often times I find myself wondering if I could correlate Cyber Security with Self-Defense / Personal Security.  This will be my attempt at the correlation.

Cyber Security has a couple of strategies that are similar in nature called Defense In Depth, Layered Defense which is all about layering your defense so that if  something makes it past one layer the next layer is able to detect or prevent the  intrusion to the attempt to penetrate, infiltrate and cause a disruption or remain hidden and exfiltrate data.  If you would like to read more then here is a nice article that briefly discusses the strategies.

We also have the Critical Security Controls created by the Center for Internet Security that work along side of the Defense In Depth / Layered Security strategies which finally gets me to what Ive been wanting to actually talk about but first lets take a look at this list.

CSC 1: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices
CSC 2: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software
CSC 3: Secure Configurations for Hardware and Software on Mobile Devices, Laptops, Workstations, and Servers
CSC 4: Continuous Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation
CSC 5: Controlled Use of Administrative Privileges
CSC 6: Maintenance, Monitoring, and Analysis of Audit Logs
CSC 7: Email and Web Browser Protections
CSC 8: Malware Defenses
CSC 9: Limitation and Control of Network Ports, Protocols, and Services
CSC 10: Data Recovery Capability
CSC 11: Secure Configurations for Network Devices such as Firewalls, Routers, and Switches
CSC 12: Boundary Defense
CSC 13: Data Protection
CSC 14: Controlled Access Based on the Need to Know
CSC 15: Wireless Access Control
CSC 16: Account Monitoring and Control
CSC 17: Security Skills Assessment and Appropriate Training to Fill Gaps
CSC 18: Application Software Security
CSC 19: Incident Response and Management
CSC 20: Penetration Tests and Red Team Exercises

Wow… thats a lot to take in, can some of it even be correlated? I would love to hear your opinion.  The next article will take a look at the first two controls:
CSC 1: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices
CSC 2: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software

Can they be correlated to the individual? What about beyond the individual?

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Who am I
D. R. I.
Who am I?
Three simple words
Who am I?
A human being
Who am I?
This weird thing
Who am I?
Not what I seem

So I’ve been sharing and posting information about the new school that I will be teaching out of called The Washing Warrior Collective but what do you know about me?  Who is this guy that wants to enrich your life by teaching you the Filipino Martial Arts?

Simply put, I am Robert Koenig, a guy who seems like a regular guy but wants to give you the tools to protect yourself and the ones you live with a well known martial that is “simple” to learn but not as simple to master. I’m not going to take this opportunity to go on and on about myself, I just wanted to introduce myself and eventually I will put up an “About” page.

Pacific Northwest Roots 1992 – 2002
I was 22 years old when I stumbled upon Datu Kelly Worden‘s school in Lakewood, WA.  I attended the free session and thus began my Martial Arts journey.  Through Datu Worden I was able to train with many notable people such as GM Remy Presas, Richard Bustillo, Sonny Umpad, Bob Anderson, Jim Keating, Ted Lucay-Lucay, Leonard Trigg and more. Many years later due to circumstances I left WA for Hawai’i and when I left Datu said “It doesn’t matter who you train with just keep on training”

Hele on to Hawai’i 2002 – 2014 
I was living on Oahu for a couple of years before settling on a place to call my Martial home.  Hawai’i is actual rich with Filipino Martial Culture, I won’t go into a lot of details but many well known Filipino Martial Artists either have ties back to Hawai’i or passed through on the way to the mainland.  One of the most famous was Floro Villabrille who actually participated in actual Death Matches in the Philippines and on the island of Kaua’i. Another is GM Braulio Pedoy of the Derobio system and yet another GM Raymond Tobosa of the Tobosa Eskrima System. After dabbling in the other arts for a little bit I found out that Michael Tibbitts AKA DogZilla of the famous Dog Brothers was on the island I knew I had to go check out and see what he had to offer. It wasn’t until a little while later that I learned Burton Richardson aka Lucky Dog was on the island of Oahu as well.

Aloha Oe
The winds of change were blowing and I had a family by this time, Hawai’i is / was paradise but the cost of living was too much for me and I knew the cost of living in Washington state was much lower and there were all kind of other opportunities available for my family and I.

So here I am, rock you like a hurricane… 2015 – Present
Cheesy isn’t it but if you catch the subtle or not so subtle references you can tell that I really love music.  Anyway.. I’m back in the Pacific Northwest, first thing I did was reach out to Datu and attend the first seminar I could.  Unfortunately Datu was up in Tacoma, WA and I currently live in Vancouver, WA. In order for consistent training to take place the simplest thing was to look for an opportunity to teach and that opportunity finally came via a post on Facebook. I could have kept training by joining another school and I did for a bit but the more I thought about it, I already learned a great deal from Datu Worden, Mike Tibbitts, Burton Richardson and many other influence I decided it was time to strike out on my own.  Although Island Warrior Martial Arts actually began in Hawaii I only had a few private students and I was content with that but it’s time share my influences with others and like Datu Worden says if you train in the martial arts then you have a responsibility to share that knowledge with others so they may protect themselves and the ones they love.




“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.  ~Henry Ford”

One of the keys to being successful whether you are a martial artist, musician, actor / actress, entrepreneur, lose weight or whatever IS your MINDSET.


  1. the established set of attitudes held by someone.
    “the region seems stuck in a medieval mindset”
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Washington Warrior Collective

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Things are shaping up as we all finally met as a group to discuss business matters and ensure we are all on the same page.

Our Martial offerings are:
Tae Kwon Do
Bagua, Xing Yi and Tai Chi
MMA and Wrestling
Filipino Martial Arts

That’s a pretty solid offering in my humble opinion. Looking for more info?? Stay tuned in, there is plenty more to come this venture isn’t just several business owners coming together because we “can’t” do it alone, this is a group of like-minded people working as a group to sharpen each other and providing an opportunity for those who are interested.

Big shout out to Jesse and JT who have been handling the coordination of the group and big thanks to them for putting out the call for like-minded people to come together and share the arts.

Jesse has a great blog and cool t-shirts @ Warrior Class Apparel: Elite Gear For The Warrior Class

Check out his latest:

Mjolnir Invictus Tee
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