Starting all over again…

Starting all over again, is going to be rough for us but we gonna make it…
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Alooooha!  Well it’s been quite a while since I made any kind of noise that was substantial and quite a bit has happened since that last post back in 2011.

A summarization in bullet points.

  • 2013
    October – Interviewed for new job in Portland, OR
    November – Accepted job offer.
    December – Gave away, donated or sold belongings. Packed remainder in suitcase and departed Hawai’i Dec 30th. Dec 31st arrived in the Pacific Northwest, perfect timing to start off the new year, in a new place with family (minus the wife – arriving later) and start life anew.
  • 2014
    January – Wife arrives, reunited
    2014 through 2015: Adjusting to new lives, new schools, new friends etc.
  • 2016
    Made contact with some some cool guys and getting back into teaching and training!

That’s everything in a nutshell.  More posts on their way!!

Escrima Hawaii – FFA Stick and Knives Melee Sparring


Escrima Hawaii – FFA Stick and Knives Melee Sparring

Another Kali / Escrima Drill Video from a Protect Yourself Academy Escrima Hawaii Sunday Session. The Escrima Class having a Little Free For All Stick and Knives Melee Sparring. Helping developing awareness and Melee Strategies.

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Filipino Martial Arts: The Flow

One of the things you hear about in the Filipino Martial Arts is “The Flow.”

The flow as defined by long time internet resource the FMA FAQ
Obtaining the ability to flow in combat is the ultimate goal of a FMA practitioner. A student of the FMA attempts to smoothly move between theranges of combat without any disturbance in the transition. This requiresskills in all four of the ranges ( with and without weapons) , the ability toput motion and technique together continuously, and the sensitivity to fityour technique to your opponent’s. These attributes create a smoothness in combat which is called the flow.

One way I believe that his can be achieved is through “flow sparring” some call it “no wind” sparring, in this kind of “sparring” no contact is made. (Correction – No Wind Sparring is light energy, light contact and the stick doesn’t make that woosh sound when you swing) I’m not saying that this should take the place of regular contact sparring.  Sometimes I like to do it as a warm up before sparring with contact consequences begin.   I believe it is a way to helping a new student build some coordination and find his own natural movement while studying another person’s actions reactions in relation to their own.

Here is a good example of what I am talking about:
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Anyo Isa: Form and function.

Last Saturday we (Island Warrior Martial Arts NSI808 ) took part in part II of a local production about the Filipino Martial Arts in Hawaii.  Part one was recorded in September of 2010 and consisted of the following schools Tobosa School of Kali & Escrima, Del Mar School of Filipino Martial Arts, Escrima Academy of Hawaii,  Bandalan Doce Pares, Dog Brothers Hawaii Clan led by Guro and DBMA Elder Mike Tibbitts, Island Warrior Martial Arts NSI808 and Descendents of the Pulahans led by Tuhan Marc Behic who is also the mastermind behind the project.  Part two consisted of a most of the schools listed above and included the Sunda Silat school.

Form follows function is a principle that states that the shape (form) that something takes should be chosen based on its intended purpose and function.

The subject matter for the demo was an easy choice for me and can be a subject of spirited debate among my fellow Jeet Kune Do practitioners.  Bruce Lee said the following:

Too much horsing around with unrealistic stances and classic forms and rituals is just too artificial and mechanical, and doesn’t really prepare the student for actual combat. A guy could get clobbered while getting into this classical mess. Classical methods like these, which I consider a form of paralysis, only solidify and constrain what was once fluid. Their practitioners are merely blindly rehearsing routines and stunts that will lead nowhere.  I believe that the only way to teach anyone proper self-defence is to approach each individual personally. Each one of us is different and each one of us should be taught the correct form. By correct form I mean the most useful techniques the person is inclined toward. Find his ability and then develop these techniques. I don’t think it is important whether a side kick is performed with the heel higher than the toes, as long as the fundamental principle is not violated. Most classical martial arts training is a mere imitative repetition – a product – and individuality is lost.

When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.

I agree and disagree with some what Bruce is saying.  I agree that yes

  • To teach anyone proper self-defence is to approach each individual personally.
  • Each one of us is different
  • When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form.

However I disagree that “form” is just “horsing around with unrealistic stances,” “too artificial and mechanical”  and  “Their practitioners are merely blindly rehearsing routines and stunts that will lead nowhere.”  I don’t know if Bruce was specifically targeting a specific system or it was a comment about the state of the Martial Arts community at the time.  Personally I lean towards the latter.

Normally one of the first things we learn as beginners is the V stepping based on the Male and Female triangles.  The female triangle is associated with evasion while moving forward, conceptually its kind of difficult to imagine but when you physically perform the action it becomes simple and clear.  However when we learn this basic movement we are utilizing same side stepping and hitting blocking.  This movement is not completely natural and takes some coordination and so we practice that movement either alone or with a partner and in essence we are working on form among other things but when we practice alone and without any other training aide we can only focus on form.  Same thing when we shadow box, we practice form to work on our mechanics so that we can deliver the most power and when we add footwork to the mix we add evasion and even more power.  So one of the methods I choose to use to help the student put it all together is FORM.

So how can form be useful to the beginner?
Well as stated before  the basic footwork starts off with the V pattern but when we practice the V we usually do it in from a stationary point because we are reacting to the strike and practicing stepping offline and out of the arc of power.  I relate that kind of practice to a basic self defense scenario.  Eventually the student will start sparing and then the static form becomes dynamic as we introduce sparring.  When a friend and I first started training we decided to attend the sparring sessions held on Friday’s.  Needless to say the sparring sessions did go to well but it didn’t go too bad either.  It’s just takes persistence and good training partners who want you to grow rather than use you as a human training dummy.  So one day my friend asked “How do you spar?”  It seems like such a simple question but it also seems complex.  Some people have that natural fighting instinct some people don’t but it can be progressively developed until it finally “clicks” and I think form is one way of helping a student develop their game up until the point a free flow i.e. we start off with structure and evolve from the structure into our or personal expression.

Now before we take a look at the form we have to take a brief look at the numbering system used to teach the strikes.   The first 5 strikes are as follows.

  • #1 – Forehand strike to the left temple.
  • #2 – Backhand strike to the right temple.
    • (Strikes #1 & 2 are delivered in angular motion, if you were to do this while facing a mirror you would be creating an imaginary X while delivering your strikes.)
  • #3 – Forehand strike to the left elbow
  • #4 – Backhand strike to the right elbow
    • (Strikes #3 & #4 are delivered on a horizontal plane, if you were to do this while facing a mirror you could imagine cutting someone in half on a horizontal plane.)
  • #5 – Thrust to midsection.

So now that have an idea of the numbering strikes and the angles that they are delivered at  Modern Arnis‘ Solo Baston Anyo Isa and examine why “form follows function” but first before we begin I have to help you visualize a the form since I do not have an accompanying video of my own (yet)

Anyo Isa:

1) Begin in a neutral stance. Step forward with the right leg and deliver a #2 strike.

2) Step forward with the left leg and deliver a #1 strike.

3) Step forward with the right leg and deliver a #4 to the head.

4) Step back with the right leg and deliver a #2 strike

5) Step back with the left leg and deliver a #1 strike.

6) Step forward with the left leg and perform a supported block to the right (imagine you are blocking a #2 strike)

7) Step forward with the right leg and perform a supported block to the left (imagine you are blocking a #1 strike)

8) Step back with the right leg and a roof block, imagine an blocking a #12 (downward strike to the top of the head)

9) Step back with left leg, with an umbrella, again imagine an blocking a #12 (downward strike to the top of the head)

10) Twirl over the head and then deliver a #1 strike.

11) Step back with right leg and deliver a #2 strike.

12 ) Step back into a neutral stance.


Seems pretty simple eh?  Well it is but we can also turn something simple into something complex yet functional while keeping it simple.  One of the things I find so interesting about the Filipino Martial Arts it’s easy to learn but difficult to master.  So how can we extract functional techniques out of these simple movements and develop our personal expression?  Well we are going to start from the beginning of course and look at it from the beginners perspective.

Part Two coming soon, I feel it will be easier for me to present via video clip vs written form.







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Hawaii Eskrima Documentary II

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Tuhan Marc Behic organized PII of the documentary about the Filipino Martial Arts in Hawai’i.  Several schools showed up to expand on their initial presentation filmed in September of 2010. Schools that participated last Saturday were Dog Brothers Hawaii Clan under the guidance of Elder Mike Tibbetts, Del Mar Escrima / Escrima Academy of Hawai’i led by Maestro Mike Del Mar and Maestra Joey Del Mar, Bandalan Doce Pares, Island Warrior Martial Arts NSI 808 and new addition of Sunda Silat.  Please enjoy the gallery from yesterday recording at Olelo Studios.

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FMA Basic Knife Defense – Filipino Martial Arts Hawaii Part 2 By Sifu Allan

Sifu Allan Jardin Follows up with a Basic Knife Defense variation to the first Video posted here.

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FMA Basic Knife Defense – Filipino Martial Arts Hawaii part 2

After obtaining the 2 on 1 position against the weapon arm, Sifu Allan Goes Through The Basic Objectives in this highly optimal Position.

1. Isolating the threats weapon limb and draw your own weapon
2. Return to Sender
3. 2 types of disarms / strips
4. 2 types of Immobilization Attacks once you draw your edged tool or take your opponents blade.


Full Article:
Kali / Escrima Hawaii – Knife Defense By Sifu Allan Jardin

FMA Basic Knife Defense – Filipino Martial Arts Hawaii 1 of 2
FMA Basic Knife Defense – Filipino Martial Arts Hawaii 2 of 2

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FMA Basic Knife Defense – Filipino Martial Arts Hawaii By Sifu Allan

Basic Knife Defense from the Protect Yourself Academy Martial Art’s Kali / Escrima System taught by Sifu Allan Jardin

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Basic Knife Defense – Filipino Martial Arts Hawaii

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WEKAF Competition Workshop

This is a sanctioned
WEKAF USA training event.
These workshops are in preparation for the WEKAF USA Pacific Island Regional Tournament that will be held in Hawaii this summer of 2011
For more information contact these instructors:
Oahu-Master Ron England
Phone: 808- 259-9098
Maui-Senior Maestro Randy Cabanilla
Phone: 808- 871-6086
More information can be found on these websites:
You can find these organizations on Face book.
This workshop is sponsored by
WEKAF USA & hosted
by Ola’a-nalo Eskrima
See attached flyer for complete details!

WEKAF Workshop Flyer <— Click link for Workshop Flyer!!

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PYA Martial Arts Hawaii – 5 Ranges of Combat

The ranges of combat are broken down differently for every  other martial art style, system, or school. Some break it down to just to 3 sections, others do 7 ranges, and sometimes into 10 different components. But in at Protect Yourself Academy Martial Arts Hawaii we break it down into what we call the 5 Ranges of Combat.

  1. Stand-up – Kicking, Boxing
  2. Clinch – Muay Thai Clinch, Dirty Boxing, Greco Roman, Take Downs
  3. Grappling – Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Ground and Pound, Submissions
  4. Melee Weapons – Sticks, Knives, Machetes, Hatchets, Swords, Beer Bottles
  5. Range Weapons – Fire Arms, Throwing Knives, pepper spray

There are several additional parts with in each range that we break down even further to help isolate and develop essential attributes in those section that will overall strengthen each fighting range. At Protect Yourself Academy Martial Arts we focus on giving proper weight to all 5 ranges of combat and we are careful not to treat any of the ranges as a poor step child.

Sifu Allan Jardin

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