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PENCAK SILAT IN BALI, INDONESIA

Hello Friend! I've got to tell you about this amazing experience... My Kung Fu journey around Southeast Asia recently landed me on the "Island of the Gods" (Bali, Indonesia) in search of perfect waves and exotic Pencak Silat styles. To my delight, I found both! From May through October the waves are easy to find [...]

By | 2015-06-11T11:11:56+00:00 June 11th, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|0 Comments

PROFILE: MAESTRO ARNOLD NARZO

THE ART OF THE BLADE MAESTRO ARNOLD NARZO was personally trained in the “Art of the Blade” (Kalis Ilustrisimo) by Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo and by Tatang’s top protege, Master Tony Diego (Mang Tony). Here’s Arnold’s story… Born in Manila, Philippines in 1970 but raised in Cebu, Arnold took a liking to boxing and the martial [...]

By | 2016-12-12T05:24:53+00:00 May 19th, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|0 Comments

ESKRIMA LABANIEGO WITH MANG BERT

My search of the Malay Archipelago for exotic fighting arts recently led me to Paranaque, Philippines where I had a private training session with Grandmaster Roberto Labitan Labaniego (Mang Bert). You may have seen Mang Bert before, as he was featured in the Filipino Martial Arts film "The Bladed Hand". At 74 years old, Mang [...]

By | 2016-12-12T05:24:53+00:00 May 7th, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|3 Comments

GRANDMASTER YULI ROMO

My Southeast Asian Kung Fu odyssey took an amazing turn yesterday when I had the opportunity to take a private lesson with and interview Grandmaster Yuli Romo. GM Yuli is one of the Five Original "Pillars" of Kalis Ilustrisimo as handed down by "Tatang" Antonio Ilustrisimo. The 5 Pillars of Ilustrisimo are: 1) Antonio Diego [...]

By | 2016-12-12T05:24:53+00:00 May 1st, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|0 Comments

DIRTY BOXING PHILIPPINES CAMP

My Kung Fu adventure around Southeast Asia is not only about learning and experiencing new things, but also about sharing the knowledge I've accumulated over my last 30 years of being immersed in the combative martial arts. With that in mind, I held my first Dirty Boxing Camp in the Philippines last weekend, April 25 [...]

By | 2016-12-12T05:24:53+00:00 April 28th, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|1 Comment

FILIPINO SILAT

My search of Southeast Asia for exotic martial arts knowledge recently took me to the University of the Philippines Diliman campus in Quezon City, Manila. There is an assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology there who's interests and studies include the anthropology of the martial arts. His name is Felipe Jocano Jr. and his martial arts [...]

By | 2016-12-12T05:24:57+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|3 Comments

KALIS ILUSTRISIMO

Today, my Kung Fu journey led me to Luneta Park, Manila Philippines where I trained in Kalis Ilustrisimo (KI) with the Sunday Luneta group. The followers of the late Mang Tony Diego gather here every Sunday as we did when Mang Tony was still alive. (Sadly, Mang Tony died last August.) These guys are keeping [...]

By | 2015-04-19T10:07:41+00:00 April 19th, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|1 Comment

JUST CALL ME GRASSHOPPER

Tomorrow I depart on a 3 month journey wandering around South East Asia barefoot doing Kung Fu like Kwai Chang Caine. (I even have the haircut.) The only difference... Instead of a horse, I'll have a surfboard! First stop, the Philippines to explore the local martial arts styles and systems... • Kali • Silat • [...]

By | 2016-12-12T05:24:57+00:00 April 10th, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|4 Comments

ONLY ONE STYLE OF FIGHTING

“AS LONG AS MAN HAS ONLY TWO ARMS AND TWO LEGS THERE IS ONLY ONE STYLE OF FIGHTING”… BRUCE LEE In a time when most martial arts training methods were traditional and antiquated, these pioneers broke major ground on new ways to train and helped push MMA to it’s modern state. Radicals in the martial [...]

By | 2016-12-12T05:24:57+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|blog, Uncategorized, waa|0 Comments