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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You'll Poke Your Eye Out With That.

So today the Wifey and I went over Level 1 hand switches and disarms. She was tired from work so we didn't spend too much time on it. First we worked on the hand switching. We lightly went over them and a little bit of the application side too. Then we started working on disarms. I had to show her how to do Vine 1 and Vine 1 Corto. We did each one a few times until she got them down.

While working on Vine 2 Corto we started to get tied up so I wanted to quickly go over all of them so we went back to Vine 1. During the motions, instead of letting me complete the strip she let go and the stick flung right into her eye. The witch went DOWN SON! lol. No seriously, her head went slightly back and then she immediately covered her eye. It was like I saw it in slow motion. Now I saw it fly out of her hand, but I wasn't sure if it actually hit her so I asked, "Did that hit your eye?" There wasn't an answer so I went in for the comfort hug. I immediately apologized. Sorry babe. She was like "Why are you comforting me like the baby?" Hahaha. lol. I said we should put ice on it, but she said it would be too cold so I grabbed a frozen burrito.


There was actually  more hilarious dialog there, but to make a long story short we ended practice there. lol. Well till tomorrow where we poke out her other eye, hahaha, ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Morning Baby Is Snoring.

Today the Wifey and I got an early start so we didn't want to work with any weapons and wake up the kiddo. So today we worked on her Mano Mano Salute, and Mano Mano Template. We started out with the Salute. The only difference was just a change in the hand position in the last move so we didn't spend much time on it. We went over it a couple of times and then moved on.

Next we worked on Mano Mano Form. We went over it together to make sure she remembered everything and then I had her do it on her own. I had her do it a few times and we tried to pick out anything that needed cleaning up. Then we went into application of Mano Mano Template. Again we went over it a few times and we tried to pick out anything that needed cleaning up. We ended it there so she could et ready for work.

Later in the day I worked on my 1-36 of 64 Stick Form and Cincoteros. Not sure if I'm doing the Cincoteros right according to curriculum, but the main idea is to complete 5 strikes so I'm playing around with it. This is fun because its a lot like Carenza. I also worked on left hand striking and trying to do 1-36 Stick Form on left hand. I want my left to be as accurate and controlled as my right.

Well that's it for today. I still have a lot to learn and remember for my Level II so I'm going to keep at it until I get it. Anyway, I'm about to do some Plyo with the Wifey so happy training everyone. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday - Back To Basics

Today the wifey and I are going back to basics to better prepare her for her Level I. We're doing a simple 30 minutes a day to go over a section or two making sure that she has the material down, that we refine her movements, and slowly try to work out any mistakes that we see. Our goal is to try to do this daily until she feels confident on all of the material.

Just like any practice we started out with the Warriors Salute. The difference this time was instead of her just going through the motions I had her try to explain what the movements mean. We went over it a few times to make sure she had it down.

After that we went over 1-12 of 64 Stick Form and Basic Defenses. The main thing she needed to clean up was her foot work on defenses. So we went over the drill several times to try to clean things up. This was a bit challenging due to space restraints and our little one running around us, but we got through it. Then we went over ranges and basic strikes using both hands.

So it was a short and sweet practice. You don't need to do hours at a time to train even though having that option would allow you to absorb the material faster. But it's enough to slowly get it to stick. I'm going to go over a couple of things for Level II before I call it a night. Till tomorrow, have a good one and happy training. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sundays At The Park - Reflexes

Today Ed brought up the high school stabbing that happened recently in Pennsylvania. He discussed how one person was able to stab and cut so many before being stopped. How so many were amazed that one person would be capable of doing that. He went on to talk about how little to none of the people who were injured probably did not have the proper training to defend against a knife and how that lack of knowledge more than likely helped assist in their injuries because they didn't train the proper reflexes and responses to those types of attacks. Bernie helped elaborate on that by explaining how most people react and respond when they do get cut, not knowing they will versus how people react and respond when assuming that they already will get cut. And this brought us full circle as to why we do what we do.
So today Ed wanted to concentrate on training the reflexes because had those people had the proper training, maybe they could have moved in a way to pass the initial attack, or at least lessen the damage, and then increase the distance by running away. Even better if someone had the proper training to have possibly stopped him sooner. So our warm up started out with foot work.

He explained how we always start with foot work because even if none of the hands are used during an attack, the foot work can set us up in the right angles to move us toward a safer zone be it advancing or retreating. First we went over our basic foot work, and then applied it with some reflex drills.

We then moved on to training defenses for 1-7 of 64 Stick Form. Ed demonstrated how the foot work leads the defenses because without the hands the foot work alone sets us up for passes. He then showed us a technique that would use the opponents energy against them instead of trying to stop the movements. This would allow us to use less energy as well. While going over the drill he emphasized how the drill is more about training the reflexes than the technique itself because there are a lot of different types of techniques that can be used for each strike.

Next we went into reflexive training off the 4 Count into Punyo Entry. To simplify it we just went in on number 3, but the feeder would go in at any given moment and can even do fakes before moving in. This was a lot of fun, on the fly,  and felt more realistic. I mean how often would you see someone complete a 4 Count in real fight right? Usually something would happen within the first 1-3 strikes. Though I do remember Manong Rich showing us a video where the the 4 Count did complete. It happened really fast though. You almost had to just listen to the hit of the bastons to catch it.

After going over several types of reflexive drills we went back into curriculum and practiced our Punyo Entries. I'm glad we did because I need more practice with this. It's only 4 total that I need to know so I really don't have any excuse to get these down sooner. Two on the right and two on the left. Ed helped point out the mistakes I was making which were making it harder for me get down the moves. I was wondering why the first left entry always felt weird to me even though I got the rhythm down. It was as simple as taking a step in to help close the distance.

Anyway, after going over Punyo Entries Bernie had us go into Hubad. He also explained how the foot work leads in this drill as well. He then made it reflexive training by gradually adding in variations and change ups. So now the drill wasn't stagnant, but free flowing and on the fly.


Then we went into Mano Mano template and from there into Knife Template. And just like last week he had us mix it all up again and end it with a disarm so that the drill would continue with your partner changing roles. This became very reflexive. Not just from having to react and respond to the feeder, but as the feeder continuing on to the next move like say pulling out a knife. What I liked about this was that at any moment we could change roles so if my partner pulled out a knife to do Knife Template, I could go right away for a disarm or just continue with the drill. My partner and I kept on fighting to control the situation and things started to get really sloppy, but I liked that. It showed me how something like that would really look and feel like where both are fighting for control.


Bernie ended our training by showing us this cool template using one or two bolos. It could be with one or multiple partners. I've seen videos of Tuhon Ray doing this. I could see this being used in film easily. Not only did it look cool, but it did show how you could defend against multiple opponents who are on opposite sides of you. It also went along with our reflexive training.

Well today's practice was a lot of fun. Next week we won't be having our group practice due to Easter Sunday. Well that's all for today. Happy training everyone. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Samahan High School Conference


Today we helped out at the Samahan High School Conference at San Diego State University. Our class was about FMA or Filipino Martial Arts. Bernie prepared a presentation that went over many things regarding FMA including some history of FMA; FMA in the mainstream; how FMA, though in the mainstream, the general public doesn't know that it is FMA; how many Filipinos do not know that we have our own martial art; as well as some FMA schools that are available in Southern California.


The presentation was very informative. It had good facts and pictures, and we also demonstrated a few moves during the presentation. After the PowerPoint presentation we had some volunteers come up to the front of the stage to learn some basic techniques. We taught  some basic foot work, 1-6 of 64 Stick Form, some knife tapping and a little Hubad. After Bernie and James demonstrated the practical applications of the techniques shown.


It was awesome to see the kids excited about FMA. One particular student looked very excited and eager to learn. I even over heard him say that he has been looking for about 2 years for a place to learn i his area, but has been unsuccessful. This brought it back to one of the points that Bernie brought up in the presentation where many will keep to themselves about it, don't publicly advertise about it, or maybe they just don't do a good job about advertising it, or use FMA as a sub teaching to draw people in to their school. For example I can have a school called Warriors Guild. It can be all about FMA, but nothing in the name speaks that. Or maybe my school is called Warriors Guild and its about Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, but we also offer stick fighting.


Anyway, I hope he finds a place to learn soon. Someone with that much drive will be great. Well that's it for today. Hope to see you guys tomorrow at the park. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Funday Friday - Punyo Entries


Today we worked on things that we haven't worked much on the last couple of weeks which ultimately showed last Sunday which was Punyo Entries. Before getting to that we did our usual type warm up, but with a concentration on the left and with a counter strike with each defense. Starting with with Open Female, to Open Male, to Closed Female, to Closed Male, to Diamond in which we did two double Redondos on each back step, and then finally with side stepping. We also worked on hand switching from the 1-12 of 64 Stick Form.

From there we worked on Sinawali and double baston 4 count. For the 4 Count drill we primarily focused on the one strike per beat drill. This mean that each stick will hit one designated target per beat. It almost feels like Sinawali since you are striking with each stick consecutively. It can also get confusing because the striking doesn't quite follow Sinawali. Now our warm up was done.

After doing that we went into Punyo Entries. I kept on messing up on the first left hand entry last Sunday because I just haven't been practicing it lately so I forgot the movements. So I made sure we went over that one until I got the rhythm back down. James and I went through all of the Punyo Entries for Level II. We both went at it a while to make sure we had them down, but I feel like I still need a more practice on it to make them smoother from transitioning from one to the next. All good though. Technically I'm still learning Level II material so no need to beat myself too much about it. I'll get it down soon.

After this we went over knife tapping. I need to get better at reading the pluck. In my opinion its the easiest one to miss, which makes it very lethal. Basically the feeder will pluck your parrying arm out of the way so they can go for an inside attack. Your goal is to pluck the pluck, if that makes sense, and follow through with your parry. My problem is that I keep misreading it as the feeder trying to setup for say a thrust, or possibly setting up for an over head slash, in which I'm naturally waiting for one of those things to happen, in which its too late because I'm getting cut by a different attack. Obviously for the drill the feeder will wait until I respond properly, but its frustrating that I miss it so often.

Again another good practice. Be nice if we could squeeze another practice in during the week but scheduling issues and not having a babysitter makes it hard. Just got to do the best that I can with what I have though. Also, trying to take it easy while waiting for my ribs to heal really sucks. I'm getting really bored during the week now especially since I was practicing everyday pre injury. So I'm thinking about training on the daily again, but lightly just so I don't go crazy during the day.

Anyway, training tomorrow at the beach is cancelled because we will be at San Diego State for a presentation on FMA in the morning. I believe around 10 or 10:30am and will go on for about an hour. If you are free in the morning come out. It should be fun as well as educational. Ok hope to see you there. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sundays at the Park - Follow The Beat


Sorry for the late post. Got busy after practice and got too tired to finish writing this last night. Yesterday we focused a lot on Sinawali and how it translates from bastons to empty hand. Ed brought his music box so we could listen to some Carenza music while we trained. Training with the music was fun. I broke into a pretty good sweat during our warm up.

We first started with some baston warm up drills which helps loosen up the the body and joints. From there we started to do some Sinawali. We started with Heaven 6, Standard 6, and then Earth 6. After doing each for a while Ed had us mix everything up with no set pattern, all while following to the beat of the music. This could get really tiring really fast because the music would speed up here and there.

Then we went into doing different variations of 4 Count holding two bastons. We first started out doing the 4 Count on each side, then did the 4 Count with two beats per side, and finally did the 4 Count with 1 beat per side. The Sinawali helped with the last variation because we had to interchange sides per strike. A little confusing at first, but if you just follow the beat it became simple. Doing 4 Count can feel a little awkward without a partner because you feel like you are having to stop the strike. And following through with the strike can make you feel like you are just fanning so you really have to keep in mind what you are targeting when you are doing this by yourself.

Then after that we did some concentration mitt drills using the principals of Sinawali for empty hand and with Punyo Mano Entry. Ed demonstrated the motions and Bernie explained how the Punyo Mano Entry relates from baston versus empty hand and how it flows into the Sinawali pattern. This was fun because we actually got to hit something and I haven't gotten to use my concentration mitts in a while. We did a couple of variations of this and then we went into Punyo Entries and transitions with bastons.

We did a few variations of this. We first started out with the first Punyo Entry which is on the right. The we did a Punyo Entry which started out on the right which would transition to your left after a chamber. From there we would go into a Punyo Entry with the left. I still a lot more work on these just because it really hard to practice them without a partner in my opinion. After doing this for a while Bernie had us work on some Hubad.

We went over several variations of Hubad and worked on both sides. Since some of us haven't worked on the left side much with hubad we would get mixed up on a few of the drills including me. For the most part though I was ok since I have been practicing more on my left side, but a few just got really confusing at first. One thing he added this time though was to try to make contact so your partner would really have to work to keep that from happening. After doing this for a while Bernie had us go into Mano Mano Template.

Bernie walked us through it for those who didn't know it or needed a refresher. After we did this for a while we went into Knife Template. Again Bernie walked us through it. I like doing these drills. The actions and reactions from each side feel more realistic especially with the contact you have to make. After doing these drills for a while Bernie had us do knife tapping.

Then finally he had us put everything together and had us go from Hubad, to Mano Mano Template, to Knife Tapping, to Knife Template, to Disarm. I liked this drill alot because it showed how everything ties together and how you can flow from one drill to the next and even change rolls at any given moment, as well as going in and out of any given drill. After all of these drills and working with a few different partners I'm also starting to pick up on how a few of our members like to fight. Makes me wonder if they are doing the same with me.

Ed finished up with showing us a little bit of Tabak Toyok. I feel like I really suck at this. Probably doesn't help that I don't have any to practice with though. lol. So I guess that will be on the purchase list.

Damn it I forgot to take pictures again. All good. We had a really good practice yesterday. Ed brought his music box so we were able to practice to some Carenza Music, the weather was awesome, and our group is starting to get bigger. We covered a good amount of material as well so I have more to think about and work on through out the week. Well until next time folks. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Beach Day Saturdays - Me, Myselfie, And...... That's It.


So both the wifey and baby were feeling under the weather today so to be safe they decided to stay home. Too bad though because it was really nice out. Sun was shining, warm with a cool breeze. All good though.

As usual I warmed up with footwork combined with defenses and or offenses. This helps speed up the warm up and knocks out two birds with one stone. After my warm up I did some Sinawali and mixed up some Redondo and Aboniko here and there. This way I'm constantly working both my right and my left. After that I pretty much went through all of my Level One material and started working on some Level Two material. To kind of go with the theme of working both hands I even worked my left by doing the 1-12 Stick Form with my left. First by following the same movements as the right, and then by mirroring the movements of the right. Bernie showed that to me the other week and it helped a lot with my left.

Another thing I worked on today was Hand Switches, again to help work my left. So I did the Hand Switches from 1-12 Stick Form, and then played around with hand switches from the basic strikes. I started out with my heavy baston first so that when I switched to my lighter baston it would be faster.

I also played around more with Hubad with blades in hands. I worked on both the right and left sides. Along with that I practiced doing Hubad, but deploying a blade or two at certain times. I also worked on Empty Hand Hubad, Knife Tapping, Knife Template, Mano Mano Template, and played around with Karambit. Finally, I finished off with a little Carenza.


Did I mention my Polymer trainers came in?! I actually got them on the 3rd so I was able to train with them yesterday at the park. Anyway, I had a really good practice today. Looking forward for tomorrow to practice with the group. So happy training everyone and see you guys tomorrow. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Funday Friday - Multitasking


Belmont Park

We had to move locations today because there was a rowing event going on over at Crown Point. No biggie. We relocated to Belmont Park, across from the Bahia, where the play ground is so that way Osairis could have his fun too. We unloaded picked a spot and got started.

Warm Up

Today's theme seemed to focus on multitasking. Specifically, foot work with defenses and counters. Before we get into that though we started off with a warm up. We did some Sinawali in the air to warm up the arms. We played around with it and I showed James how I would throw in either Redondos or Abonikos in between.


After that we worked on some baston disarms. We worked on all of the disarms learned from Level One. So snake Largo and Corto. Then Vine Largo and Corto. We did this a couple of times to make sure we still remembered everything. By this time Osairis was ready to go play so we took a short break so he could have some fun. After playing in the playground for a while and running around the place and stomping in the water puddles we went back so James and I could start up again.

Hand Swtiches

We started to work on hand switches from 1-12 like what we did from last Sunday's group practice. We like this drill a lot because of how it works both sides. After a while James's knee started to feel uncomfortable because we forgot to warm up our lower body (since I was already running around the place with Osairis my knees and legs got warmed up and loose) so we decided, "lets work on foot work then to warm up our legs and knees. "


We started out with Open Female Triangle. Like always we mixed it up with defenses. We then moved on Open Male Triangle. Then we went into Closed Female Triangle and Closed Male Triangle making sure that each movement had a defensive move. Finally we went into Diamond, but this time we mixed it up and did two defenses and two offenses. The video below shows an example of how we did this.

Music made by yours truly.


After doing this for a while we finished off with knife tapping. I have to say that it can be tough training when you have a kid to cater to, but you can make it work. He gets his fun time and I get mine. Simple as that. And hopefully all of this exposure will encourage him to get into it when he gets older. Well that's it for today. Hope to see you guys out there tomorrow morning. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday At The Park


Twas a good day today. Had a little bit of a late start. When we got there Bernie and Ed had the group going over hand switches from each of the 12 strikes from 1-12 of 64 Stick Form. What was nice about this drill is that it showed how you can do each strike with either hand and also how to switch to either hand doing the same strike. Very much like what James and I worked on the other weekend with hand switches from the basic strikes. I like this drill a lot because it also works my left more which is my bad hand. Though I must admit that my left is starting to get better now, but it definitely still needs a lot of work.

Next, Ed had us work on Hubad, but incorporating a draw of a blade or two. This was fun. It helps show and build muscle memory on how, when, and where to delpoy. It also helps the feeder see what targets are available and which target might be a little better depending on what grip was used to deploy the blade, at what point it was deployed, and from where it was deployed. I noticed that no one was doing any low line cuts so I threw in some cuts behind the knee on my partner to show that there are a lot more targets available.

Then we went on to Knife Tapping. Ed had us partner up according to level so we could practice on our respective level of Knife Tapping. This is good because I need more practice on Level Two Knife Tapping. Ed decided to partner up with me so that he could break down Level Two Knife tapping to me. He broke down each little movement so that I could have a better understanding of the moves and to pick out the little mistakes that I would make right off the bat.

Bernie had us work on Mano Mano Template after that. He walked us step by step from both the feeder and receiver perspective so that each person would have a chance to feed and receive. He also showed us how we can change the role and become feeder from receiver. This can be done at pretty much any point during the drill. I really like these types of drills that teach us how to become the feeder because if you stay the receiver you will eventually get hit, or cut. How many times have we seen on UFC or in a boxing match where one fighter throws a barrage of strikes while the other fighter just tries to defend? The person trying to defend might be successful with the first set of strikes, but eventually the strikes will start to land.

To continue on from that Bernie had us work on Knife template. The movements from Mano Mano Template and Knife Template are very similar. Again he walked us step by step from both the feeder and receiver perspectives. From there he went on to how to change roles. That's pretty much where we ended today's practice.

It was a lot of fun today. The weather cleared up nicely, we had a good size group, and we went over a good amount of material. I'm going to try to be better at remembering to take some pictures from our Sunday practices so that I have more visuals for everyone to see on this blog. Anyway, happy training everyone and till next time, ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Funday Friday - Gotta Take It Easy, What?


So after a few days rest I'm starting to feel a little better. My voice is coming back, my cough is going away, and my chesticles or Feli-rib steak is starting to feel a little better. There still is pain there, but it is less than last weekend. Though I have to admit this was really hard for me to not train this week. And if the wifey didn't get on my case about it I probably would have. So to make sure I don't make it worse we took it easy.

We started out doing Sinawali. I wasn't sure how the ribs was going to take it so we didn't go too hard. We started out with Heaven 6, then Standard 6, and then Earth 6. After we combined all three. After doing each of those a few times we moved on to Negative 6 or Reverse Sinawali. I've been practicing this for a while so I got better at it. I showed James the steps I took to get it down because it can feel awkward. From doing my strikes very slow, to the steering wheel turn in the middle which sets you up for strike 4, to the foot work which helps keeping the flow going on the other side.

After we went into Hubad. I decided that we might as well throw in some knives to get more practice with getting in cuts right off the bat.We did single blade and double blade. Even tried changing our grips and even doing different grips from each other as well as different grips for each hand. For example Double Pikal grip vs Forward and Pikal grip. We tried to getting in different types of cuts with each type of grips. After doing that for a while we went through different variations of empty-hand Hubad and eventually started throwing in the Rooster kicks.

James even showed me some disarm/grip transition drills. I like these a lot because it teaches you to gain the weapon vs just trying to get rid of it. Getting rid of the weapon doesn't give me an advantage, it simply helps equalize the situation. Gaining the weapon on the other hand WILL give me the advantage which is better. We still need to work on this more, but its getting there.

Along with this we also went over different ways to change grip. Things like either tossing up or dropping the knife and then changing grips on the catch. Changing grips within the hand, like what you mostly see in videos. James also showed another way of changing grips by resting the blade on the arm. Its hard for me to change grips within the hand due to how my hand is shaped (more concave than most) so finding other ways to change grip is great for me.


We also went over what would be a good way to defend against a thrust that is coming up in an 45 degree angle toward the jugular. Its fast like jab so certain defenses didn't make sense. So far what we found that a simple check to stop the attack from coming in was the safest which can also setup for us to come in to either redirect back into the assailant, disarm, or to simply gain control, throw in a couple strikes and setup for something else.

Today's practice was fun. We were still able to go over a lot of different things even though I have my injury. Not sure how it's going to go on Sunday though, but I'm going to do my best to try to keep up with the group. Well that's it for today so happy training everyone and see you soon. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sundays - Counter and Range Awareness



Today I felt like the theme was countering and range awareness. We got there a little late today so when I got started, the group was going over basic baston defenses. At first it was about making sure everyone has the defenses down, and then expanding on it. I was paired up with Bernie at first. After a few times of just doing defenses we started moving around. He would change the distance here and there making me have to adjust my defenses to the ranges.

Then we were instructed to add a single counter strike. Again we would move around and he would change up the range in which I would have to adapt and strike accordingly. After a a few times of doing that we added two more strikes. So after the counter we would have to attempt three strikes.And then we were told to try to do largo strikes after the counter. He pointed out that since we like to move in, we have a tendency to keep our elbows in during our strikes, but that doesn't work for largo because it doesn't take advantage of the range. So we would need to extend.

After a few times of doing this he started to break the rhythm and wouldn't always give me enough time to finish my all of my strikes. So after one counter I might have enough time to land 3 strikes, and after the next counter I might only have time to land one strike. He would also switch hands once in a while so our defenses and strikes would have to adapt to that as well. This would force us to be more aware of the situation instead of just looking at it as a set pattern.

I'm cool, we good.

All this moving around was starting to affect me. I had to take a few breathers because my fractured ribs were making it harder to breathe. Plus it hurts to laugh, sneeze, or cough, in which I was doing all of these things during today's practice. With all of that put together I was starting to break a sweat too. But for the most part I was ok so I just kept on going.

After this we  moved on to punyo entries. We went over the right side entries going high and low. After doing each of those a few times Bernie had us combine the two together. To help keep a rhythm going we would enter on three of our four count. We also worked on the left side entry as well as transitions. Well at least he had me work on transitions since it is part of Level II.

Next we worked on mano y mano. We started out doing regular hubad, then we did the inside check, outside punch, and then forearm strike. I was partnered up with Glenda for this drill. I liked how she would change it up a little and have her strikes come from different angles. We would also move around while keeping our flow.

Damn you ribs!

I was having a lot of trouble with the next drill because of my ribs. And in the middle of going over knife template my ribs finally won. By this time I was having a harder time breathing and I couldn't do certain moves to the left. Even before that Tracee was telling to take a break in which I did for a couple minutes, but went back in and stupid me the pain got worse. So I told the group I was heading home. The majority of the group was telling me to just get some rest, but I love to train. Brian pointed out that I can't train if I make my injury worse so I told them I would rest until Friday. If I feel good on Friday though I will most likely train.

Anyway, I was having a lot of fun today, but my injury got the best of me. I was dying out there! lol. So for now I'm gonna get some rest. Have a good one everyone. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Osairis says "No more playing with knives Dad! I eat cho knife!"


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Beach Day Saturdays - Review, Refine, Enhance



Today James met up with us at the beach. We went over a little bit of both Level I & II today, but with my spin on it. Basically what I do is I try to combine a couple of things together that can go hand in hand. So just like any other practice we start off with our Salute and then a warm up.

First was combing foot work with defences. I told James how Ed explained to me how we can get really good at foot work, and we can get really good at defenses, but the moment we start to combine things it can get really sloppy. My example of this is when I was working with Bernie, trying to get my footing right during Sumbrada. I showed him which defenses I do with each type of footwork. For example I combine 4 Wall defenses with male, Umbrella defenses with female, and combing both of those concepts to Diamond. I strongly emphasized working of the bad hand so that we get good using both sides. So we would switch weapon hands here and there. We did this for a while and then moved on to the next warm up, strikes and switches.

For this drill I combined hand switching with all of the basic strikes. This gives you the opportunity to work on perfecting your strikes with each hand by switching back and fourth, as well as being able to identify how you can switch off of the different strikes. For example, how to switch during Aboniko, how to switch from Redondo, or even how to switch from Aboniko to Redondo to Labtik to Chamber to Redondo. Still with me? lol. We also went over our basic hand switching too.

After this we went through 1-36 of 64 stick form. From there we went into defending against 1-36. Then we practiced basic disarms. After that we were ready to move on to something else so we decided to work with blades.


First we started out doing Hubad and making sure to get in cuts. I decided to change things up and have the one person use a Pikal grip while the other has a forward grip. This way we can practice getting in cuts in with both grips. The after a few minutes of that I decided hey lets throw in another knife. So now we both were doing Daga y Daga in forward grip. Our rhythm started to break so we decided that one of us would sheath a knife. We took turns with that as well.

To finish off we worked on some knife tapping. We made sure to work on our locks and picks. Picks are one of those things that I need more work on. We did this for a few minutes and took turns being feeder and receiver.

I had a lot of fun training today. Wish the sun came out earlier though. We also had to end things right at noon due to other things we had going on today. Tomorrow is our official club practice so I'm looking forward to training with everyone there. Have a good one. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Funday Friday – Working The Left



Headed out to Crown Point to train this morning. James couldn't make it today so I was going to be riding solo on my training today. Plus I didn't want to not be there in case anyone else showed up. So we got there, unloaded, and I got started.

Warm Ups

For a warm up I did some footwork combined with defences. So I started off with Open Female, and switching back and fourth between Roof and High Wing. I was holding two Bastons so that I wouldn't have to switch hands, which made it faster, and to help ingrain those movements while holding two Bastons, like for Sinawali. Then I did Open Male along with 4 Walls. Then Moved on to Closed Female and Closed Male. Finally I worked on side stepping. That helped warm up my lower body.

To warm up my upper body I did Sinawali. I did different variations including Heaven 6, Standard 6, Earth 6, and Reverse Sinawali. I would even add some Redondos here and there before going back into Sinawali. I stood still, moved around, and crouched. Just trying to have fun with it.

Single Baston

After that I moved onto Single Baston. Starting out with the Formal Salute and then going into 1-36 of 64. I did that a few times to make sure I had the movements down. I've been trying to make it look similar to the FCS Level Two Curriculum video. Next I did my basic strikes making sure to practice with both hands. After I did that I went back into Defences. I also did a little Sumbrada to make sure I still have the footwork down.

From there I went into practicing hand switching. I started off with the Shoulder Switch doing Labtik strikes. Then I went into Chamber Switches. This one was a little harder to do due to my ribs. After that I moved onto Punyo Swtiching.

Next thing I did was practice disarms. I went through both Largo Snake and Vine disarms as well as Corto Snake and Vine disarms. I also had a little trouble with this due to my ribs so I didn't go over it too much. I finished up Single Baston with a little Carenza.


I started out with single blade, going over Level I knife tapping. After doing that for a few minutes I started to do some knife tapping from Level II. Then I went into double blades and basically did Hubad with blades, but making sure to get in cuts and stabs. I did the same with single blade as well. Then I played around with different grips on each hand and simple combinations that I could do with that. Playing around with forward and reverse grip was fun.

Espada y Daga

The next thing I went into was Espada y Daga. What I tried this time though was starting out with only Baston in hand and then trying to unsheathe a blade at a time that had less telegraphing, and then throwing a few strikes, cuts, or stabs after. I even tried doing this while applying the 4 Walls Defenses. Again I practiced both sides.

Empty Hand

After working on Espada y Daga I moved on to empty hands. I started with the Formal Salute and moved on to 1-5 of 12 Mano Mano Template since I'm still learning Level II material. After doing that a few times I went into Hubad. This got boring really fast for me so I added a knife to make it a little more fun. Then again I added another knife.

Finished Up Early

Nobody else showed up today and it was getting close to 11am. I was already getting bored practicing by myself so I decided to call it at that point. We packed up and left the lot by 10:50am. It was still a good practice, but it would be nice to have more people out there. I'm not going to let that stop me though. In the end the only person you can blame for not improving is yourself. Even if you are only taught 10 moves, one can work to perfect and possibly enhance those 10.

Anyway, tomorrow we meet at Windansea Beach in La Jolla. For anyone who is interested in training, come out and look for me. I'll be wearing my FCS Kali Shirt. Maybe I should just get a Flag made. That would be easier to spot than some guy wearing a shirt. I'll look into it. Well that's it. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday – Level II Curriculum Video



Level II Review

Today I'm going to be reviewing my Level Two Curriculum Video. I'm still feeling pain in my ribs so I'm going to try my best to follow along until I can't bear with it.

Oh and for those who are interested, remember we train on Friday mornings between 9:30am-12pm over at Crown Point. Look for the kiddie playground just past the basketball court. We are usually at the table under the huge tree next to the bay and I usually wear one of my FCS Kali shirts to make it easier to spot us. Feel free to bring whoever you like.

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On Saturday we meet at the same time between 9:30am-12pm over at Windansea Beach in La Jolla. It usually goes past a little 12pm because it's also a family fun day so again bring whoever you want. We don't have a set place to meet there so you will have to look for us. Again I usually wear one of my FCS Kali shirts to make it easier to spot us.

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On Sunday our official FCS Kali West Coast San Diego club meets over at Heritage Park in Chula Vista between 8am-11-ish. You can find out more info at:

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Well that's it for today. I hope to see you guys this weekend. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Get Them While You Can!

FCS Kali West Coast San Diego

FCS Kali West Coast San Diego Gear

Some of you have been asking to about our gear so below is our current inventory. They won't last so get them while you can!

1 Large Pullover Hoodie - $35
1 Large Zippered Hoodie - $35
4 Large Black T-Shirt - $20
1 Large Navy Blue T-Shirt - $20
2 Medium T-Shirt - $20
1 Small - $10
1 XSmall - $10

Monday, March 17, 2014

Case of the Mondays - Condition, Nutrition, and Rest



Yah, today I got a case of the Mondays. After yesterdays activities, High Heart Rate Training, and then spending time at the beach, I felt really tired today. And as the day went by, more and more parts of my body got sore. I'm even starting to feel a little under the weather, which is normal for me when I train hard. I usually don't get sick. My body is just telling me to rest and get some nutritious food in me.

Condition, Nutrition, and Rest.

Which brings me to today's subject, Condition, Nutrition, and Rest. I believe that all of these things should go hand in hand with your training. Ed said it best, what's the use of all this training if you can't last in a fight? What if your opponent  is in great shape, better shape than you? If your opponent is smart then all they have to do is wait for you to get tired and then go in for the kill. This sort of thing happens in nature, as well as in the ring, and out in the streets.


Conditioning is very important to training. Building strength, stamina, speed, and endurance. All of these things will help you become a better fighter, or martial artists. How many fighter's do you know go into a match without prior conditioning? Your conditioning doesn't even have to be the traditional, lets lift weights, and run some laps type deal. Some do their conditioning by doing stress training. Say a Jiu-Jitsu specialist sparing with a partner for 30 minutes straight. Doing conditioning will also help sharpen the mind because you will be able to react to things faster and be able to go the distance. Fatigue is where all fighters have an issue because that is when your natural survival instincts kick in, training goes out the door, and you are just doing what ever it takes to live.


Nutrition is just as important as Conditioning. Feeding the body with foods that will fuel the body, and give it what it needs for muscle development and retention. If you look at almost any fighter when they are training for a fight, or getting ready for a weigh in, a lot of the foods they eat are clean foods. Some almost go all vegetarian or even vegan while prepping for weigh-in. I myself am vegan and when I start to seriously train I get rapid results. Even with the Daddy weight that I gained I'm still able to last pretty long and I firmly believe that my clean eating has a lot to do with it.

For those who are saying, "Well I just don't have time." You are wrong. I can guarantee that you have time. If you break down every single day of your week you will always find time. The real key is to MAKE TIME. For instance I usually choose one day out of the week to do meal prep. For this week it just happened to be today. This eliminates the opportunity to use the excuse that "I do not have time" because all I have to do is grab and go. Some will even prep for two weeks or more.

Your body deserves it so take the time to give it what it needs. Great physiques are started in the kitchen and finished in the gym........ or field, dojo, etc. What ever it is that you do. Listen to your body and give it what it needs.


Finally rest. Without the proper amount of rest, your body may not recoup in time for your next workout or training. The body will break down. This is something that is normal when trying to develop your body. So you need rest for your body to build back up. Rest is also a part of building a strong immune system (along with good nutrition) and your immune system is also a huge part of your body development. How can you hit the gym or train if you're sick? Now some don't need as much as others so you just need to find the right amount of time that you need. Again, listen to your body and give it what it needs. Today was also a day of rest for me.

Now don't mistaken this for everyone needing a rest day or two. I don't fully believe in this. Its just nice to be able to take a rest day here and there. The trick is to simply get enough rest for the following day. So schedule right and go to sleep early enough to get the rest you need.

Wrapping it up.

Never go in with out a rain coat....... wait I mean always wear a con...... wait..... JK To wrap it up, I feel that I already have the Nutrition part down so I will start doing extra conditioning here and there to add on to my Sunday club training, as well as making sure I get a little bit more rest so that my body can recoup. Well that's it for tonight...... fuck it I'm gonna do some stick work. GO HARD OR GO HOME PEOPLE!!!
ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

*** Side note: I really want to make this clear. Everything that I have said in this post is from my own experience, research, and from my own opinion. I am not a nutritionist, personal trainer, dietitian, or doctor. Always do your own research and see your doctor before trying anything new in your regiment. Happy training people!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ice Cream Sunday - High Heart Rate Training


The Agenda for today is: High Heart Rate Training.

Manong Rich was coming down today and its always a surprise as to what he is going to be teaching. Today's agenda was High Heart Rate Training. This was very different from what our usual practices are like. The goal is to get your heart rate up and then train or else train in a way that will get your heart rate up. The feeling was much like being in the ring with somebody, but without taking the hard of blows.

Start off with some basics.

Before he got there we started out with some stick work. We started out with 1-12 stick form, moved on to basic defenses, then defenses against the 1-12 stick form strikes, and finally defenses against the 1-12 stick form strikes, but with counters. After that we did some Sinawali starting out with Heaven 6, Standard 6, Earth 6, and then tying them all together. This got us a little warmed up. And then Manong Rich came and told us what we'd be doing. lol.

Everybody drop and give me 15!

I liked it a lot actually. He would have us do come cardio and or callisthenics, then have us break into partners to do a drill. In the middle of the drill he might say "Ok now give me 15 push ups."  or "Run up the hills and back." and then we would come back and continue the drill or else break into a new drill. Other times the drills he had us do were cardio packed which got our heart rates up on its own. We were dying out there. lol.

I liked the concept of it though. It really changes how the mind and body reacts and responds in that situation. When you are out of breath, but the other person isn't or what if both of you are tired, who will have the heart to keep going and finish in the end? Will you be able to apply your techniques that you learned when you are fatigued or will you get sloppy and start throwing wild attacks?

Take that, take that, take that. Wait let me catch my breath.

I really liked how some of the drills were designed to get your adrenaline going as well. Like say sprinting down the hill, then when you both meet at the bottom, someone pulls out a blade and then attempts to do the prison shank. Then doing the same thing sprinting back up the hill, but switching rolls so the receiver turns into the feeder attempting the prison shank. This way both partners get a chance to feed and receive. The receiver can be winded already and then they have to defend against a constant attack, but still be able to apply the given technique shown to us to help give us an advantage, or to neutralize the situation. And vise versa the feeder can get winded in this drill and still have to attempt to pull off the prison shank.

We went over a lot of stuff today all while keeping high heart rate. It was intense. but a lot of fun. We had a good amount of people who showed up too, some of which I just met today. I hope they keep coming back. It's nice to have people from other systems come train with us. I like seeing the differences and how they make their game effective. Makes me want to learn more. And as a bonus, at the end, a few of us were surprised and awarded a Certificate of Rank. Level One today, tomorrow take over the world. lol. jk.


That's a wrap.

So that was it for today. Now I need to take a load off and cool down with some ice cream. Vegan ice cream though. SAVE THE COWS! lol. Anyway, ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Beach Day Saturdays - Family Fun Day

To the beach!

Today we hit the beach, specifically Windansea Beach in La Jolla, to train, but also to spend time with family. The beach had a wash up of seaweed so we walked down Neptune until we found a spot that looked good. Less seaweed, open area to train, and easy to see for those who might be coming to join us and the fams. We made our way down so we can set up. My sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and my daughter showed up shortly.


Training with the Wifey.

After I got everything set up I started warming up. Since the Wifey is working on her Level I, we only went over Level I material. Today it was primarily stick work. We went over 1-12 stick form, basic strikes, ranges, switches, and defenses. She kept on messing up on her footing because her feet kept on digging in deeper into the sand  during the drills. Plus its harder to move around in soft sand.

Training at the beach is spiritual for me.

We finished up with defenses so from there I practiced on my own. I did some Sinawali, single stick Carenza, I went over all of Level I and some Level II material, and also did some Espada y Daga. I have to say that practicing at the beach is awesome. Sunshine, cool breeze, the waves crashing, it was pretty spiritual for me. I wouldn't mind doing all of our practices at the beach.


Daddy Let's Play!

After we just had fun. Playing in the sand, getting our feet wet, and eating some grub. Too bad no one else came out. It would have been nice to have more folks out with us. All good though maybe next time. Tomorrow is our group practice and Manong Rich is coming down. If you're free and want to come check us out, you can find more info herehttp://fcskaliwestcoast.blogspot.coml

Well better hit the sack so I can get some rest for tomorrow. It was a fun day. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Funday Friday - No Excuses


No Excuses

I forgot the wifey had to work today, but I didn't let that stop me. I got up early, started to get Osairis and myself ready, and out the door to get to practice on time. We even got there a few minutes early. It was a lot to load and unload, but I got it done. Went to our usual practicing area, gave Osairis his breakfast, and got started with warming up.
James got there and soon after Osairis wanted to go play. So like what I usually do when its just Osairis and me, I tried to let him tire himself out. Mean while, James started to warm up and started going over a few things. After a while he finally wanted a break so we made our way back to our practice spot and I gave him some snacks so he would be occupied while James and I got started.

Level II

We went over some Level II material today since it was just us again. Primarily stick transitions, and knife tapping. We also did Sumbrada and Sumbrada disarms. To start off we did the stick transitions. We went over them slowly. I think I got them. It's a matter of repetition now so it can really sink in.

Next we went over Sumbrada. I've been practicing the footwork for this drill so now its starting to fee more natural. I still need a little more work on it though.
Then we went over Sumbrada disarms. This was fun. Trying to find out where we can use snake and vine disarms. I remember doing this once at one of our Sunday practices. A couple of the disarms felt a little awkward simply because of how the arms were positioned, but they were doable.

In the middle of us training Osairis wanted to get out of his stroller again to play so we took a little break. I let him run around to try to chase the ducks. This ultimately got him tired so this time he wanted to take his nap. Sweet! Now we can practice without any interruptions.

Finally, we ended with knife tapping. We went over plucks, locks, and wrist pulls. For fun James decided to throw in the prison shank. That automatically broke the drill so we went into breaking that down again and other possible ways to counter. So we would start with knife tapping and at any moment the feeder would attempt the prison shank, grabbing the shirt and doing continuous stabs like a sewing machine.

Oh did I mention that we warmed up with some Sinawali? We didn't really get into karambits since we were ending our practice. So we just took a few pics for fun. lol. Maybe we'll go over it next Friday or possibly tomorrow. On another note, taking Osairis with me to train was hard. I couldn't just focus on my training because I also had to make sure he had his fun in the sun, too. Having to take breaks here and there for him and then trying to train in between is what I had to do. But in the end I got it done. No excuses.

Well that's it for today. It was fun day today. Lots of sunshine, cool breeze, playing with Osairis in the play ground and chasing ducks, and training with James. We also saw a ground hog in the park. At least think it was a ground hog. It was peeping in and out of a hole it dug so I must assume that it if walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it must be a ground hog.......... jk ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Throw Back Thursday - Level I Review


Back to the Basics.

Today I'm only focusing on the basics, Level I Curriculum material. Tomorrow morning, we might have some of our new members coming to practice with us at Crown Point so naturally I wanted to refresh in case they want to go over the material for Level I. This way if they ask any questions from Level I I will be better prepared to answer.

Break it down son!

So I got started. I reviewed the manual in case I forgot anything. I also made sure that for each move or technique that I performed, I would have an explanation and or break down. This way I could better teach the moves to them instead of just saying "Okay here's Vine largo", demonstrate it, and then be like "Okay go." I want to make sure that by the time I'm done explaining a technique or move, that there will be minimal questions about it after, but yet not be boring.

Till Tomorrow...

Before I go I'm sorry that I haven't posted much this week. Its kind of been a catch up and projects type of week. But I'm getting back on track. Well that's it for today. I hope some of you can come out and join us over at Crown Point in the morning so till tomorrow, ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sunday Training, March 16, 2014

Weekly Sunday Group Practice
This Sunday, Manong Rich will be coming down to train.  For those interested a $20.00 donation is recommended to cover Manong Rich's time and travel from Los Angeles.

FCS Kali San Diego Group Practice will be held at Heritage Park at the Outdoor Stage area.   Newcomers interested in checking out our training are welcomed, all we ask is that you come with an open mind and interest.

Let's preserve our culture through learning Filipino Martial Arts.

When:     8:00am - 11:00am

Where:   Heritage Park
             1381 East Palomar Street
           Chula Vista, CA 91913

Ed, Erwin and Bernie

Monday, March 10, 2014

Case of the Mondays


Not me. Not today.

I felt pretty motivated today. After Osairis ate we got ready and headed out. As usual I let himself tire out first. Then I strapped him in his stroller, gave him his snacks, and got started.

The field was occupied today with a lacrosse team that was practicing so I had to find another place that I could practice without worrying too much about others. The basketball court was empty so we headed for center court and that ended up being my training circle. As long as you stay out of the circle you don't have to worry about getting whacked by my stick. lol.


Today I went through all of Level I Curriculum and started to dive more into Level II Curriculum. I also did a little Carenza and Espada y Daga. Finished off with empty hands, and then Osairis started to get whiny. That's my cue to get going.

Another good practice. Be nice if I could have practiced a little more, but at least I got it in for today. Aight ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Beach Day Saturday – Announcement

Training at the Beach

Ok so I brought this up with the group and for those who can make it, we're going to start training on Saturdays at the beach. It is not an official FCS Kali West Coast San Diego Club practice. Those are held on Sundays at 8:00am at Heritage Park, 1381 E Palomar St, Chula Vista, CA 91913. Still this group will meet unless posted otherwise. This will be a refresher day to get us better prepared for our regular Sunday training group. I also hope that by doing so it will bring more exposure to our club and attract more to come check us out on Sundays.

It will also be a time to go over and try new techniques much like what we do on Fridays at Crown Point. So if someone has a background in another system, saw something that they want to try, or maybe they need a break down of a technique that they either do not understand or are unsure of its effectiveness, it will be a chance to show and tell and for us to break down and see why a particular technique is effective and if not, how we can make it effective.

Fun in the Sun

And since we will be out at the beach by all means feel free to bring what ever and who ever you want to enjoy the fun in the sun. So bring the family, bring your friends, co-workers, etc. Bring your beach towels, beach blankets, beach umbrellas, sun screen, and bathing suits. Who knows, maybe we'll do some training in the water as well. If more people come, maybe we can start making it a pot-luck so we can have food and drinks for everyone.

Windansea Beach

We will meet at Windansea Beach 6800 Neptune Pl, La Jolla, CA 92037 at 9:30am. For those who haven't been there, you'll know you're at the right place if you see the hut pictured above (you might not be able to see the hut while driving by). There is a small parking lot and lots of street parking throughout the neighborhood. This will be open to the public. There are no fees to participate. Please do not bring any illegal weapons. And if you do come out, please come with an open mind with a willingness to learn and share. Below is a map if you need help getting there.

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Ok hope to see you out there! ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.