"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." - West African Proverb


FCS Kali San Diego - Established September 25th, 2011

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Update: Location change; Heritage Park

UPDATE: Sunday practice will be at Heritage Park

Hope to see everyone there! Happy training everyone!

Heritage Park

Sorry for the confusion and update on our training location.  We will be training at our regular location Heritage Park at 08:00 am Sunday, 8/31.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Special Congrats To The Following:

Special Congrats To The Following:

Via Manong Rich Verdejo: 

Again, Congratulations to FCS Cali crew, Sherman Oaks & Baldwin Park for their previous testing of this month! And congratulations to Bernard Herrera & Eduardo Jonson (FCS Cali Crew, San Diego) fro their LEVEL 5! All well deserved for their hard work!

Sherman Oaks: 
Steve Baca( Kenpo Evolution Mma) – Level 2
Bonita Gutierez – Level 1
Michael Decastro – Level 1
Josh Leopold – Level 1
Jacob Amroyan – Level 1
Aaron Diyarza – Level 1

Baldwin Park: 
Andrew Diep – Level 2
Jim Rosa – Level 2

San Diego: 
Bernard Herrera – Level 5
Eduardo Jonson – Level 5
Felix Reyes Delacruz Jr. – LevelCap (I’m sure that was supposed to be level 2 but level Captain sounds awesome. lol)

Read the full story here:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

UPDATE - Monthly Workshop with Manong Rich Will Be At Ski Beach!

Monthly Workshop with Manong Rich at Ski Beach!

Manong Rich Verdejo is coming down this Sunday for our monthly workshop and we're making a change of scenery to Ski Beach! Manong will be going over: Application and feeder/receiver of Espada Y Daga, application stick grappling (standing), karambit (mechanics & application), sarong and knife template, and possibly blade entries to target isolations. So you won't want to miss out! After training we will be just enjoying the day out at the park. So bring the family, bathing suits, sunscreen and have a good time! *** As always we recommend a $20 donation which covers Manong Rich's time and travel expenses. *** Hope to see you there and happy training everyone!  

Ski Beach
Vacation Rd.
San Diego, CA 92109  

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
9am - 11am-ish

(Ski Beach is located on east side of Vacation Isle off of Ingraham Street. There is a large grassy area, a picnic shelter with picnic tables, fire rings and a path for jogging or bike riding. Up to two inflatables are allowed. There is a boat launch and ski area on the south side, but no swimming is allowed. There is also a childrens playground adjacent to the picnic shelter.

Note: The parking lot by the boat launch area has parking spaces to accommodate vehicles with boat trailers.)

FCS Kali West Coast San Diego Promotional Video

FCS Kali Promotional Video from RuffMedia on Vimeo.

Thank you Ruff Media and FCS Kali West Coast San Diego for the great work you put in to make this video.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Monthly Workshop with Manong Rich at De Anza Cove Park!

Monthly Workshop with Manong Rich at De Anza Cove Park!

Manong Rich Verdejo is coming down this Sunday for our monthly workshop and we're making a change of scenery to De Anza Cove Park! Manong will be going over: Application and feeder/receiver of Espada Y Daga, application stick grappling (standing), karambit (mechanics & application), sarong and knife template, and possibly blade entries to target isolations. So you won't want to miss out! After training we will be just enjoying the day out at the park. So bring the family, bathing suits, sunscreen and have a good time!

*** As always we recommend a $20 donation which covers Manong Rich's time and travel expenses. ***

Hope to see you there and happy training everyone!

De Anza Cove Park
3000 N Mission Bay Dr
San Diego, CA 92109

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
9am - 11am-ish

(De Anza Cove Park has a volleyball area, a tot lot, park benches, picnic tables, and a path for jogging or bike riding. There is also a boat launch ramp for both boats and jet skis, and a comfort station with showers. Swimming, boating and water skiing are allowed and there is a lifeguard on duty for the summer months.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Congratulations Testers!

 Photo: Congratulations to all my students who tested passed their level 1 in FCS Kali! 
Bonita Maria Gutierrez, Aaron Diyarza, Michael DeCastro, Josh Leopold anA Jacob Amroyan.
Also congrats to FCS Kali brothers for passing our level 2 test. Jim Rosa, Drew Ip, Felix Reyes Delacruz Jr.  and me Kenpo Evolution MMA.

Thanks Bernard Herrera for running a great test! 
Manong Gi]l Rich Verdejo Thank you for guidance and friendship. Your wisdom and spirit make this world a better place!


I'd like to take the time give congratulations to the following people for passing their test this weekend:

Level 1:
Bonita Maria Gutierrez,
Aaron Diyarza,
Michael DeCastro,
Josh Leopold
Jacob Amroyan.

Level 2:
Jim Rosa,
Drew Ip,
Steve Baca
And me, Felix Reyes Delacruz Jr.

Special Thanks

A special thanks to Bernie Hererra who not only conducted the test, but gave me and the fams a lift and also took out extra time to train with me. Also special thanks to Manong Rich Verdejo for overseeing the testing and sharing your knowledge. And finally a special thanks to Steve Baca for allowing us to hold the testing at Kenpo Evolution MMA.

Everyone did a great job. And big ups to the fellas that took the pepper spray who looked sad in the end. LOL! JK you guys did an awesome job! I remember when I did that. It was really the end when you are trying to get that stuff out of your face and eyes that was the worse part of it. I hope to see and train with all of you in the near future.

Level 5 Test

Next up:
Level 5 Testing
Sunday Aug. 24, 2014
9AM - 1100am
at Heritage Park in Chula Vista

Level 5 testing will be held as well as our monthly workshop with Manong Rich Verdejo. As always we recommend a $20 donation for the workshop which covers Manong's time and travel. So if you have time, come out and support the level 5 testers and join in on the workshop! It's always a good time.

Ok folks that's it for now. See the SD crew next Sunday and happy training everyone! ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

FCS Kali West Coast, Sunday Training, 8/10

On Sunday, 8/10, we will showing our support with Felix DelaCruz during his Level 2 testing at Kenpo Evolution in Sherman Oaks.  Anyone interested in training tomorrow will need to call or text Ed Jonson at 619-370-1031 by 7:30 am to let him know.  Otherwise our Sunday training will be cancelled.

If you get a chance, show Felix your support by sending him a message or text, for a successful test.

Thank you.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Testing Events Are Coming Up Quick!

Test Events:

Testing is coming up quick! Train hard my friends!

Level 1&2 Test

Sunday Aug. 10
1PM - 2:30PM
At Kenpo Evolution MMA!

Level 5 Test

Sunday Aug. 24
9AM - 1100AM.
Chula Vista - Heritage Park


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sunday Training, 8/3/14

Sorry for the late notice, but depending on the weather, training for Sunday, 8/3 will be at Glorietta Bay in Coronado (by Sharp Coronado Hospital) or cancelled.  Weather permitting, we will be training at 10:00 am at Glorietta Bay.  We will have some paddle boards and kayaks if you would like to go in the water after training.

Be safe,
Ed, Bernie, Erwin

Monday, July 28, 2014




TIME: 1 - 2:30 (ish)
PLACE: Kenpo Evolution MMA in Sherman Oaks, CA.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lakan Guro Ray West Coast Workshop


Lakan Guro Ray West Coast Workshop

It’s not often that you get a chance to learn from the one that helped create the FCS Kali curriculum. If you’re free, come out and learn from Lakan Guro Ray! It will be an opportunity that you won’t want to miss.

Saturday July 26, 2014 at 10:00am – 13:00pm

Lake Balboa Park
6300 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys, California 91406

Material covered:
Single stick/ Panantukan/ Khanomtom Muay Thai Elbow counter series

What to bring:
boxing gloves/focus mitts (if you have them)/sticks/h2o

Cost: $35

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Embracing Change

...On Sunday Bernie had us working on transitions and counters. After warming up with some stick drills we went into Punyo Entries. Usually it would start from a 4 Count, one would feed in, complete the drill, break out, and then back into 4 count. This time he had us go in with an entry and then transition to another entry. This kept the drill going, forcing the receiver to constantly react to the attack. At the same time, the receiver could at the right time, become the feeder by beating the other to the punch on the entry....

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weekend Recap - 07/04/14-07/06/14



It was crazy on the 4th. When we got to Crown Point, the parking lot was already full and there was hardly any space available to practice except for the areas where the kiddo wouldn't have anything to do. So we decided to move practice to Windansea Beach. We got there about 30 minutes before everyone started to crowd the beach so we were able to get a good spot and setup. Rubbed on some sunscreen and got started.

I warmed up with my usual footwork with defenses. From there I practiced Sinawali. First with sticks, then with bolos. After that I went to my single stick drills from 1-36 stick form, 4 walls, 4 count, sumbrada, and air disarms. Then I went to single bolo. Played around with some Carenza using single stick, double sticks, double bolos, and single bolos......

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Sunday Training with Manong Rich Reminder


As a reminder, Manong Rich is coming down for training this Sunday. We recommend a $20 donation for his time and travel. The focus for this Sunday will be "Empty Hands" going over Panantukan, Sikiran Lakad, Dumog, and Kenpo Techniques! So if you have MMA gloves, boxing gloves, and concentration mitts, please bring them. Training will be held on the following:

When:    Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Time:     9am-11am
Place:     Heritage Park

(*** Again, if you have a GoPro or DSLR that we can use to shoot from different angles it would be much appreciated. I will be bringing my DSLR as well. - Flex ***)

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014




9AM - 11AM

SAME PLACE: Heritage Park


(*** If you have a GoPro or DSLR that we can use to shoot from different angles it would be much appreciated. I will be bringing my DSLR as well. - Flex ***)


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We spinnin'!

FCS Logo 2014

Sunday was Father’s Day and Ed took time away from his family to come teach us. So before I start I’d like to thank everyone from the FCS Tribe, FCS Cali Crew, and FCS Kali San Diego for taking time to share their knowledge with us. I’d also like to thank everyone who came to Sunday’s practice who took time away from their families to train with their FCS family.

Warm up.

Ed brought some kicking pads that day. He was going to go over some kicks from his Taekwondo background and show how we can apply it to real world scenarios and how we can integrate Taekwondo and Hapkido into FCS. Before any of that we did our warm up. We started out with some stretching and then went up and down the hills using different footing like forward, backward, and side stepping. Then we did some footwork drills. These drills were to help get our footing ready for the Taekwondo kicks that we were going to be doing….

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We Spinnin’!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Beach Day - 061414

Man it was such a nice day at the beach today. Wish we didn't have so much to do so we could have stayed longer. I pretty much did all of the same stuff I did from yesterday, other than showing Tracee the karambit template that Bernie started teaching us last Sunday. Practice makes perfect right? Still have a lot to do today so I have to cut this really short. Tomorrow is Father's Day so I'll see whoever can make it to practice. Happy training everyone and see you next time. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.


Funday Friday - 061314


So we went to Crown Point and I got started. I warmed up with a little stick work and messed around with a little Carenza......

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Recap

ItsYoBoyFlex Weekend Recap


We made our way to Crown Point and I got started. I was feeling tired that day. Not enough sleep from the night before and was starting to feel a little under the weather. I also started running again. I didn't want to be too sore for Saturday so I didn't run a few days. Anyway, I took it easy that day and went over mostly stick work.


Kajukenbo Unity Seminar 2014

Kajukenbo Unity Seminar

This was the first time for me to attend. Manong Rich, Jim, Edwin, Marlon, and I were there to represent FCS Kali, FCS Cali Crew, and of course FCS Kali West Coast San Diego. We got to learn, hear some great stories, and see some awesome presentations from some great masters of our time including Prof. Brad Namahoe, Guro Mario Gajo, GM Chris P. Siangco, 'Ôlohe Kolomona Solomon Kaihewalu, GM Eugene Sedeno, GM Ted Sotelo, and GGM Carlos Bunda to name a few. They even had Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta and his father, Anecito Gesta, come to do a presentation as well as have us do some drills. And did I mention that Manong Rich also did a presentation representing FCS Kali and Ed Parker's Kenpo? I'll try to briefly share what I experienced there because even this will be a lot to take in.

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ItsYoBoyFlex Weekend Recap

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Whatcha Missed – Lock Stock And Two Smokin’ Barrels


Ok so here’s whatcha missed this weekend:

Friday Out With The Kids… They Ain’t My Kids.

Friday. On Friday we headed over to our usual spot at Crown Point. It must have been a Senior day at the park or something because right when we pulled into the parking lot, so did 3 buses full of students. Needless to say, the park was packed full of kids. A great opportunity for these kids to see some Kali action....

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Catchin Up


Ok here's what happened in the last week or two:

New Website

First off I've been working on the new FCS Cali Crew website. If you haven't check it out yet, swing on over, browse around, and let us know what you think. I will also be posting my FCS Kali related blogs on this site as well anything else that is FCS Cali Crew related including news and events.


Second, though I missed practice last Saturday and Sunday due to family coming down from the Bay Area for Memorial Weekend, I did practice on Friday with James. He missed last Sunday's practice so we basically went over everything that Manong Rich showed us when he came down to San Diego. So Friday's practice had a focus on Cinco Teros and Sarong/Malong.

Since James already had the concepts down for Cinco Teros I basically showed him the combinations that we worked on. From there we took turns going over the drills that were shown to us on Sunday. No stick breaking this time though. lol. James was having a little trouble on the outside redondo so I showed him how practicing with one of my bolo trainers helped with my hand/wrist positioning, but in the end it was simply a matter of practice, practice, practice because though similar, hitting with a stick vs a blade has it's differences. That said we messed around working with bolos after.

Finally we went over Sarong/Malong. I showed him the two techniques that we went over. My Sarong is shorter than some so we had to make adjustments in positioning to make it work without strangling each other to death. The Wifey and I really like working with Sarong/Malong and we're looking forward to learning more techniques.

Kajukenbo Seminar

Third, on Saturday June 7th we will be attending the Kajukenbo Seminar being held at:

10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126


Sigung Phil Dang

$40 Pre Registration
$50 at the door

Well that's it for now. We have more things coming up so keep posted on this site. Thanks for reading, happy training, and see you next time. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Monday, May 19, 2014

What happened over the weekend

After having a really hot week packed with fires through out the county, the weather was great this weekend. During the week it was so hot that I hardly practiced. I picked up the training bolos once in a while, but didn't do too much due to the heat. On Friday we headed out to our usual destination, Crown Point. I practiced by myself under a tree in the shade while the Wifey and kiddo played in the water and playground under the sun.


I went over all of the material that I know from curriculum. As usual I start off with my warm up. Then I move on to double sticks to single stick. Then I go from single blade to double blade, and finally to empty hand. Double blades isn't part of my curriculum yet, but I've been doing it along with my training so that when it does come I'll be a little more comfortable with it (holding blades in both hands). So I practice both forward and reverse grip double knife work off tapping and guntings.

(Cinco Teros with my left.)

On Saturday we hit the beach. The Wifey warmed up and did a little stick work with me. After that I turned on some Carenza music and went through all of the material. I did a lot of Carenza and Cinco Tero work that day as well. Trying to prepare for when Manong came down on Sunday in which Cinco Teros was part of the agenda. After a couple of hours of practicing, playing in the sun with the kiddo, and having snacks, Osairis fell asleep in Mama's arms so we packed up and headed home.

Sunday came and we were running late. When we got there Manong was going through the strikes for the Cinco Teros. I accidentally tagged Tracee twice with my stick. Once on the arm and another on her thumb as my stick glided down hers on the strike. SORRY BABE!!! lol. It's ok though. In the middle of all the stick work I eventually got tagged in the eye by her stick. Haha. But man I was really feeling the Cinco Tero drills. Tracee and I even broke one of the sticks we used during the drills and the guys demolished on of the thicker sticks as well. Drew and Manong demonstrated more stick drills and then after doing that for a while we went on to Sarong/Malong.

It seemed like it was a Sarong/Malong day for the FCS tribe because other groups were doing Sarong/Malong work too! I've been wanting to learn this for a long time. I've had one for a while now, but just never had anyone show it to me in person. All I had were videos so I was pretty juiced to learn this stuff. I like how it takes little effort to create so much torq. Bernie demonstrated on me so I learned just how tight things could get. He also explained how the techniques are great for women who carry bags with long straps or say a duffle or laptop bag with a shoulder strap. Really cool stuff. Everyone was getting tied up and choked out.

Throughout practice Richie would sneak attack us with either sticks or aluminium training hawks. lol. That kid is going to be breaking sticks in no time. I love the tornado strike he does. Everybody gets hit! Ha ha. Good times! Wish more could have made it out. Well that's what all happened this weekend. See everyone soon and happy trainings. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sunday Training, May 18, 2014 with Manong Rich

Weekly Sunday Group Practice
This Sunday, May 18th, 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. He would like to cover stick drills this weekend.

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

Saturday, May 10, 2014

My First Students





So my son, Osairis, is starting to copy me more and more. Its pretty awesome. He knows that when I pull out a stick or trainer that it's time to practice in which he usually asks for one to play with too. He can even wave around my bigger sticks which are heavier than our standard sticks that we practice with. Hopefully soon he will actually start picking up the moves that he sees me doing. Reminds me of when I first started teaching my daughter how to defend herself. She eventually lost interest, but I'm hoping that if or when the time comes she will retain and use what I taught her.


I haven't been doing much extra fun stuff other than trying to mess around with the karambit and playing with Osairis. Just pretty much following the curriculum so that I can get ready for my Level 2. I know recently I haven't been going into much detail about my training, but it was just getting a little too redundant for me to keep writing the same things over and over. So I won't bore you with the same stuff, but what I did do differently these last couple of days is try to go over some knife disarms that I learned from my curriculum video.

The disarms are done from the Pikal grip. Some may know it as the reverse grip or ice pick grip. They are done from Hubad. One of the disarms would hook the knife hand and destruct or hyper extend  the elbo which would assist in the knife strip for the disarm. The other disarm would basically snake the knife hand causing the strip, but I need more direction to make sure I'm actually doing this one properly.





On Saturday I headed out to the beach alone to practice. The Wifey and kiddo were at home making vegan ice cream! Anyway, I was going through all of my stick work and toward the end a woman comes up to me and asks what I was doing. "Kali" I told her. She asks, "Do you teach? Can you teach me?" I happily responded "Sure!" She tried to give me money to pay so I could teach her in which I refused the money. I told her I would teach her for free.

Since I was right already working on stick work I showed her 1-6 of the 12 basic strikes. She told me that she was 55 years old so she needs to go slow, one thing at a time so that she could learn it easier. "One hand first, then I learn the other. Two hands same time too much." So I had her put her left hand behind her back as we went through strikes one and two. I had her incorporate some footwork right off the bat so that she would not get tangled up later. I explained the main target areas for each strike as we went on and also explained the "X" pattern when following through with these strikes. She immediately picked up on the "figure 8" pattern.

We finally got up to strike 6 in which we started to incorporate the left hand. I explained briefly that we consider the left hand in this drill the live hand, that this is where the real danger lies because most will focus too much on the weapon hand which may leave them open for an attack. I like how she saw deep meaning in every movement that I showed her. So when I showed her the parrying motion that I do with the live hand she also interpreted that as washing away the evil spirits. She literally found symbolism in everything we did. You really do learn more from the people you teach. After that I showed her our formal salute. I explained the meaning and significance of the salute and with each movement. In the middle she needed to take a quick breather so I ended our little lesson there because I didn't want to get her too tired and she still had to walk home.

After she asks how often do I come here and when and where do I usually teach? So I told her that I train on Fridays at Crown Point and here at Windansea Beach on Saturdays at 9:30am and that our official group practice is at Heritage Park on Sundays. She doesn't drive so she can't make it to the official practices, but she lives close by and Saturdays works best for her so she wants to come learn on Saturdays.So the Saturday practices at the beach just might get a little bigger by +1.

I finished up my training with knife work.

So these last couple of days have been pretty awesome. The Wifey and I also locked in a spot for our son's 2nd birthday party on June 21st at Tecolote Shores Park  South from 11am-6pm. All FCS members are welcome! Bring the kiddos too! Well that's it for this weekend. Tomorrow is Mother's Day so no practice. Till next time, happy training. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Practice, practice, practice

So for the last few days I've been practicing at home. I've been going over all of the Level 2 material that I know so far. The goal is to do it enough so that it all becomes muscle memory and flows smoothly. Still got a bit more practicing to do till I get there, but I'm getting closer. I've also been going over some photos and videos from our practices and I'm nit picking where I see mistakes. It hit me the other day when I wrote my last blog, going through what photos to use, and noticed my live hand was down when it shouldn't have been. So for that brief moment my guard was down so I was open. Bad practice habits turn into real bad habits so I need to work them out.

Tomorrow is going to be a videos kind of day. To go over my Level 2 DVD and try to learn what I don't have down yet. Trying to get my Level 2 folks! Oh and we ordered some new training gear a few weeks back which should be coming in within the next week or so. Excited! Well that's it for today. Just want to keep you guys updated with where I'm at. Till next time, happy training! ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Things you missed over the weekend

Saturday was a great day to be at the beach. Nice clear sunny weather, lots of people, and ocean water to cool down in. The Wifey and I warmed up with some stick work and then went over her Level 1 knife tapping. In addition to this I also messed around with karambit and did a little Sinawali. After that we just had a family fun day in the sun.

On Sunday Bernie started us out with defenses and counters with single stick. So we would go over our 4 Walls defenses and follow up each block with  1-3 strikes. We practiced with the different ranges as well. Then we did 4 walls followed up with disarm, and finally 4 walls followed up with disarm and then 1-3 strikes.

Next we went over knife on knife tapping. So first we started out with the basic knife tapping only both participants held a knife. Then we continued the drill, but applying a cut per tap. From there we did the same drill with a minimum of 3 cuts. Finally doing the drill with finishing moves where the cuts could kill the opponent. We would rotate partners so everyone would be able to work with everyone and that way you could get a feel of how the drill feels against different body types.

Then we went over Knife Template. This went along with the theme of defense and counters. Again we continued to rotate partners.

After we went over defensive hubad  from empty hand strikes. So your partner can throw a punch or kick and then you would do hubad against it. From there we did the same drill, but followed up with counters.

Finally we went over Cincoteros. This particular drill we went over had both defenses and offenses and multiple partners so Bernie started off with showing parts A, B, and C. Then we would get into groups of 3 or 4 and start the drill. The two outer partners would do parts B, and C, while the center partner would do part A. The partner standing in the middle, part A, would start the drill and  when they are done with the sequence they would follow up with a punyo entry and throw in one of the out partners in which the rolls would switch. So the person getting thrown in the middle would do part A and then the person coming out would take that person's role. This way everyone gets a chance at playing all 3 roles and it would continue until we were told to stop.

So it was a lot of fun this weekend, not to mention that Sunday was Star Wars Day, and yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. So does that make today Revenge of the 6th? lol. Anyway, till next time, happy trainings. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Funday Friday - Hot Point


It was hot at the Point today (Crown Point). Great day to have a picnic and get some training. Today James and I focused on Level II material right from the book. We went over a good amount of the material from Cincoteros, to 36 of 64 Stick form, to Sumbrada, to disarms, to transitions, and knife tapping (not in that order). We wont over a lot of stuff. The Wifey and I went over all of her stick material for her Level I. Saving the knife stuff for tomorrow at the beach. Even Osairis joined in on the fun.


After we just enjoyed the sun. The Wifey and babes got wet, we all ate some healthy food, and relaxed. It was just a  really nice day out. I know most aren't available on Friday mornings, but for those who are, feel free to come and join us! The more the merrier. Same on Saturday. All are welcome. Oh and I know I haven't been posted as much lately, but I have been training throughout the week. I'll start posting regularly again as soon as I get used to this new regiment. (Been getting up early and working out in the mornings and doing Kali during the day for a total of 2 workouts.)

Well sorry for making this short. Tired from all of the fun, not to mention that the Wifey and I worked out prior to this. Well till next time ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sundays at the Park - Processing

Sorry for the late post. I got caught up doing errands and other things and by the time things started to wind down I was too tired to write this up. Yesterday Ed brought up the incident of the girl who got attacked when asked to the prom.  The guys know I like to volunteer so Ed called me forward. He pulls out a knife folder, something that most of us carry, and then comes at me with it to show the group how I would react. Kind of assuming what was about to happen and seeing what he was holding in his hand I reacted. Hands went up, I stepped back and off to the side a little, and tried to go on defensive. Naturally this is what we trained for, but what went on in my mind was a another story. This is what Ed wanted to go over. How the mind processes a threat, an attack in action, specifically with a knife, though it can be against any weapon, anything that can be used as a weapon, or even empty hand.


 4 Stages


He said that there are 4 stages that the mind processes when an attack is in play: shock, fear, hesitation, and vanity. I'll try to explain each one to the best of my ability.

1) Shock - When someone pulls out a knife or any other weapon, and comes at you with  intent to hurt or kill, the first thing that the mind processes is shock. Manong Rich calls this the "Oh shit!" factor. Simply put, you get startled, shocked. "Oh shit he has a knife!" Or "Oh shit he has a gun!" The mind doesn't have any time to process anything else in that brief moment, but get shocked by what is seen, felt, and or heard. For example you may have been already cut or stabbed because you didn't see it coming. The body starts to pump adrenalin and now you start to feel the shock.

2) Fear - The next stage that the mind processes is fear. You see the threat advancing toward you (or continuing to come at you if you are already cut or stabbed) and most of the time the the hands go up like the mind is saying "What do I do?". This moves us to the next stage which is hesitation.

3) Hesitation - In this stage the mind processes hesitation in which 2 of the 4 F's of survival kick in: Fight or Flight. Think of a deer in headlights scenario. Many will freeze at first which ultimately will lead to getting cut or stabbed, which can eventually lead to serious injury and or death. After this brief moment of hesitation some will take flight and try to run away. The others will stand their ground and fight. This is where Vanity comes into play.

4) Vanity - In this stage, specifically for those who stand their ground and fight, the whole "I can take em!" comes into play. This can also get you killed if you over estimate where your true skills lie. What if the assailant really knows how to handle a knife? Have you REALLY trained properly for these types of situations?

From a martial stand point the answer is more than likely no. Reason being is that from a martial stand point you are simply going over a technique, learning the moves for that technique, and no more. For example how many of you learned to defend against a knife attack from above with a scissor block or X block? Not to say that this is wrong, because if it works then it works, but from a combative perspective there is probably a better solution. Reason being is that with this move both arms are occupied which doesn't leave anything available to defend against the other hand, the "live hand", nor the cut from the pull back of the knife. Plus you are also trying to fight against the assailants strength and what if the assailant is much stronger than you are? Have you tried that technique in a free flow sparring match? And if so, did it work? How successful were the techniques you learned? And here's a big one, did you spar against someone who was skilled with blades?


Work It Out


And going back to the 4 stages that the mind processes, Bernie explained that from a combative perspective you want to try to train in a way that will work them out. We train with blades and a lot of us carry folders so that should help lessen the shock of someone pulling out a knife and coming at you. This will also lessen the fear since we are constantly training with and against blades. The techniques learned and the confidence built from the amount of training with blades will help lessen the hesitation. And finally, the last thing to work on is to know where your true skills lie, and being able assess the situation properly to either engage or disengage because over confidence can get you killed.

So with all of that in mind Ed had us pair up. Your partner, the feeder, was to come at you with intent to cut or stab while you, the receiver were to properly avoid the attack. Obviously we were using trainers so that no one would actually get cut or stabbed. Don't want you to die out here people! lol. They were to cut or stab freely and we were also to be in motion so we weren't in a static position. This broke standard drill practices because you didn't know where the attack is coming from and you could move and run around.

During the drill both Bernie and Ed would go around and give input on what we were doing right and wrong. They would also show us how and where we could improve on certain things we were doing and show what other options were available. At first the receiver's objection was to simply avoid the attack. So footwork and simple body techniques that would put us in a better position. Then we slowly worked in techniques we could use to gain the advantage and become the feeder.


Reality Check


This was a good reality check of where your skills were. Even if the attacks came at you slow you might find yourself getting cut or stab. Maybe you reacted wrong and went right into the attack. And obviously if the attacks were constant and fast you just couldn't avoid every single attack. Think of a boxing match where one is throwing a barrage of punches while the other is just standing there trying to defend. The defender just can't stop all of the attacks by standing there trying to block. Eventually one will get in.Now keep in mind we were doing this after our warm up so some were probably still trying to catch their breath from running up and down the hill. This made the drill more real.


Ooh New Stuff!


After doing that for a while Bernie and Erwin demonstrated some stick grappling they learned from the seminar that took place over at Kenpo Evolution MMA. It was put together by Manong Rich and Tuhon Ray Dionaldo, Guro Nate Hill, and Gladys Echeverria Nelson came to teach. Wish the Wifey and I could have made it. We'll have to catch them the next time they come out to So Cal. Anyway, they showed us 5 techniques. I've seen videos of these so it was cool to actually learn it. It would take too long to explain each one and this blog is already a novel so I'm going to close things up here and say if you want to learn them or any of the other stuff we do, come out and join us! We welcome anybody and everybody.

So yesterday's practice was a lot of fun and insightful. I'm seeing more and more on things I need to improve on and Ed even worked with me on some more Level II material. So anyway, till next time ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Funday Friday - By the Book


So today I trained by myself. The Wifey and kiddo was at home baking cookies so I had no distractions. I decided today that I would go by the book. Some of the things in Level II haven't been shown to me me yet so I tried to cover as much as I could.

I started out with my warm up as usual. The difference with today was instead of doing footwork with offences and defences I did body weight squats. Trying to change things up a little for the up coming weeks so I don't get bored doing the same old routine.

Then I pretty much went through all of Level I and II material from memory. I looked over the book to see if I missed anything. So I went from sticks, to knives, to empty hand. After doing this for about an hour I decided to end my training for the morning.

I need to ask to be shown more stuff from Level II at this Sunday's practice so that I have more to go over when I practice on my own. Well that's it for today folks. Tomorrows practice at the beach will be cancelled. I have to stay at home to watch the kiddo. Well happy training everyone. ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekly Sunday Group Practice - Cancelled for Sunday, 4/20

Weekly Sunday Group Practice

FCS Kali West Coast - San Diego; training has been cancelled for Sunday, April 20th.  Have a great day with friends and family.  Be safe and keep training.  Happy Easter to all.  See you next week.

Maraming Salamat