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


FCS Kali San Diego - Established September 25th, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Just a Note... "Environmental Awareness vs. Paranoia" by Manong Rich Verdejo

Environmental Awareness: mental preparedness to what's On-In-Around you. This is the ability to observe the environment and make decisions to prevent danger, or take an advantage of an opportunity.

Paranoia: a mental disorder characterized by systemized delusion and the projection of personal conflict.

Some can say there is a fine line between the two. To a trained person, someone with personal threatening experiences or a certain environment upbringing will see this behavior as awareness. To quote some Words of Wisdom during my Ed Parker Kenpo days, "Suspect first, Prospect later". This train of thought applies to just about everything, not just to people but your surroundings.

Learning to pay attention to what is around, on, and in you should be a constant. This type of training can help speed up your ability to make decisions, because of your ability to read between the lines. You train yourself to fore see possible shifts in your environment and most likely to avoid or take advantages of, by making preventative decisions. Anticipate danger and beat action with action verses re-action. "I sense a disturbance in the force" sort of speak.

Here are some not so typical scenarios/exercises to play with, but may save you from harm.

1. You're walking in daylight with a descent amount of people out. While visually paying attention to your 12 o'clock, do you pay attention to your 6? Listen or make note of footsteps, keys jingling or any sound that's constant. Can you distinguish its range? Most crowds walk at the same pace, pay notice to the sounds that don't.

2. How many of you have driven into an unfamiliar neighborhood and pay attention to the graffiti, not just the artwork but the "tagging". They tell a story of what IS, HAS, or WILL happen in that area. You don't want to be caught in a neighborhood war.

3. You're sitting at a table having some drinks with your friends. There are strangers all around you going in and out. Of course pay attention to their 6 o'clock. They may not know this concept so without sounding "paranoid' and ruining a good time, just look for their eye, facial and body expressions to give you a sense on what’s going on behind you. It also doesn't hurt to check for any reflections that you can check periodically either. You never know when a hot looking woman or man (for you ladies) enter the room till you see their eyes light up. Those tell the tale before they open their mouth.

4. Just like how we practice sheathing and unsheathing our blades, when entering your car, instead of looking at the door or ignition hole to enter the key, use your eyes to scan the area instead. Have your index finger as your eyes and feel for the key-entry instead. You'll be surprised on how easily and quickly someone can come up on you just from keeping your eye on the key entry instead! (Eh-em, personal experience!)

Finally people,  let's not forget ZombieLand rule # 22 : when in doubt, know your way out. Always thinking there's a monster around the corner can be mentally and physically taxing. That's why we "train it, to ingrain it". If you're aware then you're prepared.

Maraming Salamat Po,

Manong Rich Verdejo


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Knife Fights in Chula Vista?

Yes, this happens regularly in our own backyard. Are you prepared?  Do you train for reality? Just something to think about.

Three Men Stabbed Outside Chula Vista Bar
Happened Outside “On The Rocks” Bar Early Saturday Morning
POSTED: 3:51 pm PST December 24, 2011
UPDATED: 10:25 pm PST December 24, 2011

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Three men arrived separately at three different hospitals after being stabbed during a fight outside a Chula Vista bar Saturday.

The victims knew each other and were involved in an altercation with three or four other adult suspects outside the On the Rocks bar on E Street near Woodland Avenue, Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge said.

Officers received the first report of a stabbing victim at 1:45 a.m. when a 25-year-old man with several wounds showed up at the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel on E Street near Broadway. He was transported to the UCSD Medical Center Trauma Unit, Wedge said.

Half-an-hour later, about 2:15 a.m., a 23-year-old man with a stab wound was dropped off at the emergency room of Scripps Hospital in Chula Vista.

The third victim, a 42-year-old man, was brought to Sharp Hospital in Chula Vista by a relative about 2:40 a.m. and was transported to Mercy Hospital Trauma Unit, Wedge said.

The conditions of the victims are all unknown.

Anyone with information about this crime was asked to call the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Just a Note... "Weapon Carry/Placement and Deployment" by Manong Rich Verdejo

How important is the Physical and Mental training of your weapon placement?  Let's see... Your knife is in your gymbag/backpack or purse. Mine is on my belt. "OK, Ready-Set-GO!" Where you place you weapon is crucial to the process of Deployment.

Most of the time during the start of blade training we either have our blade in our hands or have to get it out of the gym bag. Not a bad thing for just learning the core technique or drill.  Let's change it to the start where you would actually carry your weapon. Getting used to the habit of where you will access your blade seems like a BASIC thing to do, but not often done.

Do you have your blade/blades in your pant pocket, if so which one? Is it on your belt or in your jacket? Or do you place them in the ever-so-sneaky jacket cuff or collar? Practicing WHERE to access your blade will lead to the HOW and WHAT to expect. Every placement has some type of obstacle and must be addressed during training to minimized the "What-If" factor. Each can slow down your deployment based on your placement.

So what's the MENTAL part? The best example is the Good Ol' "Got a light?" question.  How often will people pat themselves down to check where they put it. Same has applied to "Anyone have a knife?" 
1) Train your mind to know when you're carrying or not.  2) Train not to Reach for a weapon because of habit even though you didn't carry one.  That can cost you time. Hopefully it's time you can give. 3) With added stress and obstacles, dexterity will decrease and the possibility of PANIC will sink in. "Not Good!" 

So just a note: Practice the simplicity of where you place your weapon ON you. I believe that's a good start to Combat or Art training.   :)

Maraming Salamat Po,

Manong Rich Verdejo


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

FCS Cali San Diego Group Practice Commentary - December 18th, 2011

Sunday morning the bells being were ringing, and not  from the neighborhood church, but from the heads of the FCS San Diego Cali Crew in sparring helmets!   LOL!  The pinging from the helmets was a great sound to hear, and the strikes to the head were a sight to see as our group was in the midst of our first taste of sparring.   There was no roar of the crowd, and there was no blood drawn, but we were gladiators if only for a few minutes!  Although the way the morning started we did not start in such sure numbers, only a few came in on time at 8:00am sharp for group practice. The handful of that were on time were scratching our heads, where was everyone.... we began to think had my Facebook posts hyping up the weekend sparring maybe scared people off... or was it Holiday hangover from Christmas shopping and parties wherein our participants perhaps preferred to stay in the comfy confines of their warm bed?  As we were about to start with only the handful, slowly and surely our usual core group began to show up.  Some sleepy eyed, others just getting a late start, but all with a twinkle of excitement in  their eye to start GP Sunday morning.  We even had another family member from all the way up from Washington come out of the woodwork to join us for a taste of FMA, a shout out to another brother in law of mine - Anthony for joining us, not lick of martial arts but jumped right in there with us!

Focus of our practices have been again Level 1 Curriculum for those that are thinking of going through the trial.  More of the usual, mano a mano , knife tapping, forms, etc... However the highlight of GP was the sparring, for the first time out we only strapped on the helmet and gloves, this was mainly just to get used to the equipment, what it feels like to move in such confines, and more pointedly how it feels to get hit up the side the helmet and get your bell rung in such fashion.  Personally this was a great learning experience, 1) yes your movement is quite different.  2) field of vision is again quite different,  3) depth perception  ( for me) was quite different, 4) things move so quickly, 5) but lastly the great experience out of all this was seeing where your skills was at. I actually did not think I would enjoy it as much as I did, like anything a new, once you have passed the initiation of trying it for the first time, I can't wait to try it again! 

As always a shout out to our San Diego Crew, great to practice with you all, and let's make Manong Rich proud, continue training and showing up!

Maraming Salamat Po,

Erwin G. 


Friday, December 16, 2011

Just a Note... "Intent to Kill" by Manong Rich Verdejo

When it comes to training in any Martial Arts, the mindset of  "Intent to Kill" must play an important role. People often disregard the Martial and focus more on the Art part. 

As fun as training may be, I can't say enough that there should be levels of neccessary stress applied in that training. Remember "As stress INCREASES, skill DECREASES." The ability to control stressful situations in combat, the less your skills will diminish.

A safer way of training this is to take the time and visualize the situation activated all your senses: Touch, Sight, Smell, Sound and even Taste. Ofter the question "Can I really do this?" will play in your head. This is the Mental Prepartion of our training. Visualizing you opponent has the Intent to Kill, will you? 

At a safe pace, can you make every counter attack with the Intent to Kill and visualize the damage YOU have created? This type of mental training should be done without hestitation. In other words, DON'T do the technique and visualize the outcome later. This may give you a false sense commitment. Does this sound extreme? Not at all...this exercise should be done as part of your basics to better prepare yourself for REALITY. Let's not forget what MARTIAL means and the value of Mental/Emotional preparation of a WARRIOR's Mindset.

Maraming Salamat Po,

Manong Rich Verdejo

Next week...  "Just a note on... Weapon Carry/Placement and Deployment"


FCS Cali San Diego Crew - Be Prepared for some Sparring this Sunday!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

FCS Kali West Coast - Group Practice and Extended Training 12/11/2011

I look forward to the weekends, not because it's just a break from a long work week, and not because it's time to cut loose, or relieve stress, beyond all this, it's because I'm eager to put in some work - FCS style.  As I get deeper into our martial arts discipline, I find it's changing me, opening my eyes on how I view and approach things - even in the simplest and most basic things in life. I see why those who follow martial arts fall in love with it, it's not just a discipline, it's a way of life... mind,body and soul, and until you are fully involved with something that's purely for yourself, people will always be in search of this thing that I believe we all strive to find within ourselves whether it's a passion in some other hobby, sport, or interest.  I believe my fellow FCS Cali San Diego Crew in their own personal ways feel the same way.

Today we had a total of 18 training today, that's got to be our high since we started our little club with 4 members in September.  We are not only growing in number, but coming together, as we progress together not only are our skills improving and sharpening, we also strive to build an extended family, and with this in spirit today we had a gathering of families after practice with a backyard potluck at Ed's house so as to get to know each other better out of the regular training environment,   It was great to meet each other's family because we recognize that although those who train sacrifice their time, the family's also sacrifice their time as well. I'm impressed, here we are in the middle of the Holiday Season, while most are likley trying to find a deal at the stores, our group topped itself out in Group Practice, good showing San Diego Crew!

So guess what... I'm going to sound a like a broken record, but it was another beautiful San Diego morning, a bit chilly to start but warming up beautifully - yes in the middle of December it was sunny and warm (check our pictures out)  only requiring  light sweats attire.   Today we were anticipating Manong Rich coming down again to train with us.  We didn't have any Level 1 test out which is still yet to be determined, however his visit with us was fruitful and productive.  We covered again basics for Level 1 Curriculum, as a group our focus was to have a more "combative" mindset as we train as our system is so aptly named.  Manong Rich further detailed small things he expected from us, observed us through some drills, some knife tapping, and then showed us some more additional material with stick take downs, today was also highlighted with the return of the "sarong".  For many in the Group this was new and hopefully enriching, and further adding to our skills.  BTW... we only had 2 stick drops today, which means 20 push ups, we've adopted the no stick drops otherwise everyone does push ups!  San Diego Crew, as busy the next week will be, try to put ins some time, be prepared, who knows what Mng. Rich may have in store for us on his next visit. Manong Rich, thankyou for taking the time to come down again and train with us, San Diego Crew let's continue to show him our appreciation and dedication!   Happy Holidays All!

Today's Group Practice Pics

Maraming Salamat Po,

Erwin G.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Group Practice Commentary - December 4th, 2011

Standing L to R: Bernard, Gustavo, Dianna, Ileah, Ed, Glenda,  Faviolo, Wendell, Jeremy, Erwin
Kneeling: Daniel, Angelo, Greg, Paolo

The Super Bowl should be permanently played in San Diego, hands down... we have the best weather in the Country and this is something we can boast out loud as San Diegans.... the Chargers might suck, the Padres might suck, and thus our hometown has no major sports championships to claim ( other than the Little League World Series a couple years ago), but DAMMIT ALL.... we have the best weather in the World!!!    Hint, Hint... - maybe a major FCS Kali Gathering should be hosted in San Diego in the future!  So to all our FCS Kali brothers and sisters across America and internationally - throw the idea out to Tuhon Ray !   "wink wink"

So is it getting boring how regularly I mention how beautiful our San Diego mornings are even when the weather is what us spoiled San Diegans call too warm or too cold for our warm blooded tastes!   This morning was a brisk but very sunny 38 degrees... BRRRRR!  That's cold for us!  Today I broke out the sweats and a long sleeve undershirt, Bernard had his thermals, and most of us had some sort of sweats attire. Group Practice has been the same of late, stressing foot work, stick speed and handling, form, and Level 1 curriculum. Manong Rich may want to test some of us out on Level 1 Curriculum, I'm not sure if he's eager to test us out as an end of year goal, or if he's just looking for winter entertainment, probably both!  LOL!

Mng. Rich's Level 1 testing has been famously or maybe infamously reputed to be interesting to say the least, for sure it will cover the Level 1 Curriculum, but fellow San Diego Group Crew... please view the Youtube video of Mng. Rich's Level 1 test below, you'll see what I mean.  I post it not to shy anyone away but to be forewarned and prepare yourselves mentally and physically, who knows what our Manong Rich has in store for us.  FCS Kali San Diego Crew - practice and be prepared!  Also before I sign off, San Diego GP saw 4 new participants, a shout out welcome to:  Ileah, Dianna, Faviolo, and Greg, we hope you enjoyed your experience with us and hope you all become regulars!

Maraming Salamat,

Erwin G.

FCS Cali Crew Test Unlike No Other!


Today's Group Practice Pics...


Sunday, November 27, 2011

FCS Kali Club of San Diego - Group Practice - November 27th, 2011

So I woke up this morning slowly getting out of bed, thoughts of coffee and lingering effects of 3 days  of straight food coma giving me a food hang over.  My son was even ready before me this morning, I hastily got our gear together and we got to practice a little late, though my body wasn't feeling it early on I had one reason to get up for practice for sure... I had my new knife training rig to bring today!  The last 2-3 weeks rain has threatened to come down upon us on a San Diego Sunday, this week after a few days of cool brisk Fall weather, today we were greeted with an Indian Summer type of day, for us San Diegans we are used to this, virtually every day seems like an Indian Summer, but spoiled as we are when those days leave us and we experience normal weather we cry.... but not today and this kicked off another great day of practice with an added surprise bonus for the San Diego Crew.  While we had some of our regulars out today, we had a new participant - Mike Gomez, welcome and thank you for joining us!  Mike is a long time practitioner, Guru, and even "professor" of martial arts, not only has Mike practiced the combat side of the art, but also the healing side and for this it was a special session to have him with us.  Our Sunday practice emphasized the basic Level Curriculum as we wanted to further review what we may face and be expected to demonstrate for our Level 1 Test Out with Manong Rich.  It's funny how time flies, today what seemed like only a couple hours, we ended being out there for almost 4, a definite good day!

L to R:  Erwin, Tony, Wendell, Jason, Ed, Mike, Bernard, Jeremy
Kneeling:  Glenda, Josh, Paolo

Although we had a good session of practive, the special treat we had today was to see some of the healing art of FMA, Mike was willing to show us some "Filipino Hilot", from what I can try to describe it's a Filipino form of Reiki/Chinese/chiroporactic style massage, one of our own - Ed, volunteered eagerly for a demonstration from Mike on his healing technique.  In Ed's case he was stiff from Thanksgiving Day's Flag Football session with the family and was stiff from a sore back.  Mike proceeded to work with Ed as you will see in some of this week's pictures that with various pulls, stretches of the limbs, joints, muscles, and a combination of accu-pressure style technique, the mysteries of how our body and mind can work itself to help heal can open doors to relief.  This was great to see this demonstration as it surely looked relieving and comforting what Mike was doing for Ed's aching back! All this was a reminder that there is a balance to what we do, while we have the combative side of our art and system, we should also be mindful of the healing side, after today this is a most healthful reminder for ourselves.  Once again, thank you "professor" Mike Gomez, we hope to see you become a regular to our San Diego Crew, to all others who were at group Practice today, thank you for your continued dedication and hard work!

Maraming Salamat,

Erwin G.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Trainers and Live Blades, It's a Start....

So I find it a little ironic since I began training FCS Kali that I now play with knives, for the longest time personally sharp objects have always been a phobia for me.   I guess there's no better way to overcome a phobia than to jump right there in with it!.   So here's my rig I've begun to put together along with some live blades I've started collecting... oh boy... is this gonna get expensive...?  ;)

Pictured are training blades from Keen Edge Knives:  2 - Pukulan Trainers, 2 - P3+1 Tactical Training Knives, P6 - "the Shrike" 7inch trainer;  Cold Steel FGX Karambit (live - fiberglass reinforced plastic); Smith and Wesson Karambit folder (live); Ray Dionaldo's Karambit Trainer

Erwin G.


Monday, November 21, 2011

FCS Kali West Coast - Group Practice and Extended Training 11-20-2011

From L to R: Erwin, Dan, Marlon, Bernard, Angelo, Glenda, Jr., Ed, Mng. Rich, Wendall, Karen, Paolo, Jim, John,  Jeremy

I love Sunday Group practice, but even more when Manong Rich comes down.  It was a very good day of group practice, first off we had 2 new participants show up and even participate in the extended training.   FCS Kali West Coast welcomes Wendall and John!!  Awesome to have you guys come out and we look forward to you both becoming regular members.  Secondly, we are appreciative for those who were able to attend the extended training, this was a good showing for our San Diego Crew to be there and spending the extra time with Mng. Rich., it was also great to meet two other students Rich brought down, Karen and Jim, and so the FCS  Kali West Coast Family grows!

Once again as has been the norm the last three Sundays, rain threatened to wash out our group practice, but it was gonna continue come rain or shine, especially if Rich is taking his time to come down and visit us!  I do believe Mng. Rich was happy to see how the San Diego FCS club is forming up and got a good feel as to where we are at, so much so he is already planning on possibly testing out some of us for Level 1 - oh boy!  His reputation precedes him, we hear Rich is notorious for grueling test outs, and who knows what lays in store for us.    In preparation for an upcoming test out at Level 1, Mng. Rich reviewed what he expects from us with his Level 1 test out which covers the Level 1 Curriculum, after this Rich generously helped break down parts of the drills we have been covering, such review and insight is great edification.  So great thank you to Rich for coming down and we look forward to his visits, (well maybe not too much on the test out). LOL!   A thank you to the San Diego group for the continued support and dedication.

Maraming Salamat,

Erwin G.


Monday, November 14, 2011

FCS Kali Club of San Diego - Group Practice - November 13th, 2011

Yesterday was another beautiful San Diego morning for Group Practice at our "Luneta", and for the 9 of us who were there it was a good practice.  We covered more of the same from last week, however did more drills. 6 count Siniwali and 6 count Sumbrada was practiced in line formation while switching partners every few minutes.  We also covered FCS form up to 22 count and ended GP with a little knife flow drill.  We're getting better slowly but surely,  practice, practice, practice.  For those at GP last Sunday, as always thank you for being there and showing your support of FCS!

Maraming Salamat

Erwin G.

L to R:  Bernard, Jeremy, Paolo, Ed, Glenda, Angelo, Josh, Daniel, Erwin


Friday, November 11, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Bow to Great GrandMaster Ming Lum

  • For every student of martial arts there is always a teacher or master that has influenced them so greatly that they are revered, the world is a little less brighter in the martial arts when a true grand master has left us, but their inspiration and influence they left behind lays rooted within their students through the skills and traditions they have passed on.  We pay tribute and bow to one of the true great grandmasters and ambassadors of the martial arts....

    Great GrandMaster Ming Lum 1926-2011

    "Great Grandmaster Ming Lum was born in Chung San, Canton, China but grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. He's known as Gung Fu's Godfather to two generations. Grandmaster Ming Lum started his martial arts training while in grade school at the Chungsan Language School in Honolulu where he trained Fut Gar (Buddha Family) with Grandmaster Lam Dai Young, one of three of the best at that time. He also trained Jujitsu with Grandmaster Henry Okazaki and Judo with Kenny Kawatachi during 1940-1941 just before WWII broke out. In 1955 he moved to San Francisco, California. In 1957, Grandmaster Lum began to study with Choy Li Fut Grandmaster Lau Bun. In the 1960's he was the first to introduce the Shaw Bros. Gung Fu Film's in San Francisco area. He was first to bring Chinese stylist to enter karate tournaments and has opened the doors for a non-Chinese to learn Gung Fu in San Francisco."

    "Grandmaster Ming Lum has numerous of recognition awards and has also been inducted in the 1992 AMAPA Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Hawaii Kenpo Jujitsu Society Hall of Fame in 1999. "

    "He is truly a man of his words and deeds. Highly respected around the world among laypersons and martial artists alike. In addition to his many duties, community responsibilities he also serves as one of the first senior advisors of the Hawaii Kenpo Jujitsu Society since it's founding in 1995."

    "Great Grandmaster Ming Lum has been council, advisor and public relations extraordinaire to virtually every martial arts promoter and tournament promoter in California. His renown is as such that he forms the cultural goodwill bridge between Asia and the United States. Primarily because he is knowledgeable of virtually every style of martial art taught in China and his acquaintance with all of the Great Grandmasters of both continents."

    "Great Grandmaster Ming Lum has been responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of success stories in the martial arts. Working closely with the San Francisco Chinatown community and the City of San Francisco to bring each closer to the needs and understandings of these contrasting cultures."

    "My elder, my friend, You will be missed but we shall share stories of you forever" - Rich Verdejo

    Biography Source:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Notes on 6 Count Sumbrada

For our members who were brain scrambled between their left and right during Group Practice, here are notes on the 6 Count Sumbrada that will hopefully help.

6 Count Sumbrada
  1. Sak Sak (strike)
  2. High Wing (block)
  3. Low back hand (strike)
  4. Shield (block)
  5. Redondo (strike)
  6. Low defense (block)
Remember, you are alternating strikes and blocks, if you initiate the feed (Sak Sak), then the receiver starts with a block (Shield).  Another way to look at it is, Feeder starts #1 Sak Sak, and the receiver starts #4 Shield block.  Start in the largo range, but once you go into the medio range you need to start checking.
Four Count with Entry:
Righ Hand (High)
  1. Entrance on #3 strike
  2. Feeder check (C-cup), punyo strike; Receiver check punyo
  3. Feeder throw hand high, check receivers check; Receiver punyo strike
  4. Feeder block punyo, sweep; receiver remove sweep (palm up)
  5. Feeder low strike, receiver low block
  6. Continue flow
Left Hand (most movement with the right hand)
  1. Entrance on #3 strike
  2. Feeder move in punyo strike; Receiver check punyo, then punyo strike
  3. Feeder slap block, then back knuckle to face; Receiver check back knuckle, then Punyo strike
  4. Feeder right hand block and sweep down; Receiver pluck hand off
  5. Feeder low strike, receiver low block
  6. Continue flow

Source:  from the notes of Bernard Herrera


Sunday, November 6, 2011

FCS Kali Training: Father & Son Hubad Flow Drill

I hope fellow FCS Kali brethren Simeon Lao doesn't mind me posting this here, but he should be proud.... stuff like this inspires me and I hope it does to others...  I love the work and even more so because it's father & son quality time, great job!

Erwin G.


FCS Kali Club of San Diego - Group Practice - November 6th, 2011

     This morning there was a threat of rain to dampen things for Sunday Group Practice, however come rain or what be, we were going to meet!  If need be, a couple of us were ready to practice in the rain (albeit cold rain would have not been fun), LOL!  Fall has arrived at our "Luneta" (Heritage) Park and we were greeted with cloudy skies and a brisk cool morning which helped us open warm ups with a quick 5 lap run around the basketball courts, mixing it up with varied laps of regular run, zig zags, reverse, and laterals.  Practice was more or less the same as least week, although no knife tapping today.   Picking up from 6 count siniwali, we tried our hand at 6 count sambrada and working our way to a flow drill based on this.   

     How are we doing...? Two months in and with a steady count of at least 10 participants on average, we are overall still learning to crawl, but every week we strive towards that expected level. We'll get there as we get more familiar and comfortable with the skills. While we develop the physical aspects of the art we are inspired to learn, personally I enjoy the camaraderie developing , like any other group organization a bond and unity is formed and develops and this to is coming into fruition for our small club.  While today was another good day of practice and great to see our regulars,  I end today's blog with a quote to inspire....

"If you want to go into the martial arts
don't do it unless you want to become 
better than the others.
You must practice, practice, practice.
                                  - A.P. MARI√ĎAS

Left to Right:  Erwin, Daniel, Angelo, Glenda, Josh, Ed, Jeremy, Bernie
Missing in Pic: Marlon, Marlon Jr., and Issac

Maraming Salamat,
Erwin G.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Training in the style of FCS Kali Cali - Blogging thoughts from Manong Rich Verdejo

    Since I worked it til I wanted to throw up the night before, I was itching to kill my group the next night. Gave the group another taste of the old "Garage Workout" All we were missing are my truck tires :( 
    We started off with 3-5min rounds on the heavy bag. Each round progressing in speed and power. We should be killing that banana bag on the 3rd round! Once our loosened up and the blood flowing came the exercises..the fun stuff..the killer stuff to some. Using the female open triangle, we burned our legs as we did 130 repetitions at 4 different levels. That's 520 total! 

    Next up is to incorporate the upper body simply by doin a push-up and a small hop up to a squat position. They did about 100 of those, ahhh good times so far! 
Getting a little soft-hearted, I decided to give them a small break on the 3rd torture. Had them do a double shoot (imagine a wrestler shooting for a take down) So it was shoot in, stand up, shoot in again! Now instead of the usual 3 sets of 30, I only had them do 15! That's right 15 reps! And they were dying half way through by this time..tsk-tsk!
Seeing that they're really really tired now, I said "ok, go ahead and lay down" Suckersss! now lets pump out 3 sets of 10 Up-kicks! (image laying on the floor raising your pelvis so you're able to kick opponent's face) but don't let your feet touch back to the floor :)  Almost done with the WARM-UPs folks :) Now lift your pelvis off the floor till you're on your shoulder blades and pump both legs up only using your lower abs, again without dropping your legs to the floor. 3 sets of 30.
   OK, now for some training. Learning how to Bob-n-Weave in a stick match can be beneficial. For one, it's highly unexpected and can keep you in the range you want to be in. The drill goes as your partner swings at your head, you duck/bob and then block the return swing by using your walls. Try using a bat/pipe or war-club cause it really forces you to do it properly..haha! It's also, a good way to burn those thighs. It's always good to hear.."I think I'm gonna throw up." That means I did my job.

Manong RV


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Got Sticks...?

For those in need of sticks,  practice eskrima sticks will be available for purchase.

1 pair (2 sticks) for $10.00 dollars.

See Bernard at this Sunday's Group Practice....

Any questions or if you would like to place an order email at:

Maraming Salamat,
Erwin G.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday Practice - 10-30-2011

It was great to be back in the Park  for our weekly FCS Club of San Diego Group Practice, I believe not only for myself, but as well for those who showed up after last week's cancelled session that we were all eager to get back to practice and honestly I missed being at the Park sweating it with our Crew!  By popular request and demand we are now starting the group practices at 8:00am .  I like it, it's a little cooler ( not that San Diego has bad weather to begin with), but I'm up early anyways and I'm rearing to go!  So we started things off a little differently and a little more intensely, our warm up included running a couple laps around the basketball court, the idea being:  1) It'll warm us up, 2) an exercise in footwork and agility as we also did part of those laps, laterally and ran backwards, and  3) I can use the exercise!  LOL!  Yesterday's practice we covered the usual basics of footwork, strikes, and walls, for the beginners and newcomers, but we quickly went through this part as we also wanted to cover ground with some drills to improve coordination and speed, and also to more excitingly practice double baston siniwali for the newbies. When you're having fun and loving what you do, 2 hours goes by very quickly, for those who could stay a little longer, we also did some knife tapping practice.   

While we didn't have the high count of the last group practice which was a total of 15 participants, we did have a showing of two new faces, Marlon and 13 year old John, a big Welcome to both and we're glad to have you in!  Thank you All to those who participate and are becoming regulars to FCS Kali Club of San Diego, we like seeing the dedication and your support, and truly appreciate the time and effort you have made to be out there with us, we are building the foundation, and one day the regulars who stick with us can say you were part of the Founding members crew in San Diego. One last note, practice what we have covered, we want to show Manong Rich Verdejo how far we have come by the time he comes back down, the further along we have developed, the more he can present to us!

                                          Back Row: Marlon, Daniel, Erwin, Bernard, Ed, Jeremy
                                          Front Row: Angelo, John, Josh, Paolo
                                          Missing in this Pic:  Sergio and Glenda


Maraming Salamat,

Erwin G.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

More FCS Gathering Sampling....

Listen to the words, this elaborates on the FCS Family and Legacy...



Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Sample of FCS Gathering & Camp

For those wondering what an FCS Gathering might look like, 
here is Tuhon Ray Dionaldo in action...


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FCS Gathering Information - Winter 2012

Tuhon Ray Dionaldo has just posted the dates for the Winter 2012 FCS Gathering

The Filipino Combat Systems' (FCS) Family Gatherings give instructors and students from all over the world an opportunity to get together and get acquainted with the latest developments and innovations in the art. FCS is a system in constant evolution, making these events a learning experience not to be missed.

* Open to all styles and ranks.
*Florida's Premier FMA Event.
* Advanced training in The Filipino Martial Arts.
*Special training in close quarters stick fighting, knife fighting concepts, Sarong, Kerambit, and much more.
* Keep up with the latest developments.
*Special demonstrations by guest masters.
* Meet members of the FCS family from around the world.
* Training blades, sticks, T-shirts, sweat-shirts, books, videos, etc., available for sale at the event.
*Certificates to be awarded to new instructors.

What to bring:
Sticks, Training Blades (knives and swords), Training Kerambits, Sarongs
( We will have gear for sale at the event.)

The Next FCS Family Gathering will be Held:

January 9-12, 2012

FCS Headquarters
1910 Barton Park Road
Suite 1001
Auburndale, FL 33823
Gate Code: 1020#

Fri 6:00pm - 9:00pm FCS Instructors & Members Only Nite

Sat 1:00pm - 5:00pm (or whenever) Seminar

Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm (or whenever) Seminar

Cost: $120.00 Sat & Sun /  $70.00 one day 

What to bring: training blades, sticks, training swords, and sarongs
( Available for sale at the event.)

For More Information Contact:
 Ray Dionaldo:

Days Inn Winter haven
1150 3rd St SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880
Budget Inn Winter Haven
401 6th Street Northwest
Winter Haven, FL 33881
(863) 294-4191

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