Category Archives: Martial Arts

Video: More Kali Sparring!

Here’s a few more clips of my buddies and I engaging in some Kali sparring at the park recently.

Here’s Travis and Gary doing some stick sparring, both right and left handed:

And here’s Gary and I doing some Daga y Espada (stick and knife) sparring:

Hope you enjoy!


Video: Kickboxing Footwork

Some valuable tips on kickboxing footwork from my friend and training partner Travis Ewing.

Video: Sparring in the Park!

I’m far from the most tech-savvy guy in the room, so I’ve been slow in recording and posting my own videos. No more! It’s a short and admittedly amateurish bit of footage of me and a friend of mine engaging in some Kali stick sparring over the weekend. Enjoy!

Bruce Lee’s Top 7 Fundamentals for Getting Your Life in Shape

There’s a great post on The Positivity Blog entitled Bruce Lee’s Top 7 Fundamentals for Getting Your Life in Shape.  Here’s the list in a nutshell:

1. What are you really thinking about today?
“As you think, so shall you become.”

2. Simplify.
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

3. Learn about yourself in interactions.
“To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”

4. Do not divide.
“Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.”

5. Avoid a dependency on validation from others.
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”

6. Be proactive.
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

7. Be you.
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

As a Jeet Kun Do instructor, I of course love this. The above is just a highlight. I highly recommend reading the full post.

Fit Monkey Thought(s) of the Day, 8.11.11

I find this on Sincere Hogan‘s great blog. These are some powerful thoughts from Great Grand Master Carlos Gracie, Sr., a legend in the world of martial arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As Sincere wrote, “I think everyone should print this out, post it where you will see it often, throughout the day/night, and practice each and every one of these life gems.” Here they are:

12 Teachings of the Great Grand Master Carlos Gracie, Sr.

1. Be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind.

2. Talk to all people about happiness, health, and prosperity.

3. Give to all your friends the feeling of being valued.

4. Look at things by the enlightened point of view and update your optimism on reality.

5. Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.

6. Be as just and enthusiastic about others victories as you are with yours.

7. Forget about past mistakes and focus your energy on the victories of tomorrow.

8. Always make those around you happy and keep a smile to all people who talk to you.

9. Apply the largest amount of your time on self-improvement and no time in criticizing others.

10. Be big enough so you can feel unsatisfied, be noble enough so you can feel anger, be strong enough so you can feel fear, and be happy enough so you can feel frustrations.

11. Hold a good opinion about your self and communicate that to the world, but not through dissonant words but through good works.

12. Believe strongly that the world is on your side, as long as you stay loyal to the best of yourself.

By: Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu

Monday Training, 7.25.11

Trained with my friend Travis Ewing today. We’re entering a new phase of really trying to focus on fight-ready conditioning.

We did a light warm-up of Hindu Push-Ups and Squats, 15/15 for 5-min. As an even more intense warm-up, we followed with some Burpee/Boxing Intervals. (Click here to learn about this routine.) Usually people shadow-box the boxing portion of these intervals, but we decided to make things more challenging by putting on heavy gloves and hitting focus mitts. We did this for 5-min each.

Next up, some Chins on the Jungle Gym. I did about 4 sets of 6.

For our kettlebell work, we did this routine from Kettlebell Basics : 3 One Arm Swings, 3 One Arm Squat to Overhead Presses, and 3 One Arm Snatches, all continuously and on the same side, repeated 10 times on each side. Travis finished his circuit in about 9-min, 12-sec; I finished mine in about 10-min, 20-sec. In my defense, I was squatting quite a bit lower, which made things much harder. Or maybe Travis is just tougher than I am!

A Martial Artist Who Hates Violence

I don’t like violence. Yet I train in pretty violent martial arts. Is this contradictory?

To my mind, it isn’t. Learning how to deal with and even commit violence does not mean one is personally violent or likes violence. We don’t expect someone who has trained in CPR to like heart attacks. Heart attacks, like violence, happen whether we want them to or not. It’s best to be prepared.

Also, while I dislike violence, I hate cruelty and evil even more. Have you ever been in a situation where someone was being victimized and you were unable to do anything about it? I was, as a child. A friend’s mother was giving me a ride home early one evening. We drove past a parking lot where I clearly saw an elderly woman being attacked by a gang of teenagers. I told my friend’s mom what I had seen and asked her to pullover and call the police. She refused, saying I didn’t really see what I thought I saw. That happened over 30 years ago, but I still remember it vividly.

I don’t have a hero complex. I hope I’m never in a situation where someone is being assaulted and is in need of help. But if I am, I don’t want to be helpless and unable to do the right thing. Hence, my martial arts training. Similarly, I value my own life, and have no intention of letting someone take it away from me or causing me injury.

I respect and honor life. That is why I’m a vegetarian. It’s also why I’m a martial artist. In a way, I practice hurting people because I cannot stand seeing people get hurt.