27th Black Belt Anniversary

27th Black Belt Anniversary

I’ve been practicing Filipino martial arts for over 30 years. When I walked in to my first Arnis lesson I had no clue what journey I began. Last weekend I taught at the Balintawak Legacy Gathering and this weekend I’ve visited White Tiger Taekwondo in North Carolina,...
Defence Lab US Conference

Defence Lab US Conference

Last summer while teaching in Italy I got to meet a man named Andy Norman. He ran this organization called Defence Lab. I didn’t know much about him other than he had choreographed some of the fight scenes from Batman Begins.  After talking and working with him...
New Black Belts in the house!

New Black Belts in the house!

This past weekend (May 8th & 9th) I had six of my students test for their junior Black Belts. They have been with me for years. I’ve seen them all grow and mature. In addition to becoming good martial artists I’ve seen them even better people! I’m proud of them...
My 1st trip to the Philippines

My 1st trip to the Philippines

8 years ago today I traveled to the Philippines for the first time. This was to visit the birthplace of Modern Arnis and the Presas Family. During this visit, the late GGM Ernesto A Presas promoted me to a 9th degree Grand Master in the Presas Family system of Arnis....
Kuntaw and Sikaran Test!

Kuntaw and Sikaran Test!

So… three years ago I started training in Kuntaw and Sikaran under Kyud Marc De Leon in the metro Toronto area. I’ve been making 4 hour round trips to further my education. Last night, I tested for my belts in Kuntaw and Sikaran. This was the most grueling test of my...
2015 Trip to Chile!

2015 Trip to Chile!

About a year ago, I had the pleasure of taking Presas Arnis (Modern Arnis & Kombatan) to Caracas, Venezuela. At the conclusion of the event, the president of the VKKS (Kenpo Master Francisco Vigoroux) asked if I would be interested in teaching in Chile. Of course...
Success Trains, Failure Complains.

Success Trains, Failure Complains.

I started my martial arts journey in 1980 during my sophomore year in high school. During that time like most martial artists, I have sustained a bunch of bumps and bruises. These last three years, I’ve been dealing with a knee injury and a chronic heel spur...