First Journey to Ancestral Homeland for Two Filipino American Eskrimadors

This article is from 2008 but is still newsworthy and worth sharing today.

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First Journey to Ancestral Homeland for Two Filipino American Eskrimadors

Invited to Participate in WEKAF’s Tenth Championship in Cebu, Philippines July 22-25

July 11, 2008

HONOLULU—(U.S. ASIAN WIRE)— The World Eskrima-Kali-Arnis Federation World Championships to be held in the Philippines on July 22-25, 2008, promise to be noteworthy for several reasons. One is that the contest marks the tenth anniversary celebrating this indigenous Filipino martial art on a global scale. Another is that it marks a homecoming for two of its long-time practitioners: Jimmy Robles and Joe “the Volcano” Behic. Both are of Filipino descent traveling to their ancestral homeland for the very first time.

Robles, an Eskrima instructor and master, was invited to attend the world tournament in Cebu. Together with Behic, also a master in the Filipino fighting art, the two developed their own style of Eskrima which they’ve named Sayaw Ng Mandirigma, or “Dancing with the Warriors” in Tagalog.

Practitioners of Eskrima are noted for their ability to fight with sticks and knives or empty hands interchangeably. Secrecy has been a large part of this art and teaching it outside of the Filipino community was considered taboo until the 1960s when Eskrima was first brought over to the U.S. by Grandmaster Angel Cabales. The first recorded military use of Eskrima was against the Spanish conquistadors arriving on the island of Cebu in 1521. Native weapons and techniques were responsible for the demise of Ferdinand Magellan, and fighting systems were further revised and practiced in secrecy.

Jimmy Robles and Joe “the Volcano” Behic will go to Cebu, from whence their families and their passion for Eskrima originated. Robles anticipated their emotional journey during a June 30 interview on The Morning Show, KPFA 94.1, expressing, “Our hearts are open.” The interview, conducted by Jimmy’s son Tony Robles, co-editor of Poor Magazine, can be heard online at

Kali sticks integral to the art and practice of Eskrima are handcrafted by Jimmy Robles, and can be purchased by calling 808-383-0531.

For more information about the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation Championship July 22-28 in Cebu, Philippines visit the website at

Attention Editors and Newsrooms: To schedule an interview with Jimmy Robles and Joe Behic prior to their departure for the Philippines on July 16th please contact Jimmy Robles 808-383-0531.

Saturday sessions at the park.

The following is a clip of the DBMA Hawaii Clan under the leadership of Mike “DogZilla” Tibbits, the footage was from approximately 2 years ago and it was the first day of sparring for a couple of new members of the group.  The sparring is a typical sparring session live sticks are used when Guro Tibbits decides it is time test out everything that has been learned and the goal is to have live stick fighter with fighters around the islands a few times a year.

Enjoy the clip.

Heavy Hitters – The Impact Tools of Kelly Worden By Michael Benjamin

Kelly S. Worden demonstrating the Travel Wrench
Kelly S. Worden demonstrating the Travel Wrench


As the Grandmaster of the Worden Defense System combat system and the Founder of Natural Spirit International, Kelly S. Worden is perhaps most renowned for his mastery in close-quarters-combat (CQC), and in particular, edged weaponry.

He’s the creator of some of the most successful self-defense and knife instruction videos on the market and has designed several widely produced blades, including the Wortac folder, the Scorpion kerambit, the Special Forces’ machete, and the Presas Legacy knife.  In short, the name Kelly Worden is synonymous with CQC in today’s martial arts, cutlery, and military communities.

What may surprise those not familiar with Kelly Worden’s martial versatility is the fact that he is as proficient in impact weapons as he is the blade.  As equally at home with an olisi or baraw, he is also the founder of Modern Arnis’ long-staff system, sanctioned by Professor Presas as the sibat.  Most importantly to this examination, Kelly Worden is the designer of two unique impact tools that provide the vigilant citizen a fist-full of self-defensive power.  These tools are the classic Travel Wrench and the just newly released Saf-T-Wrench.  Both are constructed of high-density, nearly indestructible plastic that proves light for carry yet hard on impact.  While each possesses its own unique geometry and ergonomic design, both can be utilized in similar ways using empty-handed techniques or knife patterns from the Worden Defense System curriculum.


The Travel Wrench’s design can be traced to Worden’s world-class expertise in Filipino martial arts.  Its L-shaped frame is directly influenced by the indigenous Filipino knife, the kerambit.  Configured with a ring at the top of the handle for placement of the index finger, the Travel Wrench’s ergonomics allow for absolute weapon retention even if one’s grip opens.  From its ring itextends into the handle and then turns ninety degrees forming a bar-shaped surface positioned at the bottom of the fist.  It iswith this bar that punishing hammer-fist styles of blocks and strikes can be inflicted.  The end of this bar terminates in a protrusion extending beyond the fist allowing for pin-point thrusts against the eyes, throat, or other vital points.  Lastly, the finger ring is also a striking surface when a top-fist or phoenix-eye type of blow is utilized.

The new Saf-T-Wrench is an equally unique formulation.  Profiled like a little battle-ax, the shape creates placement for its half-moon striking surface between the ram’s head (first two knuckles) of the fist.  Like its predecessor, this weapon’s shape allows for enhanced retention as it is secured between the pinch of the fingers even if the fist’s clench is loosened.  In contrast however, instead of a bar-shaped striking surface, the Saf-T-Wrench possesses a tapered point at the bottom of the fist and a rounded nub at the top.  Like its brother, it can be used for severe fore-fist, hammer-fist, and top-fist striking.

Due to the geometry of these weapons they are capable of inflicting a greater amount of damage than a comparable empty-handed strike.  This is due to the fact that the power generated with the impact tool is delivered into a more pin-pointed target. To use an Okinawan term, they generate more kimei; that is, more force and focus into a smaller target area and thus greater damage.

Another advantage in using these weapons is that one does not risk the potential injury that can be incurred when the bare-hand is slammed into a target.  In the chaos intrinsic to any street situation, any fighter, no matter how skilled, runs the risk of striking at and missing an intended target.  In so doing, catching hard skull or other bone by mistake could prove injurious.  If such a miss occurs with the Travel or Saf-T Wrench the foe still gets the brunt of the punishment instead of your hand! Likewise, for the defense-minded citizen who has not had the training necessary to properly condition the hands for striking, the wrenches generate a harder, more penetrating blow than would be caused without them.

To read more please visit Worden’s Defense System’s website.

JKDU: Burton Richardson's method for Goal Achievement.

It’s that time of the year again where we all make resolutions and promise to do our best to uphold the promises we make to ourselves and others.  Guro Burton Richardson shares his methods Goal Achievement so that others may achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

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New Type Of Goal Setting – Set Habitual Goals, not just destination goals.  Set goals to develop certain habits.  Good habits will take you to your goals with ease.


1- Martial Arts

2- Life (Work, relationships, fitness, diet, etc.)

MODEL – Think of or research someone who has achieved the goal you seek and find out what they did to become successful.  This will serve as a blueprint for your plan.  Write down the person you wish to emulate, along with his or her methods for goal achievement.

PLAN – What steps must you take to reach your goal? What steps did your role model take? What kind of study or preparation do you need to engage in? Write them down and make a roadmap that will take you to your goals.

HABITS – Now that you know what must be done to reach the goal, determine what habits you need to develop in order to reach your goal.  Successful people have developed habits that they use to continue down the road of success. You will first need conscious will power to perform these new actions, but with practice these new actions will turn in to habits that run automatically. This way, you will stay on the path without relying upon willpower to guide you.

CYCLICAL GOALS – Often, your goals may seem very, very far away. Instead of looking so far in the future, determine what your habitual goals must be for each week.  These can be checked at the end of each week, and then you can make adjustments in order to reach those goals each week.  For example, your goal may be to come to class twice per week, and to practice at home two more times per week.  If you are having trouble with the home training, you may adjust the time of your workout, get a partner to train with, change the location to a local gym, etc.  Do what you must to reach those cyclical goals.  Having the weekly habitual goal will allow you to assess your progress often, and make adjustments quickly. And, if you stray back into old bad habits, you will get to make a fresh start with the new week.

DEADLINE– Set a deadline for achieving your goal. Sports teams don’t just keep playing round-robin year in and year out. They have a season where they are focused on reaching a goal (a championship) in a certain amount of time. Do the same by setting a season for the accomplishment of your goal, then work towards it every day.

MOTIVATION – The word “motivation” is related to the word “motive” which means “reason”. If you want to feel motivated to create new habits, you must first have a very good reason for reaching that goal. Determine what you will get when you achieve your goal, and what you will lose if you don’t.

POSITIVE SELF TALK – Most people have negative phrases that run in their heads all day long which kill motivation and stifle our dreams.  We often don’t even notice that they are there because they have been running for so long. It is imperative to re-program your self-talk, because negative self-talk will lead to discouragement, which leads to quitting. Only you can say, “I quit”, and you will never get there if you can remain in a state opposite of discouraged- “couraged”!
First, check your mind to see what it is saying to you that holds you back from reaching your goals.  Phrases like “I will never be able to do it”, or “I am a failure”, “I’m not good enough” were placed in your head by others a long time ago. But you can reprogram yourself. When you notice those old negative phrases popping up in your head, state your new positive phrase and overwrite the old programming.  Each time you hear that voice, say “no”! Then give yourself some positive self-talk, such as, “I am doing it!”, “I am succeeding!”, or “I am more than good enough!”  Write these down and say them often.

MAKE IT FUN! – The more fun the steps to achieving your goals are, the easier it will be to put in the necessary effort. Don’t go extra hard at first. Whether your goal is to run a marathon, get stronger, write a book, or pass a JKDU test, use the concept of Progressive Resistance to ease yourself into it. Keep it fun, and you will look forward to each leg of the hike.

So, set your goals, model someone who has already achieved what you wish to achieve, make a plan, determine what habits you need in order to do what your role model has done, set those cyclical goals, give yourself a deadline, and remind yourself of your reason to achieve your goals to maintain motivation, and keep it fun. Your goal is within reach!
Burton Richardson

Filipino Martial Arts in the United States By: Marc Lawrence

Filipino Martial Arts in the United States

By: Marc Lawrence

This article was put together originally as a way to share with my sons a way they could be proud of their Filipino-American Heritage. I am sharing this article based upon facts, written and oral history that I have been collecting on this subject for many years. There will be some that wish to dispute facts with me. Being a historian by hobby I am always willing to verbally debate this. I am also a Historic re-actor for US history and belong to the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society Lt. Nilinger Chapter, so I take great pride in sharing History with all of you. So enjoy this article and be willing to dig deep in the History of Filipino Martial Arts. Filipino martial arts as we call it today do not just show up in the Americas in the last 50 years but it has been here with the Filipinos that came here since the Spanish occupied United States. Originally the Manongs (older brothers) came here first were not called Filipinos but were called Manila men or Luzon Indios. As the people were under the Spanish Crown the men were pressed into military service. The first Filipinos came to California on October 19, 1587. This also was the first time Filipinos used their fighting art to defend themselves. One of them died while defending the others using sword and shield. (ref.1)

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