In this post, I list the five steps to success in Modern Arnis. 

If you want to do well in this art, you need to do the following:

1. Basics.

With solid basics, all your techniques will be strong. With weak basics, you will possess poor techniques. Simple as that. If you have time for solo workouts, focus on basics such as the 12 angles of attack, the traditionals, and your anyos.

Basics, basics, basics.

2. Constant movement.

Whether it’s one step footwork or two step footwork or driving your opponent backward, you should always be moving. The more you move, the less likely you will be hit and the more likely you will hit your opponent! Professor always emphasized movement, both offensive and defensive. So, move!

Moving like a madman.

3. Relax.

As Bruce Lee once said, “Be water, my friend.” Nothing significant happens while being stiff like an oak tree. Be like bamboo and bend with the wind. Relaxing has a magical effect on the mind in that you see more possibilities than if you are in the opposite state.

4. Intent.

In a remarkable video last week, Master Chuck Gauss discussed the importance of intent. Never forget to bring intention behind each technique! No intent = no success!

Hit, hit, hit!

5. You must practice!

What Professor said all the time. The more you practice, the more ingrained the movements will become. Practice with form, function, intent and relaxation. Train on your own. Practice with a friend. Above all, practice!


Obviously, there are more ways to succeed but these are what I impart to my students at Bamboo Spirit Martial Arts!

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One thought on “5 Steps to Success in Modern Arnis

  • September 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    “It’s all de same,” LOL – just substitute some vocabulary words for others, and you have an article about Karate 🙂


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