If you are not able to view the video of the Reverse Figure 8, click here. The Reverse Figure 8 is one of the traditional moves that the late Professor Remy Presas taught and is one of my favorite techniques.
If you are not able to see this redonda video, click here. Redonda is a circular whirlwind movement. Done at high speed, this looks like a downward “X” movement. Performed precisely by a skilled player, the redonda movement can look
If you are not able to view the video, please click here. Banda y Banda is Spanish for “side to side.” As can be seen from the video, this looks deceptively simple. I say “deceptively simple” because many miss out
If you are not able to see this video, click here. The umbrella block is often used against an overhead attack, otherwise known as angle #12 in Modern Arnis. While I covered the technical aspects of this technique in the
Recently, I came across this video on Facebook, and it stood out to me. Take 10 minutes of your time and watch the whole thing. Some saw it as a metaphor for death regarding confronting the fear of the unknown.
“Stealing the lead” is a term often discussed in the context of tapi tapi. “Stealing the lead” means that one player has reversed the momentum of the other player and is driving on the other. In other words, one player
What is ambidexterity? In Modern Arnis, it is the ability to perform techniques with either hand. Every student of mine strives to learn techniques, whether it be cane, knife, or stick with both the right and left hand. The late
A concept that I teach in class concerns spinal alignment. I often explain that a weak structure will be easy to exploit. By breaking an opponent’s structure or moving the spine out of alignment, we can gain the advantage. Thus, disrupting
One of the fundamental concepts taught in Modern Arnis is the obstruction removal. Removing the obstruction is both an offensive and defensive maneuver. Among the vital obstruction removal skills are the slap off/pull off, clearing, and lifting. As one might
When playing the Modern Arnis version of tapi tapi, one will encounter the concept of baiting. In short, baiting creates advantages for the driver. By baiting the defender, the driver places the defender in a disadvantageous position. For starters, a