Friday, January 27, 2017

Street-Tweaked Boxing Available as MPEG4 DVD

Hi Folks,

My Street-Tweaked Boxing is now available as MPEG4 DVD. I'm going to discontinue availability as VHS ("What's that?" say the millennials). Don't ask why it took so long... It will play on a computer, but not a standard DVD player.
If you would like to purchase this show, just use the button below.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Where It Happens

The equipment corner of the studio I've been at since the Fall of 2013.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cynical But True

Seems that the more "traditional" a martial art is and the more extensive the curriculum, the more it doesn't deal directly with core issues in a useful way. So my cynical, but I think true, thought is that the reason so many people look forward to martial arts training and then quit after a short time is that they intuitively feel that what they are learning would be hard to ever apply.

Monday, May 4, 2015


Knife Seminar: Fine-Tuned Foundation and Advanced Deceptions. This is not a traditional curriculum, and will be a cross between Filipino and JKD principles. No “flow drills,” but drills focusing on timing and distance that can be done in real time against trained or untrained knife-wielding opponents. You will need hand protection and a padded knife (hard training knives won’t be appropriate for many of the drills). $40
May 23, 1-4pm, BPStudios, 618 B Moulton Ave LA Ca 90031. 
Questions? 213 625-0516

Thursday, October 2, 2014

DVD and Interview

The Fall 2014 issue of Martial Masters magazine is out on DVD and it contains and interview done with me by John Simons and a video demo, both done several years ago. The demo shows some empty hand work, but then for the first time I show some of my base knife and stick concepts which are not standard issue. For that matter, a central part of the demo is a critique of some common traditional FMA technique and curriculum. Check it out!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Palm Blast

Something taken from Wing Chun and used in JKD is a "Straight Blast," AKA Chain Punching, Battle Punch. Essentially, one strike is coming straight down your centerline to the opponent and as it withdraws in a slightly curving motion downward, the other punch is coming forward to replace it. Think of an uppercase "D" laying on its back. It may look cartoonish, but it can be very effective. In WC, it is often used to enter, but Bruce Lee found it could be too easily evaded as an entry and it came to to the following generations as a good follow-up.

In JKD and Wing Chun, hand conditioning is part of the training. Years ago when I noticed scarring on Dan Inosanto's fore knuckles I assumed that it was from conditioning that he did for Kali empty hands where he would use those knuckles to attack incoming limbs, but when I asked him about it, he told me "No, Bruce made me condition those knuckles for the chop chuie strike to the low ribs." Hard core. 

But many/most people do condition their hands, and in that case I think doing a straight blast with palms is a good alternative as you don't have to be as concerned about what surface you are hitting: if he starts to turn away, palm blasting the side or back of the head will still feel comfortable to and unconditioned hand.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


A while back I came across a review of my Filipino Kali Empty Hand DVD series that was from a few years ago. Now, I don't mind if people disagree with me, and I don't mind if people don't think I look like a tough guy, but what is annoying is when someone is critical without actually having listened to what I said. One of the things the reviewer in question said is that the knee shield destruction/defense against a low round kick I presented "... is a good way to get your knee broken." See "Drill Post #16: One More Destruction for details about this shield.

Anyhow, as many people have seen in the fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Wiedman, it works REALLY WELL (completely shattered Silva's shin in a most disgusting way) and Wiedman didn't even have his knee placed on Silva's instep but rather his shin AND Wiedman clearly suffered not at all for the crash.

Not that this incident would likely change the mind of the dimwit reviewer, after all, some people are absolutely devoted to their stupidity.