Sunday, March 19, 2017


[rōˈbəst, ˈrōˌbəst]
  1. strong and healthy; vigorous: 
    synonyms: strong · vigorous · sturdy · tough · powerful · solid · 

    (of an object) sturdy in construction: 

    synonyms: durable · resilient · tough · hardwearing · 

    (of a process, system, organization, etc.) able to withstand or overcome adverse conditions
    1. So this relates to a number of previous posts. Considering how there are no guarantees that some technique, tactic, or strategy will work at a given moment, acknowledging the intrinsic complexity of a fight, it's less a question of whether something "works" or "doesn't work," and more a question of odds of working or not, and how robust a thing is in general. A prime example would be our (i.e. "my") view regarding the high corner block and strike ("biu sao da") versus the modified high cover and strike as a defense to the high hook ( the wrist is braced just behind the head, with the elbow slightly out, no more than 45 degrees, and between eye and nose level, with the shoulder hunched up, while moving slightly in towards the opponent while the free hand is finger jabbing the eyes or throat). The thinking behind this is that you form a very strong structure that that dissolves the force of a hook because you are not giving a surface to bite into like the “telephone” cover, standard in boxing. You can do it almost too late and be safe whereas the corner block has to be executed a bit earlier in the opponent's strike and therefore has a higher failure rate, especially against tight hooks which it is not particularly designed for. So as part of our thinking about various responses, we should always ask "How well does this technique/tactic stand up in the real world?" Also, the more movements required to accomplish something is directly related to how likely things will go sideways, which is why joint locking, for example, is not considered a base skill to me (other than the finger grab, which may easily be found in a standard combative mess. Food for thought...

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.