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    Hand conditioning

    the best way to keep the skin from breaking is to practice with power more often. there is no short cut, but if you practice with power each time you train, soon they will go away. but not because the skin is tough, but because your grip got stronger. and each time you change to a different...
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    How do you "Spread the Word" about the FMAs?

    the three best things for growing a school is the website, the flyers and the reputation. the website has to have a web guy get it on the search engine, so your school pops up when people look for a school. a web guy is also good for helping you get the right message on the site. some school...
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    How Ugly is your FMA?

    its important for the martial arts teacher to educate his students from the beginning on his own philosophy. each teacher will have a different philosophy in the art, and you want to make sure your one matches up to what that student will like. one way is to build the reputation of your school...
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    greetings

    hello everyone i havent been on the message boards in a long time. just wanted to stop by and say hello. most of the forums are pretty slow these days! is it because everybody is practicing more now? :karate:
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    The End of FMAs?

    no, i dont think filipino arts going anywhere. many styles are not best for teaching to large groups, and arnis and eskrima is one of them. even in the philippines, where you still have some large groups, in schools, colleges, and a few arnis schools, most of the people who learn the FMA, learn...
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    Books on the FMA?

    umm... I HAVE A BOOK TOO! sorry for shouting but i am very happy and proud of it. its called "mustafa gatdula's how to build a dominant fighter in 12 months". its for $29 free shipping, and if you like to find out more you can look on my website to get some info. we are making a website just...
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    General FMA questions

    geezer, this is what i would say, but ap says it first. not all FMA styles use outside arts, except the ones that comes from establishe schools. these are the ones with a full curriculum, belts/rank, titles, stuff like that. most of the styles, though, are not that developed, they just have...
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    General FMA questions

    sorry i meant to say that meliton geronimo is not the ONLY founder of sikaran. i dont know that there was ever only one style of sikaran. but i remember that the sikaran schools i saw in the philippines did what they call "KATA". that tells you everytrhing.
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    General FMA questions

    hello i have a couple of things i want to answer, that i saw in the posts 1. kenpo and FMA have similiarities because they have similar history, that is connected. in the history of kenpo and hawaiian karate, the older masters had arnis/eskrima in thier arts. the people who learned besides...
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    success in an FMA school

    yes, but its not impossible. in every business world, you have some people who are very different from the rest of his community, and the ones who have a good plan to find customers (or students) will make it, the rest will disappear. i want to say something about a few of the "flyers" posts...
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    FMA for streetfighting

    MJS, i do not say in any of my post, that all FMA people fit in to any group i am talking about. i always say, of the people i seened. not everybody out there. but i been around long enough, that i can tell who can fight for real, just by knowing there background, how they talk and there...
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    FMA for streetfighting

    thank you! a style will have some things that will bleed over to everything you do. but many things will not, since each weapon is different. take a style that has a knife style in it an a chako style or a staff style. they are separate weapons, so there is many places where the uses of the two...
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    success in an FMA school

    thank you. learning how to do martial arts well is only one part of the plan for being successful. good skill attract the students and helps to keep them, but the other two parts of success is learning how to market the school, and learning how to teach. you have to have all three to make it...
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    success in an FMA school

    instead of being preachy im just going to give a few tips, but lets have a brainstorm, as my wife calls it. i know most of you dont have a school, but instead of talking about why youdont think its going to work, lets have ideas for how it can work. skill--the teacher must be good at what he...
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    full time FMA school?

    as a muslim, i am not interested in those cds, like tony robinson, and some motivational speaking. my wife listens to those, where the guy goes "you can do it! belive in yourself!" i believe that if you pray, make charity, treat people food, your honest, and believe in the creator, then you will...
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    full time FMA school?

    MJS, dont get mad, but i hear some insecurity in your posts. i am only giving advice, and not putting people down, except to say that most FMA people i met have poor skills. but if it makes you feel better MOST martial artists i seen have poor skill. you dont have to see very martial artists...
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    full time FMA school?

    full time, just means a regular martial arts school with classes at least 5-6 days a week, offering day and night classes. yes, my school supports me, and its supports me since i first opened in 92. we had some problems a few times here and there, but many businesses do. i only added children...
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    full time FMA school?

    here in sacramento, there is a full-time doce pares school. the owners do not do any style except arnis. yes, i still teach there, but in alexandria now, near ft belvoir.
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    full time FMA school?

    my example is just an example. i know most places is more expensive, but then tuition is higher, and you will have more students. my point is that you dont need 200+ students to pay the bills. it is also, that most FMA believe there is not enough interest in the FMAs to run a school, and i...
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    full time FMA school?

    what i say and how to hear it is internal for both you and me. i belive that the martial artist today, especially the FILIPINO martial artists, is so far away from the physcial toughness that can come from training he is very soft on the inside, so he wears his toughness on the outside. "soft...
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    full time FMA school?

    [/LIST] if somebody is not teaching every day, he is teaching part time. why is this an insult? you cant have it both ways, either you do it full time or you do it part time. i just read my posts, and nothing there says i think im the only guy with skill. the only thing i say about skill...
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    full time FMA school?

    jow ga. i been teaching this style since 1986. when i opened my school i only taught arnis and kuntaw, and then jow ga to private lesson students. when i had too many jow ga students that i didnt have room for schedule, i combined everyone into one class, except for the students who didnt want...
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    full time FMA school?

    yes, my electricity is about $30 most months. not in the winter, when we use heaters, but in the summer i dont use AC or fans to much. the lights are only on at night, i teach at 8 am / 9 am most days then close at 10 or 11, and then i come back at night to teach my night class. i know that not...
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    full time FMA school?

    oh i want to add something. haveing classmates is sometimes better than practice alone. you have a different size, skilled opponents to spar with and train with. and they help push you when you dont feel like training. we dont want to swallow the idea that only backyard training is good. maybe...
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    full time FMA school?

    there is a saying, that if you think you can, probably will. if you think you cant, you wont. the problem in the FMA is that is treated like a side dish, we are not worthy of our own schools, not enough people wnat to study full time, what if i fail as a business man... and then like the old...
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    full time FMA school?

    yes, i believe in them, because i been running one for 18 years. only three years ago, i added kung fu. not because i just became a black belter in it, i known kung fu all my life, but first i only taughtit privately and then started doing classes a few years ago because my city doesnt have many...
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    FMA for streetfighting

    oops, you ask me what kind of tourmanet right? its a point tournament, but there is going to be a continuous fighting division too. no stickfighting (sometimes they do ahve them but i dont think this time) just empty hands.
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    FMA for streetfighting

    try this one. i have a big group going there in january Log onto LEAGUE website to pre-register ONLINE NOW! Click on the link below to pre-register NOW for BASKA's Earth Shattering Free Tournament on Jan. 9, 2010 !! Avoid the hustle and frustration of waiting in long lines and get all the...
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    FMA for streetfighting

    very nice! thank you i went to your website, and your style(s) look put together very well. im sure your FMA will be done the same way you put your karate together. will you be at the baska tournament this january? sparring based martial arts will always be more useful than theory based...
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    FMA for streetfighting

    this is good to learn how to counter certain strikes. regular speed sparring is a lot of times just a blur, and you dont get to replay what happened, and learn from the experience. but when the opponent is really trying to hit you, but with the same few hits, you are developing a skill against...
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