August 2003 Preview for non-subscribers

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Some short excerpts from this months issue:

Feature Interview : Remy Presas and Balintawak:
Interview with Manong Ted Buot Part 2
by Paul Janulis

Excerpt:"This is a continuation of Part I contained in MartialTalk Magazines issue #1. Please refer to the introduction in that issue before reading on. Also, please remember that this interview is being presented in its roughest format to convey the conversational nature of the interview itself. So there may be many grammatical and spelling errors, but they are all intended convey the nature of the conversation itself. Also, I apologize in advance to our readers for any of the Filipino terms and names, which have been spelled more phonetically then correctly. So without further ado, please enjoy this wonderful interview with Eskrimador Teodoro Manong Ted Buot.

PJ: Ill start with a little Balintawak history, and a little history on Venencio Anciong Bacon. So, as far as you know, how did Anciong get started in Eskrima, and how did he go about starting the Balintawak Eskrima Club in Cebu?

TB: Now, he was part of the Doce Pares Group, before the war [World War II] together with the Canetes. Their teacher was Lorenzo Saavedra. But after the war, Saavedras died, so they wanted to re-group the Doce Pares. But somehow, there was likewell,there were politics, and all that, so Anciong separated himself from the group, and took with him some of his followers. So they formed the Balintawak........"

Proper Relaxation: A Diamond in the Rough
By Mike Casto

"Speed and power. A lot of people talk about speed and power in the martial arts. But the people who have been around a while dont mention them so often. They more often talk about relaxation. I dont know how many times Ive heard my instructor(s) say, Relax! Youve got to relax. When I was younger, this seemed antithetical to me. I wanna hit hard! Grr! Gotta tense up and use my muscles. Thats how I hit hard. Whats he mean, relax? Over time, I began to realize that relaxation was important for proper generation of power. Then my response was, Whats he mean, relax? I am relaxed! Then I became aware of what I call proper relaxation. Proper relaxation is a key that unlocks many, many doors in the martial arts. But proper relaxation, like the true gem it is, is multifaceted..."

Preparing for the I.K.C.
Part 2 - The Journey Begins
By Mike Seigel

Time grows short; the International Karate Championships in Revere, Massachusetts is just around the corner. In less than a week, 5 women and 6 men from Mountaineer Martial Arts of Shepherdstown, WV embark on their journey. Some are going to earn the coveted IKC Flame patch, some to win a trophy, and all to have a good time and to meet their Kenpo brothers and sisters...

Tribute: Professor Presas, Founder of Modern Arnis
by Bob Hubbard

Excerpt:"Professor Remy Armador Presas
Dec.19, 1936-Aug. 28, 2001
Art: Modern Arnis

On December 19th, 1936, in the small Filipino fishing village of Hinigarin, Negros Occidental the face of martial arts changed forever. We didnt know it then, but sixty-odd years later the impact of Remy Armador Presas is inarguable.

The Philippines are home to some of the most brutal and effective combat arts but in the later 20th century, they were a dying art. More glamorous were the Japanese arts such as Karate and Chinese Kung Fu, with their crisp uniforms and organized classes. They also took less of a toll on those training. Learning the Filipino arts often meant taking repeated devastating strikes.

Remy Presas began his training at a young age, learning the family system from his grandfather, Leon Presas. Insatiably hungry for the arts, Remy would later stow away on a trip to Cebu. There he would be introduced to the Balintawak style by his uncle Fredo and begin to study under one of the top ranked practitioners, Timor Maranga....."

The Reality of Chi
Episode II:
Internal Arts for Dummies
by Ken Stuczynski

Excerpt:"There are endless descriptions of the difference between internal and external martial arts, and between soft and hard styles, some of which are accurate and others that are not. That is not the point of this article. What I mean by Internal Arts for our purpose here is making chi the conscious method of martial technique (and force) instead of merely muscular activity. We use our muscles and breath together all the time, but by neglect (being unaware), we fail to use our chi effectively to overcome the limitations of our physical (muscular) strength. Lets start from the beginning.

When I first demonstrate how chi works to a new class, I dont do it myself. What would be the point? It would just be a trick I practiced for years, right? So in a class of first-time-through-the-door students, I grab someone who doesnt think of themselves as muscularly strong and make them do it..."

This is just a sample. There are many more articles than these in this months issue. To see the rest, please check out the magazine.

Thank you!

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