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Three Pillars of Mastering the Filipino Martial Arts

Three Pillars of Mastering the Filipino Martial Arts
Whether you are a beginner or a long term student of Filipino Kali, you want the same thing: You want to improve your skills.  Knowing the right path to follow for that purpose is very important.  No matter what level you intend to reach, the path towards mastery is the best approach to improve your skills. With the right effort, mastery is available for anyone who is dedicated.   There are no special tricks, shortcuts, amulets or magic spells that will get you there.  You just have to do the work.  If you do the work long enough, and do it properly, you will first start to see glimpses of mastery.  You will have moments of clarity and synchronicity that bring a sense of freedom from the intensity of concentration normally needed during your practice or applic...
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Refreshing your Muscle Memory - Wasted Warmups and Specificity

Refreshing your Muscle Memory - Wasted Warmups and Specificity
If you aren't tailoring your warmups to match the mechanics of application and technique you may be wasting an opportunity to make more progress in less time.   Whether you are teaching a class or just preparing for your own training there is a lot more you can do with a warmup than just touching your toes and doing a few lame jumping jacks.   A good warmup will increase the heart rate, speed blood flow, increase the respiration rate, raise muscle temperature, and stimulate fluids to lubricate the joints.  It should start with simple, multi-joint movements that do not require much coordination.  The intensity should start low and gradually increase.  You will know that your warmup is working when your students start sweating.  I usually start my classes with f...
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