“A Good Leader is A Good Follower…” These are the words that I value most during my training in the Police Academy. And in my training with the Tabimina System I’ve come to encounter this principle in a performative way.
In the Tabimina System, one must undergo the Healing Stage. It is a must for all practitioners it is where we begin to open new discoveries of our selves under stress. As what Sir Bob would say “Who are you under Stress?”. Next is the Sharpening stage, it is the refinement of skills that are being tested beyond our comfort zone and the question Sir Bob would ask you is “Are you compose under stress?”. Then as the practitioner improves he/she will begin to train to feed. Continue reading
“Imitate me as I Imitate Anciong.” These are the words that Sir Bob said to me in one of the trainings I attended. I started training Tabimina Balintawak since summer of 2006, from then on things became different. From the outlook in life, awareness of the surrounding, enhanced senses, sharpened reflexes, and many more. It is a continuous and endless learning.…There is always something new… Continue reading
“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Political activist and spiritual leader
In part one of this essay, we had established that each encounter is situational and that one of the biggest challenges to proper execution of any move in the martial arts is to pull it off accurately in real time. Attributes like timing, speed, balance, range, strength, body movement and angles of attack are universal and are used to achieve different effects in different arts. The key is taking these attributes and harnessing them via an effective system to train a student to develop productive and positive skills. The aim of every system should be to enable students to develop appropriate responses and learn to execute moves in real time. Easier said than done. Continue reading
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
Italian astronomer, physicist, mathematician and philosopher
There is a great deal of debate within the martial arts community over which system or systems are “most effective”, “the deadliest” or “the best” and also which fighter is the “most effective”, “the deadliest” or “the best”. Perhaps there is no clear cut answer because it seems to be a chicken-and-egg situation. A good fighter can be good because of his natural talent and take a system and make it work. Alternatively, a good system can bring out the best in an individual and thus make him a good fighter. Of course, these are not the only scenarios — it could be a combination of other factors and not every art is based in the same context so it is not fair to say “Fighter A from System X is definitely better than Fighter B from System Y.” Ultimately, this blog does not seek to argue whether the fighter or the system is more important (partly because I have no clue how to answer it). Instead, this blog will focus on one part of the equation — the system and how it can make a student a better martial artist. Continue reading
In Balintawak, a student is placed in harm’s way from day 1. Since Balintawak is defense oriented martial arts, the student is taught how to defend and counter appropriately and efficiently. The student is then exposed to the 12 basic strikes and learns 12 basic defense and counter. The 12 basic strikes will then be given in random to develop the student’s reaction and eschewing anticipation. The students are then subjected to scenarios of attacks, equivalent to a simulation of a real fight and are taught to defend and counter appropriately, thus making a counter to counter play. We call this motor-skills installation in Tabimina Balintawak. The installation takes place in our nervous system, not necessarily in our brain. To elaborate further, imagine yourself unknowingly touching something that is hot like a pot, or an oven, or your car being in the sun in the middle of the day. The reaction time pulling your skin away from something that’s hot is so fast; your brain is late in analyzing that it is in fact hot. That’s because a human being perceives the stimuli based upon our senses, before reasoning. In this instance, our sensory receptors perceived pain, before our brain can analyze what type or reason of pain it is; i.e. hot. But if you anticipate touching an object, but you don’t even know if it’s really hot, and yet you thought that it is hot, your reaction time is slower because it causes hesitation, and mainly because the brain was involved. You assumed something that is not. Continue reading
In the pursuit of life there are many distractions that pulls every inch of your attention and focus. There are fancy thing, craving things, things that drives your desire beyond measure, and there are simple things.
In my training with Sir Bob, i was caught with the principle of SIMPLICITY OF MOVEMENTS. These are direct and precise movements that has less effort, less energy, less space and less time but more focused, short and practical. No more fancy and decorative movements. There is LIFE… Continue reading
There are not many endeavours in life that require one to open their mind in a profound way and introspectively blurt out, “Hey! There is more to IT than I thought!” Whether “it” is a life-changing accident, serious martial arts training, or simply a hobby we bide our time with, for those fortunate enough to have experienced Tabimina Balintawak first-hand, these eureka moments are an every day occurence! It is a journey of humility, of self-discovery, of the development of serious martial skill, unrelentless learning/growth and eye-opening epiphanies…Which all starts on day 1, and in my experience, never stops! Continue reading
I will never forget October 2009. Most people say you find things when you are not looking for them and this is what happened when I met Sir Bob Tabimina and his wonderful family. Having trained in various styles of martial arts as a young boy I was immediately interested in what Sir Bob was explaining to me. Though there was one thing that he said that intrigued me even more, “ You must experience it!” So, I did and things have never been the same for me. Continue reading
When approaching any field of study or interest, the usage of analogies and metaphors can be a powerful method to speed up learning and develop new insights. By simply being able to say “X is like Y”, when X an Y come from two fields that at first glance appear to be unconnected, your mind stretches, bends, in trying to understand why, thus forcing you to think of both fields in a new way.
The Martial Arts are prone to metaphors. We all remember Bruce Lee’s “Be like water…” quote, but Bruce Lee was part of a long tradition. Technique names such as “the monkey grabs the fruit”, “Grabbing the swallows tail”, or even the use of “The 5 Elements” to describe mindsets and executions of drills – these are all examples of long standing traditions in Chinese and Japanese martial arts. Continue reading