Transformations Podcast Episodes

Features guests to share their transformative experiences. Topics include meditation, altered states of consciousness, qigong, martial arts, psychology, trauma, social justice, health, fitness, art, music, and more. It’s an examination of the human condition and our search for growth, meaning, and the achievement of Excellence in Life.

Rene Navarro: Man of Parts, Master of Chinese Arts

Rene has gone to the source of the ancient knowledge several times. He traveled to Chengdu in Sichuan in 1983 to study various forms of Wu Shu, such as northern spear, sword, monkey fist and cudgel. He was in China again a few years ago to teach English as a means of livelihood, but the main purpose was to explore further the ancient traditions of Shaolin kung fu in places where it is still being taught by venerable masters.

Lameco Eskrima’s “Sulite Orehenal Group”

We as a group fought against each other countless times as well as against others who would be brought in from outside of the group to fight with us on our special “fight-day Sundays” or “Sunday gatherings,” as we would call them. When we would fight in the “backyard,” it was no holds barred; you could close range with much aggression hitting with the “punyo” or “butt of the weapon,” punch, kick, head-butt, elbow, knee, or take your opponent to the ground.

Counter Locks of Derobio Escrima

The art of Derobio has 144 counter locks which are unique to the system. The locks and counter locks in Derobio Escrima are very complex in their simplicity and work at medium to very close range. These locks are applied to the joints, tendons, muscles, nerves and pressure points, effectively shutting down the opponent’s ability to think about anything but the pain.

Serrada Escrima Training and Strategies

By Mark V. Wiley The Serrada Escrima system was developed in the mid-1960s by the late Grandmaster Angel Cabales. While a teenager living in Cebu, Philippines,…

Double Weapons of Kabaroan Eskrima

This section shows the simple (as opposed to compound or complex, and distinct from composite) method or way of doing the Eskrima Art of the Barons. As there are many ways of killing and cooking chicken, so there are many ways of doing and practicing the Filipino martial art of Eskrima. Among them is the way the Filipino leaders called Ka (a term of respect for elders and leaders) Baroang (Baruang or Barwang).

Attributes and Mindset in FMA

Defensive and offensive techniques in Filipino martial arts revolve in a pentagonal foundation (known as MIBOME) that are interrelated and complement each other in spirit, skill, speed, strength and style, as follows:

Eskrima’s Strategic Application Training

Here’s a special message for every Filipino Martial Artist who needs better methods to understand and apply their art in realistic ways but can’t because modern…

Kabaroan Eskrima: Origins and Overview

The following article is excerpted from Grandmaster Ramiro Estalilla’s new book, Estalilla Kabaroan Eskrima. “No matter how deadly your art and style may be, you must…

The Long Awaited Book on Kabaoran Eskrima

It’s finally here. The long awaited book on Kabaroan Eskrima by Grandmaster Ramiro Estalilla. Estalilla, now 86 years young, is one of the most senior grandmasters…

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