Sunday, February 28, 2016


i feinted left and went in with a right corkscrew punch. I connected solidly on the jaw. All my training had paid off. 

This morning I when I slid from bed my left knee creaked and my head ached from a thorough workout the day before. None of that matters in the zen like moment. In the presence of sparring, practice fighting I’ve forgotten my body. All that lives is the desire to make contact and drive the other down.

In this blog we will rarely if ever discuss technique. The thing that is paramount over all technique is context. 

While fighting, while training, the question hangs, “What is m purpose?” 

Your purpose, if you are persistent,  will be rediscovered newly each time you train. If you are lucky you will land on the same purpose every time.


  1. To be a better fighter
  2. To train myself on the path of a warrior
  3. To crush others
  4. To protect those I love
  5. Other
  6. To not punch someone at work, out of rage

Even if you think your purpose is hidden, I promise you, it is NOT. Your purpose is revealed in every practice and utterance of your art. No matter if your Spirit returns the same purpose to you every time you practice, the meta-purpose is, that you PRACTICE, that you continue  to inquire. That you continue you make your Self better. After all, how we practice is a microcosm of how we live.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
Read more at: - Bruce Lee

This underscores what I saw in my practice today. I’m not a fluid as a long, limbed wolf, I don’t have the form and inquisitive nature of a devoted fox. What I do have is that I return to practice each time, to grind out the learnings. To enter unknown to myself, and make my Self known, to myself and others, through practice. 

SEACA Systema In Seattle

I started my martial arts journey in 1985.

I have been a student of Tai Chi, Aikido, Capoeira, Escrima, Kali, and SEACA Systema. I have taken seminar(s) with Guro Dan Inosanto and students of Remy Presas. I am most at home teaching the Mariposa de Combatidad form of SEACA Systema. I have been teaching SEACA Systema since 2003. As a Maha Guro Bahi I have taught students in Phoenix, San Miguel de Allende and Seattle.
The founder and chief instructor of SEACA Systema is Manuong Gardea.

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