Thank You

•12.07.2012 • 1 Comment

For the last three years it has been my great privilege to build and develop the Inland Empire Filipino Martial Arts presence in Southern California’s Inland Empire.  Last week my family and I made the move back to my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland and although it has been an exciting and hopeful transition, it is tinged with a pang of bittersweet.  I want to take the time to publicly thank my instructors, namely Guro Dan Inosanto, Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc, Tuhon Carl Atienza, Guro Travis Downing, Guro Joey Pena, Guro Brian Calaustro and Guro Ramon Rubia for sharing their knowledge and skill with me over the last nine years living in the Los Angeles area.  Without you none of this would even have existed.  Thank you to my brothers who trained and came up with me, especially Guro Steve Feng, Guro Jon Auzenne, Guro Victor Gendrano, Guro Ed Cadiz, Professor John Tessier, Guro Darryl Goen, Guro Mike Woodworth, Guro Zee Alhusaini, Guro Phil Acosta, Guro Gerard Noel, Guro Nick Pena and the whole Sayoc LA/Atienza Long Beach/Filipino Combatives West Coast family.    Lastly, my most heartfelt and sincere thanks to all of my students in the IEFMA Sayoc Atienza group and the Filipino Martial Arts class through the City of Claremont.  Guro Dan has told us that the highest form of learning is to teach.  Because of you I have learned and grown immensely.  Thank you so much.

I will still be in town from time to time and I look forward to meeting with you for training and or social eating (or even anti-social eating)!  I am grateful to have Guro Steve Feng of Sayoc SGV assuming oversight over the IEFMA Sayoc Atienza group that will continue under the leadership of Sensei John Rellias.  He is my most senior student and a trusted friend.  City of Claremont students have been referred to Guro Bryan Stoops of Stoops Martial Arts in Chino Hills.  He is a colleague and brother in these arts, and has a tremendous wealth of information and ability to offer.  Anyone ever in the Baltimore area is encouraged to look me up.  I’d love to keep in touch as much as I can.

As genuinely as I can, I truly thank each and every one of you.  My current contact information will still be valid and I will continue to stay involved with the IEFMA website and Inland Empire Filipino Martial Arts Facebook page.

Baltimore Filipino Martial Arts will debut in 2013.



Guro Joe Marana

Sayoc Kali – Atienza Kali – Inosanto Filipino Martial Arts

New Videos Posted

•09.12.2012 • 1 Comment

New videos posted today!

These clips demonstrate some of the ways we train empty hand Filipino Boxing, also known as Panantukan.  The first clip displays some of the ways we train, and the second clip actually discusses some of the techniques shown therein:

For all the new students in our Tuesday night class who learned Heaven 6 for the first time, here is a repost of a video I completed earlier this year for your reference/review:

Be sure to check our YouTube Channel and our Facebook Page!

New Class Location

•08.10.2012 • Leave a Comment

IEFMA Sayoc Atienza Kali students be advised:

Weekend classes (previously held in Claremont on Friday evenings OR Saturday mornings) have changed location.  Our new venue will be at the Academy of Martial Arts in Fontana on Friday evenings at 8:30pm.  We are excited and grateful to Sensei Blair for welcoming our group and to Guro John Rellias for facilitating this opportunity.

August 2012 Schedule

•07.25.2012 • Leave a Comment

City of Claremont Filipino Martial Arts is halfway through it’s Summer 2012 session!  The last four classes in this unconventional weapons course will cover impact weapons so bring your sticks!  The next Fall 2012 session starts in September, again on Tuesday evenings at 8pm.  Keep an eye out for new registration links.

Kali 101 – Hubad

•06.09.2012 • Leave a Comment

Growing up, the Filipino American community in Baltimore was extremely small.  In a city that was predominantly Black and a county that was mostly White, the influences to my Asian American identity were almost exclusively limited to the personal family and friends I was exposed to.  Sometimes I even learned about the Philippines, the Filipino culture and even my own family from those that I would least expect to.  In high school I became great friends with another martial arts student, and while I studied Taekwon-Do while he trained in American Kenpo I distinctly remember the time he wanted to show me a hand drill that he had learned at Joe Palanzo’s school.  As I threw a straight punch to his chest, he parried with his left hand, flowed into a “waiter’s hand” with his right and then slapped down with his left hand again in order to throw his own counter punch.  The three count flow drill, unbeknownst to me was my first exposure to Filipino Kali.

Shortly after that, my own teacher Mr. Carlos Patalinghug, Jr. decided to show my brothers and I this drill: hubad.  For whatever reason it was only my brothers and I at the school that evening so he knelt in front of us and had us start.  We learned to “wedge”, then “transfer” and slap down to return our own open hand angle chop.  He showed us two versions that night, but this is the first.

For all those learning now, this is my thank you to those that had shared with me then.  This is my hope to continue the cycle.

City of Claremont Summer 2012

•05.02.2012 • Leave a Comment

Registration is now open for Filipino Martial Arts through the City of Claremont Department of Parks and Recreation!  As usual this is a ten week session offered on Tuesday evenings at 8pm, starting on Tuesday June 5th.  Please check out the online catalog, and I’ll see you in class!

Summer Brochure:


Class Schedule Update UPDATE!

•04.26.2012 • Leave a Comment

May & June Sayoc Atienza Schedule

Friday, May 4th at 2000

NO CLASS the weekend of Saturday, May 12th

NO CLASS the weekend of Saturday, May 19th

Saturday, May 26th at 0900

Saturday, June 2nd at 0900

Saturday, June 9th at 0900

Saturday, June 16th at 0900

Saturday, June 23rd at 0900

Saturday, June 30th at 0900

NO CLASS Saturday, July 7th

NO CLASS Saturday, July 14th