• Pinoy Pride

    Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC) Breaks New Ground for MMA in the Philippines: Fight! Magazine Feb 2011 In a back corner of a nondescript government office building in downtown Manila sits a weathered industrial scale. Around it, bustling workers of the Philippines Games and Recreations Commission buzz and hum in their daily routines. The scale holds…

  • Have Courage

    Have Courage: Courage in the face of solitude, which is to say fearless before your own mind, Courage in the face of error, which is  facing complexity undaunted, Courage in the face of time, which is the death of expectation, Courage in the face of poverty, which is to be unyielding to disgrace, Courage in…

  • Good Enough to Get Hurt

    This essay was first published in The Bittersweet Science published by University of Chicago Press.   People will tell you that fear and pain are the worst things you have to deal with in life, but this is wrong. Fear is energy. Fear can sharpen you, and people even get addicted to it. Pain also…

  • Great Masters of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    On November 12, 1993 Hélio Gracie watches from the crowd as Royce, the youngest of his seven sons, jogs to a steel cage at the head of a long line of family members. As they pass, Hélio meets his son’s eyes, his leonine gaze steeling the young man’s courage. If Hélio, has an ounce of…

  • The Principles of Effective Punching

    The prin­ci­ples of effec­tive punch­ing are: decep­tion, weight trans­fer­ence, and place­ment. Ide­ally a blow will uti­lize all three but any one of them is enough to cre­ate a punch that will knock the aver­age man unconscious. If a man is expect­ing to get hit, if he can see the punch com­ing and steel him­self to…

  • The Jab

    The knowledge that you can knock a man out with one punch, that however far behind you fall in the fight you can pull it out with one shot can be dangerous in a fighter. It can lead to passivity in the early rounds and letting a match slip away. The Jab is different. The…


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