Episode 36 – Eskrima, Arnis, Kali… Filipino Martial Arts: Interview with Jon Escudero Episode 36 – Eskrima, Arnis, Kali… Filipino Martial Arts: Interview with Jon Escudero

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This episode we interviewed master Jon Escudero of Lightning Scientific Arnis International.

3:50 – What is Arnis?

7:30 – The mixture of indigenous movement principles and borrowing from other cultures.

7:45 – Karambit knife **link**

10:30 – The warrior culture of the Philippines and the origin of FMA.

16:00 – On the sudden popularity of FMA.

18:00 – Do FMA have competitions and what are their importance?

21:50 – Has there been a change in the art since it gained more popularity?

25:55 – Why did you come to Israel?

27:00 – How did you start practicing martial arts?

31:40 – How did you find your teacher?

35:40 – On the principle of Cerrada.

37:50 – About the switch from Wushu to FMA.

40:10 – Jon’s teacher – Grandmaster Benjamin Luna Lema.

44:45 – About Lightning Arnis International today.

45:30 – On modernization of FMA.

48:15 – On the different names of FMA, and especially the contested name – Kali.

54:00 – Jon teaches in Tel-Aviv and other cities in Israel. You can find the full list of schools of Lightning Scientific Arnis in Israel and around the world here. Look for Jon in Seminars around the world.

56:15 – How do you think Israeli students are different from other countries? For those of you who do not speak Hebrew – Jon uses the word “MAKOT” (54:24). It roughly translates to street fighting or hitting.

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Episode 33 – To China and Back – an Interview with Marin Spivack – Part 3


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Here are the links to part 1 and part 2 of the interview.

In this final part of the interview with Marin Spivack we talk about his upcoming seminar in Israel and on the fighting applicability of Chen Taiji. For Marin's seminar in Israel check out the website and Facebook event page.

A short reminder – we have our own little workshop in April 29th. Take a look at our Facebook event page.

1:45 – Is there a difference with how you teach your class as opposed to in a seminar?

7:35 – The magic of Taiji is in the basics.

8:45 – On teaching Taiji.

10:45 – On the workshop itself.

11:40 – Will the seminar be also for beginners and people from other arts?

16:45 – Studying Taiji with experience in other arts.

22:15 – The details to the workshop! Are in the beginning of the show notes!

24:25 – A bit on what will be taught at the workshop.

27:35 – What is the fighting applicability of Taiji? How would it do in an MMA or boxing fight?

28:10 – On MMA.

You can find out more about Marin and his work in his websites here and here. You can also listen to an interview he had with Ken Gullette here.

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Episode 32 – To China and Back: An Interview with Marin Spivack – part 2

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Link to part 1 of the interview

0:40 – On the idea of a "disciple", especially how it was in olden times.

8:35 – Gung-fu, Taiji and disciples in modern times.

12:40 – The commercialization of the idea of disciples.

19:25 – The traditional way of disciples in modern times.

22:15 – The difference between a disciple and a student.

26:15 – The Chinese principle of "face".

27:10 – What is the connection between Chinese culture and Taiji? Is it necessary to link the two? What do you bring to the West when you teach and what do you omit?

32:35 – The story of Marin's arrival to China.

36:30 – Back to the topic of the "bridge" between cultures.

45:10 – After many interesting stories on life in China, we get to the core of the idea. Talking about identity crises.

Episode 31 – To China and Back: An Interview with Marin Spivack

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In this episode we have interviewed Marin Spivack, a practitioner, teacher and 20th generation lineage holder in Chen Family Taijiquan based in the Boston area, preserving and developing this system.

The idea to interview Marin came to us through Ofek, a listener to our podcast who is an Israeli practitioner of Taijiquan which studies under Marin. Ofek had arranged Marin to come to Israel for teaching an intensive seminar between 16 and 19 of May.

You can find out more about Marin and his work here and here.

For Marin's seminar in Israel check out the website and Facebook event page.

In April 29th, we are doing a joint seminar for our listeners. We will explore the similarities and differences between Karate and Aikido, and what can we learn from all that. Take a look at our Facebook event page.

3:20 – Introduction to Taiji-quan and how it is NOT connected to the concept of Chi/Qi

6:40 – A bit of history about Chen Taiji abd Taiji in general.

10:00 – The origin of Yang style Taiji and its difference from Chen style.

13:45 – Marin's history in martial arts.

16:35 – About the teachers of Marin and their history with Chen Taiji.

24:30 – About the social relationships in Chinese (and a bit about the Japanese) society.

28:10 – Guan shi (?) – the Chinese concept of relationship.

38:25 – End of part one – next topic is the term "disciple".

Episode 23 – Light Saber Combat, Martial Arts and Academia – Interview with Dr. Ben Judkins

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There is a short introduction in Hebrew. English speakers can skip to 2:00, when the interview starts.

2:00 – Introduction and how Ben started writing on martial arts.

7:35 – What does your research on martial arts concern beyond the religious/historical aspect?

11:40 – Do you focus mostly on "traditional" martial arts?

14:25 – Do you practice martial arts? Do you have any other personal connection to the arts?

19:15 – Anthropological research on light saber combat and a discussion on its academic significance.

26:45 – Links to papers on light sabre combat and distinction in the purpose of martial arts in the modern world – comparing the social function of liminal (traditional) and liminoid (hyper-real) martial arts.

27:30 – What is a martial arts?

30:00 – About the idea of invented traditions.

31:30 – Are there different systems and styles of light saber combat?

35:20 – What is the profile of the light saber combat practitioner?

43:45 – About the blog Kung-Fu Tea **link**

49:45 – About cooperation in the blog.

53:20 – What are your future plans?

Additional link –  Ben's book on the social history of Wing Chun and the Southern Chinese martial arts (note the publisher has posted a chapter that you can read for free on-line).

Episode 20 – Interview with Nakamura Tetsuji

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Last episode we talked about Goju-ryu, IOGKF and its current chief instructor – Nakamura Tetsuji sensei. That episode (like most of this podcast) was in Hebrew, but you can read most of what we talked about here.

Nakamura sensei was gracious enough to let us interview him during his stay in Israel for a gasshuku.

This is what we asked him:

1:47 – How important is to be familiar with Okinawan culture for the understanding of Karate?

2:44 – What can you tell us about the history of Karate and connection to Chinese martial arts?

4:23 – What is your opinion about changing and creating new Kata(s)?

6:00 – How do you see your role as chief instructor of IOGKF?

7:30 – What should we take from modern sports and sports science? What should we leave at its traditional way?

8:50 – Do you start at some point inventing new drills and understanding? At what point?

10:50 – Do you feel you need to adjust the way you teach in Western countries as opposed to Japan?

13:05 – How is teaching a large group of students different from teaching in your dojo?

14:25 – When you teach at your own dojo, how do you teach principles without explaining too much?

16:20 – What is your training regime?

17:50 – Did your training regime change since becoming chief instructor?

18:20 – How about Higaonna sensei's training regime?

21:25 – What kept you going in the first six months in Okinawa – training by yourself without knowing what will happen?

24:30 – What was the point when you decided to commit your life to karate?

27:10 – Are there two separate paths – for amateurs and for professionals?

28:45 – How do you deal with the fact that some black belts are more gifted and have a better technique than others?

31:00 – Finale remarks by Nakamura sensei.

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