Brian “Buzz” Smith passed away today. He was a friend, teacher, mentor, fellow competitor and one of the finest Filipino Martial Arts practitioners I have ever had the pleasure of training with. He leaves behind a large group of highly trained practitioners who will carry on his legacy of Maharlika Kuntaw! While all of his skills in the Filipino Martial Arts were excellent his Sibat was at a whole different level. I have not crossed sticks with a finer practitioner. I feel blessed to have known him!
Perseverance is one of those traits that is so important in the Martial Sciences. I have met many talented people who quit after training for a while or even years. They never reached their true potential and even worse their martial skills are perishable. Meaning, if you stop training physical skills they will degrade or diminish in effectiveness over time. So while they might have been effective while training, once they quit their skills will slowly erode. Do not let that happen to you! Instead persevere and stick to your training even during the tough times. Some of the ways that I personally use to stay motivated are watching action movies with martial arts in them. I read books that have martial skills in them. The family and I watch combat sports religiously. I set short and long term goals that I stick to. I incorporate martial movement into my physical exercises. There are many more ways to stay self motivated and persevere. If you want to have these skills you need to train and train continuously. You simply cannot stop! Not if you want these skills. So you need to find a way to stay self-motivated! Persevere!!!
I hope everyone will take some time today to think about all of the people who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country!
So we are still on lockdown here with a few less restrictions and a few more places opening up. In the mean time we are still practicing social distancing and your training in this type of situation should be solo based. Bag work, shadow boxing, running, hiking, jump rope, swimming, biking, etc. Focus on being fit and mentally tough during these trying times!
Okay, so Covid-19 has really changed how the world is operating right now. Hang in there and hopefully this will get better soon. Personally I am taking every precaution that I can when working and also when I am out and about getting groceries, etc. On the training side I am solo training focusing on fitness and IRT movement. Hang in there!
Oh and here is a dog picture. They have if all figured out! 😎🤙
I only trained with him briefly but I learned a lot. He was America’s foremost practitioner of African Martial Arts. Rest in peace Kilindi Iyi…