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Mark Lynn
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Martial Arts Instructor and a former AMT
Martial Arts Instructor and a former AMT

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Looking for a new school to host the HSMA Presas Arnis Instructor Development Course classes in 2018
New
Presas Arnis Instructor Development Course class to start in early 2018 Students and instructors attending one of the 2017 Presas Arnis Instructor Development classes at North Texas Karate Academy in Bridgeport TX. Hidden Sword is currently looking
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2017 HSMA Presas Arnis Instructor Development Course overview
2017
Hidden Sword Presas Arnis Instructors Development Course In February of 2017 Hidden
Sword started their Presas Arnis Instructor Development Course at the North
Texas Karate Academy in Bridgeport TX.  
The Presas Arns Instructor Development Course is ba...
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2017
Hidden Sword Martial Arts Christmas Party On December 15 th from 6-8:00pm HSMA will have it’s 5 th annual Christmas party in our
room upstairs.   We will have a pot lock
dinner and the sign-up sheet is available on our Facebook page where we have
creat...
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Meet our Photographer
Today will
be our second black belt exam at our school, and it will be a big day for all
of us.   We have four students testing for
1 st black, and three testing for 2 nd brown.   Likewise, what I teach and how I teach will
be graded or evaluated by outside...
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Part
3 of the black belt  exam held on 5/7/16 After all of the one steps the
students got to spar.  This I feel is an
important and fun part of the exam, but I don’t believe it is by no means the
most important.   Personally I feel that
many schools use the...
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For almost 2 years I've neglected  this web site  and now once again we are back.   Even though I've neglected this site our school has still been actively training.  The next two posts were written at the time of the exam just never posted (like part 1). P...
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Black
Belt Exam 5/7/16 (pt 1 of 3) This past weekend we conducted
our third examination for black belt (1 st dan), it was also our
first examination for one of our students testing for 2 nd dan.   It was a small test with only two students
testing for black...
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 Hidden Sword Martial Arts along with Mid Cities Arnis will be co-hosting Datu Tim Hartman for a special Astig Balintawak and Panantukan Boot Camp this weekend. Datu Hartman was a student of the late GM Remy and GM Ernesto Presas and he was also a private s...
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Mark Lynn commented on a post on Blogger.
Great article Jackie

I totally agree on the marketing aspect, we don't and I certainly do not get the word out enough on the FMAs through my blog and such.

To increase the visibility of the FMAs we might need to change the way were approach teaching the art.

1)  We need to downplay the lethality of the art.   Bear with me here because on one hand we (as FMAers) think that is what attracts students but it can repel the majority of others.   I talked with Dieter about this and they (the DAV) promote Modern Arnis as a self defense art and not a stick fighting system.   They deliberatly down play the stick fighting aspect and promote the self defense angle.   When I went to their summer camp in 07 I saw a wide swath of people; small, tall, thin, overweight, young, old, male and female.   You name it they were there, all working together learning their art.

However at the camp they had classes on flexible weapons (using a Tee shirt), table top self defense (anti pick up), as well as edged and impact weapon defense.   All of this helped promote the art as a self defense system instead of a stick or knife fighting system thus appealing to a larger audience.  

2) Another way to promote it would be the healthy aspects like improving physical skills; hand eye cordination, body movment, dexderity, etc. etc.   In our (or my) classes we have seen improvement with special needs  students through the double stick training (sinawali), improved focus through Anyo and drill training, and improved interaction or social skills due to (probably) partner training.

However we as instructors often time don't promote these aspects of the FMAs instead we focus on the lethal aspect of it the knife fighting aspect etc. etc..  Teaching kids with special needs is really an untapped market and a heck of a way to promote the art.

3) Another way is to get outside in the martial arts world and promote it at festivals, tournaments, demonstrations, community events etc. etc.   As you know I have tried for years to open the door at AKATO to promote the FMAs.  At first I might have been a little like trying to promote the FMAs as the answer to the better martial art question; but now we have tried to integrate the FMAs into the tournaments by competing in weapons (forms) divisions, I've taught at several of the banquets, and teaching double stick concepts and flow drills with the staff at the Kobudo class and that approach has been much more effective.  Even though some there still don't know what the FMAs are.  We are making head way.

But on You Tube there are examples of big martial arts demos going on in France, Germany, etc. etc.  these are huge elaborate affairs that can popularize the FMAs.  There are several around here we could do May Fest, Roanoke, Keller, all have opportunities to promote the FMAs,  but all of that takes a large amount of time.

Time or lack there of is probably the biggest obstacle; unless you are doing this full time, and are gifted as a writer (like you), or a marketer (again like you), or a video producer (like Dieter and Dan), or have a large group of students to pull from and create a demo team etc. etc. it is hard enough to promote your classes much less; write blogs, create videos, teach class, work with the demo team and so on.
  
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Dieter's Photo Lesson at the Zoo
(All photos by Emily) This morning (Friday the 25 th ) after only getting
a few hours of sleep Dieter (who’s staying at my house for the seminar) was up
and ready to go.   Prior to his arriving
in America I asked what else besides martial arts did he like t...
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