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I recently was talking to Dan Anderson about why most of the Modern Arnis world wasn't getting along with each other. We went back and forth with different ideas. Shortly afterwards while Master Jeff Espinous was visiting my school in Buffalo, one of my long distance students who was visiting at the same time, pointed out that for someone (me) who doesn't get along with people I sure do have alot of friends! This made me think about the discussion I had with Mr. Anderson (not the one from the Matrix ;) ).

Why doesn't alot of the members of the Modern Arnis community get along? Easy, Remy brought together a number of people who wouldn't normally associate with each other. This doesn't make anyone a bad guy, although I do like wearing black. This is the same in a family. Not all brothers and sisters get a long. This doesn't make them bad people. Some personalities just don't mix.

So do I get along with anyone? Most definitely. Many people and organizations in the martial artist community. This is why you see members of the WMAA as well as myself being invited to teach at events with other groups around the world.

So the next time someone is accused of not getting along with others take my advise before making up your mind. First, consider the source. Second, do your own research and see who they do get along with. You may be surprised with want you find out. The third is the most important. Make up your own mind and don't bow down to peer pressure. If you choose not to like someone make sure it's not because your friends and or associates don't like someone.

This is what happens when I'm stuck on a plane flying home with nothing to do for hours ;)

Respectfully yours,
Tim Hartman
Have stick, will travel.
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Double Datu seminar in Germany
Double Datu seminar in Germany October 24 & 25, 2015
As usual like most of my reviews, this one is long overdue. Datu Dieter has already posted a very detailed technical review of the weekend, which can be found on his Face Book page. My review will have a little different twist and discuss the vibe.
I was picked up at the airport by Datu Dieter and Noa (from Israel). It had the feeling of a reunion of lifelong friends. Later that evening I was taken out by a couple of the DAV members to see a little of the Dortmund nightlife. I definitely made for a long day, but it was a great experience.
Saturday morning came pretty early. The day started off with a grading of six of the DAV members for 1st – 3rd black belt. Everyone brought a lot of energy and did well. As one of the examiners I was not only able to have a front row seat to watch, but I also got to see the inner workings of how the DAV runs its tests. Very insightful. After a short lunch break it was time to train! I taught three sessions throughout the weekend. On Saturday I covered Panantukan for single and multiple attacks and some blade work. On Sunday I went over advanced Tapi – Tapi as well as elements of my Astig Balintawak program as it related to Modern Arnis.
What I really enjoyed about the Double Datu camp, was that I had the opportunity to go on the floor and train. I usually don’t get this opportunity because I always need to talk to someone about my org, upcoming events, etc. This time I got to be a student while I wasn’t teaching. Dieter and I have different views on things, but that was what the weekend was about. Sharing what is in common and celebrating what is different. I really got to see more what Datu Dieter is like on and off the mats.
What I enjoyed the most of the trip was not the martial arts, but the interaction with all of the attendees. I felt like I was family. I got the reconnect with some of the participates form the “Best of the West Camp” as well as make some new friends. I spent hours talking to people after the training about movies, sports & gaming just to name a few of the topics. And after all of the training was over I received to very special surprises.
In reverse order, Noa and I were treated to attending the Dortmund Football (Soccer) team match that was next door to the seminar. Over 80,000 people were in attendance to watch Dortmund beat the visiting team. For 90 minutes we stood cheering on the team. The energy in the arena was beyond description. I am thankful for Dieter sharing that with me. It is nice to do non-martial event with my martial arts family.
The first surprise and most touching was the presentation that Dieter made at the end of the camp. Dieter presented me with a portrait he made of me. The picture was taken in 2012 at the “best of the West” camp. It was put through a series of treats and then framed. This is now hanging in my school near the entrance.
Like I said at the beginning of this review, it was about the vibe. I feel that Dieter and I got to know each other better. This gave us the opportunity to discuss the history of Modern Arnis as well as its future. And what does the future bring? Well in 2017 I’ll be back in Europe for a tour which will include visits to Germany and Austria. And we are working on a North America Double Datu Tour for 2016 or 2017.
Once again I’d like to thank everyone for their support to make this trip to Germany one of the best visits to day!
See you in 2017!

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Double Datu seminar in Germany October 24 & 25, 2015
As usual like most of my reviews, this one is long overdue. Datu Dieter has already posted a very detailed technical review of the weekend, which can be found on his Face Book page. My review will have a little different twist and discuss the vibe.
I was picked up at the airport by Datu Dieter and Noa (from Israel). It had the feeling of a reunion of lifelong friends. Later that evening I was taken out by a couple of the DAV members to see a little of the Dortmund nightlife. I definitely made for a long day, but it was a great experience.
Saturday morning came pretty early. The day started off with a grading of six of the DAV members for 1st – 3rd black belt. Everyone brought a lot of energy and did well. As one of the examiners I was not only able to have a front row seat to watch, but I also got to see the inner workings of how the DAV runs its tests. Very insightful. After a short lunch break it was time to train! I taught three sessions throughout the weekend. On Saturday I covered Panantukan for single and multiple attacks and some blade work. On Sunday I went over advanced Tapi – Tapi as well as elements of my Astig Balintawak program as it related to Modern Arnis.
What I really enjoyed about the Double Datu camp, was that I had the opportunity to go on the floor and train. I usually don’t get this opportunity because I always need to talk to someone about my org, upcoming events, etc. This time I got to be a student while I wasn’t teaching. Dieter and I have different views on things, but that was what the weekend was about. Sharing what is in common and celebrating what is different. I really got to see more what Datu Dieter is like on and off the mats.
What I enjoyed the most of the trip was not the martial arts, but the interaction with all of the attendees. I felt like I was family. I got the reconnect with some of the participates form the “Best of the West Camp” as well as make some new friends. I spent hours talking to people after the training about movies, sports & gaming just to name a few of the topics. And after all of the training was over I received to very special surprises.
In reverse order, Noa and I were treated to attending the Dortmund Football (Soccer) team match that was next door to the seminar. Over 80,000 people were in attendance to watch Dortmund beat the visiting team. For 90 minutes we stood cheering on the team. The energy in the arena was beyond description. I am thankful for Dieter sharing that with me. It is nice to do non-martial event with my martial arts family.
The first surprise and most touching was the presentation that Dieter made at the end of the camp. Dieter presented me with a portrait he made of me. The picture was taken in 2012 at the “best of the West” camp. It was put through a series of treats and then framed. This is now hanging in my school near the entrance.
Like I said at the beginning of this review, it was about the vibe. I feel that Dieter and I got to know each other better. This gave us the opportunity to discuss the history of Modern Arnis as well as its future. And what does the future bring? Well in 2017 I’ll be back in Europe for a tour which will include visits to Germany and Austria. And we are working on a North America Double Datu Tour for 2016 or 2017.
Once again I’d like to thank everyone for their support to make this trip to Germany one of the best visits to day!
See you in 2017!

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I'm honored to have been approached by the IKF to help them take their organization to the next level.

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This was when I was interviewed during the Triad of Martial Arts weekend. Hopefully its not too controversial.

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Kuntaw Seminar 

My 2013 tour of the Philippines. 

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1st FMA for a cause Seminar
Datu Tim Hartman teaching at the 1st FMA for a cause seminar in Luneta Park. Manila Philippines — at Luneta Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila.
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