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Dr. Tye W. Botting
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For those friends and students of mine (e.g. +Dan Schmitt) that are only here and not on other social media thingamajigs:

I was very honored that GM +Yun Yang Wang asked me to test for 7th degree black sash in Northern Shaolin / Northern Praying Mantis kung fu, and after testing and teaching across 3 nights I'm pleased to say I was awarded that rank on Friday, 9 Feb 2018. It was very cool to have my top student Sifu +Abel Mann Martinez going through the test with me, and his student Sifu Karen Keith Clarke was able to get down for the last day of testing. Topping it all off was the annual Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday where I spoke about kung fu permeating all aspects of life, and another black sash student of mine was able to drive across Texas to come down for that, Sifu +Christopher Rivers.

My sincere thanks go first to GM +Yun Yang Wang for his teaching and mentorship over the last 35 years and many more to come - respect always, Sifu! Thanks also to all the students I've had the pleasure to work with over the years, both my own hundreds and the thousands (!) putting up with my guest instruction. ;-) Without you, this would all not be nearly so fun! Looking forward to seeing you all on the mat again soon.
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Loyalty and martial arts - Those that train in martial arts know that loyalty is a big thing. But loyalty to what? Are you loyal to your style/art, your teacher, or your organization?

For me, it's loyalty to both the teacher/founder and their style. In the art of Modern Arnis, I remain loyal to GM Professor Remy A. Presas, Sr., who I still consider my teacher, a martial arts father, and a friend. He gave me more than I can possibly remember, both at events and in private training - and I'm still working on refining it all, through my notes and recordings of our time together. I was extremely fortunate to get a great start in Modern Arnis from my first instructor, Guro Eric Alexander, so much that I was able to impress the Professor and become one of his top folks in TX, along with my friend Hanshi/Guro +Raymond Montoya. Even after becoming the Professor's student directly, he certainly shared and taught more than I could ever personally see. Then too, I only had about 8 years with him, following him around to every TX and nearby event possible (2 to 3 camps a year, and more seminars). On top of that, those that came before me and even those of my contemporaries saw pieces I never saw. Taking those together with what I'm already working on, I (and all of us) have more than a lifetime's worth of material available - all of his teachings... IF I take advantage of that, and IF I'm part of sharing with both old and new Modern Arnis practitioners. On top of that, the art must grow - it must evolve the material, expand the exposure, excite new students, and it must continue to exist. And, to me, all of this is exactly what loyalty to the Professor and his teachings means, and what I should be doing for and with Modern Arnis.

So I do. I support all Modern Arnis organizations arising out of the Professor's teachings. I have joined all that I can. I have also created a free Modern Arnis logo for all practitioners to use, regardless of whether they're independent or in an organization already (just please check with me if you want to modify it). To me, the art is as big as all those doing it, bigger than any one organization. For the material I already "know," I work hard to gain new insights and understanding, bounce those off my peers, and pass the good along. All of the above is my way of staying loyal to the Professor and his art, and it's what I feel is the best way for me to stay loyal to his teachings and his vision for sharing with everyone the beauty of Modern Arnis and continuing his legacy into the future.

I hope some of this resonated with you, and I hope that if you practice Modern Arnis, you too will stay open-minded enough to both gain benefit from and give back to all those you train with, regardless of branch or organization or however they came to be part of the larger Modern Arnis family. Pugay to all, and mabuhay ang Modern Arnis!
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My new blog article explores different kinds of fight interactions and some implications. A followup article will discuss what works in a fight, why, and what that means for your training.

http://www.kungfu.cc/blog/articles/8/fights-part-i-types-of-physical-conflict
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Update, current status of my planned teaching events/seminars/camps - added a couple more for my "TX tour" and indicated the 3 that are already done deals. Had a blast and looking forward to the rest! Will fix TBDs as I details get solidified. Cheers and hope to see you sometime in 2017!
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