Showing posts with label Three harmonies martial arts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Three harmonies martial arts. Show all posts

February 18, 2014

Weapon Based Self Defense

Because this is awesome!! 
It is evident that the general public desires the skill set to defend against an armed assailant as the results of the poll where I asked "What would you like to see covered in a self defense book?"  And why wouldn't you desire this knowledge?  Our masters had to deal with weapons of all sorts, and in modern society weapon based attacks are all too common (though violent crime with guns has dramatically dropped in the last couple of years).

So if you would please vote on the latest poll to your right -> and then check out our friend Darrin Cook over at Big Stick Combat, as he has written a couple of posts regarding concealed carry weapons and the responsibilities involved with carrying. 

Multiple Attackers
  5 (35%)
De- Escalation Tech.
  4 (28%)
Weapons Retention
  4 (28%)
Weapons Defense
  12 (85%)
Psychology / Intent
  11 (78%)
Ground Defense
  8 (57%)
Clinch Work
  8 (57%)
Situational Awareness
  9 (64%)
Training Approach
  10 (71%)
Finishing Techniques
  3 (21%)
Other (please comment)
  0 (0%)

August 26, 2013

"Avoid the Blade, Take Your Opponent" A Great Weekend Training Pekiti Tirsia Kali in Seattle

I wanted to thank everyone who attended Meynard's Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar over the weekend, especially my students.  Everyone worked hard and came away with a much deeper understanding of PTK.  Meynard was quite happy with everyone's progression since his last visit, and he left us with plenty to work on until we see him next.

What makes Meynard such an exceptional teacher is not the amount of "tricks" he has up his sleeve (though those are impressive as well), but the method in which he teaches and disseminates the lessons.  A system rife with confusion and rabbit trails in every direction, PTK can often be hard for a student to organize and systematize in their head.  Meynard lays out a solid pedagogy that is centered around progressive stages of uncooperative drilling and sparring.  This is key to ingraining the techniques into our muscle memory.

Using the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) as a foundational base Meynard ran us through a number of drills and patterns designed to help us progress on our path to bladed combat.  Progressively we built on each successive movement using double and single stick for the most part.

For those interested in training in a traditional Filipino martial art, there is not a single one more advanced then Pekiti Tirsia Kali!  We train at the Three Harmonies Club on Wednesday nights at 6pm (get there a little early if you can) and Saturdays at 9am.  I am also available for private lessons if need be.  For students of mine keep on the lookout for Aaron Cole to come over and train with us everyone now and then, and I also hope to have Meynard back this winter for another seminar.

August 22, 2013

Six Hours with Rommel Tortal / Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seattle Seminar

I had the distinct pleasure of spending this past Sunday with Tuhom Rommel Tortal of Pekiti Tirsia Kali Manila.  A genuinely nice gentleman, Mr. Tortal is considered by many to be the heir apparent to the PTK crown under Leo Gaje who is Tortal's uncle.  Though my budget lately has been nada, I am glad I scraped the bottom of the cookie jar to go to the six hour seminar in Federal Way.

Tortal had us moving the whole seminar banging out footwork drills, contrada drills, and fundamental manipulation of single stick, double stick, single blade, as well as empty hand.  I believe he was a bit disappointed on the level of shape some folks were in so kept the pace clipping.  Whenever Professor Tortal would have drill, he would also show us the application and where these movements would come into play.  This is an important aspect considering many FMA teachers are drill happy to the point where they do not even know why they do certain drills!

This would be the first time I have ever trained in the Lukgood (the Malaysian's call it a Kerambit) and to be honest the training gave me a new found respect for the weapon.  Though I think in an actual encounter I would much prefer a regular knife, the Lukgood(?) is certainly a formidable weapon in close.  

We worked a number of basic single and double stick drills along with some applications, but the lesson always came back to two fundamental aspects: footwork and angles.  If either of these two principles was askew, the technique would fail!  That is what I like about Tortal... the emphasis on basic footwork and making sure we hit at the correct angle. 

Towards the end of the day we worked a bit of empty hand.  Again Tortal moves like a snake; fluid, fast, deadly.  Limb destructions and dumog were the topic of this section, and while many of the movements would require a completely willing opponent, the principles were none the less solid.  Get offline of the attack and counter! 

I want to thank Prof Tortal, Art Samson, and especially my good friend and training partner Russ Segawa.  Sorry I did not take more pics, we were busy training!  If you ever get the chance to train with Rommel Tortal make sure you do it!  He is one of the best Filipino martial artists I have ever had the luxury of training with!  I look forward to his visit to the Pacific NW next.  And if you are interested in training some Kali, then make sure to check us out this weekend where I have my teacher Meynard Ancheta coming in for our very own Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar!  Contact Jake ASAP for more info: 206-941-3232


August 12, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar w/ Guro Meynard Ancheta Coming Up

Friendly reminder that we are under two weeks away for an awesome opportunity to sharpen your bladed weapon skills with my teacher Meynard Ancheta!  
Three Harmonies Martial Arts Presents
Pekiti Tirsia Kali:
Edge & Impact Weapon Fighting Concepts
w/ Guro Meynard Ancheta
August 24: 12-4pm
August 25: 10am-2pm
942 N. 95th St.
Seattle, WA.
$75 One Day
  $105 Entire Weekend
Open to any and all levels of experience!  
“Doce Methodos Progressions for Technical and Full Contact Sparring.”
In this seminar, students will learn blade combat flow and how to apply the "Methodos" in a dynamic and progressive way. The skills taught in this seminar will lay the foundation that will allow students to explore the principles of the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) while training with resistance and thereby develop true fighting ability with edge weapons.  Students will learn effective and proven techniques applied in real time against uncooperative and skilled opponents.  
Meynard Ancheta has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years.  A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as a dedicated student of Tim Cartmell’s for over 10 years in various disciplines, Meynard has comitted his life to training Pekiti Tirsia Kali under Leo Gaje.  He is head instructor of  PTK Southern California, and the PTK instructor for Three Harmonies Martial Arts in Seattle, WA.

For more info or to register contact Jake Burroughs:  [email protected] / 206-941-3232

July 18, 2013

Survey Says.... More Video

Well our first poll here in a while asked what kind of content you would like in the future to be posted on The Ground Never Misses, and with 19 folks chiming in these are the results: 
  • 73% of you would like more tutorial style videos
  • 21% would like more editorial/opinion pieces
  • 5% of readers would like more reviews
So with that info I wanted to show a great Judo clip my amigo Jeremy shared on FB the other day.  Sasaki Judo is one of the premiere Judo training facilities in the US and here is a great demonstration of some various throws and takedowns beautifully executed!

July 7, 2013

Three Harmonies Combatives and Kali Class Schedule (Revised: July 2013)

Effective July 9th the following class schedule for my Combatives Class as well as the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Class:

Monday 6-7pm: Combatives

Tuesday 6-7pm: Combatives

Wendesday 6-7pm: Pekiti Tirsia Kali

Thursday 6-7pm: Combatives

Saturday 9-10am: Pekiti Tirsia Kali
              10-11am: Combatives

There are a couple things you will notice here.... First and foremost the importance of training in the combatives class even if you are mostly interested in Kali training.  We now have 5 days a week you can train in a group lesson.  Private instruction is scheduled individually.  Tuition will not change... still $105 / month for unlimited classes, or if you choose to attend 1-2 classes a week it is only $85 / month.  Private instruction is available as well in BJJ, striking, weapons work, personal fitness, etc.  Contact Jake Burroughs to arrange a lesson today: [email protected] / 206-941-3232

March 7, 2013

Takedown MMA Radio Interview w/ Jake Burroughs

I am honored and humbled to be featured in this weeks interview on the Takedown MMA Radio Show!  Jay, KC, and Stu offer a great weekly show from southern Ohio (don't hold that against them please) where they talk to martial artists from all aspects and backgrounds.

I totally feel out of place with the level of folks they have had on, but take a listen and let me know what you think.  I talk about my background and start up in the martial arts, as well as giving props to those who have influenced me over the past 20 years!  Hate hearing myself on tape... say "ummm" wayyyyyy too much!

Click here to listen to the latest episode!  

February 8, 2013

Mad Boxing Skills From Little Girl

This little one is simply too cute, and a bit scary all at the same time!  Props to her pops for teaching her well.  She moves better then most adult men I see. 

January 6, 2013

Be Inspired By Rickson Gracie

"Courage is essential for the warrior.  Be engaged in the moment.  It is all about how I feel about things.  I don't expect much.  I obey my heart." - Rickson Gracie

Hope you listen to this my friend.

Rickson Gracie: Just Like You from Citizens of Humanity on Vimeo.

December 22, 2012

Heads Up!

Excellent execution from Combat Sambo.  Are you training for true self defense??  This may come in handy this weekend for those shopping, or conversely those of us working with those shopping!

December 20, 2012

1914 Gi's For the New Year

Last minute stocking stuffer idea for that cauliflower eared loved one that is tough to shop for on your list?  Hands down the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kimono on the market comes with the moniker "1914!"
I chose 1914 as my sponsor because of the quality of their gi, but more so for the passion they share for the art of BJJ I do!  It doesn't hurt that their "Classic" gi is the sturdiest, most comfortable gi on the market and the apparel they produce is awesome!  Show some support for an American start-up company based out of Oklahoma.Much gratitude to Blake Kerr and 1914 for their support.   Look forward to fighting for them more in 2013!

Check out for their full line of apparel and gi's!   


Happy Holidays,

September 3, 2012

Kickboxing / Combatives / Kali Classes In Seattle, WA.

Get a jump start on getting in shape for the holidays by joining a class at the Three Harmonies Martial Arts Center here in Seattle, WA.  For the entire month of September I will waive the $40 membership fee for new students.  We offer a variety of classes in an effort to not only meet, but exceed your goals in training.

Whether you are a stay at home mom looking for a great workout, a busy executive wanting to lose weight, or a college student wanting to learn some self defense, we have the right class for you:

Kickboxing / Combatives Class:
 Mon-Thurs 6pm
 Sat. 10am

Pekiti Tirsia Kali: 
Wed. 7:15
 Sat. 9am

Private instruction is also available.  Call today for more info or throw us an email: 206-941-3232 / [email protected]

Train Hard.  Train Smart.


July 24, 2012

Journal of Asian Martial Arts Special Edition

I am honored to be presenting an article on clinch fighting from the Chinese martial arts perspective in the latest issue of Journal of Asian Martial Arts along with some of the most revered names in martial arts such as; Kevin Secours / Steve Koepfer / Leon Jay / Llyr Jones / Yun Zhang and Dave Lowry.  Sadly this will be the final issue of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.  Unfortunately it has become too expensive to continue on with such little support from the general public.
  I feel especially honored to be featured alongside my teacher Yang Shu Ton (Tony Yang) offering a piece on Baji, my kung fu uncle Ilya Profatilov (Praying Mantis), and my friend Joy Chaudhuri whom has been training Wing Chun under Augustine Fong in Arizona since before I was alive!!!!!

This 200 page special edition is due to hit the printer this week so look for it to be available in the coming weeks online at Go Via Media.  This article will feature exclusive photographs from DKB Images.

   This is a sad day, but one we should get used to as print media is slowly breathing it's last kiai.  I have noticed a trend in modern martial arts publications of poor writing skills and a general inability to convey even the simplest of concepts and theories.

   I want to thank Michael DeMarco and the JAMA for years of excellent writing and sharing of all things martial.  Quality was the upmost standard by which the journal ran, and like a true warrior Michael was not going to sacrifice quality in an effort to keep it going.  Farewell my friend and thank you.


July 19, 2012

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Video Phenomenon

According to the 12 of you who chimed in on our poll last week, there is a 50-50 split when asked "When learning from film (DVD/Youtube) do you study:

  6 (50%)
Competition Footage
  0 (0%)
  6 (50%)
  0 (0%)

Votes so far: 12 

I find this interesting though not surprising.  We are creative creatures and with such active imaginations it should come as no surprise that we like to be constantly stimulated with new ideas / ways of doing our respective "hobby."  In the 21st century we have mass media at our fingertips, literally, and we use it (arguably) too much and in many a wasted manner.  

Don't get me wrong, I have amassed a DVD collection over the past 20 years that is impressively large, yet embarrassingly untouched for the most part.  In the beginning everything you see is so new and impressive, every new position is like Ponce De Leon's discovery of the Fountain of Youth, submissions "created" on the mat are quickly named with crazy personalized monikers in an effort to claim our 15 minutes of fame with the much hyped, rarely seen "Black and Decker Pecker Wrecker!"  These dreams of grandeur are rudely awoken when we hit purple belt and you start realizing what is new is old and old is new.  The way of nature I suppose.

Watching my past competition footage is some of the best instructional material out there as it showcases without bias my flaws, strengths, and weaknesses.  With the adrenaline dump and intensity of any given single match one is happy if they can recall 60% of what occurred, and quite often the accuracy of that 60% we recall is actually much lower.  When I competed in the American Cup last year I had no one with me to record the match (should have asked someone, but did not think of it).  Immediately after the match (I lost on points), I went outside to catch my breath and focus on what just happened.  The last thing I remembered was attacking him in my guard, then all the sudden he was in side control.  It wasn't for almost 10 hours later that night that I remembered I had attacked with a triangle and he squirmed out of it and passed.  I totally forgot a huge chunk of the fight!  

Point being... wish I had video of it because I am sure I could learn a lot of what I do not remember!  

Here are a couple of clips, one instructional from Carlos Henrique (6th dan), the other a culmination of clips from Bishop BJJ regarding the interesting game of Kron Gracie who often is fighting the best in the world down on points, but constantly attacking using the fundamentals of BJJ.  One can learn a lot from both of these clips:

July 10, 2012

Counter Punching Mastery

Ran across this posting over at Ross Boxing and wanted to share it as we have been covering check hooks the past week or so, as well as doing some counter striking off of the bob and weave last night in class.  Check out the most legendary check hook in modern times at the 1:43 mark where Hatton walks right into Mayweather's hook!  BRUTAL!

For those interested in getting in shape all the while learning self defense skills, Three Harmonies Martial Arts offers group and private lessons in kickboxing, combatives, and Pekiti Tirsia Kali (by the way knife attacks have gone through the roof in the PAC NW in the past year!  Come learn to defend yourself against weapon wielding nut jobs who do not get enough vitamin D)!

June 16, 2012

Poll Results Are In: What Element Factors Most in Your Decision of Whom to Train Under?

I must admit I am a bit disappointed, sadly not surprised, by the results of my latest poll question "What element factors most in whom you train under?"  With 21 folks voting over the past week here are the numbers breakdown:

Instructors Rank
  0 (0%)
Competition Record
  2 (9%)
Teaching Experience
  10 (47%)
Logistics (money/proximity)
  9 (42%)

What disappoints me so is the fact that so many (42%) people base their decision of where to entrust their martial future on how close the academy is to their home, or how much it costs to attend.  Don't get me wrong, I of all people totally understand that the economy sucks and we are all pinching pennies.  But if you are going to walk a lifelong path of martial arts, if you are going to envelope yourself in a lifestyle.... wouldn't you want the best?

Thankfully "teaching experience" won out the poll just barely squeaking by with 10 votes (47%), and frankly this should be the ultimate decider when it comes to your decision.  Rank's can be rather political and non-representational of an individuals actual skill both as a fighter and teacher.

Competition record really is misleading as well, for instance take the great BJJ grappler Felipe Costa, two time world black belt champion.  Competed in dozens, hundreds of tournaments throughout his life.  Never, NEVER, won a single tourney until he was a black belt!  Now I am sure if we actually broke down match by match throughout Felipe's life his win column would be far overshadowed by his loss column.  Yet see what determination, focus, and the never say die attitude will get you?!?  Imagine if Felipe would have quit competing at purple belt!?  What would he have to teach you??

It is exactly this type of experience both on and off the mat that I look for in an instructor.  I need a coach to lead me through all the shit that is going to come up for me as a fighter, and if he has never experienced any of these things how can he lead me through them??

Thankfully I have found the best instructor in town and his academy is only 10 miles away.  But to be honest I would travel all the way across town to train under Brian Johnson.  Then again I am a bit of a dork about this stuff so perhaps I am not the "norm."  I used to travel from New Mexico to both So Cal and Vancouver, BC to train with my teachers!  And that was when I was broke in college!!

Train Hard!  Train Smart!

June 1, 2012

Kung Fu - Tai Chi Magazine Article

I am pleased to announce my latest article, "Sun Taiji's Fan Through the Back" is out in the July/August 2012 issue of Kung Fu Tai Chi.   It covers some grappling and counter-grappling techniques you may not have seen before in traditional Chinese martial arts.  I am also honored to share the magazine with my old friend Phil Romero in Albuquerque, NM.  On the stand now so grab a copy and support one of the last rag's that covers solely Chinese martial arts!

I have been fortunate to be exposed and train under some of the best martial artists in the world, the vast majority of my past two decades in the arts has been training within the Chinese martial spectrum.  It is the arts of Northern Mantis, Xing Yi, Sun Taiji, Sun Bagua, Baji, Shuai Chiao, etc. that have all graced my plate at one time or another in my life.  Training under Tim Cartmell and Hu Xi Lin for the most part I have been fortunate to be involved in many different aspects of the Chinese marital arts.

I find some of the backlash from the community I was once very much a part of, rather amusing in their assertions and assumptions.  But then it dawned on me that perhaps folks need an update as to what I have been doing over the past few years, so let me reminisce and summarize a bit.

When my wife and I moved up here nearly 6 years ago I had two goals; get closer to my Mantis teacher (Hu Xi Lin), and train my ass off in BJJ.  I was fortunate enough to accomplish both goals and am still training in both the traditional martial arts as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Brian Johnson at the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy.   My main focus has been on BJJ due to the fact that the Chinese martial arts have NO ground fighting what-so-ever,  the high standards my teacher holds, as well as the demanding nature of the martial art.  I have fallen in love with competing once again in my adult life and quite frankly grappling is 10X safer, and more fun to practice then the striking arts!

I still practice, and teach, the traditional martial arts that I know.  Sadly most folks do not hold an interest in the archaic arts of China save a few die hard fans.  The secretive nature of the Chinese culture coupled with an arrogant attitude towards ground fighting ("Like dogs rolling in the dirt") has made the Chinese martial arts antiquated in their training and much of their technique.  Simple fact of the matter is your average BJJ school has a more realistic approach to teaching self defense then your average Chinese martial arts school.   Most Chinese martial academies locally do not even teach the take downs and grappling inherit in their Chinese martial arts.

My group classes are termed "combatives" because they incorporate all my knowledge in the martial spectrum, not just Chinese based.  I teach what I feel is best for my students, not what tradition states.  For in the end when it comes to self defense it is their ass on the line and they are relying on my teachings to keep them safe.  I take that responsibility very seriously!

Keep your eyes peeled for articles coming up in Kung Fu magazine, as well as the final issue of Journal of Asian Martial Arts.  On that note please go out and support your favorite magazines as print media is a dying breed.

If you are interested in training in either group classes or privately, please hit me up so we can arrange a lesson today!   [email protected] / 206-941-3232


January 5, 2012

Why EVERY Girl Should Be Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

This is an EXCELLENT posting by a BJJ mom speaking of her daughters journey through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  I have included a short snippet from the piece, but make sure to click here to read the rest!  And please pass this along to every women (and man) you know!
"At school, my daughter has been a victim of aggressive and sexually deviant behavior; this is the unfortunate reality of the world. The knowledge she gains in Jiu Jitsu class, where she is safe and supervised, will help her in coping with real-life bullying scenarios which, by their nature, often occur when a smaller, weaker victim is alone and unsupervised by adults.
In her practice of Jiu Jitsu, she learns that being beautiful is only one aspect of who she is. Another aspect is that she is STRONG, physically and mentally. She learns that she is capable of defending herself rather than requiring a man to defend her. That she doesn't have to say YES to every offer made to her, whether that offer is sex, drugs, alcohol, or anything else. My daughter will stand strong, when others succumb to peer pressure. She will know that being a girl is NOT being the "weaker sex," but rather that being a girl means overcoming her own challenges and knowing she is strong enough to reach her goals."

January 4, 2012

Kickboxing - Combatives - Kali Classes Seattle, WA.

Kick 2011 in the head and start 2012 off with a right lead, stop by Three Harmonies Martial Arts and start training today!  We offer both group and private lessons in various disciplines such as kickboxing, Shen Wu Combatives, Pekiti Tirsia Kali, and a number of traditional Chinese martial and healing arts as well.

Our group classes are comprised of a combination of both striking and basic grappling that is self defense based, not stylistically based.  Students can expect to learn basic striking and covering, mitt work and sparring drills, stand up wrestling and grappling, as well as ground proofing to ensure students are well versed and skilled in all ranges of combat.

We also offer Pekiti Tirsia Kali training for those interested in the Filipino bladed arts.

We have fun while we train and work hard!  If this sounds like the place for you, stop by and say "Hi" and we can set you up with some training.   You can also drop me a line at 206-941-3232 or email me at [email protected]

Click here to check out our 2012 schedule!

To set up a private lesson with Jake contact him via phone or email.


December 26, 2011

Great Training Today!

While the majority of you were laying on the couch recouping, a handful of dedicated grapplers had some great training today!  Wanted to send a big thanks to the four who actually read this blog; Karliss the Latvian Destroyer / Motorcycle Matt / The Baconater / and Kelland  "The Rape Dummy" (BTW for once I had nothing to do with that nickname!).  Great training partners and a solid workout the day after mucho gluttony and self abuse!

I thought I would leave you with some solid quotes I recently found in the Nov-Dec. issue of Europe's awesome new Jits rag, "Jiu Jitsu Style."    JJS is hard to find on the newsstands over here (seen it once or twice at the downtown B&N, but nothing consistent), so I suggest subscribing to their electronic version (available on i Phones and pads).  It is not only cheaper, but you get the mag immediately, and it is packed full of interesting interviews, techniques, and product reviews.  Their interviewers actually ask some interesting and engaging questions (for instance this issue has Fabio Gurgel talking about the ugly break-up of the original Alliance troop in 2001).

JJS is a step up from the similar Jiu Jitsu Magazine found stateside, with both of them blowing Gracie magazine out of the water (Gracie has become a mere shell of its former self, which was never that great!).

Anyways... some interesting meditation material here.  Enjoy!

Fabio Gurgel on Alliance's success through the years at major competitions:

"When we went to competition Jacare never put any pressure on us, it was always fun.  He taught me how to enjoy the moment of the fight, not before or after, but when you are on the mat.... we just learned how to enjoy the competition.   I think this lesson is what gave me success in the competitions and is the backbone of Alliance's success at the moment."

"You cannot build a successful team if you are only looking at your top students... The basics need to be very solid."

Asked if one needs to compete to teach:

"Of course, you must know the feeling of competition, this is important.  If you compete you may not be the best competitor, but you know the feeling and can help your students to prepare."  

Nicolai Holt on competition:

"If you want to test your BJJ, you have to do it in competition."

Nicolai Holt on the sport vs. self defense debate:

"I do not perceive a debate.  If you train sport jiu jitsu, you will be better able to handle a self defense situation."