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Monday, December 29, 2008

TUF flunkie Evans smashes Griffin

Rashad Evans was ripped left and right on his season of "The Ultimate Fighter." He was too small and Matt Hughes said his attitude sucked. UFC president Dana White thought he was the worst prospect of all the heavyweights on Season 2. He overcame everything thrown his way that season to win the title and now he's blazed his way through some of the best 205-pounders in the world to become the UFC light heavyweight champ. In an all-out slugfest, it was ground work that did it for the former Michigan State wrestler who stopped Forrest Griffin via TKO at 2:46 of the third round Saturday.

Evans caught a right kick from Griffin and was able to score a takedown. The former champ's guard was loose and allowed Evans to rise to his feet two or three times to land some solid blows. It was the last time that spelled doom for Griffin. Evans stood up, landed four rights, the first and third really rocked Griffin. Evans then switched to his left and pounded out Griffin with six big shots.

-from yahoo

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pacquiao era begins with demolition

LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao unequivocally established himself as the finest fighter in the world Saturday.

But he accomplished an even more stunning feat when he not only defeated Oscar De La Hoya but battered him into retirement with a shockingly one-sided victory in their welterweight bout before 15,001 at the MGM Grand Garden.

De La Hoya, the 1992 Olympic gold-medal winner and a professional world champion in six weight classes, was hammered as he never was in 44 previous bouts before trainer Nacho Beristain mercifully asked referee Tony Weeks to halt the carnage after eight one-sided rounds.

The fight ended any debate whether Pacquiao or light heavyweight Joe Calzaghe deserves the top spot in the mythical pound-for-pound race, but it also sent a one-time legend into retirement.

De La Hoya, who was taken to a local hospital for a precautionary examination, never in his illustrious career had absorbed such a beating. Pacquiao’s hands were far too quick and, despite the fact that he was moving up from lightweight, his punches were much too hard for the Golden Boy to handle.

It was clear by the third round that De La Hoya was going to need a miracle to reverse the pummeling he was taking.

Pacquiao displayed every punch in the arsenal, raking the Golden Boy with straight lefts that nearly closed De La Hoya’s left eye and stunning him with hooks, jabs and uppercuts.

It was so savage of a beating that it was hard not to feel sorry for De La Hoya. At the end of the bout, a thoroughly beaten De La Hoya trudged across the ring and met his one-time trainer, Freddie Roach.

“You’re right,” De La Hoya said to Roach, who had prepared Pacquiao brilliantly. “I don’t have it any more.”

Pacquiao was a 2-1 underdog, largely because he was challenging a man who had fought at super welterweight or middleweight exclusively for the last seven-and-a-half years. Pacquiao had only fought once as high as lightweight and had fought 75 percent of his bouts before Saturday at super bantamweight or lower.

But Pacquiao unofficially weighed a pound-and-a-half more than De La Hoya – 148½ to 147 – and was clearly stronger and better Saturday.

“The media, the press is never wrong,” Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said. “You all said it was a mismatch and it was a mismatch.”

De La Hoya didn’t officially announce his retirement, but his business partners, Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, spoke of his career in the past tense. In his brilliant career, De La Hoya took on most of the greatest fighters of his generation, but never before was he beaten as cleanly and decisively as he was by Pacquiao.

Not when he was knocked out by a brutal shot to the liver by Hopkins in 2004, not when he dropped a split decision to then-pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year and not when a tactical mistake cost him a victory against Felix Trinidad.

“Pacquiao was phenomenal,” Hopkins said.

Pacquiao was never threatened by De La Hoya’s vaunted left hook, negating De La Hoya’s best chance of winning the fight.

It was something Roach had worked tirelessly on in the gym and something he unwaveringly told the world that Pacquiao would do.

“Taking the left hand away was a key,” Roach said. “We took Oscar’s left hand away from him and once we did that, the fight was over.”

Pacquiao called De La Hoya his idol and said he was honored to have had the opportunity to face him. But he didn’t spare his idol any pain, working his plan like a hired gun.

“It was nothing personal,” Pacquiao said. “I just came to do my job.”

He was far more impressive against De La Hoya than Mayweather, who retired in June as the widely acknowledged best fighter in the world. Pacquiao declined to say whether he’d

be willing to fight Mayweather, saying it was up to Arum to decide.

Arum said he wouldn’t discuss a potential opponent for Pacquiao until after the holidays, but it’s clear he’s sitting on a gold mine. With De La Hoya expected to wander into retirement, Pacquiao will take his mantle as the game’s biggest draw.

Fights against Mayweather, if he comes out of retirement, and Ricky Hatton are going to be massive events that would likely guarantee each men eight-figure paydays.

Arum wanted none of that talk, preferring to revel in one of the most satisfying victories of his nearly 50-year promotional career.

“Next to the night when George Foreman won the heavyweight championship of the world by knocking out Michael Moorer, this is it,” Arum said. “These are my two most memorable fights as a promoter.”

This was the boxing rite of passage that has become all too familiar over the years. It happened to Joe Louis against Rocky Marciano, to Muhammad Ali against Larry Holmes and to Julio Cesar Chavez against De La Hoya.

A younger, faster and better man snuffed out the star of one of the game’s all-time greats.

“Hats off to Manny Pacquiao, because he was incredible,” said Mosley, who has two wins over De La Hoya. “Remember what Oscar has done, though. He made this sport a great sport, and created this so that all of you people could come to see a great event.”

But De La Hoya didn’t have that one last great fight left and was forced to accept a beating as the final act of a Hall of Fame career.

“It happens to everyone,” said legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who assisted De La Hoya in camp.

Dundee had trained Ali, Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard, among many of the game’s greats, and had seen this scene before.

“I thought Oscar had what it takes to beat Pacquiao, but this happens when you let the guys fight the fight,” Dundee said. “You just have to give the other guy credit.”

Yes you do.

Oscar De La Hoya is the past.

It’s Pacquiao’s time now.

- from yahoo sports

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Pacquiao makes De La Hoya quit after eight

De La Hoya closed as a 2-1 favorite. De La Hoya is minus-200 and Pacquiao is plus-170. The over-under is 9½ rounds. Pacquiao comes out with a slight weight advantage tonight. On the unofficial HBO scales, he weighed 148½ and De La Hoya was 147. De La Hoya is the aggressor early, but nothing lands in the first minute. Straight left from Pacquiao and then a combination from Pacquiao connects. Lead left by Pacquiao. Right to the body by Oscar. Manny misses a big hook. Straight left by Pacquiao. Combination to the head by De La Hoya backs Pacquiao up. Right by Oscar connects. Straight left by Manny.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

Lead right by De La Hoya and a right hook from Pacquiao. Double jab by De La Hoya. Pacquiao is circling away. Combination from Oscar but doesn’t land flush. Combination to the body by De La Hoya. Right-left from Pacquiao. De La Hoya’s face is reddened from the punches. Pacquiao left lands and then an uppercut. Lead left by Pacquiao keeps getting through. Difference in hand speed is stark. Hard jab and then a left by Pacquiao. Lead left by Pacquiao.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao.

Lead left from Pacquiao to open the round connects. De La Hoya has to stop that. De La Hoya is doing nothing offensively in first minute of round. Pacquiao flicks a jab that is short. Right to the head and left to the body from De La Hoya. Lead left again by Pacquiao. Left to the body from Pacquiao. Oscar seems befuddled. Right hook to the body from Pacquiao.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

De La Hoya connects with a jab, but first 30 seconds of round are very slow. They’re circling but not throwing much. Pacquiao lands a right hook. Triple jab from Pacquiao. Combination from Pacquiao backs De La Hoya up. The way this is going, it wouldn’t be a shock if De La Hoya were to quit on the stool at some point. He’s taking a tremendous amount of punishment. Body shot by Oscar lands and then two lefts. Oscar’s left eye is closing. He looks like a beaten, old and shot fighter.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

Nothing happens in first minute of round. Pacquiao lands left to body and a left to the cheek. They trade in the corner and Pacquiao gets the best of it. Straight left from Pacquiao lands. Hard straight left by Pacquiao snaps Oscar’s head back. De La Hoya’s left eye is a mess. Right by Pacquiao lands on that eye. This may be stopped soon by the corner.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

Lead right by De La Hoya lands to open the round. Pacquiao rakes De La Hoya with a three-punch combination. Double jab by Manny. Pacquiao batters De La Hoya into the corner. He’s pinned on the ropes and Pacquiao is firing away. Fight is close to ending. Pacquiao is hitting De La Hoya hard with everything he throws. Oscar is in big, big trouble. Left to the body by Pacquiao hurts Oscar. Oscar has never been beaten like this in any of his 44 previous fights. Pacquiao is overwhelming him.
Iole scores it 10-8, Pacquiao

Pacquiao goes to the body and is warned by referee Tony Weeks to keep them up. Lead right by Oscar connects. Combination by Pacquiao pins Oscar in the corner. Lead left by Pacquiao buzzes De La Hoya. Combination wobbles him in the corner. Double jab by Pacquiao. Combination by Pacquiao lands. De La Hoya goes to the body. Four-punch combination by Pacquiao lands and hurts Oscar.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

Fight is stopped just as the round is set to begin. Manny Pacquiao is the winner. Official time is 3:00 of the eighth.

-from yahoo

Friday, December 5, 2008

Confident Pacquiao ready for de la Hoya boxing match

MANILA (AFP) - - Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said he was focused and ready for his weekend "dream match" with American Oscar de la Hoya.

Pacquiao, the World Boxing Council lightweight champion who is acknowledged by many experts as the world's best pound-for-pound fighter, said he was "ready and excited" going into Saturday's fight, billed by promoters as the "dream match" against the much bigger de la Hoya.

"I am prepared for the Saturday fight. This will be a good fight," Pacquiao told local radio from Las Vegas on the eve of the official weigh-in Friday.

"I am focused on the fight. I am ready, I am excited," he said, adding that he was counting on his legion of fans back home to pray for him.

Pacquiao is a superstar in the boxing-crazy Philippines, where practically everything grinds to a halt during live broadcasts of his fights.

The "dream match" is expected to generate a purse of 100 million dollars to be divided between the two fighters, with "Golden Boy" de la Hoya taking in the lion's share at 60 percent.

The non-title bout is to be fought at the 147-pound welterweight limit, the first in this category for Pacquiao, who has won four world titles at four lower weight divisions.

With a 47-3 record, with two drawn and 35 knockouts, Pacquiao is the current WBC lightweight champion after knocking out Mexican David Diaz in June. He is the first Asian to hold belts in four different weight classes.

De la Hoya, who has won world titles in six different weight classes, meanwhile has not fought as a 147-pounder in seven years. He has held belts in six different weight classes and brings to the ring a 39-5 record, with 30 knockouts.

Pacquiao, known for his relentless combinations, is expected to use his speed to attack de la Hoya's body, his coach Freddie Roach has told the Philippine press.

- from

Thursday, December 4, 2008

De la Hoya - Pacquiao: Head to Head

WEIGHT : Welterweight (147 Pounds)

-------------DE LA HOYA -------------------------------------------------- PACQUIAO

AGE : --------- 35 ------------------------------------------------------------------ 29

: ---5' 10.5" -------------------------------------------------------5' 6.5"

HOMETOWN : --Los Angeles -------------------- Gen. Santos City, Philippines

TURNED PRO: 1992 -----------------------------------------------------1995

RECORD: 39 - 5 (30KO) ------------------------------------------ 47 - 3 - 2 (35KO)

THE RING No.3 Junior Middleweight -----No. 1 Pound-per-Pound, No.2 Lightweight


Skills: Pacquiao evolved from a one-dimensional brawler into a very good boxer under the guidance of Freddie Roach. However, De La Hoya, even with his revolving-door approach to trainers over his career, has always been an extremely sound all-round boxer.
Edge: De La Hoya

Power: De La Hoya was once a devastating puncher but his power has diminished as he’s gone up in weight. Of course, he’s going down to 147 for the first time since 2001; he might have extra pop at welterweight. Pacquiao is not a one-punch KO artist but has always been powerful. However, at 147, he won’t be able to hurt De La Hoya.
Edge: De La Hoya

Speed: One thing Pacquiao’s opponents are often surprised by is his remarkable speed. Combine that with his tenacity and improving boxing ability and you get the best fighter in the world. De La Hoya has always been quick-handed; he’s just not as fast as Pacquiao, particularly at 35.
Edge: Pacquiao

Defense: Again, Pacquiao has improved significantly as a boxer. Still, he’s never been particularly difficult to hit. That can be attributed in good part to his aggressive fighting style. De La Hoya has always put a premium on safety, one reason he’s lasted so long in the sport. He knows how to avoid punches.
Edge: De La Hoya

Experience: Both fighters have been at the top of the sport for a generation of fighters, fighting in a combined 40 major world title fights (De La Hoya 29, Pacquiao 11). Nothing phases either one of them. De La Hoya gets a slight edge because he’s been a major player a bit longer.
Edge: De La Hoya

Chin: Neither fighter has been hurt many times. De La Hoya has been stung a few times by punches to his face but was never in serious danger. Only Bernard Hopkins has stopped him, with a body shot. Pacquiao was stopped twice early in his career but has taken some huge shots in his prime without a disastrous result.
Edge: De La Hoya

Conditioning: Freddie Roach, who has been around boxing for several decades, said he’s never seen a fighter train harder than Pacquiao. He could probably fight 20 rounds if he had to. De La Hoya has had periods in his career when he didn’t train as hard as he should have, which might explain his tendency to fade late in fights, but he seems to be extremely serious about this fight.
Edge: Pacquiao

Wear-and-tear: De La Hoya, 35, has never taken a beating but appears to have declined at least somewhat after 30 years of boxing. Pacquiao, 29, has been in many wars but seems to be as fresh as ever.
Edge: Pacquiao

Corner: Both trainers garner tremendous respect. Nacho Beristain has trained a number of champions from Mexico, making him a legend in his country. And Freddie Roach, too, has worked with many big-name champions. Clearly, he’s at the top of his game. Pacquiao gets the edge here because he’s worked long term with Roach; this is De La Hoya’s first fight with Beristain.
Edge: Pacquiao

Outcome: Ask yourself: What was your first reaction when you heard this fight would take place? Answer: Pacquiao is too small. That is the most-significant factor in the fight. Pacquiao will attack and land his share of punches. However, in the end, if De La Hoya fights a smart fight – stay outside, wrap Pacquiao up when he gets inside – he’ll wear the smaller man down.
Prediction: De La Hoya KO 10

It's tough to smash this Roach

Manny Pacquiao calls trainer Freddie Roach his father figure. Roach, 48, doesn't mind the label but is quick to point out that he didn't learn his daddy skills from his own father Paul. A native of Dedham, Mass., Roach told the L.A. Times without much emotion that his own toughness came from his father who ruled with violence tendencies:

If you were to pick a Roach family logo in those days, it might have been a fist surrounded by frightened faces. "If we did something wrong, we got a beating. My dad was a physical guy. If it wasn't one of us, my mother would get it," Freddie says.

Roach was one of seven kids, five boys. All five boys boxed. Freddie went on to become a professional with 39 wins in 53 fights. The others didn't take to Dad's threatening nature the same way:

"My oldest brother, Al, quit boxing at age 16," Freddie says. "So he got tossed out of the house for good. We found out early that life was easier when we made Dad happy."

His father never gained any perspective. Freddie started out his career 26-1 and closed 13-12. Much of the lackluster finish was due to a broken hand that never healed. He got no sympathy from his Dad who was a harsh critic even as Freddie was ready to retire:

His father came to the dressing room and asked how he had been so good at one time and now was so bad. "
I threw him out," Roach says. "That was the last time I talked to him."

Roach is tight with his brothers, sisters and mother. Five of the Roaches will be attendance for the big fight. Dad won't be there, he passed away in 1992 from Alzheimers disease.

-from yahoo sports

Friday, November 28, 2008

Pacquiao saying he's giving up the lightweight crown

Manny Pacquiao is letting go of the lightweight crown he won over David Diaz last June.

The Filipino superstar, all set to face the great Oscar dela Hoya at 147 pounds, told Filipino scribes Wednesday he'd never fight again in the 135-pound division.

Pacquiao said whatever happens in his "Dream Match" with Dela Hoya, he'd rather stay at 140 or 147 pounds where he feels a lot more comfortable now.

Pacquiao saying he's giving up the lightweight crown also means that he no longer has to pay the WBC an extra $100,000 as sanction fee for the Dela Hoya fight.

A couple of weeks ago, the WBC said Pacquiao owed the body $30,000 in sanction fees for a previous fight and that he needed to pay the extra $100,000 for Dela Hoya bout.

Pacquiao was given 15 days to pay up or he gets stripped of the 135-pound title. He did pay the $30,000 but not the bigger amount.

He no longer had plans of defending the crown, actually the fourth world title the Filipino southpaw had won next to the flyweight, super-bantam and super-featherweight.

Pacquiao is the only Asian boxer to have won four world titles in different weight classes, and also the only fighter from the Philippines to be crowned lightweight champion.

- From

Thursday, November 27, 2008


The Founder of Arnis - Remy Presas

Country - Philippines

Focus - Stick Fighting

Modern Arnis is the system of Filipino martial arts founded by the late Remy Presas as a self-defense system. His goal was to create an injury-free training method as well as an effective self-defense system in order to preserve the older Arnis systems. The term Modern Arnis was also used by Remy Presas' younger brother Ernesto Presas to describe his style of Filipino martial arts; since 1999 Ernesto Presas has called his system Kombatan. It is derived principally from the traditional Presas family style of the Bolo (machete) and the stick-dueling art of Balintawak, with influences from other Filipino and Japanese martial arts.

- Read from wikipedia

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Judo Techniques and Practice

Judo includes a variety of rolls, falls, throws, hold downs, chokes, joint locks, and strikes but the primary focus is on throwing and groundwork.

Ground Fighting
techniques are divided into attacks against the joints or joint locks, strangleholds or choke holds, and holding or pinning techniques.

Techniques in Throwing

1. Standing Techniques

- hip techniques

- foot and leg techniques

2. Sacrifice Techniques

KATA (forms)

-It is a pre arranged patterns of attack and defense, which in judo are practiced with a partner for the purpose of perfecting judo techniques.

7 kata that are recognized by the Kodokan:

1. Free practice forms (Randori no Kata)

- Throwing forms (Nage no Kata)

- Grappling forms (Katame no Kata)

2. Old style self-defense forms (Kime no Kata)

3. MOdern self-defense forms (Kodokan Goshin Jutsu)

4. Forms of "gentleness" (Ju no Kata)

5. The five forms (Itsutsu no Kata)

6.Ancient forms (Koshiki no Kata)

7. Maximum-efficiency national physical education kata (Seiryoku Zenyo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata)

Randori (sparring)

Judo emphasizes a free-style sparring, called randori, as one of its main forms of training. Part of the combat time is spent sparring standing up, called tachi-waza, and the other part on the ground, called ne-waza. Sparring, even subject to safety rules, is much more practically effective than only practicing techniques on their own, which is what jujutsuka were used to doing. Using full strength develops the muscles and cardio-vascular system on the physical side of things, and it develops strategy and reaction time on the mental side of things, and helps the practitioner learn to use techniques against a resisting opponent. A common saying among judoka is "The best training for judo is judo."

There are several types of sparring exercises, such as ju renshu (both judoka attack in a very gentle way where no resistance is applied); and kakari geiko (only one judoka attacks while the other one relies solely on defensive and evasive techniques, but without the use of sheer strength.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Judo - "Gentle way"

Focus: Grappling

Who is the Founder of Judo?
- Kano Jigoro from Japan


Judoka - Practitioner

Judogi - Uniform

Randori - Sparring

Shihan - Master Instructor

Kodokan - place for teaching the way

Tenjin Shin'yo-ryu - divine true willow, traditional school of jujutsu

Kito-ryu - a traditional school of the Japanese martial arts of jujutsu

The founder of Judo became a student of three Masters. The First was Fukuda, a tenjin shin'yo-ryu, which emphasized technique over formal exercise (randori). The second was Iso Masatomo who put more emphasis on the practice of pre-arranged forms (kata). At the age of 21. he became the assistant instructor of Iso. The third master was Likubo Tsunetoshi of Kito-ryu. Like Fukuda, he put more emphasis on free practice, praticularly striking, throwing, joint locking and choking techniques.

Kano had in mind a major reformation of jujutsu, with techniques based on sound scientific principles, and with focus on development of the body, mind and character of young men in addition to development of martial prowess.

At the age of 22, when he was just about to finish his degree at the University, Kano took nine students from Iikubo's school to study jujutsu under him at the Eisho-ji, a Buddhist temple in Kamakura, and Iikubo came to the temple three days a week to help teach.

Judo originally known as Kano Jiu-Jitsu or Kano Jiu-Do, and later as Kodokan Jiu-Do or simply Jiu-Do or Judo. In the early days, it was also still referred to generically simply as Jiu-Jitsu.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Aikido -->
Ai - joining, harmonizing
Ki - Spirit, life energy
Do - way, path

Who is the founder of Aikido?
- Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying with life energy" or "the way of harmonious spirit". The goal of the founder was to create an art that practioners could use to defend themselves while protecting their attacker from injury.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical energy, as the aikidoka (aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks. Aikido can be categorized under the general umbrella of grappling arts.

Some of the Basic Techniques:

First Technique
- a control using one hand on the elbow and one hand near the wrist which leverages uke to the ground. this grip also applies pressure into the ulnar nerve at the wrist.

Second Technique
- a pronating wristlock that torques the arm and applies painful nerve pressure.

Third technique
- a rotational wristlock that directs upward-spiraling tension throughout the arm, elbow and shoulder.

try to visit the video of the founder.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

KATMA overall champion

visit to watch the video of KATMA overall champion picture taking


Sunday, November 2, 2008


This is a compilation of images of KATMA in Lorega. The Club was invited by Lopez family in their rest house to have an overnight and shares some basic exercises and had their "Lugaw" program.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Some facts about Halloween

Halloween is mostly a national holiday celebrated on the evening of OCTOBER 31.

"The ancient people believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the living and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops."

Where did the word "Halloween" come from?

- it is shortened from All Hallows' Even (both "even" and "eve" are abbreviations of "evening," but "Halloween" gets its "n" from "even) as it is the eve of all hallows day.

- it is also known as All Saints Day.


The carved pumpkin lit by a candle inside is one of Halloween's most prominent symbols

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The name MOO DUK KWAN means...

The name Moo Duk Kwan means "School of Martial Virtue"

  • Moo – military, chivalry, martial; within the ideograph the inner part of the symbol is the word for "stop" and the outer part means "weapon"
  • Duk – benevolence, virtue, goodness, commanding respect; within the ideograph on the left it means "little steps" or "to happen", and on the right the character means "moral"; thus moral steps or perhaps virtuous conduct
  • Kwan – large building, palace, library; again within the ideograph the left part looks like a roofed building and technically means "to eat" (under a roof).

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Read New Grappler Baki

Read the manga/comic of Baki the Grappler at

This story is the continuation of Baki the Grappler that we have seen in the television and DVD's.

Some of the opponents of Baki before became his teammate. The story is all about the challenges between the old characters and the prisoners of different country who escaped from their cages just to find the strongest man in the world and challenge themselves.

It is a good manga especially for the martial art lovers. ENJOY!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

KATMA Anniversary 2007

Every year, the KATMA Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do Club celebrates their anniversary by doing charitable works as their major activity. Its main goal is to share the knowledge and blessings that the club received through out the year.

Last 24th anniversary of KATMA, they went to the Philippine Mental Health Association, davao chapter, in order for them to teach some basic exercises to the young ladies. Also, the students of KATMA showed some demonstrations of the different Hyungs and self defense techniques. After the indoor activities, everybody went to their gym to play parlor games. Of course, all of them received prizes. Lastly, they had their merienda.

After the program, the KATMA pipz proceeded to their gym and continue the celebration. The activities were parlor games, karaoke contest (love love is the champion because she didn't share the microphone), eating time and many more.

Here are some clips of KATMA anniversary 2007.


Enjoy watching!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

KATMA Christmas Party 2007

Remembering the past...

Watch the KATMA people enjoyed their Christmas Party last December 2007

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Who is shee?

This girl is a mysterious girl in KATMA.

To give you an idea to think of who really is this girl, here are some informations.

It's been a long time since we were together with this girl in KATMA, not a lover but... as a big sister. Big sister to the fact that she is VERY ahead of me if we compare it to our age. But she looks young... after me. :)

Just from the info above, I know that you are now thinking of two members of KATMA that might be possible of the blind item. (L*v*ll*l** and Sh**h*n)

To guide you to the nearest answer...

This girl is lovable. Lovable in the sense that whoever or whatever type of person she may be encountered, she knows how to deal with them EXCEPT with the children.

BOYS... beware.
Anyone who get close with this girl especially to the BIG boys of KATMA will be accidentally in love. Yes, accidentally in love. Until now, I can't still explain why such gentlemen gets in love with this girl where in fact, there's no reason for them to feel it except that she is beautiful (YAIKS!).

Her codename is UNGAS.

So much for the infos. I think you know already who is this mysterious girl of KATMA.

By the way, the people who were called UNGAS in the gym were Me, Butch, and Sheehan. :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

KOREAN Counting

  • Il - one
  • E - two
  • Sam -three
  • Sa - four
  • O - five
  • Yuk - six
  • Chil - seven
  • Pal - eight
  • Gu - nine
  • Ship - ten

KATMA at Lorega

KATMA is more than a martial arts club. It does not only concentrate inside the gym practicing self defense and teaching to be a better person but it also participates in an outdoor activities where it is organize by the club itself.

One activity of KATMA is to share knowledge in self defense in the rural areas. An example to that is in Lorega, a 2 to 3 hours travel from Davao city. Sharing the knowledge must be limited in order for them not to use it in a negative manner. Of course, a limited time is not enough to teach a certain self defense lesson without teaching first the basics and when to use it. In other words, knowledge of self defense must be co-inside with self discipline. Together with the lessons, KATMA offered a free soup after the activity.

To be involved in such activities is a brilliant way of the instructor to emphasize what really the reason of why a student would enroll to a certain martial arts club, it is to guide the students in finding the right way as they journey along with their lives.

The activities became successful with the helped of our instructor, Lopez family, Lademora family, Liwag family, the parents who allowed their child to participate in such event, and to all the members of KATMA.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


It's been a long time that I haven't report to the KATMA gym to have my practice because I stayed in Cebu City to take my review for my board exam on October 25 and 26, 2008. In more than 5 months time for not practicing in the gym, there were so many changes that i have noticed.

One is my physical appearance. If I have to compare my self from the time when I am active in the gym from the time in the present, I obviously gained weight and I feel like I am heavy enough that I cannot do anymore what i can do before.

Second, the people around me were new. Unlike before, most of the time, I spend it with my girlfriend and with my KATMA family. It is the time for me to adjust again to a certain people with different characteristics. The people around me before seems that they don't have problem because every time I am with them, we were always happy and enjoying what we did. Unlike now, the people around me is like carrying heavy load that is full of problems. Maybe because they were so pressure in the coming board exam.

third, my routine was change.Before, my motto is "health is wealth". After my class, I proceed to the gym for training and go home to have some rest. The routine before is very opposite to the routine I have now. When I wake up, I eat and proceed to the review center and eat again in the middle of the class. Then, take my lunch before I proceed to the next class. again, I will eat in the middle of the class.After the class, i go home and take my dinner and sometimes, i take my midnight snacks. In other words, EAT-EAT-EAT-EAT is my habit here in Cebu.

In the given changes above, there is only one thing that i always bring here that I got from my KATMA family....

It is the discipline of a true blooded KATMA member.

KATMA Theme Song

What is the KATMA theme song? Hmmm, it is not declared officially but it is the usual song played whenever the KATMA went out for KARAOKE.

Here it is... "JUST ONCE"

Maybe you will be confused why a certain martial arts club would have a theme song like that.

Well, don't ask me, ask sheehan and Butch.


I did my best

But I guess my best wasn't good enough
'Cause here we are back where we were before
Seems nothing ever changes
We're back to being strangers
Wondering if we oughta stay
Or head on out the door

Just once can't we figure out what we keep doing wrong
Why we never last for very long
What are we doing wrong
Just once can't we find a way to finally make it right
Make the magic last for more than just one night
If we could just get to it
I know we could break through it

I gave my all
But I think my all may have been too much
'Cause Lord knows we're not getting anywhere
Seems we're always blowing whatever we got going
And seems at times with all we've got
We haven't got a prayer
Just once can't we figure out what we keep doing wrong
Why the goodtimes never last for very long
Seems we're always blowing
Whatever we got going

Just once can't we find a way to finally make it right
Make the magic last for more than just one night
If we could just get to it
I know we could break through it

Just once I want to understand
Why it always come back to good-bye
Why can't we get ourselves in hand
And admit to one another
That we're no good with out the other
Take the best and make it better
Find a way to stay together

Just once can't we find a way to finally make it right
Make the magic last for more than just one night
I know we can break through it
If we could just get to it

Just once
If we could get to it

Just Once...


Did you know that KATMA is mainly Kurdish village in Northeastern Syria. It lies between Afrin and Aleppo. The total population in KATMA amounts to approx. 5000 - 6000 inhabitants.

KATMA consists of Sunnis and Yazidis. In this village there is in addition also a mosque. Likewise two holy places are in the proximity of the village.

The agriculture is the main source of income of the population living in the village. Mainly olives, grain, chickpeas and grapes are cultivated there, in addition, figs, cherries and further fruits are cultivated there. The agriculture is worked on nearly only by machine. There are many agriculture machines, like for example tractors and combines. It is very important that in the village olives in own olive presses are pressed. In the village are some restaurants, which offer ceremony possibilities for weddings etc.

38th National Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do Gup Classing Tournament

Last April 15, 2008, the Philippine and Australian Moo duk Kwan(MDK) Soo bahk Do club gather together at the Gaisano mall, Davao City to celebrate the 2008 Philippine Martial Arts Festival. It consist of different MDK clubs from different parts of the country and selected Australian practioners.

The event consists of freestyle sparring, Hyungs, and some presentations from different club and different discipline of martial arts. They were gathered in order promote camaraderie among all members and let them realize that we have the same vision in promoting discipline among all men.

The festival was successful and ended up in recognizing the event organizers and the winners of the different competitions. The over all champion was given to the KATMA Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do Club from Davao City, handled by Kyo Sa Renato Liwag.

The participants went home with medals and some did not but whatever it is, a true competitor/player will always accept defeat and humility reigns in winning.

Friday, October 10, 2008

What is KATMA?

KATMA means KATutubong MAndirigma.

It is handled by a well trained 2nd dan blackbelt, Kyo Sa Renato "Jun" S. Liwag
It is one of the clubs of Philippine Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do. It is a martial organization which not only teaches self defense but also disciplines the students to become a better person.