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How Grappling Led Me to CTS

Filipino martial arts and Counterpoint Tactical System, in particular, are the martial arts that I’m most passionate about. Their approach to self-defense and training make the most sense to me. Master Zach Whitson has set up his system such that his teachings are simplified so that “it has to be so closely related to sparring … Continue reading

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Footwork Friday: Why Angles?

Today’s Footwork Friday is an answer to the questions: Why angles? What is angular footwork for? Each were asked in order to expand upon the basic footwork training. Due to the complexity involved, it’s difficult to provide a sufficient explanation in type only, but the following essay will attempt to do so. For a more … Continue reading

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Footwork Friday: Review

Hello from Iron Mountain camp in North Carolina! I’m currently enjoying a weekend full of Counterpoint Tactical System training. This Friday, let’s review the reverse and forward triangles and the side step in preparation for the ranging drill in next week’s Footwork Friday post. Before heading off into the ranging footwork pattern, it’s important to … Continue reading

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Students in Action

I put together a sample clip of what we are training at St. Louis Counterpoint. We’re working on the blue belt curriculum from Counterpoint Tactical System and the green belt curriculum from Cacoy Doce Pares as taught by Master Zach Whitson. I’m very proud of the progress everyone has made and continues to make. The … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Work

I ended up on a forum this weekend by way of clicking links in interesting articles. The article I ended up reading said that witiks or abanikos, as they’re more commonly known, were tournament only techniques. This is a less harsh version of the phrase it doesn’t work. The witik is a fanning motion where … Continue reading