Monday, May 22, 2017


By Maestro Marvin Mendoza

One of the most difficult and dangerous situations anyone can face is the multiple attacker scenario it raises the risk of injury or death, exponentially. In Abenir Kalis, the training is taken a step further we do practice multiple attack scenarios with weapons involved from sticks to knives which makes it even more challenging. The following are a few thoughts on how to approach it. Bear in mind we are not covering ambush scenarios in this article.

As the comedy director Mel Brooks once said in one of his movies, “it’s location, location, location”.
To survive a multiple attack scenario location and distance is the most important. Though most people would just use instinct and reaction time to survive. We believe considering your location in relation to your opponents is also essential. In this article we’ll begin with a one against two scenario.

The most ideal location is the triangle location(you are  in the center and both opponents in front) because you can see both opponents and somewhat predict movement.

From here we start our tactics, one of the tactics is to see who is closer and attack or defend against them.

From this scenario you can take out the first person to come in and deal with the other one after. The second situation is when both are equidistant from you now there are two ways to engage them one is to draw one of them in by moving back when they attack even if they simultaneously attack they cant come in at the same speed one will always be faster than the other and you can deal with first person to come in.

another way is to line yourself with one opponent if they are equidistant from you so by simple geometry you make yourself farther from the other opponent

Now some may ask, what if they’re not in front of me but instead one in front the other in the back? Then choose a side either left or right to run to to create that triangle distance even if they give chase they will align in a triangle if you run to one side.

Now all of these tactics are good if and only if you actually try them out in sparring or even in light drills with foam sticks or knives. Do bear in mind that there are NO GUARANTEES in a multiple fight scenario but if you try these tactics with honest partners and do some analysis yourself you’ll find that you will get better instincts when it comes to multiple attackers and gradually you can increase the number from two to three etc. The idea is just survive not conquer. If you try to conquer in this scenario you are likely gonna get injured or die in the process. Survive long enough to create space for a hasty retreat.

I myself have tried these tactics with some level of success, by success I mean I was able to survive, not win against my opponents. As I said above, multiple attackers is the most difficult scenario you will get peppered in training just continue to experiment and you’ll develop your own tactic that works for you.  For a knife scenario parrying is likely better than trapping one opponent because you are likely to get stabbed by the other opponent so parry and hit or stab(if you're armed with a blade). For an all stick scenario, parries or passes are favorable over solid blocks because you can move seamlessly between opponents if you block hard you stay put and that can be dangerous. Like I said, these are all easier said than done so try experiment and see what works for you.


Friday, May 12, 2017



I have taught many students during the past two decades that I have been actively  teaching and promoting the Filipino martial arts along with other martial arts which I have studied under the great teachers I learned from.  And it is very usual to see students come and go. Some stay for a very short period of time, there are those who stay for a couple of years and others even decades. Up to the present time I have students (now wonderful teachers themselves) who have stayed within our group for more than 20 years already and not because they are kept within the confines of invisible walls for which there is none but they just chose to do so and stick around due to the friendship, trust and brotherhood built around everyone else. I have always encouraged them to do as they want. To learn as much as they want from other teachers, styles, system of these vast  and wonderful world of martial arts. And now when we cross sticks and hands, I am humbled and proud  at the same time for many are better than me now. Yet they still  remain with us and indeed they are the same people who from the very beginning were always free. And these are the people who are usually  found to be of great character and with an attitude of humility, compassion and kindness towards others. For them martial arts is a way of life which had created a positive impact in their lives. While others who came in already with swelled heads and arrogance in their demeanor were usually the people who just use others for their own fame, glory, selfish motives and everything just for their benefit. They are mere egotistical  salesmen in our opinion and not martial artists.  Most of the time they are the ones who speak much (usually nonsense) and show off their so called skills yet with a very shallow understanding of what it means to be a true student of the martial arts. They love to be addressed as someone with authority and yet does not know how to do so with others and would often verbally and arrogantly  berate the very system for which they have become famous and known for in order to lick the boot of others. And indeed many who don't have a clue follow them and praise them not knowing nor understanding  the level of deep insecurities and shallowness the person has. They're like horses on the park with blinders on their eyes while nodding along up and down with a cloud of flies, pissing on the bucket.  These are the poison or the rotten apples that we have to throw out in order not to contaminate or destroy the others.

Bong Abenir

Abenir Kalis Philippines