Category Archives: Did You Know…

Dan Inosanto: A True Fighting Spirit

A martial arts legend in his own right, he holds advanced rank in many martial arts systems including Jeet Kune Do, Filipinio Martial Arts, Silat, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and others….

He has been directly responsible for introducing many prominent martial artists such as Pendekar Paul de Thouars, Edgar Sulite, Chai Sirisute, Leo Gaje, Johnny Lacoste, Maung Gyi, among others to the general martial arts public.

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*Source: Fighting HQ

DID YOU KNOW…WE HAVE AN OLYMPIAN

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Michael Christian Martinez, the lone athlete for the Philippines, will compete in the Men’s Figure Skating program.

Martinez began skating in 2005 at SM Southmall ice rink. He trains mainly in Manila and also spends several months a year in California with coach John Nicks, and formerly, Ilia Kulik and Peter Kongkasem.

Martinez debuted on the Junior Grand Prix series in the 2010–2011 season.

In April 2012, Martinez tore ligaments in his knee. He landed his first triple Axel in competition at a 2012–2013 Junior Grand Prix event in Lake Placid, New York. He placed 6th in his JGP event in Croatia. At the 2012 Crystal Skate of Romania, Martinez won his first senior international title, also a first for the Philippines.

Martinez finished 5th in his second appearance at the 2013 World Junior Championships and set a new personal best overall score of 191.64 points.

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In 2013–14, Martinez started his season at the 2013 JGP Latvia where he finished 4th. He then competed on the senior level at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, the last qualifying event for the 2014 Winter Olympics. He finished 7th and earned a spot for the Philippines in men’s singles – a first for his country. He then competed at the 2013 JGP Estonia and won his first JGP medal, a bronze. He withdrew from the 2014 Four Continents Championships but competed at 2014 Skate Helena and won the gold medal.

In September 2013, Martinez competed for the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, the last qualifying event for the 2014 Winter Olympics. He finished 7th earning him a spot for the Philippines. Martinez is the first skater from Southeast Asia to qualify for the Olympics and the only athlete representing the Philippines at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. He was his country’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony. Viktor Kudriavtsev coached him for one month up to the Olympics.

Michael advanced to the finals garnering a score of 64.81 in the short program held at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 13, 2014.

*Source: Wikipedia

DID YOU KNOW…WE HAVE A FAMOUS PINOY STUNT PERFORMER

Ernest “Ernie” E. Reyes, Jr. (born January 15, 1972) is an American actor, martial artist, action choreographer, director, producer, filmmaker, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer.

Reyes, Jr. played a prince in the 1985 production, Red Sonja. In that movie, he shared the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen. He also appeared in an episode of the hit television series MacGyver in 1988. Reyes had starring roles in Surf Ninjas and in the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film The Secret of the Ooze as Keno, the pizza delivery boy. He also served as the martial arts stunt double for Donatello in the first Ninja Turtles film. He later appeared in movies such as Rush Hour 2 playing Zing and in The Rundown alongside WWE wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Reyes guest starred in the TV series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues alongside David Carradine.

Ernie Reyes Jr. has a professional fight record of 3–0 in Strikeforce which is now one of largest Mixed martial arts organization on the planet but started out as a Muay Thai and kickboxing organization.

More recently Ernie Reyes Jr. has done motion capture stunts for blockbuster movies such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. Currently he stars in the mixed martial arts movie The Red Canvas co-starring Ving Rhames and UFC lightweight number one contender Gray Maynard.

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*Wikipedia

DID YOU KNOW…WE HAVE ONE OF THE GREATEST POOL PLAYERS OF ALL TIME

Efren Reyes (born August 26, 1954) is a Filipino professional pool player and a two-time world champion.  Numerous fellow professional players have credited Reyes with being the greatest living player in the world.  Reyes, along with the other “Filipino invasion” players revolutionized the way pool is played by their introduction to the sport of pinpoint precision kicking (going into a rail with the cue ball and then hitting an object ball). Reyes’ ability to “kick safe” and to kick balls into intended pockets is legendary.

He is married to Susan Reyes. They have three children.

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Check out some of Efren “Bata” Reyes BEST SHOTS…