May 20th – Spartan Gear Sponsorship of GM “Datu” Tim Hartman
It is official. Spartan Training Gear is the sponsor for GM Hartman’s 2013 – 2014 seminar tour! This is exciting news for Filipino Martial Arts getting more exposure in the reality based training community. There will be more exciting announcements in the near furture!
October 19 & 20, 2012, Johnstown, New York
Datu Hartman taught a double header seminar with Kenpo Grand Master Larry Tatum. Datu taught a class for security and law enforcement officers featuring the EDT (Edged weapons Defensive Tactics). Participants came from as far away as London, Ontario – Canada.
October 7, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland
Charm City Nationals
Datu Hartman consulted and officiated at the Charm City Nationals. This was the debut of stick fighting at the tournament. There were teams that came as far as Toronto, Canada to attend this event in Baltimore, Maryland.
September 28 – 30, 2012
Best of the West Modern Arnis Training Camp – Dortmund, Germany
Brief review. This had to be the smoothest camp I have ever had the pleasure of attending or teaching at. Dieter Knuettel and the DAV were excellent hosts. I remarked to Dieter that all of the students here were for one reason only, to train. I have been to seminars and camps where the student base would split up into their respective groups or cliques. This one was vastly different. It was as if every student came from one instructor and had only one agenda – to train.
The intervening years between the death of our teacher, Remy Presas, and this camp have been ones of tempest and turmoil. I suppose this happens in every system that loses the founder. The senior students find their place in the world and art and then things continue on. The Reunion Camp in Buffalo last year pointed out to the instructors that enough time has passed and that we all could work together as members from one family. This camp demonstrated this on a broad scale. You cannot get much more in the way of differing personalities than the instructors of this camp. Before Buffalo, well, it was a crap shoot as to whether we could make a go of it. Buffalo showed we could. Dortmund showed that we could from here on out and that Buffalo was not a one-shot deal.The classes? They were many and varied from the Tactical Forms I taught to the two stick on one Tapi-Tapi sessions taught by Chuck. I would rather describe the instructors.
Chuck Gauss – “Mr. Passion” himself. I think he and Kelly Worden would have tied in a contest as to who would have excited the crowd more. Chuck’s energy infected every one in every session he taught.
Brian Zawilinski – Brian’s teaching style is the exact opposite of Chuck’s. His is a quiet presentation that exudes confidence and competence. His sessions were real-deal applications of Prof. Presas’ art – very smooth and very exact.
Tim Hartman – If Chuck is Mr. Passion, Tim is “Mr. Showman.” Tim’s session were taught with a balanced combination of precision and showmanship. He was a group favorite.
Dieter Knuettel – Where Chuck is passion, Dieter is “Mr. Energy” – every session he taught was brimming with a high-speed energy that was amazing seeing how physically tired he was from attending to all the details of promoting the camp. But that is typical Dieter and I expect nothing less.
My classes? I’ll let someone else comment and describe them.
One of the great things for me about this camp is what I learned from the other instructors. Yep. The teacher is always a student. Brian cleaned up my difficulties with the standing center lock and gave me a new insight to the center lock application. Tim saw an inaccuracy in a Balintawak application I was doing, took me off to the side and got that fixed. I learned the “Buffalo mirror breaking ejection” (inside joke) from Dieter. There was a right hand to left hand transition that I totally forgot about until I watched a session Chuck taught. Sweet. The teacher, once again, was the student.
To sum it up, this camp was not so much about the title of it, The Best Of The West, as it was about the continuation and growth of the founder’s art. This camp was an affirmation that Modern Arnis, in whatever form, is thriving and will continue to thrive and grow.
August 24, 2012
Datu Hartman earns his yellow belt in Kuntaw.
So a month ago I said that I was a white belt again and people thought I was speaking figuratively not literally. Well as of tonight it’s official I am now a yellow belt! It was a 1 hour private test which meant I couldn’t hide my mistakes from anyone because all eyes are on me. I feel I did okay. Could’ve been better but my knee had been jacked for last few months. Looking forward to continuing my education. Thank you GM Marc De Leon for all your time and instruction.
August 10-12, 2012
WMAA Instructors Training Camp
July 17-19, 2012
Datu Hartman was a guest at the Global Stick and Blade Alliance’s World Stick Fighting Championships (The Duel in the Desert).
July 1 & 2, 2012
Datu Hartman attended the MAIA Super Show
June 22-24, 2012
Datu Hartman was inducted into the Modern Arnis Hall of Fame!
Dr. Gyi and Datu Hartman at the Modern Arnis Hall of Fame. He received then Lifetime Achievement award and I received the “Professor’s Choice” award. Dan Anderson and Datu where the only two of the Professor’s Choice recipients pretend. Other inductees received the Modern Arnis Pioneer award. The WMAA would like to congratulate all of of my inductees!
March 24 & 25, 2012
Datu Tim Hartman was a featured instructor at the Saratoga Martial Arts Festival.
March 18, 2012
Datu Tim Hartman, Guro Federico Malibago and Guro Mark Basel launch FMATalk Live!
Datu Tim Hartman in conjunction with Guro Federico Malibago and Guro Mark Basel have taken FMATalk.com to the next level by launching FMATalk Live! This is a biweekly podcast on anything and everything on the Filipino Martial Arts industry.
March 17, 2012
Guro Sam Wolf named as WMAA’s sports director.
March 11, 2012
Datu Hartman and Guro Sam Wolf visited Balintawak Grand Master Bobby Toboada after his first public seminar after his surgery.
March 2nd – 4th Columbus, Ohio – Arnold Classic
February 25th, Toronto, Canada
Datu Hartman attended the 1st Canadian Dog Brothers Gathering!
February 1st, Williamsville, New York
January 28 & 29, 2012
GM Hartman & Manglinong teach at GM Pallen’s Sama – Sama
January 21, 2012
Datu Hartman Inducted in to the 2012 Action Magazine Hall of Honors!
Datu Hartman Inducted in to the 2012 Action Magazine Hall of Honors. This event is the Academy Award of Martial Arts world. The Datu poses with Action Star James Lew!