HSSSS: Health, Stamina, Skill, Swiftness, Strength
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These are the 5 basic rules of Frank Maletsky in the practice of the Martial Arts. Use these 5 basic rules to help attain your goals and to spice up your journey in life.
Knowing these rules is not enough. You must have the discipline and focus to follow them. Focus will determine your reality. Procrastination is very sneaky. It can easily become habit forming. Be aware. Do not let procrastination creep into to your life. When you catch yourself saying; “I’ll do this later or I’ll take care of this tomorrow”, you have allowed procrastination to become a friend. Do not let this happen. This is an invitation to the path of conformity of standards which later leads to stagnation, then ultimately to failure. We all stumble and fall but each one of us also has the ability and the power to choose. Choose survival, choose growth, choose success, choose prosperity, choose to get up and fight. Combine your self-discipline with focus to accomplish all your goals which will lead you to a happy, prosperous and healthy life. Prosperity is threefold: Material prosperity, Intellectual prosperity, and spiritual prosperity. Strive to achieve all three.
Two moves and the opposites principle
The human body can only strike in 2 different different specific ways plus their opposites.
- Linear: (straight)Thrusting/Striking or lunging, grappling, throwing or just simply moving.
- You can thrust or strike in any which way from any angle. This is a straight motion which can be upward, downward, forward, or backward, then there are the opposites.
- Circular: (Clockwise and its opposite, counter clockwise).
- Clockwise and its opposite counter clockwise. This is a circular move which can come at you in two ways from any angle, clockwise or counter clockwise.
Do not be confused with the extravagant and fancy moves of your opponent. Those moves are only meant to distract you. Whether he is using empty hands or he is coming at you with a weapon, he can only strike in any (or a combination) of those two main ways. If his back is facing you, he will strike at you backwards.
This principle is true in any form of fighting. These moves become very obvious when you are watching boxing. You have to be a little more analytic when you are watching MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting. Whether the fighters are striking, grappling, throwing or simply dancing, they will be exhibiting only the two moves and their opposites.
In grappling the combination of opposites is applied in many techniques. The combination of Pulling and pushing is used in many moves. Circular move is often combined with a strike.
The extremities of the human body or the body itself does not strike like a bullet or any standard projectile. The human strike is fluid and it circulates. A bullet stops when it makes a solid contact. That is the natural physics of the projectile. To stop the human strike with direct force is unnatural, you are relying on brute force. So let it fluidly circulate back. It's the natural way. Go with the flow.
- There is only one force that defies this principle. It is the power of Ki. In an instant, the power of Ki can be focused to a point or spread in all directions. There are many out there who claim that they have mastered the power of ki. I am not one of them. This is an illusive skill for me. Focus, determination, and discipline towards this one goal is the key, but there are just too many distractions in this modern world. One of them is making a living. More get distracted with trying to impress others. Vanity prevents people from learning.
Learn all the fancy moves that your instructors teach you. They are all good. They will all help you. But always remember the "Two moves and the opposites principle". Keep it simple, keep it basic.
In a fight for survival (not sport), every move is a move for survival. Defend and walk away if you can or allowed. If you can't walk away or you are not allowed to and submission is not an option, then fight or kill if you must to survive or protect the ones you love. In a life and death hand to hand fight situation, use every lethal moves or strikes that you can. Bite if you must. Poke the eyes out if you can. Use the half-clenched fist to the throat. A knee or punch to the groin. Go for the vital points. You are trying to survive and beat your opponent.
The punch or strike
In Tumaga where I grew up we fought a lot as children. My oldest brother Jim taught us (3 younger brothers) how to box. So I learned that a powerful fist can do the damage. Later after my training in Karate, I watched how the children with no training in boxing fought. They all naturally went for the head with open hands. Slapping and grabbing. Then also naturally using their legs to connect to the lower body. They were also using their elbows to deliver blows. This was a "hmmmm" moment for me.
I was trained to develop strong fists with the punching bag and punching board (makiwara). I hurt my knuckles in the past from street fights. Even with bag and makiwara training, my knuckles still hurt. Why? The human head (facial and jaw bones) is tougher than the knuckle. The tendons and ligaments in your knuckles are very tender and can easily be damaged.
Because of the injuries and pain, and from watching the untrained children fight, I started to concentrate on throwing open handed punches. Throwing fist blows only to the body where my knuckles can't be damaged.
So use your hands to target the head, and use your legs (knees and feet) to target the body in conjunction with grabbing.
- Muay Thai made an art out this form of fighting. But notice one thing that they do. They protect the knuckles at all times. Why? Because the knuckles are WEAK.
The grip or the hold
Three of us Edwin, Alvin and I are about 1.5 years apart from each other. We grew up together. Always getting in trouble with Mama and our older siblings. We grew up in a small farm where there are a lot of mature trees. The three of us were like white monkeys up on the trees. Climbing and hanging unknowingly strengthening our gripping power. We also maintained a garden all year long and watering is part of the chore. Watering was via carrying pales of water. This did not just strengthen the arm but also strengthened the grip.
In a grappling situation, the strength of your grip can literally tip the balance of advantage to your side.
Weapons: Stick fighting
Stick fighting was part of growing up in Tumaga. It can't be avoided. Every kid in the barrio use sticks and some get good at it, specially throwing sticks to take down mango fruits from as high as 20 to 25 feet up. The game of war always involved stick fighting. We used coconut husks as hand guards. Most of my friends outgrew playing with wooden or bamboo swords. I didn't. I was intrigued with it and watching movies fueled my interest in "sword" fighting. At home we several kinds of bladed "weapons". We had 5 different kinds of bolos. We used them on a daily basis. Practicing throwing bolos at a coconut tree is not a good idea. The handle can easily break if the wrong end of the bolo hits the coconut. So banana trunks became the favorite specially those ready for harvest. Handling a weapon, became second nature.
Most masters in the martial arts believe that Ki is the vital energy of the human body. That this force envelopes every human. I agree that Ki is energy (corporeal and spiritual). But it is not just the energy of the body or an aura that surrounds the body.
Ki is actually the power of our mind or instinct derived from the energy of the corporeal and spirit world. A weak mind can’t utilize the power of ki. The more disciplined and focused the mind is, the more powerful the ki is to drive our thought processes enabling us to control gravity. Thought is infinite. Our thoughts resonate throughout the universe. Ki allows our thoughts to manipulate matter, time, and space. Ki is where the eternal energy of the universe touches the soul of the living being. Ki will ultimately allow us to go anywhere we imagine or think to be.
When we observe anything on anyone, we may think that we are not affecting anything of anyone, but in fact we are. We are in fact sending out thought waves. “Thought” touches everything. Thoughts resonates throughout the universe. It is in continuous motion. It gets bounced, absorbed, processed and expelled and the cycle continues.
The ancients did not have much of technology to rely on. Their daily lives where much more geared towards the spirit world. Day and night were precise and the rhythm of life had clarity. More time went to the development of the discipline of the mind. The mind that is disciplined, is clear from distractions. The human mind is the engine for our thoughts. The disciplined mind helps focus our thoughts. Momentary focus, concentration or discipline comes natural to all. However, trying to hold this discipline in your lifetime for the development of ki is very rare. Hence, now in modern society rarely can we find anyone who has the mastery of ki. There are however, many fakes out there and they bamboozle the gullible.
Two things can help an individual focus: Emotion and Tranquility. Emotion is split by love and hate. Purity of either one creates intensified focus. Tranquility which is the hardest to attain, disciplines the mind to achieve universality. Love can piggyback tranquility whereas hate stands alone. Tranquility allows the mind to experience clarity and makes it easy for the mind to focus with understanding. Hate on the other hand can create intense fury and focus without reason.
Love allows the advanced disciplined mind to focus with clarity and to wield its ultimate power of traveling beyond the dimensions of time, space, gravity and matter with the simple power of thought "energized" by Ki. Imagination is a complex thought process. It mixes reality with fantasy. However, imagination when tempered and forged with disciplined “will power”, can become a reality.
The conglomeration of our thoughts and instinct is our SOUL. When we die, our souls temporarily linger in this corporeal world; a one final look around so to speak. Depending on the power of the Ki, manifestations can be experienced by the living and the lingering can be extended and profound messages can be embedded in the psyche of the living. As our souls finally leave this corporeal realm, it is joined with God in the spirit “world” which binds the universe.
This I tell you all: “The power of the universe can be tapped by every man through Qi. Train and prepare yourselves not just to be “accepted”, but to be as one with the universe. Live your eternal life (corporeal and spiritual), love, share, prosper and be happy.”
Be the master of your universe.
About Frank Maletsky in the Martial Arts
He first learned boxing at the age of 5. His older brother James Maletsky taught him the art. He and his older brother Al were partners. Although he could never beat his older brother. His brother had very fast hands. In 1960 James went to a tailor and out old blue jeans had two pairs of 8 oz boxing gloves made. These gloves were used extensively by both young and old in the barrio. The older brother James paid the neighboring kids 5 centavos to spar with Al and Frank.
The tumaga river ran through the Maletsky property. So swimming in the river was a backyard activity. Again, his brother James taught Al and Frank the correct way of swimming and diving.
Frank grew up fighting. He looked so much different from the local boys. So he was teased and he did not like it and his auto response was to fight. He became good at fighting.
Stick fighting was part of life. It was a game but also served as a weapon. It was taken for granted just as a bolo or sangud was taken for granted. These tools became part of life growing up in rural barrio of Tumaga.
In 1965 his sister Irma, introduced Frank to a karate teacher by the name of Jose David. Joe operated a dojo by the name of Beaux Brotherhood. Frank signed up. Lack of funds forced him to quit for 6 months in 1967, but he was promoted to 1st dan black belt in 1970. There was a national tournament in Manila in 1970. Frank participated and won the Kumite and Kata championship. Current grand master Louelle Lledo was kind to board the Zamboanga team in his apartment
In 1966 there was this man from Pasonanca who would come by Frank's residence in Tumaga, his name was Jun. He saw Frank and his buddy Luis stick fighting in the back. Turns out that this man was a practitioner of Arnis. So at that time Frank was formally introduced to Arnis. Jun was a mango climber and harvester, so during the mango seasons, Frank would review arnis with him. This went on till 1970 when he just simply stopped showing up.
In 1970 Frank built a dojo in Tumaga. An extension to the kitchen. He and the master carpenter built it. It took almost 3 months to build it. He had his two brother-in-laws, nephews, cousins and neighboring friends as his students.
In 1970 Roger Mijares, green belt in Judo, introduced Frank and Jose David to Judo. Frank insisted that Joe should learn at least the basics of Judo. Roger was a good teacher. He was always smiling. He had two black belt ranking karatekas as students. Roger went on to become a Colonel in the Philippine Army and as of 2016 is a minister of "The Christian and Missionary Alliance" church in Zamboanga City.
Frank then left for the USA in 1972.
Back in 1972, While visiting the rose garden in Oakland, CA and waiting for his sister Irma to get off of work from Safeway on grand ave., Frank visited this hapkido studio across the street and recognized the difference between his style of Japanese Karate and that of the Korean Hapkido.
He introduced himself to Mr. Shin (8th degree Hapkido black belt) and expressed his desire to learn Hapkido. Mr. Shin asked him of his background in the martial arts and Frank told Mr. Shin that he had a rank of 2nd degree black belt in Karate. Mr. Shin quipped and said that Hapkido was superior to Karate and that rank didn't mean much when it comes down to the actual fight.
So he asked Frank if he would like to come back and maybe spar or try out some of the Hapkido red or brown belts because Mr. Shin said that the red or brown belts were equivalent to the black belts in Karate. Frank felt a bit humiliated by that statement. So he accepted the invitation.
The following week, Frank went back to the Hapkido studio and Mr. Shin was there. There were 2 brown belters and one red belt. Frank was in his Karate gi with his black belt on. Mr. Shin told Frank to remove his black belt and put on a white belt instead. Frank, a bit intimidated, followed the instruction and proceeded to spar with the red belt. Frank was only 5'7" and 165 pounds. The red belt was at least 6 feet tall. The sparring did not last long, it became very obvious to Mr. Shin that the red belt was no match for Frank. So the brown belt was called upon and again this student's skills were inferior to Frank's. The final sparring was with the second brown belt student by the name of Ron Hernadez. He had good skills and he was about 5'10" tall. He used his jumping techniques and sweeping techniques, they were good but did not work on Frank. Mr. Shin saw that Frank was worthy of his black belt in Karate. Ron and Frank later became good friends. Ron went on to follow Frank and became an assistant instructor in Frank's karate club in Walnut Creek in 1975.
Mr. Shin offered Frank free training in Hapkido which he took advantage of. Six months later Mr. Shin accepted Frank's rank in Karate and gave him the same rank in Hapkido and offered him the job as an instructor at the studio. Frank accepted the job and taught Hapkido for a year.
Frank lived in Alameda, CA in 1972-73 and there was a Jiu jitsu school there. He would visit the school and befriended the teacher. He learned Jui-jitsu that year.
In 1974 Frank bought a house in El Sobrante, CA. There were no dojos in El Sobrante and he wanted to learn more than just hapkido and juijitsu. So he found a place in San Francisco that taught the Tiger Crane Kung Fu style. Frank signed up and learned Tiger Crane Kung Fu from sifu Y.C. Wong in 1974. Sifu Wong had his class down in the basement on Clay St., San Francisco, CA.
In 1975 a man by the name of Bigoy Ledesma (5th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do) offered Frank a partnership in a dojo in Walnut Creek, CA. There he taught martial arts and started to promote the Filipino martial arts of Arnis. He also gave arnis lessons to the Walnut Creek police department. The California Department of Corrections in 1975 were looking for someone to represent the Filipino Arnis de Mano, so they invited Frank Maletsky to represent the Philippine art of Arnis in a Martial Demonstration within the walls of San Quentin Prison. Several other styles were represented. A part of this story was told by Black Belt Magazine titled: A Prison Experiment in Martial Arts.
Frank lived in his house in El Sobrante then. He worked with the local Boys Club and 3 times a week he would teach the boys the martial arts for free using the gym of the El Sobrante boys club.
Frank married Lorraine Simpson in 1976 and he stopped operating dojos as a livelihood. However, he never stopped teaching. He continued to travel back and forth from the USA to the Philippines. In 1998 a fellow Beaux Brotherhood member, Jaime Marshall, who was at that time an 8th degree black belt (note Jaime was a student of Frank), gave Frank an honorary rank of an 8th degree black belt. Jaime's 5th degree student, Jayson, went on to become Frank's student in the art of Arnis.
In 2001 Frank and Lori decided to retire in the Philippines. So off they went. Their 3 adult children stayed behind in the USA. However, in 2004 the middle son Paul Maletsky, decided to continue his college education. So he flew to Zamboanga City. While in college, Frank introduced him to a Rogelio Buenvenida, a judo instructor and the athletic director of Ateneo de Zamboanga, who coincidentally was a student of Roger Mijares. Frank asked Mr. Buenvenida to accept Paul into his class and to teach him Judo. Paul was not a beginner in the martial arts. He was taught since he was 3 years old. He knew boxing, karate and wrestling. Paul went on to become the Philippine National heavy weight champion in Judo 5 years in a row. He graduated in 2010 and is now a nurse in Reno, NV.
- A little humor in life: In 2002 Frank hired the local guys in Zamboanga to build the fence around his house. The property was 4,000 square meters. That's a lot of fencing. He hired 11 guys. The work took almost 3 months to finish. three times a week in the afternoon, Frank would teach these 11 guys the art of Arnis. Each had a pair of Arnis to work with. These guys were naturals, quick to learn. Two months into the training, they were all proficient. Attempts at full contact was even dared by coconut husks and banana sleeves from the trunk as armors. This one Saturday, Frank paid the guys and gave them extra for celebration. They celebrated alright by the tubaan nearby to drink tuba(coconut wine). Monday came along and these 11 showed up for work, some limping, others with bruises and black eyes, and a few with lumps on the head. So what happened? Frank asked! They all got so drunk that night and decided to have a contest as to who the best arnis player was. According to the tenderas(workers) of the local tubaan(pub) it was like watching a karate movie where everybody was fighting with swords. Except here they were using whatever stick they can find.
- One of these fighting mongrels, Kimby Cruz continued to come around the house to learn Arnis. He now has his own following in arnis.
Picture doing double back kick: Standing is one of Frank's black belt students, Ricky Lafrades holding a padded arm bag. Picture taken in 1975 by Alvin Maletsky (older brother of Frank Maletsky). Ricky Lafrades learned arnis from Frank. Ricky is currently a master in Arnis. He lives in Pittsburg, CA. As of 2015, Ricky is still very active in the Martial arts and still teaches arnis.
- Frank was able to do those high jumping kicks because he had a respectable vertical leap. He could easily jump and hang on a basketball hoop with both hands (10 feet high).
- Note(1): Frank Maletsky as of 2020 is still active in the Martial Arts. A master in Arnis as well as Karate. He is also proficient in boxing, Judo, jiu jitsu and Tiger Crane Kung Fu and Hapkido.
- Tiger Crane Kung Fu: from sifu Y.C. Wong in 1974. When he had his class down in the basement on Clay St., San Francisco, CA.
- Judo: Learned Judo in 1970 from Roger Mijares in the Philippines.
- Boxing: As a boy growing up in tumaga Zamboanga City. Started at 5 years of age.
- Jiu jitsu: in 1973 from a jiu jitsu master in Alameda, CA
- Hapkido: 1972 in Oakland, CA from Master Shin. The class was located at Grand Ave., Oakland, CA.
- Arnis: Growing up in the Philippines, exposed to stick fighting growing up as a boy, then at 15 (1966) started proper training.
- Karate: Started training with Beaux Brotherhood Karate Club under Sensei Jose David, Calixto St., Zamboanga City in 1965 went on to become Philippine National champion in 1970.
- His instructor Jose David was from Pampanga, Philippines.
A good Philosophy in life to follow
- My Philosophy in Life:
- As humans, it is our nature to be on a quest.
- Our origin is our past and we are heading for the future with multitudes of stopovers.
- There is no destination, just stopovers in our journey to discover ourselves.
- It is the journey that makes us who we are.
- The more emotion we pour into our journey the more we improve.
- Without emotion, we are nothing.
- Positive or Negative, we have to give it our all.
- The "Positive" or the "Negative" are simply the tools of our journey.
- We have the freedom of choice and the power to reason.
- Exercise this power and you will transform. The choices you make can either make you and others happy or sad. Anything and everything that you want or could possibly want has already been provided and presented to you or laid out for you by God. You have to make your move to help yourself.
- Explore your surroundings.
- Do your best to be aware of your surroundings. Everything around you is to be learned from. You can even learn from distractions. However, to achieve your goals, you must stay focused on the activity of your choice at any particular moment.
- Experience the journey.
- Remember your experiences. This is easier said than done. At the end of each day, thank God for all your experiences by helping others. Yes be they positive or negative, thank God that you are alive to experience them by making yourself a better person. Never ever blame God for the negatives in your life. You must learn from all the experiences in your journey. Learn to forgive yourself and others. Forgiveness is a great equalizer and it helps balance your life. Don't get wrapped up in the in the negatives. Learn from them and move on to be a better person the next day.
- Try to be happy. Smile and dance more often. Reminisce. Discover yourself.
- The happiness switch is automatically turned on when you dance. It takes a lot of effort to stay angry when you are dancing.
- Be balanced, share, and try to Love.
- When your corporeal life ends, you will be held accountable for all your thoughts, words and deeds. Then this is carried forward to the spirit world where your journey continues.
- Do not Cheat. Do not Insult. Love but never maliciously deprive, share and be balanced and you will be ENLIGHTENED.
- Franklin H. Maletsky