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Comtech Stick Fighting Vol.1-2
This new series covers all the basics of Filipino stick fighting the Comtech way. Vol.1 covers Single Stick Techniques and Vol.2 expands your arsenal with Double Stick Techniques.

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Modern Knives #6: Filipino Stick Fighting (2 DVDs!)
Filipino Police Stick Tactics - Releasing & Locking (James A. Keating)
Functionalizing Siniwali For Combat (Pete Kautz)
The Visadario (Counter the Counter) of Modern Arnis (Dr. Remy Presas)
The Sibat Filipino Long Staff ("Big" Ken Smith)


Kung Food: Nutrition for Martial Arts
Copyright Pete Kautz 2018

When people think about getting in shape (whatever that means) their first thought is usually about going to the gym or somehow working out and sweating. Lifting weights, boxing, stickfighting, etc.

Though it's not as glamorous, in reality the nutritional side is often the more important part of the equation however.

Anyone who's been training for some years will tell you, working out for an hour or two is EASY compared to eating correctly all day, every day.

It's very easy to go lift, do a kick ass workout, and then go eat a triple cheeseburger and drink a beer. It's far more challenging to actually hit your macros by eating what and how much you should.

BUT, go watch some athletic meal preparation videos on YT and it can be downright depressing seeing guys packing little plastic boxes with the same boring rice, steamed broccoli, and flavorless boiled chicken breast for meal after meal, day after day!

(YT bodybuilder and comedian Dom Mazzetti has a great video on his Broscience channel titled How to Eat Chicken Without Wanting To Kill Yourself which is well worth your time if you haven't seen it)


How much better would this be if it was chicken and broccoli in a delicious brown sauce, like at your local Chinese takeout place?

Unhealthy you think? Or expensive to make? Guess again!

What if I told you that it was easy to make and added negligible amounts of carbs and fat to a dish?

Now, you'll need to get a few ingredients at your local Asian grocery store or online but then you'll be set for quite a while. Depending where you live you might find most of this at a regular grocery store (even out here in the country they have everything at out local store except for the cooking wine and dark soy sauce)

For under 20 bucks you should be able to get everything you need, listed below:

Chinese Brown Sauce

1 Cups chicken stock (I like the Better than Bullion brand paste, but use what you have)

2 Tbs Sugar

3 Tbs Light (regular) soy sauce

1 Tbs Dark soy sauce (If you don't have this, just use more light soy sauce)

2 Tbs Chinese wine

2 Tbs Oyster sauce

1 Tbs Hoisin sauce

1 tsp Sesame oil

1 Tbs Chopped garlic

1 Tbs Chopped ginger

1 Scallion, finely sliced

To make the sauce, simply add all the ingredients to the hot chicken stock so they dissolve. Some people throw out the garlic, ginger and scallion but I leave them in. This sauce can be stored in the fridge for a week or the extra can be frozen (use an ice cube tray and then you have an easy way to get just enough for one dish)

To use, mix cup of sauce with 1 tsp of cornstarch and thicken in your pan or wok, then add in the already cooked chicken and broccoli. One batch of sauce should make you 5 or 6 meals. If you're making a small portion you can even get away with cup of sauce.

As far as the specific fats and carbs in the sauce, what you're actually eating is far less than the total for the amount of sauce used because half of it will still be left on your plate when you're done with your meal.

It's not like you're drinking a big glass of the stuff, and even if you did the macros for the whole jar of sauce would still be better for you than drinking a single can of regular soda which has way more sugar in it!

If it's a huge concern, the thinner you make the sauce the less of it you will end up eating; maybe in the end a tablespoon or so for a whole plate of chicken and vegetables if you simply use less cornstarch.

This is a versatile sauce and by adding chili paste, vinegar, more sugar, more garlic, orange juice, and so on it can be turned into Garlic sauce, Szechuan sauce, Hunan sauce, General Tso's sauce, Orange sauce, and so on.

(Would you like to learn how to make all these? Let me know, eh!)

Cooking is a valuable Kung Fu (skill developed over time) that will enhance you life and it's a lot of fun to be able to make something nice for your family and friends.

All my very best to you,

Pete Kautz

Alliance 2018 Seminar Schedule

Wild Western Arts I - Bowie Knife, Tomahawk, Double Knife & Knife Throwing May 19-20
The classic American Bowie knife is the focus of this weekend along with special sessions on the tomahawk, double knife, and knife throwing. Whether you are interested more in the historical aspect or the martial, you are sure to enjoy this special seminar and walk away with many new skills.


Wild Western Arts II - Rifle & Pistol Aerial "Trick Shooting" (Instinctive Shooting) June 16-17
In the 19th and 20th century there were many American exhibition shooters like Annie Oakley, Ad & Plinky Topperwein, and Ed McGivern who amazed audiences with their ability to hit small targets thrown into the air using a rifle or pistol. Now you can learn their secrets and be able to hit cans, coins, even tiny aspirin tablets or a BB its self with the rifle and hit multiple hand thrown targets with the pistol. All training is done safely with airguns so you can continue perfecting your new skills at home without needing to go to a special range. This skill directly translates to hunting, sporting clays, etc.


Armed Reactive Mittwork July 21-22
What do you get when you mix the weapon skills of Comtech's James A. Keating with the kind of reactive focus mitt work that Roger Mayweather is famous for? Armed Reactive Mittwork! Learn to move, defend, counter strike, draw, shoot, use the blade and more in a constant flow of motion that builds skill and endurance. If you use focus mitts this is next level training in flowing art to art, from unarmed to knife to pistol or any other defensive tool (flashlight, chemical spray, etc.)


Evolution of the Blade August 18-19
This seminar will highlight many aspects of blade culture around the world and throughout time. We will explore methods from from the Medieval times to modern day from North & South America, Europe, and Asia; making the connections and learning how each art enhances the others. We'll spend time working with small knives, big knives, machetes, swords and more.


Comtech Drawpoint Method September 15-16
The Comtech Drawpoint method is a condensed education in some of the best Filipino bladecraft for self defense. This seminar will cover all 3 modules of Drawpoint (Picking, Cover & Slash, Hook & Pass) in both partner and combat drills as well as disarming and counter-counter work. If you've seen the videos and want to get hands on with the training this is a perfect opportunity to learn everything correctly and gain true skill.


Private Training
Private training is available for 250 a day either before or after any seminar, or at your convenience. Tell me what you're interested in and I'll put together a custom program to suit your needs. Bring a training partner along for just 100 more and share the experience.

Seminar Details

All group seminars are 2 days long and cost $250. Each is limited to 8 participants so you will receive maximum personal attention throughout the event.

The training will be held at my school in Alpine, NY. The closest Airports are Ithaca (ITH) and Elmira Corning (ELM).

We recommend the Super 8 Motel in Ithaca (607) 273-8088 or the Knights Inn in Horseheads (855) 516-1090 if you are flying into Elmira or looking for a cheaper option. Both are about a 30 minute drive from the school.

There are a number of closer small motels (15 minutes drive) in the Watkins Glen area, but these can be quite expensive due to tourism in the region.

If you have any questions please write me at petekautz@lightlink.com

I look forward to meeting you this year!

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