About Me

21 February 2017

My name is Joy, a fifty-something Filipina, based in Manila, Philippines.

I love the Philippines for its rich culture, awesome natural resources, and friendly people.

I am married to the kindest hunk I know.

I work as a pediatrician in one of the biggest hospitals in Manila.

Almost every Sunday, I volunteer  to teach the Bible to preschoolers in our church.

I like books and I read every single day.

I was not athletic in the first 45 years of my life.

In 2012 I ran my first marathon (yes, 26.2 miles).

I love eating rice and that probably explains why despite all my running, I’m still overweight (BMI= 26).

I’m trying to make my diet plant-based.

I’ve been training on and off in Arnis since January 2013.

I’m into Arnis as part of my fitness regimen.

I didn’t plan it in the beginning but I am now heavily involved in organizing Arnis tournaments, as well as writing about Arnis.

My big dream is for more Filipinos to respect and appreciate Filipino Marital Arts.




25 thoughts on “About Me

  1. The Urban Survivalist January 25, 2013 / 8:21 AM

    Hi Joy…. It was refreshing to read your thoughts on martial arts (especially as a beginner). I have no doubt you will be an accomplished martial artist. You seem to have all the necessary prerequisites already 🙂 Good luck! Bruce

    • thedeadlydance January 25, 2013 / 9:07 PM

      Oh wow, thank you for the encouragement Bruce! Keep your blog going. I get a lot of help from it.

  2. laksmanatimur February 16, 2013 / 2:49 PM

    Hello Joy, I sincerely hope that you enjoy your arnis sessions. The art is suitable for people of all ages (of course not too old and frail). Its practicality will depend on your abilty to adapt the art to your your individual condition (health, age, etc)..Good luck..

    • thedeadlydance April 2, 2013 / 12:46 AM

      Thank you very much laksmanatimur. Yes, you’re right. Even if I’ll be 47 next week, I know I can still learn Arnis!
      Warm wishes from the Philippines to you!

  3. labhrashealy May 11, 2013 / 4:46 AM

    Hi Joy just popping in to say Hi and thank you for liking my christian T’ai Chi blog. I’m 40 and only just starting out on this martial art form. I know some people here have raised eyebrows about an evangelical christian doing martial arts. I also didn’t know that the Filipino people had their own Martial Art form, that’s cool. I’m an irish man, living in England, learning Chinese martial art, oh how metropolitan of me !! ;-D Blessings to you in your adventure.

    • thedeadlydance May 11, 2013 / 11:11 AM

      Oh we are kindred spirits! I’m 47 and I just started in martial arts. I’m also a Christian and active in our church. And I have an Aunt living in Sidney, wonderfully married to an Irishman. 🙂

      Those who raised eyebrows because I went to Arnis, I guess did so with surprise and amusement. They said that they didn’t expect me to go into such a “violent” sport.
      These days, I’m kinda proud to let people know I’m into martial arts. It makes a good conversation starter. 🙂

  4. ozamisnonsaqatar May 25, 2013 / 5:29 AM

    Hi Joy.. I was randomly googling “Eskrima”, when I came across your blog and was touched by your interest in our very own martial art. I am also new to Eskrima and am training together with my 3 sons (ages:12, 10 & 7). BTW, I am working and living here in Qatar with my family and it is ironically here in Qatar, in which we learned about the sport of arnis and moreso after watching “Eskrimadors” documentary last 2011. We were so happy when we found out that there is a master teaching arnis here in Qatar, and me & my sons got hooked ever since. During our vacation to the Philippines last year, we even went to Cebu City to visit Grandmaster Cacoy Cañete of Cacoy Doce Pares in his Gym. Continue practicing and Godbless..

    • thedeadlydance May 25, 2013 / 7:50 AM

      Hi, thank you very much for visiting and commenting. It’s always nice to connect with like-minded people.
      Yes, here it’s not as popular as it should be– I’m sure you can think of a lot of factors 🙂 Anyway, isn’t FMA so efficient and practical? It’s something we can all be proud of.
      Hubby and I will go to Cebu in August and I really hope that we will have time to visit the Doce Pares camp.
      Congratulations for bringing your sons with you in training. More power to you and Pugay to your Eskrima master. BTW, what is his name?

      • ozamisnonsaqatar May 29, 2013 / 4:40 AM

        HI Joy, Indeed, I found Eskrima to be one of the most practical Martial Art; but sad to say it is not much appreciated back home. My master is sixty something- Master Frank Banaynal and has studied Eskrima under Grand Master Cacoy Cañete of Cacoy Doce Pares and Grand Master Jonathan Bais of Bais Tres Manos system among others. Master Frank is one of the main proponents in promoting Filipino Martial Arts here in this part of the World. All the best on your training . . .

        • thedeadlydance May 29, 2013 / 6:36 PM

          But you know what, I think there’s a gradual change happening now. Since 2009 when Arnis became the Philippine national sport, more people were exposed to it. and then that exposure is leading to its appreciation.
          Your lineage is impressive and strong! Wow!
          Thank you.

  5. Anonymous June 2, 2013 / 2:28 AM

    Kumusta Joy,
    Great job and continue what you are doing. Always train hard and be open and respect. Pugay. Master Jose Isidro, Isidro Modern Arnis, and International Alliance of Modern Arnis.

  6. Oliver June 3, 2013 / 12:52 PM

    While checking out my FB on a lazy Sunday yesterday(June 2, 2013) I accidentally (Oh well nothing in this Universe is by accident, it must be synchronicity) saw your comment on Master Jose Isidro’s post, I also came to see the beautiful and interesting blog you were making here in regards to your FMA journey. I am too are walking baby steps in FMA though I am already 42 years old.
    It was as late as 2000 that the deep craving for me to learn FMA after I came from abroad and saw that foreigners are more into FMA than Filipinos themselves. It was a question that makes kulit to my being, why are foreigners into Arnis/Kali/Eskrima while I am not. So I decided to pave my road to discovering FMA in general until only late last year 2012 that I have came to be in acquaintance with real FMA enthusiasts, instructors and groups. Though I haven’t gone into regular classes to hone and develop my FMA skills, I am in the current stream with FMA in the Philippines due to connections with these great people and groups in Facebook. I am inspired by your blog and I will make it a point to enroll to a class and regularly train in FMA. Thank you so much for your blog. Keep it up and wishing you to achieve your goal to improve in FMA. Mabuhay ka at PUGAY PO!

    • thedeadlydance June 3, 2013 / 11:01 PM

      I’m 47 and even at this age, I’m glad I discovered FMA. It’s awesome, right? Good idea on enrolling in a class. Tell me about your stories too. Thank you very much for your kind words.

  7. Abner August 6, 2013 / 11:49 AM

    Hi Easter, it’s me Abner, there’s one word to describe how I feel reading your accomplishments, “NAKAKAINGGIT”. I want to do the same things you are doing but no time to do it. Hopefully, I can regularly run again and learn this FMA. Keep it up and hoping you compete in your first Triathlon race this year. God bless!

    • thedeadlydance August 7, 2013 / 1:31 AM

      Oh thank you classmate. Wow, you really read my blog! Thanks!
      I hope too that you can run again. If you want to learn FMA, let me know. I can ask my friends if they know someone near your place. Sana meron.
      What triathlon are you talking about?? After I fell from my bike last year, I’m scared to try again and, haha I still CAN’T SWIM!
      So I’ll just stay with running and Arnis. I’m addicted to them anyway 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  8. RandomPinay December 24, 2013 / 11:44 AM

    So wonderful to see more Filipinas being active in FMA!! We need to show the boys we can be fierce warriors too! 😉 Keep up the good work training and promoting FMA!

  9. gilbert March 11, 2014 / 12:48 AM

    Hi! Thanks for posting instructor contact details in the Paranaque area. I am also in my 40′s and recently got into arnis/escrima (circa 2012). In the short time I learned this combat art, I agree with you that it’s efficient and practical. Best of luck and hope to hear more of your FMA journey.

  10. abby August 13, 2014 / 8:49 AM

    Hi. Saw your blog when I was googling about arnis. May I ask where you take your classes and how much? I really want to learn it. Thank you very much! 🙂

    • thedeadlydance August 13, 2014 / 10:52 AM

      Hi abby!
      I train under Master Cris Pasindo, at the Quezon Memorial Circle. He’s soft spoken but very skilled and fast, a veteran of MANY street fights. I take private lessons because i can’t join the group classes, so I have a different rate. You can ask him directly about his schedule and rates. His number 0928-361-0032.
      Yes, try ARNIS. It’s awesome and oh so applicable to real fights. 🙂

  11. einodd June 21, 2015 / 11:48 PM

    Hi! I’m also an FMA practioner and I chanced upon your blog. It’s full of really nice, informative and interesting articles, it’s nice to know that there are other passionate FMA practioners out there keeping it strong. Pugay Po!

  12. lett February 2, 2016 / 3:33 PM


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