Turns 62 Years Old
In the Pacific Northwest,
Master Isidro Archibeque is a figure larger than
life. He has been actively teaching in Western
Washington for as long as anyone can remember, and
today, though in sunset years, he remains a figure
larger than life. "Archie", as he prefers to be
called is best know for his mastery of the Iron
Hand. His feats have included driving nails
through boards, breaking countless bricks, carrying a
refrigerator up three flights of steps, penetrating
sealed plastic soda bottles with his fingers, breaking
rocks, bricks, boulders,...you get the picture!
Once, to commemorate one of my promotions, he brought a
12"x12" piece of plywood, 1" inch thick (that's 9 layers
of veneer!). It took two hits for him to do the
break. I have never seen anyone else even attempt
If that were not enough,
"Archie" is equally well known for his mastery of
pressure points, joint locks, and fighting
strategy. His art is a philosophy, requiring that
each student return to nature, and develop a personal
understanding and awareness of his or her integral
package of instincts. His teaching is modeled on
the psychology, behavior, and movement of animals...a
return to the original inspirations for Martial Arts, as
he would say. The name he has given to this
philosophy is Gun-Fu, Animal Fighting Styles.
"Archie's" greatest fame
came as a teacher to "teachers." Starting in the
late 1970's, ranking Black Belts, and senior students
from other styles began to seek "Archie" out, many
choosing to stay and undergo an apprenticeship with this
force of nature. Some of those persons are now
recognized masters in their own styles, and freely
acknowledge their debt to Master Archibeque.
demonstration video was taken in May 1995. Master
Archibeque had just turned 62 years old, and received an
invitation to demonstrate his skills. The
inimitable "Archie" took a bucket of rocks, a few of his
students, and showed that even at retirement age, a
martial artist can remain true to his nature. The
edited demonstration is presented here in its entirety
for your enjoyment.
at 62 - Part 1 (May 1995)
at 62 - Part 2 (May 1995)
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