The Two Mark Wiley’s

by Prof. Dan Anderson

Wiley_8I like to tell people there are two Mark V. Wiley’s running around. There is the Mark Wiley the martial arts public knows. This Mark V. Wiley has written no less than seven books on Filipino martial arts (12 books in total), hundreds of articles, as well as having served as book editor for Tuttle Publishing, Unique Publications and Multi-Media Books, and in various editorial positions for Martial Arts Illustrated, Martial Arts Legends magazines and the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.

From these books and magazines it is widely known that he is one of the 16 people issued a masters certificate from the late Grand Master Angel Cabales. He has taught seminars in the USA, Europe and Asia as well as having traveled and trained in the Philippines on no less than 15 separate occasions, not to mention his multiple trips to Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong and having lived in Japan. This is the public Mark Wiley.

The less well-known Mark Wiley has teaching credentials in Biñas Dynamic Arnis (under GM Herminio Biñas), Kalis Ilustrisimo (GM Antonio Ilustrisimo), Estalilla Kabaroan Eskrima (GM Ramiro Estalilla), Lightning Scientific Arnis (GM Benjamin Luna Lema), Cinco Tero Arnis (GM Carlos Escorpizo), Modern Arnis (GM Remy Presas) as well as in Ngo Cho Kun (GM Alex Co) and Wing Chun Kuen (GM Robert Chu). And these are just the senior teaching credentials he has earned in his 34 years in the arts.

What many martial artists do not know about Mark V. Wiley is that he is a doctor of both Oriental and alternative medicines, with decades of experience and qualifications in acupuncture, TuiNa, clinical QiGong, herbal medicine, Thai Yoga massage and muscle energy technique. He also holds a master’s degree in health care management. As an undergraduate he earned a bachelor’s degree in applied sociology with a minor in medical anthropology, during which time he conducted research into home-based health care systems in Scandinavia, and wrote papers on enthnomedicine in Africa, Melanesia and China, and on various forms of magic, ritual and rites of passage in Southeast Asia and New Guinea. He also helped classify Philippine martial artifacts at University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Small Business Management.

In working with Mark I have found him to be a progressive thinker in the realm of Filipino martial arts. Being a former karate champion, to me this is where the rubber meets the road. In talking and working with Mark I find that although we have different backgrounds we have one major thing in common—we work with the underlying principles of our arts rather than just collecting techniques from whatever sources we can find.

Dan and Mark Wiley fixed

Mark Wiley & Dan Anderson 2012

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