Posted On:2/05/2006 12:54am
Style: FMA & judo-ultra noob
I was searching the web for some videos and somehow happened across this. It's a relatively recently revised document on many of the various styles of FMA.
A little info on FMA:
Most people who see FMA are absolutely confused about the styles and systems. They don't understand that it's basically a conglomerate of MMA in and of itself by virtue of the filipino people as they emigrated from china to india, to indonesia to the filipines, where they could no longer go any more. Effective techniques stayed, ineffective ones were tossed (for the most part - one can never fully eliminate all the BS from a system). Also many spanish/japanese styles were assimilated during the various invasions/occupations.
While I hesistate on giving away some of the secrets of FMA, I'm also drawn to educate others on the supreme coolness of properly taught FMA (hehe, I just can't help myself! Besides.. lack of understanding of FMA is part of the reason my instructor's school has barely enough students to stay afloat). It's a very unique and well taught art that's been battle hardened by a culture of conflict. I also like how fluid the style is, in that if you find something that works, you adapt and learn it so as to better be prepared.
On to the link!
For the record, my primary styles are Arnis De Mano (modern arnis/balintiwak) and Kombaton Arnis (they are different since remy ran away from home at an early age and therefore had to assimilate balintiwak to fill in the missing parts that his older brother Ernesto had learned as part of the family style). Just in case anyone was curious/gave a damn. Of course as you'll see these are nothing more than parent styles which enclose multiple substyles, which is what gives proper FMA such potency.
Now if I could just find a good dumog teacher.
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