Guro Zach & ALL who participated in this discussion,
I wanted to bring to your attention the fact that we will probably be interviewing well known author, martial artist, and in my opinion based upon his work an FMA historian, Dr. Mark Wiley the month of October, 2013.
I mention this to revive this discussion, and because the prominent founders of FMA in the United States have passed away. I am speaking with regard to those in the Cabales, Giron and Lacaste era. Then came a second wave, and many of them are not with us or are nearing what some may consider retirement age.
We need to look inward and see who may fill those deep boots! Visit MyFMA.net to see when the interview will be forthcoming in the 2nd to third week of October (hopefully).
I'm looking forward to this interview. I just found out a few days ago that Mark Wiley was here in Manila last week also interviewing some of the next generation Grand Masters based here.
In America, its really hard to say. I really, really, love Guro Dan, and he has certainly done as much as anyone, and probably more, to spread and promote FMA. However, my answer probably has to go to those that he learned from, namely the first generation of Masters to come to America and spread their art. If they were like the first Chinese that showed up by being unwilling to teach non-Filipinos, we would not see the state of FMA that we do today. So, giving all respect and honor due to Dan Inosanto, I suggest that Masters like Giron, Cabalas, Sarmiento, Gaje, Presas, etc. are the ones really responsible.
I think it was "Lapu-Lapu"!