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FMA hidden in Philippine Dance

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Virata Aug 15, 2010. 17 Replies

I've heard and read from many sources that the martial arts practice the PI was woven into dance to mask it from the Spaniards during the colonial period.  Does anyone know of any research based…Continue

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General Growth in popularity of FMA? Or is it the internet?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tasi H. ALO May 23, 2010. 11 Replies

Here's a random topic - I've noticed that over 120 new members have joined since March, representing schools and styles from all around the world.  Our own group in Perris, CA has more than…Continue

College and University Based groups

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian "Buzz" Smith Apr 18, 2010. 3 Replies

Is anyone out there involved with a college or university based FMA group?  I work at UC Riverside and would love to hear about your experiences in working within a college environment.  Dealing with…Continue

Teaching Children

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Virata Mar 26, 2010. 6 Replies

I'm curious to hear about your experiences and challenges in teaching FMA to children.  How young are your youngest students, and what are the main challenges for them?  Do you run shorter classes…Continue


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Seeking Truth

Posted on March 26, 2010 at 11:41am 12 Comments

Life's lessons take manyshapes and forms, and truth is revealed in ways that are at times beautifully poetic, and at times painfully direct. No matter what form it takes, however, once recognized truth is undeniable. A martial artist is ultimately a seeker of truth, beginning with explorations and experimentations on technique -- what works, what doesn't what is proper, what… Continue

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At 1:00am on October 23, 2012, Anthony T. said…

Hey Joe ! thanks for the welcoming. I just moved back to Riverside few weeks ago w/ my fam. I just started Escrima with a friend of mine back where I used to live, he taught me some moves. Im still sorta new. I was just looking for schools in the area so I joined the site. I saw your guys' website, but it was in Perris, its a little too far for me, I dont drive yet =/ I'm still in HS, although I should ! dahil its my senior year. lol  But hope to join you guys soon !  thanks !

At 9:33am on September 10, 2010, terry joven said…
thanks for responding..
maybe next year this will be the kickoff dinner for the annual Gm Javier Memorial tournament!
At 10:49am on September 9, 2010, terry joven said…
Would like to invite you to our graduation ceremony & the memorial banquet for Gm Javier oct 2. please let me know if u can attend. it is a free event.
At 10:33pm on August 20, 2010, Cathy Landers said…
Thank you Sir for your kind words, yes we will truly miss him, and all his contributions to FMA
At 12:57pm on May 13, 2010, terry joven said…
We make our padded sticks.
we use 3/4-1 inch rattan put a pool tube around secure it to the stick with duct tape. we make our own stick covers made from a non-rip material slip over and secure that to the stick.
it make s apretty heavy training tool. You can block with it and execute many bolo tyle movements.
if your ever hit with one u will difinatly be stunned. i have seen knock outs with them.
At 5:11pm on March 22, 2010, terry joven said…
If your ever up the stockton area please drop in and hang out/work out!
At 4:54pm on March 22, 2010, terry joven said…
Thank u for joining Bahala Na Multi-Style Escrima!
At 3:15pm on March 22, 2010, terry joven said…
Thanks for adding me to your friends list!
if you like please join my group Bahala Na Multi-style escrima!
At 10:30am on March 22, 2010, terry joven said…
It does look like a good movie but its not out yet!
At 10:08pm on March 20, 2010, Marc Lawrence said…
Joe, I see you train with Francis of Visayan Legacy family. Good crew of fighters.

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