The Phoenix FMA Training Group is an informal, collaborative training group for anyone within the greater Phoenix, AZ area. We meet once a month to learn, train, share and experiment with other FMA enthusiasts, regardless of rank, style, system or lineage. There is no head instructor and no focus on any particular system or style - everyone is welcome to train, everyone is welcome to teach/share.
The first practice session was held on Jan 12, 2013. Approximately 12-15 people showed up to train in 35 degree weather. It was a little harsh early on but started to get nice toward the end. Everyone took the opportunity to make introductions, pass business cards and talk to old friends and acquaintances.
Special thanks to those who shared their knowledge with the group: Francisco Nunez, Norm Wassenar, Mike Casto and Michael Butz.
Francisco Nunez shared first, assisted by Richell Sampaga. Mr. Nunez showed a drill from the Serrada system known as "Inside 1". Defending from a high forehand strike, he taught the entering block and subsequent striking pattern commonly seen in that system. Norm Wassenar shared next, assisted by Manuel Galaz. Mr. Wassenar demonstrated a disarm sequence from a high backhand strike as taught in Modern Arnis. After the disarm, Mr. Wassenar moved directly into an optional lock or throw. The third person to teach was Mike Casto, assisted by Alessandro Ashanti Bovoso. Mr. Casto showed an empty handed, defensive sequence with an emphasis on balance disruption as taught in Silat. He focused on a core motion that can be used for a variety of situations and highlighted the importance of controlling, and ultimately destroying, an opponent's structure. The last to share was Michael Butz, assisted by Fransisco Nunez. He taught three joint locks from Tiger/Crane Chin Na. Although each lock was different, he showed how they were all related by using the same entry and targeting a different joint.
Being the first practice, things were a little unorganized and rough but everyone agreed it went well and had a good time. There was a unanimous decision to continue with the training group. The next session is tentatively scheduled for Feb 9, 2013. For more information, please feel free to visit the Facebook group or Google+ community named "Phoenix FMA Training".