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Post Weekend from the Open World tournament & FMA Events

This was an amazing weekend for FMA here in South California. The USFMAF in Brotherhood with Eskrimadors Accademy had two tournaments togather side by side. There everybody was at the Long Beach International with two FMA tournaments being held as part of giant martial arts event in world class facility-the Long Beach Convention Center. With Masters doing seminar upstairs on Saturday and Sunday while tournaments were happening downstairs. In one ring was the USFMAF with all seven of its divisions and in the next ring was Eskrimadors Accademy with WEKAF and its single and double stick divisions. The action was great, fights could fight either circuit or both. The WEKAF style fighting happen on Saturday only with the USFMAF happening on Saturday and Sunday. There were some great fights that happened that I watched as well as coached my fighters from our club, I never seen more near knock outs and with padded weapons no less!!!! Live stick was just fierce with some hard core battling happing. My guiys really could hit. The Cultural Challenge was really something with strikes from padded weapons so had that they broke shields wood and the fancy foam-rubber types too. I saw some non FMA helmets crack and face masked dented in. It really pays to have good equiment. Sundays afternoon wrapped up with great action happening with knife with kick and punch. My fighters were really holding there own against other systems and arts that came to play. we took 1st and second place in the divsion. There were even venders (FMA included) there all kinds of Martial Arts equipment. While all of this action was happening, the House of Champions in Van Nuys was hosting the 90th birthday party and seminar for SGM Cacoy Canete, and on Saturday was FCS's Seminar and tournament at the park in Eagle Rock. Because so much was happening many groups sent people to as many as they could. Our club's brother group from Lake Elsinor area went to the FCS and fought hard bring back the gold. I felt like kid in candy store with so much FMA happening at once. I am glad I was at Long Beach were history was being made. It was not the weekend to stay home but to get out play

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Comment by LAPU LAPU on August 10, 2009 at 8:27pm
Wow sounds like a lot of fun , congratulations on successful tournament , thanks for the update maybe our school can participate next tournament
Comment by Marc Lawrence on August 11, 2009 at 8:13am
All clubs and schools are welcome. Pass the word, you can check out the rules for the division on the USFMAF web site.
Comment by terry joven on August 12, 2009 at 3:21pm
Sounds like a great event! Hopefully Bahala Na Multi-style can make the trip next year! We are sending a team to the Cold Steel Challenge sept. 29th in Ventura to compete against all bladed and stick styles!


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