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I read many posts about this place and that place has good FMA that we call Arnis Eskrima or Kali, here in the US and abroad. But leaves me wondering where one can find good FMA. In my travels I found that where you have sizable Filipino population, there is FMA. I have found pockets in Florida, Hawaii, Nevada and Southern and Northern California. I have heard of pockets back east and down in Texas and up in Washington. I know that there are places overseas like Mexico, one of my students found one in Indonesia, another in Hong Kong. If you start with the Philippines as the center then we would be out on the Froniter. These teachers have to be bold to be out to the edges of the Frontier to make this happen. This because of the fact that there are other fighting arts they are running into and having to face. Welcome to a brave new world.

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Comment by Marc Lawrence on October 14, 2010 at 8:52am
What makes good FMA? It is more than just stick fighting, it more than just blade fighting, it is more then just empty hands fighting, it more than just the culture, it more than just healing, it is more than just spiritual, it is the sum of all its parts that makes it what it is and its ability to adapt to an ever changing world. That is what good FMA is. That is what one must look for when looking for good FMA. Not an easy task
Comment by Master Ron England on November 7, 2010 at 2:41pm
Guro Marc
Excellent points regarding FMA made by you and all the others that have commented. What is good FMA is not such an easy answer, it is not only how fast you can swing a stick, or how many awards a person or school has won in competitions. When you came to Hawaii last summer we discussed this very topic that so many of the current FMA people know how to move very well, but lack knowledge in the healing arts and spirtual factors that are associated with FMA. I feel strongly that successful FMA is when someone that you have trained and mentored comes to you and thanks you for teaching them something that saved their life is what makes good FMA. When I visit FMA schools and see that their movements are good but the instructors are not aware of the non phyiscal aspects of FMA I worry that the art will become only about movement and the spirtual aspects will be lost. You are so correct that FMA is a broad based art and that it is so important that "ALL" aspects of the art need to be taught. I hope and pray that the art will continue to grow and that all aspects of the art will be known. Us senior members of the art owe it to our beloved teachers to insure that all aspects of FMA be taught. We must remember FMA is about self defense and personal development and not about how many students or trophies a person or school can obtain. Long Live Eskrima.
Comment by Tasi H. ALO on November 8, 2010 at 12:14pm
One can see the influence that GGM Pedoy & Batikan Pedoy had on Master Ron England. I must concur with his comment, healing and the spiritual completes the 'art', no matter what country it comes from, after all we all are learning and perfecting how to kill another human being with efficiency and accuracy. Facing death gives strong appeal to a person to look at the spiritual aspects of the 'art'. Here is a picture with GM Ron Saturno & Tuhon Chaz Siangco - great-grandson of GGM Pedoy the great nephew of Batikan Eduardo Pedoy!

Comment by Marc Lawrence on November 14, 2010 at 12:40pm
Well Hawaii came to us yesterday, my friend Grand Master Mike Del Mar and his wife Professor Joey Del Mar came to our club while visiting California. They shared some of their art with Kids class and our Adult advanced class. We had great time also going to lunch and having talk story. My wife and Professor Del Mar both had love for dogs which they shared at lunch. We truly enjoyed their visit with our family and club. We look forward to their next visit.

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