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What is Filipino Martial Arts?

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Filipino Martial Arts refers to fighting methods devised in the Philippines. It incorporates elements from both Western and Eastern Martial Arts, the most popular forms of which are known as Arnis, Eskrima, and Kali. Filipino martial artists are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably and their ability to turn ordinary household items into lethal weapons.

FMA teaches weapon use that is practical today. Both using and dealing with weapons that one can actually encounter in the streets and turning ordinary items into improvised weapons are integral aspects of training FMA. Knives, machetes, clubs and clothing, (called Sarongs), are still among commonly encountered weapons on the street and in the field, thus making FMA very practical and geared towards military and street fighting.

FMA is a great martial art for beginners as it teaches outstanding hand to hand combat skills using a variety of different weapons and objects. Our FMA class on Saturdays is a great place to start for those with minimal experience in martial arts.

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