FMA: Filipino Martial Arts

T.A.C.T.I.C.S.' FMA Class



Stick - Knife - Empty Hand- Machete - Palm Stick


Why is FMA, Filipino Martial Arts, a great Self Defense System?

When a situation occurs where you may feel threatened your body will automatically go into a survival mode. When this happens a whole bunch of things change within us. Without getting too deeply into it the issue we are most concerned with is the loss of Fine Motor Skills, i.e. inserting a key in a lock, picking something small up with two fingers or playing a musical instrument. What takes over are Gross Motor Skills which are big movements, arms extending forward, upward or downward in big motions. Just watch YouTube videos of real attacks. You will notice the majority of people move the same. Even in professional boxing and mixed martial arts. The only difference with people in competitive sports is that they are using what I like to call “Trained Gross Motor Skills”.

Now if you look at the Stick Work of FMA you will notice that most of the movements fall into the description of Gross Motor Skills. The drills experienced in the FMA class hone your GMS to strike in a certain way specific targets of an attacker’s body. It teaches your muscle memory how to have your body react and move. Now take away the sticks and do the same movements empty-handed. Now add a knife in your hand or a machete. Then take these skills and use them to defend against an attacker wielding a weapon. All the same Gross Motor Skills with minor adjustments.

So why are Filipino Martial Arts a great Self Defense System?
Because you learn a small set of movements that focus on your body’s natural defensive reactions and apply them to a multitude of defensive as well as offensive maneuvers.

*A side note on FMA: this art form has been developed and tested in actual combat at all levels from wartime to street fights and more.


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