Signs of a Hardcore Filipino Martial Artist

• you do siniwali drills in class with your pencils

• at Thanksgiving you don’t get to carve the turkey because of last year’s “espada y daga demonstration”

• whenever someone is hoggin the remote you use a disarm to get it away from them

• you think the only word that belongs in front of do is eskri

• you train with axe handles/iron pipes/telephone poles

• you know the difference between Kali, Escrima, Arnis and all of the other 400 or so different FMA styles

• you’ve ever been in a death match

• you broke an “unbreakable” olisi

• Lapu-Lapu is your hero

• you own 6 t-shirts and 5 of them are from doce pares

• the guys at Manila Passport Control just wave you through

• no one asks you anymore what those sticks you bring to school/work/church are for

• 6, 10 and 12 are you favorite numbers

• you’re fluent in Tagalog

• there is some video about Eskrima on the web with you in it is up but not yet running. But if you have any inputs and or ideas on what to add or do just let me know…



This is my first entry in a new blog series. As I try to start my own branch of Visayan Legacy Association in Filipino Martial Arts, I will try to also be an advocate to not just growing my chapter but the art as a whole. I am sure that there will be a lot of people that might disagree with what I’m doing, but they can start there own blog. But the MOVEMENT has begun.

So keep yourself posted and see what’s next…