More often than not I get a lot of questions and comments about FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) and it’s effectiveness. Well it doesn’t take much convincing that FMA is designed for real world application. And yes I know we don’t walk around with sticks everyday. But any true Filipino Martial Artist knows what makes this effective isn’t the tool it’s the “tool” that thinks that I need a stick to kick their ass. Just kidding what makes this dangerous isn’t the stick it’s the person that wields it.
And here’s why:
1. Extension. A stick is an extension of my arm meaning that I can still do the same move with a small variation.
2. Faster than you. A stick can travel almost 50x’s faster than your fist. And we train to block and counter with a fast moving sticks being wielded against us. Well if we can move block evade counter circumnavigate dodge with a stick traveling at high velocity than how much easier would it be when it is traveling at a slower rate?
3. We start training weapon first. That is because FMA has a military point of view. In any military training across the globe and history. All soldiers are first taught how to fight with a weapon. And when they go out on the field of battle they carry as much weapons as they can carry. Why? It’s because they want to have as much of an advantage over their enemy. So they teach them how to wield their weapons first and then move into empty hands. But ask any soldier, once you take a way their weapons are they any less dangerous?
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