I'm new to this and would like to start a new thread regarding the Filipino martial Arts so as to educate the people who for the most part are not aware of the effectiveness and beauty of their ancestral arts. (KAli- Arnis -Eskrima). These arts were responsible for the development of the colt .45 cal pistol model 1911 for stopping power against the "juramentados" or the muslim jihads of their day. What other arts can boast of this? In the Martial arts community western boxing as it stands today is said to have beenmodified because of Filipino Martial Arts, the old style of boxing had their arms extended and when the Americans came in the 1900's they boxed that way, but Filipino Martial Arts(FMA) tactic of limb destruction forced to bring in their guard closer to the head and body (look all of this up in the net and check out the old style pics for yourself) . The term "leathernecks" is sinonimous with US marines. In their gala uniform they have a black band around their uniform (parang chinese collar style) that commemorates all the US Marines that died back in the Philippines. Leathernecks because they had to use thick banmds of leather to proteck their necks from slashes of the feared blade of the Filipinos. The "yoyo" was once a weapon of the Philippines before a US G.I. brought it back to the US and turned it into a game. If these things sound new to you as it did to me when I first learned of it when I was In the US Air Force from a "Putih" (no disrespect intended), Then we have to ask ourselves how can we bring back the wealth of knowledge lost to us or hidden within our own people. Know this, it is being taught and prolifereated all over the world. The FMA have proven itself and is quite effective over the so called Macdojo or popular commercialized tae kwon do , aikido or karate in our own land.
You have the use of information at you hands, Gamitin nyo ang internet , read about it for yourself. I have my own site www.rochesterkali.com, My passion is the fma, I was once guilty of colonial mentality but through the FMA I regained my pride in being a Pinoy. Stand proud Pinoy! know who you are!! keep our arts alive and well in our own homeland. Seek it, support the Manongs and masters who are still out there teaching in their backyards. MabuhaY!!