I played a little bit with Latosa Escrima, one of the many forms of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), which are primarily weapon-based. After a while I quit, mostly due to work, but also because FMA training is a little bit too nutty for me. I want to preserve the bones in my knuckles and forearms without fractures, you know.
Having said that, I deeply respect what FMA practitioners do. It takes a deep, almost religious commitment to the training and development of weapon based martial arts and combat sports.
Some people think they are wacky. Maybe. But sometimes that’s what it takes to test theories and practices of martial arts. Without putting your theories and methods to the test, all you have is “Karate Kid” fantasy and conjecture. And to put them to the test, you got to get a beating.
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