“…only if you carry a stick around with you…”

English: Stick fighting is one of the most fam...

Stick fighting is one of the most famous parts of Eskrima, Filipino Martial Arts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Kali is only good if you carry a stick around with you.”  Gotta thank M.A. for mentioning that she heard this from someone in relation to Filipino Martial Arts Practice.

It’s a common comment from observers who see us clacking away or twirling and doing disarms.  It’s even a little more disappointing when you hear that it’s a Filipino who says it, after all, it is their native martial art.  I am not Filipino, but I am unapologetically biased for it.

So is the comment a valid point?

Hardly.  For one, it’s not a “stick” martial art, it’s a fighting art.  It encompasses weapons and more: matched and unmatched weapons, unarmed vs weapons, unarmed vs unarmed with striking and grappling, ground fighting, partner fighting and multiple opponents.

In my experience it’s one of the least segmented martial arts; one combative action may include a weapon for weapon counter, disarm, hand strikes, re-counter, kicking, joint lock, limb destruction, take-down to finish. You learn all this almost simultaneously.

Train TaeKwonDo and you’ll be kicking without learning take-downs anytime soon, take Jiu Jitsu and you won’t be learning punching that first month, take boxing and you won’t know what to do when someone bear hugs you, and on and on. Within a handful of classes my students are striking with and without weapons, kicking, locking, taking down.

A lot of us in FMA all do the same things, the differences are in training methods and order of instruction.   All in all I’d say that in ten FMA classes versus 10 classes of any other martial  art, you’ll know more, and you’ll understand that you don’t need to “carry a stick around with you!”

 

 

Advertisements

6 thoughts on ““…only if you carry a stick around with you…”

  1. Great Post !. Some people don’t really understand F.M.A at all !! like you said ( It’s a common comment from observers who see us clacking away or twirling and doing disarms ) Hmm wait until they get to see pass that part only. F.M.A have Mano-Mano ( hand to Hand combat ) Buno ( Grappling Like : Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Tai-jitsu so on..) also all the different ways they use different type of weapons..

    Your brother from the F.M.A ( Garimot Arnis Training ) G.A.T !!

  2. Pingback: The Principles of Unarmed Combat | My Martial Arts School Online

  3. Pingback: Mabuhay ang Arnis! Long Live Arnis! | The Deadly Dance

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s