What's the Big Deal with Filipino Martial Arts?!
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The Filipino Martial Art is at an all time high as far as media exposure and number of practitioners world wide. Why now? Why all of a sudden?
The answer is that it didn't happen all of a sudden. It didn't happen over night. There are countless unsung heroes who kept the art alive in its darker days when it was kept relatively secret by old gate keepers of family fighting styles.
There was a transitionary period pioneered by a handful of individuals who were pushing for FMA to get out to the masses: to share family secrets. It perhaps during this transitionary period that other martial arts began adopting and claiming FMA techniques as their own.
Slowly but surely, FMA found its way into different international fighting units, combative arts, and even Hollywood. But it lacked a true identity. People saw the movements and they looked familiar. People saw sticks, knives and swords in movies but didnt know what to call it. Soldiers and fighters were being taught movements, principles, and theories on knife fighting but were not given a lineage or history of these principles. It lacked identity...so it became open to be claimed.
Over the last 5 to 10 years the voices of the next generation of Filipino Martial Arts ambassadors grew louder and more focused. Men who were born in the Philippines but lived lives in the United States and other western countries.
Fueled by the social media renaissance, FMA continues its trajectory into public consciousness as it sky rockets in popularity and spreads across all continents.