The Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) system at Combatives Unlimited encompasses an entire spectrum of weaponry and also features sophisticated empty hands including boxing, trapping and grappling. Unlike most martial arts systems, FMA teaches both weaponry and empty hands together because the principles are common to both and are interchangeable. Armed or unarmed, our students learns to relate to any situation using the same concepts of body angling, positioning and flowing.
Developed for “mass attack” as well as single opponent confrontations, FMA training heightens student’s awareness of their surroundings and teaches them to use their environment as tools of combat. Everyday objects, such as umbrellas, books, bandannas, etc. become effective means of self-defense in the hands of properly trained individuals. Use of left and right hand techniques develop coordination. Drills and techniques taught in a fluid, non-restrictive manner allow students to enhance their natural attributes and improve their sense of timing, speed, awareness, balance, agility and confidence.
At Combatives Unlimited, drills from the arts of Kali, Eskrima and Arnis develop attributes in the student such as speed, agility, footwork, timing, body mechanics, distance, range awareness and coordination on both the left and right sides of the body. The general martial arts community uses the names Kali, Escrima and Arnis to refer to the same art. Originally, the difference in the name either implied the region from which the art originated or the time period when the art was developed. These three names, in addition to many others, refer to Filipino Martial Arts where skills in both empty hand and weapons are developed using similar training methods.
FMA instructors at Combatives Unlimited were influenced by the late Grandmaster John La Coste and Magulang Na Guro Dan Inosanto developed a program that introduces students to 12 main areas, including, but not limited to single stick, double stick, stick & dagger, double dagger, Panatukan (Filipino boxing), Sikiran (Filipino kicking methods), Kuntao & Silat.