I know several excellent FMA practitioners who have expanded the scope of what they teach far beyond the "F" for Filipino in FMA. Here are a few examples: One example would be my first instructor in Escrima, a Filipino American and one of the FMA pioneers in this country, having been an early student of Angel Cabales, Leo Giron, Maximo Sarmiento and others at the first Escrima Academy in Stockton. He never had a particular concern with Filipino "authenticity" or whether what he taught was something being taught today in the PI. His exclusive focus was practicality. He used to say that it didn't matter who you trained under, or for how long, or how many Filipino terms you knew, or any of that crap. All that mattered is what you could do . Another example would be the former partner of the guy above, who still teaches in the UK and Europe. He has the same basic attitude I hear, namely that he values efficacy over "Filipino authenticity" and has blended his FMA with a lot of HEMA. A third example would be a local guy who started a group that was originally focused on Escrima, but in the late 90's started incorporating more and more of an MMA approach. Some of the more traditional groups around here don't even view what he does as FMA any more. But they sure wouldn't want to mess with his fighters. Distance and time conflicts have made it difficult for me to get together with him, but every couple of weeks I do get together with his senior instructor, a Filipino American and former US Marine. I find his stuff ....enlightening. There are many others who fall into this category... we all know some. I'm not talking about some of the questionable characters on youtube, but rather the highly competent MA-ists who do "FMA" based arts that have become quite different from their source arts. I find that I am moving in this direction myself. I have no personal roots or overarching compunction to stick to what is purely Filipino. In fact, the "FMA" I was first taught had it's root in a blending of European and Filipino fighting systems. That much can be seen in it's very name, escrima a variant of the Spanish word for fencing, esgrima. So as a 21st Century American martial artist, my system of escrima is eclectic. It draws on historical FMA and European roots, with plenty of contemporary influences. And, in this sense maybe it is traditional, since the FMAs have a tradition of adapting, evolving, and incorporating whatever "foreign" influences that were proven to be useful. You know, Bruce Lee wasn't the first guy to come up with that idea. Not by about 100,000 years or so! Any thoughts?