Hi, guys! I'm pretty interested to start learning FMA - and more specifically arnis / kali / esc/krima... I'd like to ask you some (newbie) questions - so, please, forgive me if I sound fool: 1) I haven't any experience from martial arts, I'm - kinda - old (46) fat (5.5 - 210 / 1.69 - 95) and heavy smoker for the last 31 years - that means I miss stamina and endurance. I guess that since this martial art is based on weapons and it starts with weapons, it would be ideal for me, because, I think, I won't have to do so much hard (body) warm up and gym. Am I right? 2) Could FMA be the first martial art for someone? What I want to say: As I can see, a lot of the students, learn it as a second or third additional martial art, completing their knowledge. So, would it be OK, to start with that? 3) And, if someone starts with FMA, taking the opposite way from the students I mentioned above, what martial art could add, as a completion, and perfection? (For example, "throwing knives" look the logical following to me; you could finish a fight before it starts). 4) Are all the "battons" the same size and weight? 5) Is there any weapon, like a "bo", that can be separated in two halves / two sticks? That way, someone can cover both short and long rages and he has, actually, "2 weapons in 1". 6) Is there any solution with the main FMA "problem" "home training"? (No... I'm only child!) 7) I have 3 choices / 3 "schools" to pick up one: Innosando, Pressas and Dionaldo... Which one do you think will suit better on me? 8) Do you learn to face 2 opponents at the same time, or not and only just one? 9) Are there any high kicks - above the chest level? 10) Since there are 12 hit points on the body, the opponent knows and expects where you will target him... Is it a "penalty" (or, forbidden) if you strike him somewhere else? That's all - for now! Thank you in advance, guys!