How much European DNA is in your FMA?

Juany118

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This is an interesting discussion. For something like San Miguel Escrima, it seems obvious, but it is honestly hard to answer this question in Pekiti Tirisa, which is the FMA system that I study. There are certain things which seem obvious, the use of triangular footwork, the use of long and short weapon together, etc. However, there are so many differences as well, that it is hard to know just how much influence there really was. Given the variety of FMA systems which exist, and how different the mechanics of striking and footwork can be between them, let alone tactics strategy, pinning something like that down would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. Compound that with the regional differences which exist in the PI, and the wide variety of weapon types which are found there, and the problems seem to mount rapidly. Having said all of that, I don't discount some influence, but I suspect it is far more for some systems than others. In addition, while I understand national pride, I don't judge the worth of a given FMA style on where it came from. Others might, but I don't really worry about that sort of thing too much.

I think it also depends on the teacher. My Guro first studied Lacoste-Inosanto Kali under James Keating. Keating is also from whom he learned Spanish sword but Keating's Spanish sword knowledge came from fencers, not Kali. They both integrated it on their own.
 

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I think it also depends on the teacher. My Guro first studied Lacoste-Inosanto Kali under James Keating. Keating is also from whom he learned Spanish sword but Keating's Spanish sword knowledge came from fencers, not Kali. They both integrated it on their own.

I would certainly agree that one's teachers are going to influence these things. Obviously, yours is a special case since you know first hand that there was a co-mingling of Spanish sword work with FMA.

I am personally happy to see WMA making a comeback in recent years. I know at least one PTK guy who recently went to a mixed style sparring session with WMA guys and had a great time. The different assumptions, movements, and weapons types really made for some interesting matches.
 

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I am personally happy to see WMA making a comeback in recent years. I know at least one PTK guy who recently went to a mixed style sparring session with WMA guys and had a great time. The different assumptions, movements, and weapons types really made for some interesting matches.

I actually think that the HEMA method of blade oriented competition is one of the things we need to progress the FMA arts. Certainly the equipment that is coming into play with their sport side will allow competition or practice with steel that should benefit all of FMA.
 
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