Getting back into shape has always been an endeavor of mine. Family history consisting of diabetes, cardiovasular disease, and lung cancer will make any man run on the metaphorical fitness treadmill. So when I decided to workout again, one thought ran through my mind – training in Kali, or Arnis, or Eskrima. Or, dubbed simply the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA).
Needless to say, having found a challenging yet fun sport, I am proud of myself on how training in the artistry of FMA has rooted me back to my culture. It has resurrected within me: my WARRIOR spirit. Not only am I getting a great workout, engaging myself in the FMA has helped me develop an ethos that affects my mind and body in positive ways. Care to join me?
For those interested in Kali, here is a little history lesson (quote from Wiki) :
Eskrima or Escrima refers to a class of Filipino martial arts that emphasize stick and sword fighting. Other terms which have entered into common usage include Kali and Arnis de Mano (harness of the hand); occasionally the abbreviation FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) is used. Eskrima and Arnis are among the many names primarily used in the Philippines today to refer to these arts. The name Kali, although primarily used in the United States and Europe, is seldom used in the Philippines and in most cases is an unknown word. But due to the popularity of the term outside of the Philippines and the influence of foreign practitioners, the term Kali is increasingly being recognized and accepted in the Philippines. Kalis, as used in the Philippines, refers to a sword. It is commonly mistaken as synonymous to or a derivative form of kali (note: postfixing of “s” is not used in Filipino languages or dialects to indicate plurality). However, for all intents and purposes, Eskrima, Arnis, Arnis de Mano, Kali and FMA all refer to the same family of Filipino weapons-based martial arts.
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