The self-defense ability is my main concern in teaching Filipino martial arts.
At first glance, the FMA seem to be weaponry arts and therefore not suitable as a self-defense system in our time. However, this is a huge fallacy.
Quite apart from the fact that you learn in the FMA and the unarmed self-defense: there are countless everyday objects that can be spontaneously transformed into self-defense into a weapon.
Think of cell phones, handbags, pens, umbrellas, coins, shoes, and and and.
The body mechanics, which is internalized by training with sticks or blades, can be intuitively implemented with every conceivable everyday object – but also with bare hands.
And this is the merit of the special training concept of the FMA.
Training with weapons makes it easier to learn and teach coordination, strength, distance and clean technique. The movement principles that are learned in the weapon fight can then be easily transferred to the application without weapons.
Training with weapons requires more respect and consideration and sparring with weapons adds more courage and tactics.
These are all attributes that are indispensable even in unarmed combat and are intensively trained from the training with the weapon.
In addition, in my opinion, defensive techniques against armed attackers only make sense to train if the partner is able to move realistically with a weapon and if you know yourself what a weapon can do in a trained hand.
In addition, many FMA styles incorporate special weaponless techniques such as trapping known from kung fu or jeet kun-do, boxing and kicking techniques from muay thai and western boxing, and lever and floor techniques from japanese and south american martial arts.
It is important for me to test the learned for applicability. Therefore sparring and stressful situations play a big role in my training.
Often, realism and efficiency are equated with minimalism.
This development culminates today in the inflationary spread of much reduced self-defense systems.
In my opinion, this is also a questionable development in terms of the realistic applicability of martial arts techniques.
Sure, the base is the most important thing!
But a steadily increasing complexity of motion sequences and techniques over the course of the training teaches us a greater variety of reactions and actions in realistic scenarios.
Constantly increasing complexity increases our variability and multiplies our options!
And it continually increases the positive stress in training, which in turn leads to more serenity.