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FMA with Guro Alvin Catacutan

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Learning martial arts is a never-ending process. Considering its various forms across the world that have existed and being born every day, it is nigh impossible to learn everything the world has to offer.

William Christopher Ford is on a journey to learn from 52 masters from all across the world in celebration for his 52nd birthday. As showcased by this video, his first destination is Filipino Martial Arts where he will mostly be concentrating on knife fighting.

Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) is a broad term and most of the times, it also referred to as Kali or Eskrima or Arnis, all of which are the umbrella terms for FMA. The one special thing about Kali is that it can transition its sparring flow from the hand to sticks of knives. It can also use daily household objects as weapons, thanks to the aforementioned ability.

FMA fighting techniques are being taught to armies as well as self-defense classes. Thanks to its ability to use anything as a weapon, it’s quite famous among casual practitioners as well.

The video is divided into two segments, the first showcasing a basic escrima knife training and the second shows an elaborative interview between Ford and Guro Alvin Catacutan.

The knife training is quite basic. It’s a simple defensive technique with some depth, that can be picked up on the go. The technique boils to a few principles.

Firstly, if you’re assailant wielding a weapon, you must also get your hands on one, because there is nothing fair about a street fight. the demonstration is with a knife so we will stick to that. in order to defend yourself from an oncoming opponent, first, try to avoid them. it’s ok if they’re not following you.

However, if they do you must approach them while already parrying their strike and answer with a quick blow. Make sure not to go in too deep, because your intention is to flee away from the scene as soon as possible. For better understanding watch the video.

In the second part, we learn all about Guro Alvin Catacutan, how he got into martial arts, what’s the motivation behind his practice and so on and so forth. It’s an interesting interview and will help you get an insight into the lives of martial artists.

Useful tips:

  1. Knifing techniques
  2. C-Shaped cuts to immobilize your enemy
  3. Soft swift jabs to reduce further mobility, enough to ensure your escape
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