FMA from Parent to Child

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During an interview with Guro Eian Floresca, he shared his perspective about the propagation of Filipino Martial Arts, how it was intended to be passed from parent to child in small group instruction.  He talked about the origin of the Filipino Martial Arts being used to protect family and village.

Most instruction was given in a one-to-one format. Not only is that time used to learn martial arts, it is also used to bond with the parent during the transition of the family’s art.  Contrast this to some schools that teach on a large scale for profit. 

He believes that Filipino Martial Arts was never originally designed to be taught to the masses, on a large scale. However, now that the art is gaining popularity, it is useful to design a curriculum or progression that beginners can learn in a group format.  As he references the high quality instruction from parent to child in a one-on-one format, he finds it very difficult to maintain that type of quality instruction when delivering to large groups.  For this reason, the  future of the Filipino Martial Arts is not guaranteed, systems could disappear in a moment. 

In the end, if the child that received FMA instruction does not wish to carry on the art, it’s a parent’s wish for the child to follow their dreams, even if it does not include martial arts.  

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