10 Things You Probably Did Not Know About the Filipino Martial Arts

# 6:
“The Filipino arts help you connect the dots in your self-defense training by focusing on versatile concepts rather than a different technique for every situation.”

FMA instructors talk about angles of attack rather than specific attacks. Once you’re able to discern whether an attack is coming from the inside or the outside and whether it’s from the left or the right, you have the base you need to deal with it. After that, your training will be about progressions and combinations involving those basics. If your instructor is good, you won’t ever find yourself splitting hairs over whether you need to defend against a punch, a grab or a push delivered from the front because in FMA, they’re treated the same–as a direct straight attack.

– Guro Melegrito –