Preparing Your Eskrima for the Street
Is your Eskrima still “street-effective”?
One of the things drawing street defense/self defense enthusiast to the Filipino art is our simplicity and our effectiveness for the average man’s needs. I ask if your FMA is “still” street-effective because over the recent 30 or so years that the FMA has been noticed by the mainstreet, most styles have lost that edge. Perhaps your Grandmaster’s Eskrima was good for defense and street fighting, but most likely over the two or three generations that it got to you–your art very likely has lost that “ummph”:
- Teachers have focused on developing their skill at putting on nice demos, rather than fighting
- Teachers no longer put students up against other students out of concern that those who lose in matches may become discouraged and quit
- Eskrima curriculum have started to focus on fighting other Eskrimadors, rather than what will be encountered on the…
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