A few years back now, my wife’s cousin suggested that I film some basic Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) material for him to start showing and practicing with his children. While I do not want to encourage a “Learn FMA by YouTube” program, I do think that exposing friends, family and anyone else simply interested or curious to our art can have it’s benefits. It may spark an interest in the cultural components of their selves, identities or family history, it may encourage more diligent solo practice for current students and ideally it would entice future students to go and seek qualified instructors for hands on training.
So here is the start of our “Kali 101” series, what I intend to be ongoing clips that demonstrate, showcase or educate the public on fundamental movements of the Filipino Martial Arts. This first clip of many starts with the double stick basics of Sinawali, the name of the indigenous arts of my mother’s hometown province of Pampanga. Thank you to the Patalinghug family of Doce Pares Eskrima (GM Cacoy Canete System) and Guro Dan Inosanto (Inosanto-Lacoste Kali) for giving me my base in Sinawali and introducing me to a part of my family’s past. And special thanks to Kuya Marvin and his twins for the inspiration to start this in the first place. Dominic and Victoria this is for you.
“Queng leon queng tigre ecu tatacut, queca pa?” (I fear neither lions nor tigers, why should I be afraid of you?) – Pampanga Warrior’s Motto taken from Galang’s “Complete Sinawali: Filipino Double-Weapon Fighting”