Here is a quickie:
An unedited post from defend.net. It was actually on a thread entitled “Current State of FMA in the U.S.”, found here. I’m calling it “Difference between American FMA and Filipino FMA”. Notice that he pokes fun at those who teach the FMAs but can’t even spell Filipino. May ruffle some feathers, but there’s a lot of truth in this short, insightful post!
mixing art that you know well is very different to mixing arts that you have little knowledge about. what i think sumbrada is talking about is, men who have little martial arts knowledge, and then they made there own style, when they know only the basics of many systems. so few of them go to the philippines, and when they go they spent only a few days or weeks there, and they come back as a “representative” of some teacher from back home. now, how much do you think he learned in this time?
but about lameco, bahala na and estalilla, the big difference about those styels is that the creators spent many years studying different methods before they made there own. now, on one hand you have a man with 20 years in the PHILIPPINE art (not 20 years in the arts, and 5 in the philippine arts), who makes his own style, and then you got another man who has less than 10 years. the man with 20 studied everyday, and probably had many matches. but the guy with 10 years (or less) did 4-5 seminars a year, and no matches. there is no comparison.
here is a list of differences from philippine fighting arts, and american FMA.
phil arts: teacher has the phil arts as his main art, some studied foreign arts, some did not.
amer art: started out in another style, like kenpo, kung fu or JKD. has been studying the FMA for the last ____ (you fill it in) years.
phil art: teaches attacking and counterattacking strategys for there “secrets”
amer art: never-before seen, ancient and authentic “philllipino” drills. guaranteed you cant fight if you dont know them.
phil art: teacher has no curriculum he uses, you just learn whatever he feels like teaching you. ex: a fat man will learn differently from a skinny guy.
amer art: everybody learns the same things, that you will probably get from his videotape also. you might get it from another teacher of another style to. (oh yeah, in my “xyz” style we have that too)
phil art: teacher will make you spar in tournament or against another school.
amer art: sparring is unrealistic, we are too deadly, we train only for street, do you carry your sticks everywhere you go, etc…
phil art: teacher will tell you that XYZ style sucks and his own is superior. do my technique and you can beat anyone. oh that style? one of my boys beat them before. likes to brag and has a puffy chest. we call it “confidence”
amer art: can we all just get along? my style isnt better, just different. you chose your own path. this is my expression. you cant go around challenging people. calls the phil teacher “rude and arrogant”
phil art: satisfied with his 2-3 weapons and a few techniques.
amer art: offers “complete” style with 12 categories.
phil art: students perform 100s of strikes for a workout.
amer art: what i call “filler”, drills and more drills.
phil art: you have to study with the teacher at his house or school.
amer art: take seminars 4 times a year or more.
phil art: you get permission to teach, if it matters. for most teachers it doesnt
amer art: get a certificate, but then you have to “renew” your teaching certificate. some teachers will get a certificate for every seminar.