Traditional FMA: What is it?

had its roots from the Visayan region in the province of Cebu in the Philippine Islands. It is focused more on principles of handling tools of trade or farm tools as means of living and also as weapons for offensive and defensive use for self preservation for individuals and clans or families. FMA or Filipino martial art is also referred to as Arnis, Eskrima or Kali. Most older practitioners in the Philippines who are born into the family of stick fighters know very little of the word Kali since it is perceived as a coined western word. Kali, however is more popular outside of the Philippines. The locals can tell you more about the traditional Arnis/eskrima than Kali. If asked, they will instead smile and agree with whatever you claim Kali to be. Tradtional Arnis and Eskrima are currently evolving. 

FMA Informative

The FMA Informativewas honored to be able to get with Walter and Wesley Crisostomo while they were in Arizona at the 8th Arizona Filipino Martial Arts Friendship Gathering.   In talking to the brothers about their particular kind of art called Pinakatay Arnis Sigidas, it is described as curvi-linear in nature and the emphasis is in handling any weapon ( the stick as their primary tool) in a manner where the delivery of the strikes comes in cursive and linear patterns. The skills developed provides a continuous, flowing, circular, vertical, horizontal and sudden changes in trajectory mixed strikes that is unpredictable and totally unexpected. It is kinda cursive as in

Stick Fighting

Stick fighting in the world of martial arts  refers to sparring or actual engagements for the purpose of winning. It uses objects that may be short or long, slender or thick, blunt or dlightly edgded, generally hand-held with one or both arms.  Most times, 'sticks' for fighting such as a staff, cane, walking stick, baton or similar are made of wood, hard plastics, metal, bamboo or materials that resembles the us of a stick. Stick fighting  involves peculiar techniques applied to inanimate objects such as a sturdy tools like umbrella, mop handles, Tonfa, batons, rolled up papers, etc... or even a sword in its scabbard. But thicker and/or heavier blunt weapons such as clubs or the mace are outside the scope of "stick fighting" (since they cannot be wielded with such precision, so sheer force of impact is used) as are more heavy weapons such as those used in medieval times.

Art of Stick-Fighting

Although many systems are defensive combat techniques intended for use if attacked while lightly armed, others such as Kendo (a Japanese discipline using a bamboo sword, the shinai) and gatka (a north Indian discipline in which the sticks simulate swords) were developed as safe training methods for dangerous weapons. Whatever their history, many stick fighting techniques lend themselves to being treated as sports.  In addition to systems specifically devoted to stick fighting, certain disciplines either include staffs and long poles in its own specialty, as in the Tamil martial art silambam, or merely as part of a polyvalent training. It also include othevarious light weapons and/or bare handed fighting, as in Kerala's kalaripayat tradition, where these wooden weapons serve as preliminary training before practice of the more dangerous metal weapons.

Sickle Knife

A sickle is a hand-held agricultural tool with a variously curved blade typically used for harvesting grain crops or cutting succulent forage chiefly for feeding livestock (either freshly cut or dried as hay). The diversity of sickles that have been used around the globe is staggering. Between the dawn of the Iron Age and present, hundreds of region-specific variants of this basic forage-cutting tool were forged of iron, later steel. Within the industrial set-up, when the trip hammer took over from men swinging their strong arms at the anvil (between 16th and 17th century) some models of sickles were produced in up to six different sizes. One noteworthy feature of sickles is that their edges have been made in two very distinct manners/patterns - smooth or serrated. While both can (albeit with a different technique) be used for cutting either green grass or mature cereals, it is the serrated sickle that still dominates the duty of harvesting grain - with other words the "reaping".

Tabak Toyok

The Tabak-Toyok is a Filipino weapon closely related to the Okinawan nunchaku. The primary difference between the Filipino version and other versions of the weapon is that the Tabak-Toyok tends to have shorter handles as well as a longer chain. Each handle is approximately eight inches long. The length of the rope or chain that connects the handles is approximately 6 to 7.5 inches.

3rd East Coast FMA Gathering

         The 3rd East Coast Filipino Martial Arts Gathering is presented by Kapatiran Mandirigma of VA/MD/DC and Ultimate Eskrima (Pinakatay Arnis Sigidas) and in association with The Rock Martial Arts.            All proceeds will go to The Wounded Warrior Project. ( This event has been officially approved by the Wounded Warrior Project.           The time has come again to unite and promote our beloved art, Filipino Martial Arts. Please join us on this fun filled event which will showcase some of the top FMA instructors in the East Coast. Instructors and schedules will be posted soon. 

2nd EAST COAST Gathering

2nd EAST COAST Gathering on the 18th of May 2013 from 1-7 pm in Silver Spring Md 20910 hosted by Iti Walter Crisostomo and Kapatid Jhun 

Traditional Filipino Martial Arts



Together with the Kuya Wesley and Kuya WalterTeam PINAKATAY ARNIS SIGIDAS Senior Instructors and Students

First Day of Training

First day of PAS training at the Best of the Best Martial Arts studio in Upper Marlboro — with Bunal Sa Engkanto and 

super frog


PINAKATAY ARNIS SIGIDAS award of appreciations


wrestling Bengal tigers !!!

Fell while wrestling Bengal tigers !!! +with some bruise in it+with some scratch 

More fun in the Philippines

Anger Management MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINESTraditional Arnis Stick vs Traditional Bolo 

Instructors of various style of Martial Arts

Michael Buzz, Jeff Latorre, 

PAS (Pinakatay Arnis Sigidas) - at the park


Crossed Arms Look



Kuya Walter  awards

BUNAL (stick)








Gear ang Sticks


Formal Suit

Coming for Formal Gathering

3rd East Coast FMA Gathering Schedule

Special thanks go out to GM Shelley Javier Millspaugh of Kapatiran Mandirigma Headquarters , GM Bobby Taboada of Balintawak Arnis Cuentada, John McLean of Sheepdog Kombatives, and Heather Staniec Judd of Rock Martial Arts Gainesville VASchedule:- Meet and Greet: 8:30 am - 9am- Grandmaster Terryl Richardson: 9:15am - 10am- Guro Jhun Occidental: 10am - 10:30am- Sifu Dale Yeager: 10:30am - 11:15am- Master Eugene R. Nepangue: 11:15am - Noon- Noon - 12:30pm: Lunch (optional) or Train - Guro Kibo Kim: 12:30pm - 1:15pm- Guro Patrick Rogers: 1:15pm - 2pm- Guro Tye W Botting: 2pm - 2:45pm- Brother Mosi Jack of FCS Kali: 2:45pm - 3:30pm- Sensei Nadeem Ansari - 3:30pm - 4:15pm - Guro Cy: 4:15 pm - 5pm

3rd East Coast FMA Gathering Participants

Instructors Teaching/Participating:- Guro Cy Borg - World Nickelstick Eskrima Club Balintawak Style. USA Representative- Punong Guro Walter Crisostomo and Wesley Crisostomo of Pinakatay Arnis.- Sifu Dale Yeager- Grand Master Terryl Richardson- Brother Mosi Jack of FCS Kali - Punong Guro Jun Paliangayan- Brother Kibo Kim- Coach Artruro Ayala- Guro Brock Genevro- Guro Patrick Rogers- Guro Eugene R. Nepangue- Guro Tye W BottingThis event is open to public and everyone is welcome. The cost is $25/event but if you want to donate more that is even better. Please bring your friends and families. Please message me privately if you want to teach, sell merchandise, promote your company, or any questions you might have. My email is or 571.338.5166. 

3rd East Coast FMA Gathering - Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

Kapatiran Mandirigma of VA/MD/DC proudly present, The 3rd East Coast Filipino Martial Arts Gathering in association with Ultimate Escrima (Pinakatay Arnis) and The Rock Martial Arts. 

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