FMA: Filipino Martial Arts Masters and Grandmasters is about some of the many Masters and Grandmasters of the FMA (Filipino Martial Arts). Some are well known others are relatively obscure, some are famous, others are known only by their skill, but they all have in common their love for the Filipino Martial Arts and their connection through training, friendship, heritage or lineage with Grandmaster Bram Frank. Some are the heroes of the Philippines and the spirit of Arnis like the late Professor Remy Presas, part of American martial art history with the FMA and JKD like Guro Dan Inosanto or like GM Bram Frank a faithful practitioner and instructor of the arts. Their stories are told in pictures and with a bio of who they are and what they’ve done! Regardless of gender these people give their lives, souls and energy to the Filipino Martial Arts. This is the first in a series of volumes of these wonderful people! Mabuhay
This is the first book written by a non Filipino with a forward by a Filipino President: President Benigno Aquino III.
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the readers of FMA: Filipino Martial Arts Masters and Grandmasters
My warmest greetings to the readers of FMA: Filipino Martial Arts Masters and Grandmasters.
Filipino martial arts are comprised of various formidable styles that have been honed and handed down through the centuries, serving as repositories of our culture and traditions. These systems evolved from the necessity of self-defense into complex routines highlighting their practitioners’ resourcefulness, skills, and prowess. With each passing generation, new grand masters have continued to cultivate their specialties and contribute their own insights and experiences into this rich body of combat knowledge.
This book highlights the significance of the individuals throughout our history who have devoted their lives to perfecting their disciplines and passing on what they have learned to new generations. Every hakbang and redonda, each lihay and suntok traces its origins to the creative spirit of the warriors now celebrated within this publication. May their spirit live on in the capable hands of their students, both in the present and the future.
May arnis, kali, eskrima, and their various branches continue to develop under the tutelage of these true experts, promoting patriotism, camaraderie, and pride among our countrymen.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
1 March 2015