Again and again…

This is probably my shortest definition of Applied Eskrima, and I defined it without even thinking hard.  Aside from learning the use of weapons, Applied Eskrima as I understand it, is about learning the basics of stick movements to soon understand how the empty hands work!

I was wearing my Applied Eskrima shirt while doing my reps in a fitness center when a guy approached me and asked what the shirt is all about.  I gave him the same definition and it triggered his curiosity.  After a few more minutes of explanation using the short triceps bar as my visual aid, he asked; “Why do I need to go through all these stick movements?  I’m sure I can go straight to learning empty hands”.  The discussion went further as I did my best to explain that it is of course possible to learn the empty hands.  But without the principles of the stick movements, the empty hands is just that…EMPTY!  Empty in understanding, and empty in foundation.

Many students are impatient, thinking that jumping to the advance basics of Eskrima can already make them an expert.  This is the very reason why many self proclaimed Eskrima teachers and small organizations are becoming a carnival and freak show with different menus and banners of FMA around their privately owned clubs but still could not define what FMA is all about.  The culture is lost, the respect is lost, the principles of what every Filipino masters have taken cared of is lost.  Only the thug attitude and impolite character remains.

Your stick is the key to every door that opens a new learning stage in Eskrima.  Eventually, you will get there.  There is nothing to lose by learning and finishing what is needed to be learned in the basics of Applied Eskrima, or any reputable Eskrima systems for that matter.  There is a filter in every door that you enter, and you will know what it is when you finally become a legit Eskrimador.


That Was You? Hahaha…

I saw my name once again being whipped in one facebook wall by some guy whom I haven’t met, haven’t known, and certainly haven’t heard of in my entire life.  He was so angry and I’m wondering what the hell his sorry ass wanted to accomplish by doing such a stunt.  Ah yes… his mission is to indirectly make himself famous or just feel good because he can trash my name all over the internet while I am not aware of it.  Nice move actually.  This is what we fighters call sucker punching; attacking your target while they are not aware.

So I did what every educated man would do, instead of writing a comment on that no life thread, I sent a private message to the person concerned.  I introduced myself properly and asked him directly what his pussy is aching about.  He denied his participation in the thread even though it was obviously there with his account name clearly displayed.  I understood his sentiments as he also wishes to become a real man like me.  Something that he can’t be despite having a cock and and an adam’s apple.

I do not mean that he is gay.  Coz sometimes, inside a gay’s heart rests a real man who can be trusted to show courage and willingness to face life’s challenges.  I am talking about my attacker as being a faggot.  While a gay is a man with a woman’s heart and often falls in love with a real man, a faggot is a man who hates another man for no reason at all except for just being a real man.

I took the time to find this faggot and got the chance to face him.  Seriously, at that moment, he displayed a character of a very insecure half-man instead of that tough mother f*cker running his mouth online.  And guess what?  They are all the same.  I have come face to face with a lot of my haters whom I have not known in my life, and in my presence, they all displayed that same humble posture as if they were babies who need milk from mama’s breast.

The last time I faced another hater in his own home, with his father by his side, it was the same kind of situation.  The father of my hater invited me to have a discussion after poor Daddy got worried that his son might either get ran over by a big Harley Davidson or by a 4X4 truck.  I assured poor, worried, daddy that his son does not deserve to die in such a classy manner.  I mean, why use expensive vehicles to run over a big horse shit, when all it needs is to come over, show up, and give him an ultimate panic attack.

Each one of us needs a certain “balance” in our lives.  The Yin and the Yang.  The Positive and Negative energies must work together to attain harmony.  Critics are there to keep us striving for perfection.  If we are surrounded only by good people with kind words and none of those real perception of what we are, something is not right.  But then, it is a different thing when somebody has a mission to destroy us.  In my experience, my haters are my success thermometer.  When one of them pops out, it is understood that somebody wanted to catch up. I knew right away that I am miles ahead.

Haters will always try to destroy the road ahead of you because one more inch forward from your boots can only hurt them. Although there are people who does nothing but hate, well, that’s a different story.  They’re all about being faggot, and I can’t have a better definition of this word but “men with dicks who hates men with better dicks who can use their heads intelligently”.  So if it’s a woman being a faggot, the definition will be easier; “A woman who wants to have a cock and hates any man or woman who has one”.

I remembered Carlos Celdran and the many haters who can form a line from one end of the earth and all the way to the moon.  How sad that the actual line is only as long as a few meters.  Keyboard warriors who hate themselves for not accomplishing much in their lives can turn a spoon of sugar into a well of salt by looking at the mirror and spotting a loser, and would blame it on someone whom they wished to become.

Face to face with my hater for the nth time, I can only blurt out “that was you?… hahaha…”  The poor son of a bitz wanted to do a sucker punch.  But how?  I see a small insect trapped in a bigger insect’s body.  But still an insect anyway.  He can no longer hide under the couch called cyberworld.  And so I asked “why?… what wrong thing did I do to you?…”  and his response was simple; Silence.  Had I met him in another place and in a different way, I could’ve bought him a new pair of shoes, seeing that his was crying for help.  He noticed that I was looking at his feet.  We were both wearing the same brand, it’s Crocs… only his was a bootleg, and mine was from the shop itself.  So I looked at him in the eyes and I said… “I guess I paid more to get the real thing”.

A nice reaction coming from a sucker puncher. Such a pity that he can’t make himself be somebody outside the walls of an internet cafe. (captured in iPhone5)

sucker puncher

Affirmation Of Support For Mumbakki Daniel Foronda

Affirmation of Support for Daniel “Mumbakki” Foronda

We, friends, colleagues, business partners and brothers in the Filipino Martial Arts swear and affirm our full support for Daniel “Mumbakki” Foronda, who is being harassed and maligned through blatant lies on the Internet by persons of dubious background and self-serving intentions.

Mumbakki is a successful businessman, visual artist, athlete, martial arts competitor, and propagator of FMA both in the Philippines and other countries, most especially in The Russian Federation. He has been writing articles in search for truth about the history of FMA, it’s roots from Eskrima and Arnis de Mano. In doing so, he has become the target of a malicious campaign launched by a group whose credibility is under scrutiny in his blogs and by many other FMA researchers. The head of this group who is attacking Mumbakki’s character has been known to spread fabricated stories, ridiculous myths – in short, blatant lies – of its FMA lineage and history.

We condemn this attack on the person of Mumbakki, whose decency, integrity, and honesty are beyond doubt. It is unfortunate that his passion for excellence in the martial arts has caused him trouble. His personal milestones speak volumes of a man who has dedicated his life not only to the practice and propagation of FMA, seeking to restore its historical accuracy and preserve its cultural legacy. He has become larger than life because of his combat skills, courage, compassion, generosity, and integrity.

If such attack and character assassination will continue from the head and any guros of the said group, WE,  the unified Filipino Grandmasters and respective groups/systems of the Filipino Martial Arts will take this matter to the court of law, thereby exposing more of the shameful acts committed by the subject in question against innocent people who trusted him.  Any member of this group who will continue the malicious attack over the internet will be dealt with in the same manner.

We hereby announce our support;

Grandmaster Bobby “Silver” Tabimina; Tabimina Balintawak

Grandmaster Yuli Epifanio Romo ; Ilustrisimo  Bahad Zu’bu,

Grandmaster Rodrigo “Drigo” Maranga ; Combat Eskrima Maranga

Grandmaster Nicomedes Elizar ; Nickelstick Eskrima

Grandmaster Eduardo Ceniza;  Baraw Sugbu

Tuhon Pat O’Malley;  Rapid Arnis International

The Alliance Of Philippine Combat Arts In The Russian Federation

Pendakar Ibrahim Hushin; Kuntau Nuk Silatan Rho, Mindanao

Master Sali Nagarajen;  Naga Silat Kuntau

Master Shelley Javier Millspaugh;  Ernesto Presas Kombatan/ Kapatirang Mandirigma

Professor Felipe Jocano Jr. ;  University of The Philippines; College of Anthropology

Master James Sy Jr.;  Philippine Historian, Bacolod City

Master Maxwell Maun, Martial arts historian, Bacolod City

Master Paul Taneo; Cat Commando Karate Clan, Chian Hsi Chuan Internal Arts, Cebu City

Celestino C. Macachor, author; Cebuano Eskrima: Beyond the Myth

Dr. Ned RA Nepangue, author; Cebuano Eskrima: Beyond the Myth

Master Devaney Tupas; Karay-a Uno Blanco Eskrima

Master Erwin Almagro; Eskrima de Campo JDC-IO

Michael Johnson; Advance Special Weapons and Tactics Trainor, USA

Jaime Andres Marin Gonzales; FMA Maestro, Santiago Chille

The Filipino Warrior Arts Research Society:

(Represented by the members of the following groups):

• Mandirigmang Kaliradman

• Balintawak Eskrima

• Ultimate Eskrima (Liborio Heyrosa de Cuerdas)

• Eskrima de Campo JDC-IO

• Illustrisimo Kalis

• Lameco

• Dan Inosanto Kali (selected members)

• Baraw Sugbu

• Bahad Zu’bu Ground Zero Ultimatum

• Soteco System

• Rapido Realismo

• Combatan Arnis

• Moro Orabes Heneral

• Silat (9 styles)

• Karay-a Uno Blanco

• Cabales

• Kuntau

• Eskrima de Alimbolos

• Esgrima Abella

• Juego Todo Eskrima

• Modern Arnis Systems

• Doce Pares Eskrima

• Combat Eskrima Maranga

• Nickelstick Eskrima

• Lapulapu Vinas Arnis

• Classic Eskrima

• Combat Kinematics

• Conceptual Martial Arts (Conceptual Arnis)

• Herada Pigada

• Kalis Silat

• Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis

• Oido de Caburata

• Cebu Academia de Escrima

* Sugbo Largo Mano   

Those who wish to express their support to this campaign, please feel free to contact any of the representatives of the Filipino Warrior Arts Research Society and we will include your group in the list.  The quest to search for the true history of the FMA will continue without any threat coming from anybody and any group.

Overusing the words; Ancestors, Forefathers, and Culture

All martial arts have roots.  Whenever the history of one art is being told, the words Ancestors and forefathers are always present.  It’s the same as telling a story about our FMA, be it real, a myth, or a legend.  Mentioning the words ancestors and forefathers is one good way of convincing the readers.  Every culture has a story to tell.  And in every story, the ancestors and the forefathers are always the main characters.

But what did our Filipino ancestors really taught us?  I have a credible background to talk about ancestors and forefathers because the tribe were we belong to, always speak about the greatness of our ancestors in artworks, in music, in agriculture, and yes… in battles.  None among our forefathers ever talk about destroying the reputation of one man who is in search for truth.  If our dignity is put into questions, we answer it from our hearts and reveal the truth, because the real native ancestors and forefathers are God-fearing people, not puppet masters.

None of our ancestors and forefathers taught us how to be egoistic and insecure.  None of them taught us how to be greedy, or to get drunk with money and power, and be overly ambitious.  Those who spoke and accuse us, native men, about these things are probably describing themselves.

In one of my articles, I have written that a member of a tribe who truly believes in the goodness of God will never sell a land with fake titles because a land is a very important property for every person.  Our ancestors did not teach us to borrow money and forget the responsibilities of paying our debts.  Much more, our forefathers never taught us how to lure other people into doing dirty businesses because cheating is not a part of our culture.  Fathers will never take the savings of their sons, and brothers will never steal the possession of his own brother.

Those who have the nerve to speak about the native ancestors and forefathers as if they are blood thirsty people who wants only to kill and be at war is not credible to speak on their behalf.  There are those who speak about the love and care of their ancestors, but none of those words are being practiced by them.  The true culture of the native people that speak well about our ancestors and forefathers are found in our museums, books, old homes, and universities. And the rest of of their good deeds are found in us, the real sons and real grandsons with real lineage.

Our ancestors and forefathers does not speak ill against anybody, nor command their members to get together and silence the one who finds his way in search for a better light.  If one member of the tribe wishes for knowledge, they are not fed with lies, and they are certainly not forced to swallow only what is being told to them.  This is why the native people are combined tribes of fine artists, great musicians, intelligent politicians, superb athletes, and to my mind…great warriors who will dare to go head on to anybody who gives threats and attempts scare tactics that are actually empty words of any insecure men who seem to have lost their candies under the sofa.

Our ancestors and forefathers never taught us to cover our evil intentions by dressing up like a military officer. Even in our loin clothes and bare feet, we are men of honor.  We owe nobody but we are deep in gratitude.  We do not play god, but we show our fellow men the wonders of His works.  We respect other men’s possessions, and we condemn incest.  For our daughters are our angels, and not objects of desires.

The culture of the Filipino people is vast and wide.  We are not limited only to fighting.  Our ancestors and forefathers are first and foremost believers of God.  And by doing so, they know how to respect other tribes, other styles of fighting, and their respective principles.  None among our ancestors and forefathers are thieves who gets slapped in the middle of a cultural gathering.  Debt of gratitude is well taught to us by our parents, who learned it from our ancestors and forefathers that molded our culture.

Rituals, and Holy Prayers of Tribal Men

Rituals are the rites used in a place of worship.  As a man of a native tribe, we cannot say that we are religious.  But definitely we are spiritual people.  A spiritual native man will do things that can affect the human spirit or human soul as opposed to material or physical things.  This is the way of the universe; do good to others and good things will come to you.

Each tribe has their own spiritual leader.  Take for instance my hometown, northern Philippines.  The spiritual leader of the Ifugao Tribe is called a Mumbaki.  A Mumbaki is an elder who is responsible for strengthening the beliefs of every tribe member to the power of God named Kabunyan (The almighty father).  Please take note though to never confuse yourself with these 2 words; Mumbaki and Mumbakki.

The word Mumbaki, spelled with a single “K” means The healer of the body and the Soul, while the name Mumbakki with double “K” such as mine, is simply a northern name that is ordinary to any citizen like John, Peter, or Steve.  Anybody who says that the name Mumbakki means ‘this’ and ‘that’, is obviously lost and has never set foot in the tribes of the northern Philippines.  Unless maybe the name Mumbakki is so disturbing that it needs to be destroyed in order to keep the worms inside the can.

In most rituals, the Mumbaki will need an offering of a live chicken as it is believed that inside the chicken is the message of God Kabunyan, the Almighty father.  This is generic to all Igorot nation.  The blood of the chicken however is allowed to drop in a wooden bowl for another use later in the ritual.  Some warriors would allow themselves to be dropped with chicken blood as a belief that they are to become a part of a foundation, just like how every house needs one.  I have done this ritual several times and I do still because I am one of those who knows how to perform it.

Other people who did their best to imitate what I can do in a ritual of chicken blood dropping does not even understand the meaning of it.  Take for instance the filming of the discovery channels “Fight Quest”,  I performed a ritual that nobody else ever understood except for myself.  Ask anyone (who were with me in that group) about the meaning of such ritual and I guarantee you that you will get either a blank stare or another fabricated story.

The worst thing someone can do is to pour chicken blood on top of any person’s head because the top and the forehead has to be cleansed with water as this is where God’s message will enter.  Pouring of chicken blood over the top of the head is just nothing but cinematic effect.

The Holy Prayer is an invitation to God to use you as his messenger so that the people around you will know that God is alive.  I am not sure if this is also the belief of other religions, but for us, we strive to do our best to avoid cheating other people such as running away from debts and financial responsibilities, or taking other people’s property and claim it as ours.  When we sell properties such as lands, we make sure that the documents are real because a piece of land is very important to every member of a tribe. The land is where we grow our crops, or have our house built, or have our children play.  Selling a fake land title for instance is not only punishable by law, but also a shameful act that only a man with a low self esteem and criminal intent would dare do.

The holy prayers of a tribal man is very simple, honest, and direct:  “Use me dear Father as your people’s key to know the truth of where I came from, what we are made of, and why we are here. Bless us to have the liberty to think and be free,  to know who is the real God, and to shun those who pretend to be you”

Filipino Martial Arts’ Two Most Common Questions.

The documentary movie The Bladed Hand aroused the curiosity of many FMA practitioners, particularly the younger generations belonging to the Mix Martial Arts era.  In the film, a known Filipino martial arts historian, and a professor of Anthropology in The University of The Philippines, Felipe Jocano Jr, presented a very clear picture of how FMA has evolved over the years.  He was very kind to explain the roots of the FMA.  It seem to me that until now, the history of the FMA is still a cloudy topic that needs to be understood.

Just recently, after my workshops in several fight clubs here in Russia, I have been asked (again for the nth time) to explain a few things about our Filipino Martial Arts.  And the 2 most common questions are these:  Why is Kali more popular in America than in the Philippines?  And Is there a truth about the existence of a 100 years old Kali System?

One of the things that is being asked of me is the introduction of some FMA websites.  In the internet, you can find information that says:

Kali is the indigenous fighting art of the Philippines. With its Cultural and Philosophical values its history traces back more than 1500 to 2000 years in the past.”

Alright then, at this very moment, you are reading this article in August of 2012.  If we were to go back 2,000 years in history, the year would have been 12AD. There could not have been an indigenous fighting art back then because the Philippines did not even exist during that time.

The Spanish galleons arrived in the islands of Sugbu (now known as Cebu) in 1521.  The group of islands was named “Philippines” in 1543 by Ruy Lopez de Villalobos in honor of Prince Philip the 2nd.  (By the way, Philip the 2nd was at that time not yet a king when the islands were named after him).

In these same internet sites it says that a Centennial celebration was held on October 27, 1997. It was to commemorate the 100 year existence of a certain Kali System from Negros Occidental.  So I have conducted a research to prove (or disprove) these information.  This is not to shame any person or group. But as a thinking human, and as a practitioner of the art, and as a Filipino in particular, I too would want to know the history of my own combat culture.  I’m sure that you too would agree to this feeling.

A known writer from Bacolod and FMA historian, James Sy Jr., gave me the following facts.  And he told me;  “There was no concept of a “system” as we know it today as late as the 1920’s.

Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis, the oldest DOCUMENTED system, started out as a club of Arnis founded in Bacolod in 1932.

The Lightning Scientific Arnis, the oldest DOCUMENTED system started out as a club of Arnis founded in Capiz and perhaps Panay in 1937.

Labangon Fencing Club was founded in Cebu in 1920.

The Doce Pares of Cebu in 1932. Both Labangon and Doce Pares were associations/clubs rather than “systems.”

Over time, the aforementioned clubs evolved into what are now called “systems.”  Pekiti Tirsia is a traditional method of Arnis in Negros, at least, it is considered more as a “family system.”  Leo Gaje (creator of pekiti tirsia kali) has been documented as using Arnis at the time he migrated to New York in 1972.

“Any claims of lineage dating back to 1897 will have to produce the appropriate documentation”. says James Sy. 

“The question remains – where is the documentation? You may quote me on this, if need be.” 

                            -James Sy Jr.

                      Philippine Historian

                      Bacolod City, Philippines

Another respected Martial Arts teacher in Bacolod named Maxwell Jagurin Maun has something to say about a certain fighting system in Negros that apparently also celebrated its centenary in 1997.   Sensei Maxwell says the following:

“Mumbakki, This kali group’s (100 year) history is entirely a fraud. The first time I’ve heard of them was in 1979 and the early 1980’s when one grandmaster arrived back here (from America). He invited several Grandmasters to help him establish KAN or Kali Association of Negros.

This has led me to think of several questions and I hope you would too.   Is there only one grandmaster in the hundred years since the system was developed?  If there is any truth to claims of this grandfather in 1897 started the Kali system, then where are the offspring of this “grandfather” who can exhibit the same and exact method they are promoting?  Do these (1897) kali offspring, children or students exist?  Why is there only one man promoting this particular 1897 Kali group in the late 60’s and early 70’s? And more importantly, why is Kali known and recognized only in America and not in its homeland-The Philippines?

More questions boggle my mind: How come a martial arts system that claims to be pure Filipino carries a Spanish name and in fact uses Spanish words as a medium of instruction? Why is it that the group used to carry the name Arnis America and not Kali if not for the Spanish influences of the art? How is that possible?  As a Filipino who is propagating the Filipino Martial Arts, I deserve the right to ask these questions.  And I deserve the right to know the answers.

A few years back, I have had the privilege of addressing these questions to one of the grandmasters who strongly propagate the name kali as the Filipino Martial Arts .  He was unable to give me a direct answer. He would get angry when asked specific questions act like a cornered beast in his annoyance. I was likewise surprised that he failed to define the word Kali or explain its origin.

In November 2011, I met the nephew of one kali grandmaster in Makati City and purposely asked him questions regarding the supposed existence of his family’s hundred year old Kali system. I asked why they called the club pure Filipino when the name is in Spanish? He answered with something so unrelated by asking me another question: “bakit si Jose Rizal, marunong din mag Spanish?” (What of Jose Rizal, he also knows how to speak Spanish?).

Clearly, these are just one of the answers you will get from someone, or some groups suffering an identity crisis, at least in their brand’s history on FMA. The responses are so far and hundreds of miles away from the question being asked that you wonder what the basis of the responses might be! It appears they are completely unaware of their own history and the basis for their much promoted “system”.

You can never hope to win a debate with people or group like this because promoters of this nature who cannot answer your questions competently will opt to confuse you with illogical responses and counter-questions.  I am not questioning the contribution of this group to FMA, and I am also not questioning their skills and effectiveness. I am finding the answers to the missing links.  Did I get the answers? NO.  Just like how it wasn’t answered in the many years that passed because nobody dared to ask.

It is disappointing that many promoters continue to preach a false history of the Filipino Martial Arts. Many of these promoters are not themselves Filipinos! They speak on behalf of Filipinos who actually live in the Philippines.  It becomes obvious that non-Filipino promoters of misinformation did not conduct their own research.  In the spirit of fairness, they should be beyond blame. It is clear that they just follow and propagate whatever information has been given to them, no more, no less.

Some Filipino masters is not concerned with some foreigners posting their name on the pages of an internet website simply for self-promotion. The propagation of wrong information does not reflect poorly on the master himself, but the system as a whole. It brings the entirely of the practice in question.

Is it right for a Filipino Master to enlist the help of his non-Filipino students in standing up for the fabricated histories? How would you feel if you learned that non-Filipino promoters have been spreading false and invented information regarding Philippine History to the world via the Internet?

I sent a message via the social networking system, Facebook which I addressed to several “Guros/Teachers” of this 100 year old system. I asked them politely to sit and meet with me as I have plenty of questions to ask and clarify with them regarding their style.  No one has replied, save for one old friend. This friend assured me that my message was received by all, but still – silence.  How can I make conclusions if none of my questions can be answered?

If any of these individuals whom I sent the message to, happen to chance upon and read this article and develop the machismo and guts necessary to prove their claims by answering all my questions, then I will readily make myself available to them.  I am looking for answers anyway, because  I am not the only one on this quest that aims to correct and put right certain errors currently being propagated regarding Filipino Martial Arts.  If there is anybody who thinks that this article is not making sense… come forward and prove me wrong.

I likewise firmly believe that there are several members of this estimable and century old organization that agree with me when I say – Kali is an alternate name for Eskrima or Arnis.  And that based on my interviews with other FMA promoters in Bacolod; There is no truth to the 100 year old system!

*** Dear readers, just a few hours after this article was posted by a friend in another internet site, I received a few messages coming from concerned (or guilty?) parties.  It seems though that they are not reading well the content of this article.  No disrespect to those masters with limited english vocabulary who are often quick to react instead of understanding what is written here.  I presented the names of the people whom I interviewed regarding the information on FMA history and those (information) are not mine.  Notice that I am asking questions.  These are questions that over the years, nobody dared to ask the grandmasters in question.  Either none have the balls to do so, or they are simply comfortable being a part of the fabricated information on Philippine History.  It was also clear that I will make myself available if there is someone “out there” who is ready to give me the answers to the questions.  Thank you very much.***

The Bladed Hand Finally Came Out

Dear Jay,

   While everyone else is congratulating you, I wish to say THANK YOU.

The Bladed Hand is not only an eye opener.  This film is a gift to the FMA community where everybody would benefit.  Not because there was an exposure of different schools, masters, and propagators in the industry, but rather it would open more ways to see The FMA from different points of view, and evolve the art that lives in our hearts.

Three years of your hard work.  Three years of your life.  Yes, a big part of you got stuck in making this film.  Nevertheless, I wish to tell you that I am glad that it took you three years to finish this movie.  Had you finished this project as soon as you capture on camera the misinformation and the fairy tales of Filipino Martial Arts three years ago, it could have been nothing but a high school fantasy film that is fit for Disney or Cartoon Network.

Three years my friend, three years!  Everything just fell into place in three years.   The destiny to create such a beautiful masterpiece is not for anybody else but yours.  The universe have waited for one Jay Ignacio to wear his rattan shoes, make the first step, and take this adventure.  Otherwise, it could have been done in the past.

Three years of your patience have been tested.  And guess who won the battle? Everything that transpired in three years is simply meant to happen.  “CHALLENGE” is no longer the word to describe what you went through, but rather a “FIGHT” that you have to finish.  The hurdles were there, not to make things more difficult, but they were there for you to jump on.

You may not be an expert FMAer just like everybody else that you filmed.  You may not have experienced the pains of Juego Todo.  But my friend…you do know how to end a big fight!  In your hands now is the biggest trophy that a fighter could receive.   A trophy that will stand and become a part of our FMA history.

Three years my friend… three years!  It’s worth it.


Your Friend,


To Kent Vives, maraming salamat din sa iyo bro sa lahat ng pasensyang binigay mo.

To Sonny Sison, Thank you for helping in making this film a reality.Image