Welcome to Orange County's Filipino Fighting Arts Site!
While most people think the FMA are stick fighting arts only, this is a merely a common misconception because the rattan sticks are one of the primary
tools used in training. We do use the sticks for combat, but that is not all there is to the arts. The FMA are equally based in weapon skills and empty hand skills(such as kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling). The FMA cover all the fighting ranges, defending against armed and unarmed attacks with whatever is available. What is available maybe the rattan sticks or it could be other types of weapons or just the fighter's empty hand skills. We teach the interrelationship between
empty hand skills and weapons. Therefore the FMA should be considered a complete martial arts system that develops many different types of skills for combat, not just simply a stick fighting art.
"Filipino Fighting Arts" is a comprehensive and fully integrated combat system developed by
Founder Maestro Jay de Leon. Its core system is the Filipino martial arts (FMA), called arnis, eskrima or kali, with elements of modern as well as traditional martial arts fully integrated into the system, namely, muay thai kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, Bruce Lee's jeet kune do (JKD) and Parker kenpo. As is in most fighting systems, it is the result of the Founder's martial arts background, combat experiences and personal preferences.
Its mission statement is to train students to be effective at all combat ranges, with or without weapons, against single or multiple opponents. The combat ranges of this system include long range, medium range, close quarters and ground. In Filipino martial arts (FMA), these ranges are known as largo, medio, corto and buno. While FMA covers all ranges and teaches both weapons and empty hand
techniques, the other systems either augment or supplement any possible weakness in its core system. For example, FMA uses "dumog" or Filipino wrestling to handle both standing close quarters and groundfighting. In addition, this system also uses Kodokan judo and Brazilian as well as other jiu-jitsu systems to complete its groundfighting systems.