I’ve been practicing Filipino Martial Arts for years, yet I never realized its global impact until I watched a documentary called THE BLADED HAND.


The documentary features many interviews with Masters and Grandmasters of the various styles, systems and schools of Filipino Martial Arts—both in the Philippines and abroad. It talks about the roots of Filipino Martial Arts and its rising global impact in both military and law enforcement and fight choreography for Hollywood films and television.

Many foreign police/military agencies actually import Masters to teach them Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) to use in their line of work.

As for FMA’s use in movies, I knew that Bruce Lee was friends with Filipino Martial Arts Master Dan Inosanto, but I didn’t know that Bruce Lee had trained in it and actually used it in his films. Many popular movies have used FMA in their fight choreography including Mission Impossible 3, The Bourne Identity Series, Blade, Equilibrium (one of my favorite movies), Chronicles of Riddick, The Book of Eli, Repo Men, Kick Ass and the most recent I, Frankenstein.

Here’s a video below showing some movies featuring Filipino Martial Arts:


Filipino Martial Arts has been used in many more movies and TV shows (like ARROW), but none of these films or shows tell you upfront what kind of martial art they’re using. You only find out when you watch the DVD extras or cast interviews.

The problem is that unlike of the more popular martial arts, FMA is relatively new and doesn’t have a recognizable Hollywood icon to promote it. Wing Chun has Ip Man and Bruce Lee, Muay Thai has the Ong Bak movies and even Tai Chi has Man of Tai Chi (starring Keanu Reeves). Whenever people see FMA in the cinema, they don’t recognize it as such. They think it’s just another form of kung fu or karate.

I think it falls upon Filipino Martial Artists to promote their culture and their art. I am fortunate enough to be one, so I’ve taken up the challenge to spread the word about FMA whenever I can. I use Filipino Martial Arts in my own stories and hope to blog about it whenever I am able. In fact, I’m thinking of devoting an entire month to promoting the sport. Though this is a writing blog, the knowledge of Filipino Martial Arts might spark stories and inspire writers to use it in their work. I know it’s tremendously impacted my own writing.

In line with this, I wanted to promote an event which will take place tomorrow, February 22nd, 2014 in Glendale, California.My FMA Master, Erwin Mosqueda, will take part in this epic seminar.  (I wish I had promoted this much earlier, but I’d already scheduled my posts ahead of time.)

Anyway, if you’re in the area, are interested in learning more about Filipino Martial Arts, and also want to keep on helping out the victims of last year’s Philippine hurricane, read on:


A FIGHTING CHANCE: A Filipino Martial Arts Charity Seminar


Announcing: “A Fighting Chance” A Filipino Martial Arts Charity Seminar

Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:15am – 5:00pm
Where: Incarnation Community Center Gym (214 W. Fairview Avenue in Glendale, California)

Fee: Tickets are $50 per person to join up to 4 workshops of their choice. $80 to join any workshops during the course of the day.

 For spectators the price is $10 per session or $20 for the day.

All proceeds to benefit the Hurricane Haiyan victims in the islands.

fighting chance

From event organizer Philip Oshiro:
Why is it called, “A Fighting Chance”? In FMA, we often drill ‘counter for counter’ and when someone is stumped they’ll eventually ask, ‘What’s the counter for that one?”. Considering the damage and incredibly negative impact Typhoon Haiyan caused the islands, it’s not surprising that many of the victims still need help. A lot of help. This seminar is our counter. We’re not alone here….

The Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown, the Kombat Kali Klub, Gigie Alunday Baker and Celina Taganas-Duffy are working together to produce this event. The Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown is working with a Rotary Club in Cebu to offer aid, (food, clothing, blankets, medicine, etc.), to those in need at a grass roots level. This means less administrative costs and more direct assistance, which mean each dollar makes a bigger difference. To see work that the Rotary Club has provided, please visit We’ve been grateful for all of the people who are coming forward to help us with this event. There will be food trucks, training gear for sale and we just found out that there’s a 90% chance the Filipino Club at UCLA will be performing a dance at lunch. We guarantee you’ll have a great time.

What instructors will be there? “A Fighting Chance” will be an all-day event. We have firm commitments from some of the most talented and skilled martial arts Grandmasters and Masters in Southern California. We did our best to come up with a diverse group. Each will be offering 50-minute workshops and some will perform demos. They are: Grandmaster Ramon Rubia, (San Miguel Doce Pares) Master Felix Valencia (Valencia Lameco) Master Joe Tan (Tapado Arnis) Master Erwin Mosqueda (Doce Pares Multi-Style System) Grandmaster Nonato “Nene” Gaabucayan (Balintawak) Grandmaster Felix Roiles (Pakamut) Guro Victor Gendrano Jr. (Filipino Martial Heritage & Inosanto Academy) Master Rino Balinado (Necopa-Balintawak Eskrima) Master Nick Papadakis (Pekiti Tirsia Kali & Dog Brothers Martial Arts) Manong Faustino Caigoy (Jack Santos Method)

Due to limited space, RSVPs are mandatory for this event. To RSVP, email with “A Fighting Chance” in the subject line and include all attendee’s full names in the email message. Tickets will be cash at the door or if you’d like to pre-register or simply make a donation, write a check payable to “RC Historic Filipinotown” and mail it to: RC Historic Filipinotown, c/o Ben Aranda, 1644 Royal Blvd., Glendale, CA 91207.

For more information, please contact the Kombat Kali Klub at or call: Philip Oshiro, Kombat Kali Klub (310) 383-7844 Thank You, and hope to see you there!
Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown

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9 Responses to “Filipino Martial Arts: The Bladed Hand, A Fighting Chance”

  1. I’d love to be a spectator. It would be fascinating to watch all those masters in action.

  2. Julie Luek says:

    I wish I lived closer to watch. I’m not familiar with martial arts, in general, and certainly not this form. But what I have seen is almost like watching an art form– very skilled and focused.

  3. I didn’t realize it was FMA in all those movies.
    Have a great time this weekend. You’ll be in Heaven, I’m sure.

  4. It’s always amazing to watch martial artists masters in action, so this will be a big draw!

  5. Great to learn more about this wonderful art form. I’m always fascinated by the moves in the films. And Bruce Lee. . .well, he was truly a joy to watch.

  6. mooderino says:

    I only found out about this martial art from reading your blog, they don’t really mention it very much in the movies. Shame because it’s obviously very widespread and yet not many people know about it.

    Moody Writing

  7. Philip Oshiro says:

    Thank you for including our event in your blog!!!
    I hope you can make it! If you do, ask for Sharon at registration.

    Philip Oshiro
    Kombat Kali Klub

  8. ML Swift says:

    I wish I were in LA…this is something I’d love to watch. AND the fact that it’s for such a worthy cause makes it all the better. Thanks, Nutschell.

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