Vicente: Filipino martial arts fusion

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By Jayson Vicente

The Path

Thursday, May 8, 2014


THROUGH the years, the Filipino martial arts community has been bickering and its farfetched to see leaders sitting down in one table having coffee and talk about their life in and outside martial arts.

Squabbles in the FMA community are no longer new as some camp would start boasting who has the better and efficient system thus sparking disagreement among students and teachers.

The sad part of it is that, sometimes, teachers of martial arts are often dragged into these troubles and the problem becomes bigger especially with insults being hurled at one another.

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As they say in martial arts, an insult to the master is an insult to the principles, systems and what the master stands for.

And when the squabble reaches greater heights, teachers of martial arts would often resort to ‘Hamon Duello’ or a challenge that would eventually end up in someone getting severely hurt or worse, dead.

The precedence of those past predicaments transcends up to today, although ‘Hamon Duello’ became less due to existing laws against inflicting physical Injury, much more killing people.

Bombardment of insults, spread of lies against schools, instructors and even their masters still exist.

‘Hamon’ or challenges are still being issued to once and for all end the squabbles but not as serious as the past because masters lack a common place to mingle, a common occasion for them to gather and renew their acquaintances.

During the 2nd Philippine Martial Arts Hall of Fame held in Manila Hotel April 27, 2014, it made me a believer as I was able to witness several masters of martial arts exchange pleasantries and some even had the chance to end or clarify issues that were apparently made-up to make them feel bad against each other.

Most masters have the decency to be formal and just enjoy the night minus the issues and bursting to anger by seeing people they do not want to see.

This attitude made the night so special and magical for FMA, and made me realize that a fusion of some sort is possible having a chance to mingle, celebrate, communicate and be recognized during the Hall of Fame Night.

Communication is one important aspect in relationships and human existence, a simple hoax, rumor and hear-says could destroy friendship. Pride and egos would be hurt, anger overpowers the truth and those behind the rumors would succeed.

Communication also solidifies the respect that should be present making it impossible to infect it with false issues to bring down people and organizations.

To every organization, there will always be fault finders and these people sometimes did nothing to improve the organization and in fact have became a liability.

Long live FMA, long live to those who make efforts to show the light at the end of the tunnel and thank you to those haters who help push us closer to the light.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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