FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) aka Arnis / Kali / Eskrima is an ancient and traditional indigenous combat system rooted in the Philippines. It is thousands of years old and is often regarded as the most practical martial art today. Waged in ancient full-scale and modern guerrilla warfare it has been utilized by the indigenous Malay people of the Philippines to defend and liberate their islands for centuries. Most notably, to defeat Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century, to overthrow and liberate from Spaniard oppression at the turn of the 20th century, and to counter and repel the invading Japanese Army during World War II.
FMA is a complete combat training system that puts weapons (knives, sticks, and swords/machetes) at the forefront instead of empty handed techniques (punches and kicks), while still encompassing both. With and without weapons, it includes not only striking, but also integrates locks, grappling, takedowns, pressure points, multiple attacker scenarios and anti-firearm defence. Students are taught to weaponize any object they can grip at all ranges (short, medium and long range) and to neutralize opponents as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Today, it can be seen in the choreography of the actions scenes of almost every major Hollywood film and T.V. show. Competitively, it is still a budding, developing and growing sport.