As self defence orientated martial artists, we believe it's important to have a working knowledge of how to defend against various types of weapons. This can take the form of empty hand defence against weapons or using something as a weapon to defend against weapons. While there are many martial arts that train weapons, none do so more comprehensively than Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). FMA is an umbrella term for various Filipino martial arts which can also be known as Escrima, Kali or Arnis. What differentiates FMA from other martial arts is that weapons are taught first and empty hand fighting taught later.
The FMA system taught in Golden Tiger Academy - Blanchardstown is Guro Nate Hill's "Blood and Bones Tactical". Guro Nate has trained for many years in FMA by various Grandmasters. Blood and Bones Tactical teaches reality based weapon defence for police, military and civilians. Blood and Bones Tactical is taught in Golden Tiger Academy - Blanchardstown by Brian Kennedy during seminars every few months. Brian is the Blood and Bones Tactical representative for Ireland. He has been learning FMA since 2008 and teaching in his Palmerston school. He started training in Blood and Bones Tactical in 2017 and is a Level 2 Associate Instructor in stick and knife.
Golden Tiger Academy - Blanchardstown instructor, Michael O'Leary has trained in FMA at various stages over the years. He trained some Latosa Escrima, Rapid Arnis and Warriors Eskrima in the 90's and for three years studied Escrima under the EWTO. During this time he led a study group for 18 months, teaching what he knew to his Wing Tsun students. He started training FMA under Brian Kennedy in October 2018 and in November 2019 after attending a seminar with Guro Nate Hill, he began to train in Blood and Bones Tactical. He signed up to the online training program, takes lessons with Brian each week and in between Brian's seminar for Golden Tiger Academy - Blanchardstown students, he trains the material with his students. But as he is not an instructor there is no charge.