How FMA Gained Worldwide Notoriety?
FMA Gains Popularity
Martial Artist and Owner of School Of Arms Media.
It’s known, that FMA has become popular around the world. From an obscure fighting art, to a known entity, to become a worldwide phenomenon, it takes a unique set of circumstances.
Now, for the most part, it is common knowledge that more than anyone else, it is Guro Dan Inosanto; whom popularized, what we now know today as FMA.
The question is, how did Guro Dan Inosanto come to train in these, at the time, obscure arts?
A long time ago in California, long before anyone had ever heard of Arnis, Escrima, FMA, and the mother of all arts, Kali; Dan Inosanto was training with the martial arts genius, and “Father of American Kenpo Karate,” Ed Parker.
In a conversation with Grandmaster Parker, Guro Inosanto, (before he was a Guro) asked Grandmaster Parker if he had ever heard of these martial arts? Grandmaster Parker told Guro Inosanto that he had heard of them and even recommend that Guro Inosanto train in them.
You wouldn’t think this now, but Guro Inosanto replied with a common misnomer, that people whom don't know much about FMA often blurt out, “Isn't it just stick-fighting?” Grandmaster Parker's reply replied, “No, it is more than that.” It was at this moment, that Guro Dan, decided to learn FMA, and a pivotal point in FMA history occurred.
This is the story I heard, what do you think?