|FMA Informative Issue16 - Modified Pangamut System
Welcome to the South Bay Filipino Martial Arts Club Page. We are a Filipino American Barangay (Village) Located is the (Little Hawaii) North Torrance-South Gardena area. We organized to share the Filipino Fighting Arts and Culture with residents of the South Bay community. Our purpose is to ensure that the Filipino American Communities of South Bay of Southern California does not forget its heritage of the traditional fighting arts of the Philippines. If you are Filipino, Filipino-American, Filipino-Hawaiian, Mesteso/Mestesa, Filipino by Marriage, or if you just love all things Filipino you will find our village/club quite welcoming. We teach Men’s, Women’s and Children’s classes.
The traditional arts are known as Kali, Eskrima or Arnis, stick, knife and hand to hand fighting was developed over a period of many centuries in the Philippines as her people fought for their independence from foreign invaders. Each skirmish with a new culture added to the Filipino Martial Arts as warriors developed techniques to combat foreign styles. Subsequently, more than 100 different Filipino Martial Arts styles developed, which can be grouped into three complete self-defense systems which utilize sticks, swords, empty hands and other weapons.
Our core system is a Mountain Visayan fighting system bought to the USA by our system’s Founder (Pundador) Grandmaster Felix Roiles. His Grandfather called it Pakamut also called Pangamut. This referred to having skilled hands in Cebuano, a Visayan dialect. He shared this with Marc Lawrence, his families fighting system. Marc Lawrence had his own FMA fighting system that he had learned in his travels. In his travels and fighting other systems he developed the Modified Pangamut System. This is what he teaches and fights with, Marc Lawrence is our Punong Guro (Head Instructor) and he is a National Champion in the Filipino Martial Arts. Punong Guro Marc Lawrence received FMAdigest Competitor of the Year award is 2009. Our club is active in competitions to apply our knowledge. Our Club placed first for the most gold medals in the USFMAF-Eskrimador’s Open World Tournament in the summer of 2009.
Since we are informal club please contact us via phone or e-mail, ahead of time to be sure that we will be meeting at the time we are available. We share space with a Karate School on Saturday mornings. Some nights we visit other clubs. That said, beginners and experienced martial artists are invited to join us from 6-7 pm most Wednesdays and some Monday nights due to Mataw Guro’s work schedule
If you are interested in learning more about us, please contact us. If interested in one on one training, for times and availability.
Please Contact: Punong Guro Marc Lawrence
For regular classes and times please contact the Affiliate Schools directly:
Lawndale - Milo Cudenase (310) 408-8043
El Segundo Park Group - Boris Fritz (310) 850-9777
North Orange County - Eric Jue (562) 304-8958
Temecula/ Windomar - Jasen Olson (951) 704-3230