Hybrid FMA represented Doce Pares at the annual Filipino Barrio Fiesta held in Apps Court Farm on 21-22 July 2018.
The Filipino martial art of Eskrima Kali Arnis was showcased among the thousands of visitors that came to celebrate Filipino culture, with the team starting the weekend as flag bearers during the opening parade.
Most of the people the team spoke to didn’t have any prior knowledge of Filipino martial arts but were all very eager to pick up the Eskrima sticks and have a go themselves. Despite the blazing heat, the team even managed to persuade a few people to don the full armour to take part in some light sparing.
The team had a great time meeting people and everyone who came by enjoyed learning the basics of the Filipino national sport. Events like these are always a great way to show off the different parts of Filipino culture that people might not be aware of. The sticks and sunshine made for a great day for all.