Martial Arts: Secrets of the Asian Masters is the first film that truly captures the magic of the traditional Filipino martial arts (FMA). It brings together the history and a variety of styles, grandmasters, and philosophies. The FMA are complete fighting systems, not mixed martial arts sports, so learning them will help in actual combat and self defense. Because of this, the training may seem brutal, but during practice both fighters understand that safety and control are very important. FMA includes techniques for different distances, multiple attackers, and advanced weapons fighting, so are extremely useful to police and the military, which is why The Armed Forces of the Philippines are trained in them. However, both men and women as well as boys and girls can gain a lot from seeing this movie and from getting involved in FMA: it’s great for building physical and spiritual discipline, open-mindedness and adaptability.
Everyone involved in making Martial Arts: Secrets of the Asian Masters is passionate about FMA traditions and techniques. Nothing like this film has been done before and as many grandmasters get older, the importance of recording their unique styles becomes more urgent.