This is a very fair question. After giving it a great deal of thought for the past year, I’ve decided on changing the school’s name and associated logos.
Originally when I created the school name of CNY Filipino Martial Arts Academy, it was a good name. Even though a little long, it said exactly what the business was. A school in CNY (Central New York) that taught Filipino martial arts. A name that was localized to a specific region just as all the business name guides suggested.
However as our school has continued to grow and evolve over the past couple of years. Word of what we do has spread. And with that our reach has gone from being a school in a local region to reaching more people across the country (and even internationally). I’ve also had many great opportunities not only to train with various teachers and masters of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). I’ve also had the opportunity to meet great friends who are also on their own individual journeys in their martial arts training and development. Some are in the same lineage (Inosanto Kali) doing their own thing. Others are of different styles of FMA or other systems all together such as Muay Thai, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, various military/law enforcement aspects, etc., etc.
Throughout it all, I’ve come across and been exposed to a wide array of various systems within the Filipino Martial Arts. While similar in some aspects, each with their own unique perspective at how they look at things and prefer to fight.
So to that extent, instead of having a localized school where I was only focused upon one area. I wanted our school to reflect the all encompassing aspect of what the Filipino Martial Arts has within it. Out of this the name FMA Academy came to be. A name fitting for a school that is open to the various styles, perspectives, and methods of the Filipino Martial Arts. Appreciating what each has to offer in their specific areas of expertise.
Just as my teacher Guro Dan Inosanto wants for all of his instructors. The FMA Academy will have an open minded approach to learning from others while we continue to research, develop, and refine our methods.
At this point, I would like to finish by asking you to help us in welcoming the FMA Academy.
Guro Chris Thompson