Floro Fighting Systems was developed by Raymond Floro a fencing
champion and martial artist. After extensive training in European
and Filipino methods of edged weapon combat Ray developed his system.
Highlights of FFS Include
#1) FFS heavily utilizes thrusts.
#2) Distancing - FFS practitioners are either at long range or
extremely close, they hardly stand in medium range because we found
that there is a high probability of "double kills". Utilizing
fencing footwork, the FFS practitioner can really close the distance
#3) FFS - Uses "Linear Motion" as it's the basis for
footwork, which is taken directly from fencing. We find this faster
and doesn't require much room to move (a good point to remember
when attacking in crowded places like bars or trains etc.
#4) FFS executes their techniques in a tight motions.
#5) FFS - only uses the alive hand (non-weapon hand) at extremely
close range. We found that especially in weapon sparring, the non-weapon
hand gets hit often if it tries to get involved in distances greater
than extreme close range.
#6) FFS have done away with traditional Filipino terms.
#7) FFS is focused on knife
FFS is drawn from not only Ray's experiences in Fencing but also
those of training with Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo.
Illustrisimo Kalis is the system of combat practised by the family
of the very great master fighter, Grandmaster Antonio 'Tatang' Ilustrisimo
The Ilustrisimo clan has a long history as warriors and "men
of power" (mystics or medicine men if you like) that continues
unbroken to this day. Grandmaster Antonio Ilustrisimo was the head
of the style. The previous head was his uncle, the great Melecio
Ilustrisimo who was famous and dominant in northern Cebu (north
coast, Bantayan and Bohol islands) early 20th Century. Another famous
relative was the great mystic Agapito Ilustrisimo (grand uncle?)
who was active as a fighter in the revolutionary Katipunan.
Grandmaster Antonio Ilustrisimo not only came from an illustrious
fighting family, he is a living warrior with numerous experience
of combat. Many so-called "techniques" are actually illustrations
of combat principles.
The system is full of strategies to set up an opponent, counter
his counters, beat him to the punch, etc. Footwork is simple but
effective. As long as one can walk forward, backward and sideward,
then one has basically mastered the footwork.