VOICES OF THE MASTERS:Warrior Arts of the Philippines
Voices of the Masters (VOTM) captures the essence of Filipino warrior traditions. A comprehensive look at these combat arts, Voices of the Masters investigates a variety of fighting systems throughout the Philippines. The film is a historical record of unique martial arts systems that live on today through strong efforts to preserve these ancient fighting arts. Punong Guro Myrlino Hufana is seeking to preserve and record these classical combat arts of the Philippines for future generations. Voices of the Masters is a unique look at the masters of these systems, which goes beyond specific styles and regions to explore the true spirit of Filipino fighting systems.
Directed & Produced by Myrlino P. Hufana Co-Produced by Barclay Powers (Golden Elixir Productions) Malcolm Keithley (M&M Productions)
I have received the VOTM dvd and would like to say I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. I would also like to comment on the superb quality and production that you put into making this dvd. It is my belief that FMA practitioners around the world should thank you and others who have captured the true essence of the FMA and shared its beauty with us. I have studied Aikido, Shorin Ryu, Southern and Northern Shaolin Gong Fu and have seen no other art like the FMA. I have learned to love all martial arts as they have something to offer but have fallen in love with the FMA. I found particular interest in the aspect of a persons heart and how the true transmission of the art cannot be gained if the perspective students heart is not right. One last thing I will share with you is watching those masters use the solo baston and double baston the dvd has reinforced what my head instructor says all the time "practice". I just hope one day to be able to swing the baston like them. LOL!
Myron A. Ellis
P.S. Punong Guro Hufana, what happen to the Cebu Airport SWAT footage. I am a public safety officer and would have been interested in seeing the footage on some of their training.
FMAdigest Note (10/09/2010):
Voices of the Masters (Warrior Arts of the Philippines) is the new wave in learning about the Filipino martial arts. The FMAdigest has been a source of the Filipino martial arts for the last 7 years in its promotion and promulgation of the Filipino martial arts and the Philippine culture.
However in the publishing of Voices of the Masters the promotion and promulgation of the Filipino martial arts and the Philippine culture reaches beyond what anyone can read. To actually being able to see and hear what the Masters of the Filipino martial arts, in their own cultural setting, are saying and feeling that they are right there in front of you is, to say the least, inspiring, motivating, and brings reality to the forefront.
The DVD Voices of the Masters has been put together in a most professional manner; not only bring forth information in general about the Masters interviewed and their styles, but also there is a sense of a personal touch as if you are right there with them hearing from them personally their thoughts and fully understanding the attitude for the love of the Filipino martial arts that they have trained, taught and promoted throughout their lives.
It is most highly recommended to obtain this DVD and experience the awe-inspiring reality that has brought the Masters of the Philippines to you in a manner that one will not forget. There has not been any documentary that can compare with Voices of the Masters DVD.
Punong Guro Myrlino P. Hufana along with his crew has done an exceptional job in brining forth this most outstanding documentary and it is hoped that he will bring forth more in the future.