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FCS Kali, West Coast San Diego Crew - Rep: Manong Rich Verdejo



FCS Kali system Founded by Tuhon Ray Dionaldo, Filipino Combat Systems, is an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of all Filipino Martial Arts.

Filipino Combat Systems (FCS) is an organization / system with members from around the world. We come from extremely diverse backgrounds and Martial Arts systems. We've all come together because of our love of the Filipino Martial Arts, and our unwillingness to become involved in the politics that has so often stifled our growth.
FCS started in Tuhon Ray's backyard, when a group of Filipino Martial Arts practitioners got together and trained in different systems without having to deal with all the martial arts politics. Over several years, the group grew larger and larger. FCS has a foundational principle; the concept of the group as an extended family, as opposed to a political affiliation. It is a prerequisite of FCS to leave your politics at the door. The group is based on friendships, on everyone accepting one another in friendship.

Note that Filipino Combat Systems is plural. It is not just one system. It incorporates a broad range of systems. FCS focuses on giving respect back to the other systems that are a part of it. An FCS instructor can teach one of the core systems in its purity and at the same time merge aspects of the various systems. The purity of the core systems is not lost but the system becomes more than the sum of its parts. FCS is the link which allows the practitioner to bridge the gap between systems and techniques by utilizing the common denominators that they all share.

FCS is also very compatible with other systems. The Filipino arts were created as the systems of invaders were assimilated. Tuhon Ray has tried to reverse engineer some of these techniques back to their sources. He has found Chinese systems like Wing Chung, Indonesian systems such as Silat and even some Japanese fighting concepts influenced the Filipino Arts and FCS.

FCS Kali West Coast is led by Manong Rich Verdejo, the FCS California Representative

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