Thursday, July 25, 2013

FFS Seminar Tour: Northern NSW & QLD - September 2013

FLORO FIGHTING SYSTEMS SEMINAR TOUR- to my friends in Queensland and Northern NSW. I'm planning a trip to your area during September 2013. Check facebook for my daily updates.  Looking forward to catching up with you all then.

Saturday, March 30, 2013


We are planning to conduct an Instructor Certification Seminar in Singapore. Those interested, please email me on Or email Gilbert Chee as per the flyer below

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I copied this from a post in YouTube....Classic Tatang...This is the type of knowledge I will attempt to pass on.

Monday, March 25, 2013

IT'S BACK!!!!! Ray Floro's Knife DVD

THE ESSENTIAL RAY FLORO- It's been more than 2 years since this DVD has been available.

Now IT'S BACK.!!!!!!!

A 2 DVD set covering the complete Edged Weapons Systems of Floro Fighting Systems.

Taking you from the most basic concepts to through to the subtleties that make Floro Fighting Systems the most unique and sought after knife system.

The DVD also includes unarmed defence against edged weapons from standing to sitting; and goes through an array of improvised weapons that can increase your chances of survival.

The DVD set normally retails for $67.00..........but is offered for online purchase at a special price of $47.00 + $7.00 postage

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Thursday, March 21, 2013


FLORO FIGHTING SYSTEMS LOGO SHIRTS now available for $30 + Postage.  The logo is printed covering most of the back and a small logo at the front left breast. Excellent Quality!!

UPDATE!!!! Shirt plus postage is $37 (within Australia) . Send payment to PayPal address Please specify SIZE and give SHIPPING ADDRESS. If you don't have PayPal. Email me in

The eight arms of the symbol represent the angles of attack or of strikes. The dots at the end and at the intersection of the arms at the centre, represent thrusts. They also represent the direction of footwork and movement.

One of the essential elements of the system is the small circle near the centre. This emphasises that the execution of techniques avoids wide, unnecessary movements, therefore enhancing speed, power and timing.

Some of the arms are broken and some are full. This represents the other essential
ingredient that one needs to master - broken timing and broken rythm. You need to break the opponents timing and rythm and moves within the system take advantage of this.

The name Floro Fighting Systems was coined because Raymond Floro learned from many masters including Tony Diego, Rommie Macapagal, Edgar Sulite, Christopher Ricketts, Tony Dedal, and Angelo Santangelo to name a few.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


This video clip was shared by one of my students (thanks Andrew).  It clearly shows how deadly a knife encounter can turn to.  Be vigilante of a knife wielder even though you think you have clear advantage of weapons and group numbers

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In a land far away a long time ago

From left to right standing: Rommie Macapagal, Ray Floro, GM Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo, Christopher Ricketts, Tony Diego.
Kneeling: Edgar Sulite and (?) my apologies.

Found this image sorting through old photographs.  I have been honoured to have been personally trained one on one with these great masters.

Each on has left a legacy within me. Each one has had a significant impact in the development of Floro Fighting Systems

Monday, February 25, 2013

Isolated Sparring Drill - Courtesy David Kingdom

Floro Fighting System is a "sparring based art".  There is no other real way to learn it except through contact.  I wish there were (I'd make more money LOL).

However, we don't just don Sparring gear and pads and go hell-for-leather.  That would be counter productive.

As Prof John Will once said to should be the repetition of the CORRECT / EFFECTIVE methods.

So we take incremental progression to achieve the results.

One DRILL I start my students with (usually at their first lesson) is to do "Isolated Sparring". 

The objective is to score hits.  BUT........the bout is LIMITED TO ONE TECHNIQUE.

In the case of the sparring clip attached.  It is limited to the straight thrust with the knife.

What this developes is an appreciation of distance, timing, footwork, and one will realise the strengths and limitations of the technique.

It's NOT the NUMBER of techniques you have, but WHAT YOU DO with what you have.

The video attached was taken from a Nowra seminar I did with David Kingdom........I was pretty much impressed with the way his guys moved....This was THE FIRST sparring session (of many) that we did during the seminar.  What impressed me was they DID NOT make the usual mistake of moving wide, using other techniques.  They KEPT THE THEME of the drill and eventually they gained an appreciation of the RANGE, TIMING and SPEED

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Greetings to All,

I wanted to re-visit this video clip on non-telegraphic strikes (courtesy Clive Girdham) as I get a lot of questions and comments about it.

In fact, if you read the posts in the YouTube comments, there is even heated debates.

Whether it is a stand up demonstration or whether it is full contact sparring, I have continually manage to “score” with this ONE strike regardless of distance, angle, circling, falling of a cliff or if I was talking or not talking………it works THE SAME WAY.

I’m turning 50 years old this year. And I’m still sparring people half my age with high qualifications and skill in combative arts.  And I’m still managing to hit them the same way…………surely at my age I am SLOWING DOWN.  Hence the argument of PURE SPEED doesn’t apply.

THE SECRET????.............easy.  It is a matter of PROCEDURE.

When I do a knife thrust…

STEP ONE:  The HAND moves first.  Keep the Head, Shoulders and Body PERFECTLY STILL……and motion made by these body parts will GIVE YOUR INTENTION AWAY.

STEP TWO: The ARM moves next.  Keep the Head, Shoulders and Body PERFECTLY STILL……and motion made by these body parts will GIVE YOUR INTENTION AWAY.

STEP THREE: Only when the ARM is halfway through the strike, ONLY THEN the SHOULDER moves.

STEP FOUR: Only AFTER the SHOULDER moves, then the BODY starts to LEAN in to complete the strike.

If at ANYTIME the shoulder, head, body and FEET precedes Step One and Two….You will GIVE AWAY your intention.

Now this happens in a split second… fastest time measure via “shot timer” was .19 seconds.

Whether your weapon is Knife, Stick, Empty Hand, or Kicking…..the procedure IS THE SAME.

Hope this helps

Saturday, February 23, 2013

FFS Machete / Stick - PART FOUR (Sparring)

Putting it all together.  I'm the one with the white hockey helmet.  Please note that those unfamiliar with FFS always make a comment that my opponent keeps hitting my hands.  That is incorrect.  FFS defense makes very small moves to block or parry the opponents stick/blade.  I might do a video series on defense  watch for the thrust LOL

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Constrictor Knot

Enhancing Handle Grips

In the last few weeks, I have been selling "homemade" pocket sticks out of guava. The problem I had was that the sticks themselves were rather smooth and didn't provide much of a grip.

I solved the problem by learning to tie a "Constrictor Knot".

Result. A great looking effective method. I've also used the knot to enhance the grip on my Mora knives.

UPDATE: the knots still seem to slip off whilst in heavy use. I've tried coating the knot with superglue. Stay tuned or results