There's loads of problems with Filipino martial arts. To illustrate some of them, i'll give some real life examples. I read an article of a self defense instructor showing up to a Filipino martial arts seminar. The Filipino martial artists agreed to test out their skills for self defense. The self defense instructor challenged the top Filipino martial artists there. He said he'd attack them with a practice knife prison style and they'd try to defend against it using FMA. When he came in slashing and stabbing wildly, they couldn't defend themselves successfully lol. That's the problem with FMA flow drills. Practitioners boast of it improving your coordination, rhythm, speed, etc. They hardly ever translate well to a real life combat. The thing they do when they strike, block or parry, redirect, counter-attack, and repeat is the equivalent of doing patty-cakes with your hands. Things completely change when you have someone ramming into you with the intent of slashing/stabbing you at angles you didn't train for. One FMA guy was a huge grappler. He tackled the instructor and got on a top mount position. As they struggled, the instructor grabbed a practice knife which happened to lay next to him and slit his throat. Everyone was shocked. The grappler was shocked because he realized if that was a real street attack, he would've been killed. His art conditioned him to believe he could ground fight and easily submit an untrained opponent with fancy moves. They said "but he tackled you!" The instructor said "yea but i slit his throat" They said "but he tackled you!" lol People don't realize how fast people can draw weapons and you don't even realize it until you've been shot or stabbed. While you're focused on say going for a submission, you're not paying attention to any potential weapons being drawn. You can only focus on so much.