and yes, Eskrima is a empty hands art. its just that modern Eskrimadors are trying to make it into an art that has everything. ad this is why we have weak empty hands, and weak skills at other weapons, where all they are really doing is playing a game called "oh we have that too". this is killing the FMA man--if he knew himself and has pride in the art as it is, he would be happy to say our art is a weapons art. but movies and seminar masters have made the FMA man think his art has to "look" authentic, "look" southeast Asian, "look" "complete" with staff, sword, knives, whips, blow guns and empty hands--even though what his grandmaster really knew how to do best was use a stick and a knife.