We are all probably aware of the many depictions of Filipino warriors holding a shield, either with a sword or spear, or even sometimes with an axe/tomahawk. Despite the commonality of such depictions, I have yet to come across a single FMA system which actually teaches the use of the shield, either with the spear, or the sword, or both. My suspicion is that the use of the shield died out with advent of firearms and that modern FMA practitioners see little reason to recover/maintain the techniques and teach them due to the emphasis most of the time on being relevant to the modern world of self-defense, law enforcement, military, etc. There is one video posted on this forum of two men fighting with stick and shield, but there is little evidence of skill in its use to be seen in the video, and fighting that way with a sword or spear would lead to death in about three seconds. http://www.fmatalk.com/showthread.php?9475-Rotan-Fighters-Warrior-(Stick-amp-Shield-Fighting) So, what say you? Are you aware of any FMA systems or teachers who are doing good things with a shield?