Well, since I have been asked to join this group by guro buzz smith, I figured I might as well indulge and add my two cents in by introducing myself. My name is Bill Anderson and I am a FMA Junkie. I started training in the FMA back in the early 70's when I lived in the Pampanga region of central luzon.. I have studied various forms of FMA and Kuntao/Kuntaw over the last 30 or so years.. I have served in the US Military (retired in 92) and went from the military into private security and law enforcement.. I was promoted to instructor level by GM Carlito Lanada and GM Rafael Reston in Baraw Defensa (Comjuka Kenpo) and Maharlika Kuntaw in the mid 70's.. In the past 30 or so years my focus in teaching the fma has been to the military and the law enforcement/ security personnel a viable way to protect themselves when the fecal matter hits the oscillating mechanism. I go to the Philippines at least once every 2 years, sometimes more when time allows for additional training and to help keep the wheels of GM Reston's Baraw defensa organization lubricated.. Master Reston died in august of 06 and from what I am aware of there are only two people in the states that teaches his baraw defensa system.. I was promoted to 5th level instructor in Master Reston's system in 03 after being with him for more than 30 yrs.. In baraw defensa (reston method)all ranks after 5th dan/level are honorary. In my Kuntaw/Kuntao training/research, I started Kuntao when I lived in taiwan before moving to the philippines and have trained in both Maharlika Kuntaw (Lanada system) as taught by my direct instructor Conrado Turla (who died in 98), and when we were called Maharlika Kuntaw Kungfu, which at the time had both the chinese and indonesian influences along with the indigenous filipino martial arts. I was promoted to 3rd Level Instructor in Maharlika Kuntaw by Kyud Lito (Carlito Lanada) in 1993. Since that time, I have had the privilege of training in various other FMA martial combatives when I go to the Philippines and hook up with some of the instructors who I was acquainted with during my time there.. I have trained in Kalintaw (galo Lalic), baraw defensa (velasquez Method) which at the time was an affiliate of Master Reston from the 70's, and continued my studies of chinese Kuntao at which I was awarded the rank of 5th level black sash under the hochow system. I am a firm believer in using the tools in our respective tool box to give people who need a slight advantage in surviving when the situation dictates.. My back ground in life is varied, from business consultant (federal and private contracting background for more than 30 yrs) defensive tactics instructor to various personnel and units in the military and private sector. Federal Law enforcement operative and last but least, retired military. I hope that this intro isn't taken as a ego driven introduction, I am a firm believer in laying it on the line and being straight forward when necessary.. I find that it is easier to communicate with people on that basis, thereby cutting through the BS and keeping it straight forward. My respect to the fma practitioners on this forum V/R Bill Anderson Defensive Tactics Systems, Great Lakes, Il (currently) but locating back overseas in 3 weeks and back into law enforcement.