FMA and Pacific Archipelago Concepts – Jungle Fighting!


FMA and Pacific Archipelago Concepts

Fighting methods from the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii, and Japan Martial Arts

Self defense is a mission, but one of my hobbies these days is teaching the FMA-PAC when asked to do so. Pacific Archipelago Concepts. An Archipelago is defined as “an area that contains a chain or group of islands scattered in lakes, rivers, or the ocean.” In this case, my case – it is the Pacific Ocean. I have been toiling in these martial systems of these islands since the 1980s. (1970s if you count a pre-Army stint in Parker Kenpo.) I seek the blended skeleton of them. Only the essentials.
In order to do this, I must eliminate the redundancies, trim the fat, get to the core where, virtually all foundational things actually look the same! I have almost a zero tolerance for “priss,” and art for art’s sake, martial pomp and circumstance. A fighter should never look pretty or stylish, if so, it should be by accident. A fighter should look harsh and disgusting.
Here then above is a fun mix of both. And speaking of mixes,  in every seminar I insert great skill drills from the PAC to enhance and develop attributes. (I believe every move should be supported by at least one skill exercise-drill.)

“Hey Hock, I’m at the end of one of two days of a “famous Filipino guy” seminar. Had an absolute blast, but I can barely remember a single thing. Thanks for making a system that’s as simple, straight-forward, logical, and professional as your PAC. I take you for granted sometimes until l am reminded I can either memorize the 27 techniques of (insert foreign-sounding drill names here), both inside and outside variations, plus the advanced 13 extensions and 4 subsections, or I can memorize your four positions on the combat clock and get it all and never forget it! Hope you’re doing well.” – Don Young of Michigan

Hock Hochheim teaching filipino combatives in negros islands

Hock Hochheim teaching Kali Silat, mano mano on the Negros Islands, South Pacific.



Hock’s FMA-Archipelago Teaching Authority:

From The Philippines. 

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Arnis De Mano – from Grandmaster Ernesto Presas. Earned the title of Arnis Guro and 1st Dan Black in Manila,  the Philippines in 1993. First generation with copious hours with the man himself.

  •  2nd Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis – from Grandmaster and Professor Remy Presas. First generation with copious hours with the man himself.

  • Various rankings in Filipino & JKD Concepts from several Guro Inosanto instructors. First generation student of Terry Gibson with copious hours with the Terry. Many seminars with Hartsell, Inosanto, Vunak and Family instructors.

From Japan

  • 7th Dan in Bujitsu Kempo from Soke R.J. Oak

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Aiki-Jitsu – Dr. Carl Fareneli

From the Hawaii collective

  •  5th Dan Black Belt in Kajukenbo from 5th Dan Sifu Dean Goldade (in the Gaylord Method)

From Indonesia

  • Basic Instructor in Sadiq Kuntao Silat

  • Studied in and with various Silat systems since 1987

FMA-PAC Consists of: Mano Mano, Silat, Kenpo, Jujitsu and more from the many Pacific Islands flowing systems of kicking, hand striking, trapping, grappling/ground fighting. Hand versus hand, and empty hand vs. weapons.

 Forged in the Ring of Fire – The Pacific Archipelago Ring is:

  • The Arnis / Kali Silat/ Escrima of the Philippine Archipelago
  • The Silats of Indonesian and Filipino Archipelagos
  • The Karates, Jujitsu and Aiki-Jujitsu of Japanese Archipelagos
  • Kajukenbo and Hawaii’s Conversions of Kenpo/Kempo to America
  • Cane and Knife Fighting from all of the Pacific Islands
  • Polynesian hand, cane and small club fighting

No katas, anyos or forms. No redundant drills paying homage to endless lists of grandmasters where you are only repeating the same techniques over again under different names. No art for art’s sake. Nor will we use outdated and exotic stances, ideas or weapons. This is a combat course, not a history course. Train with Hock in seminars and/or in semi-private and private lessons, all in organized progressions. Plus-train with certified instructors in your region. Rank promotions, instructorships and recognitions are available, or just train for knowledge to augment your skills to support and enhance your system! We are here to inspire, not confine.” 

Essential  Filipino Martial Arts is Hock’s generic Filipino system. If you get rank in the PAC? You automatically get rank in the Essential FMA system. Two vital sources are Ernesto Presas and Remy Presas.

Over four decades ago in the 1980s, Hock began amassing the most combative aspects of Filipino Fighting systems and Kali Silat, attaining several black belts and certifications, strengthening it all with his military and police training and experience for a reality check. He has spent many years dedicated to finding the common threads, correcting and omitting sport aspects, artsy extravagances and isolating the very essence of combat. Hock reports he has never really felt comfortable forced to teach only one. He blended all these systems with his prior years in other martial arts like karate, kenpo and jujitsu and added his 27 years experience in policing and military training. His years of teaching culminated into this hardcore PAC format.

Taught in standing, walking, running and kneeling and ground fighting applications, the overall FMA-PAC course covers 5 main areas of study, empty hand combat, single cane combat, double cane combat, knife combat, knife and cane combat is structured this common sense learning progression:

  1. Solo command and mastery – every practical movement scientifically collected is here and worked solo and on objects for power development.
  2. Skill developing synergistic, flow drills.
  3. Hardcore combat drills.
  4. Sparring in all areas – In stick fighting, Hock emphasizes the head shot, or the “Kill shot” which conceptually works to kill-shot or diminish the fighter, working for a knock-out, disablement, or allowing for the follow-up disarm and takedown possibilities. He believes that bashing away with sticks and ignoring helmet shots teaches students to virtually “commit suicide!” “If too many of your stick fights are ending in submission tap outs or chokes on the ground? Something ain’t right with your stick fighting. In Kill Shot, there is a coach with each fight to call the fight as it would really happen. Helmets must be worn, but helmet shots cannot be ignored. They count. “
  5. Disarms and Counters to Disarms/Weapon Retention.
  6. Joint cranks or “locking” and counters.
  7. Takedowns and throws.
  8. Crisis rehearsing combat scenarios.

 Hock Hochheim with Ernesto Presas demonstating filipino combat style

Hock and GM Ernesto Presas in the Philippines. “Hock is The Freelancer” – Ernesto Presas.


Hock Hochheim with dan inosanto and ernesto presas

Left: Hock Hochheim and Rema Presas, Right: Hock Dan Inosanto, Ray Medina, in 1987.


Hock Hochheim with Terry Gibson

Hock has studied extensively with several instructors in the Inosanto family since 1986, most notably Terry Gibson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, someone Inosanto called, “one of his top 5.”