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From: Dino Marulli (DmMartialart)

I have been training in Martial art since 1971(Karate shotokai,Judo, Kickboxing at high level and Krav Maga) I started Escrima cause is a great combination to my Krav Maga and is something i wanted to do for a long time,,i can honestly say i never have been in a more welcoming club then this one..no ego ,no bullies..teaching is second to none.Who says you need ego to be a world champion?

Great family atmosphere.

I am proud to belong to this club and i consider them an extension to my Family

[Added 26 May 2014]

From: Evian Cafun

Fantastic teachers, very professional, spacious gym, highly recommended for fitness and/or martial arts training. You'll love it!

[Added 3 April 2014]

From: Simon Naylor (Hybrid FMA Member)

I have been training at EA Doce Pares for just over 4 months now. I currently attend Eskrima classes several times per week and feel I have really benefited from the training offered at the club. I think what sets this club apart from others, is the high quality of all of the instructors. The teaching methods at EA Doce Pares are detailed and technical but they are friendly and patient with you too. I always look forward to class and intend to keep training there for the foreseeable future!

Simon, London

[Added 13 March 2014]

From: Ismael Fraser (EA Doce Pares Egypt)

I have been with HYBRID FMA for 6 years and done martial arts for 34 years total. Master Alex, and Master Diana are the instructors I have ever met, and they are very nice people too.

I've had the opportunity to learn stick, sword, knife, long poke, stick and knife, empty hand, locks, throws, breaks, and defence, counters, and offence techniques. Thank you Master Alex and Diana you're the best.

[Added 98 March 2014]

From: Dree Velicaria(Hybrid FMA Member)

With an excellent gym, top class instructors and a friendly training atmosphere, EA Doce Pares/Hybrid FMA has helped me to develop my physical fitness and gain confidence from learning a unique and practical martial art, all while having a ton of fun! Would definitely recommend joining!

[Added 8 March 2014]

From: Chris Yeboah (Hybrid FMA Member)

I have personally known Alex and Diana for many years now and can honestly say they are two of the nicest people I know. At the club we are like a big family, there are no big egos or internal politics. On top of this, you are taught by world champion Eskrimadors with a vast knowledge of Filipino martal arts, in a friendly and inclusive environment. If you wantt o keep fit, learn practical self defence and make new friends, look no further than Hybrid FMA, they've got you govered!

[Added 8 March 2014]

From: Max Obertelli (Hybrid FMA Member)

A fantastic club, warm, friendly and welcoming with fantastic tuition from Master Alex. If you want to get fit, stay sharp and learn the addictive art of Eskrima, I can't recommend it enough.

[Added 7 March 2014]

From: Logan Bannatyne (Hybrid FMA Member)

I have enjoyed training at the gym for nearly five years. During this time I have been met with a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere that has helped me grow as a martial artist as well as a person.

Master Alex is a patient teacher who will let you 'get on with it' and guide you while you're finding your own path rather than spend the lesson explaining and talking like some martial arts instructors do. He is very observant and will correct you on the tiniest of mistakes even if he is watching from the other end of the room.

[Added 7 March 2014]

From: Luke Thorpe (Hybrid FMA Member)

The gym has a friendly training atmosphere and great teachers. The martial art itself is fun, practical, applicable in reality and well worth learning.

[Added 6 March 2014]

From: Ferdie Schaller (Hybrid FMA Member)

Excellent group with a strong focus on alive training and serious competition.

[Added 6 March 2014]

From: Cris Ramos-Stovin

A club that can tailor to every individual need and level whereby one can choose from a wide range of styles on offer. A friendly atmosphere which doesn't bring intimidation but welcomes everyone whether one's a beginner or highly advanced in his craft. A truly hidden gem. I highly recommend it to everyone for fun & fitness.

[Added 4 February 2014]

From: Dennis Quast (EA Doce Pares Germany)

Originally coming from Germany, I looked around for someone highly competent to help me advance in Doce Pares. After several sessions with Master Alex and Diana I didn't only become better in my movements but more confident in this type of martial arts. Doce Pares teaches you a lot of things you can apply in your daily life and most of all you get a higher self-esteem in the process.

The welcoming atmosphere and their very expert, yet easy-going way of teaching is awesome and helps you to pick up very fast. A lovely family, an awesome gym and a very nice and well structered program for everybody!

Since then I periodically travel to the UK to enjoy their training.

From: Evian Cafun

Superb gym, brilliant teacher in Ermar Alexander and expertise that can change your life, JOIN!

From: Bill Steven Lowery

Top instruction from very knowledgeable instructors.

From: Abner and Grace Eisma (EA Doce Pares)

My wife and I have definitley gained a lot from EA Doce Pares. We enjoy the structure and the information and the ever helpful members made it so much better. The teaching environment is fun. Master Alex and Diana are an excellent trainers. We hope to keep ourselves in right through black belts and beyond.

We wish them all the best.

From: Antonio Ramos (UK)

Well done mate for championing the FMA in UK, I pray that you will be more succesful not just here in this country but in the mainland Europe too!!! Mabuhay. GBU!

From: Malcolm Conlan (UK)

amazing event today, thank you very much to you guys.. Its fantastic what you are doing for the second generation filipinos showing them a part of the culture and history that must never be forgotten.

I was particuarly impressed that you were able to demonstrate life skills... i.e. how to deal with a person with a knife.. I know that you are an excellent teacher. Maraming salamat for all. best wishes
mal

best wishes

malcolm

From: David Tedora (Doce Pares)

I have been training in martial arts for nearly 8 years, grading to 2nd Dan in traditional Ju Jitsu, and I have trained with many fine teachers - including seminars in Brazilian Ju Jitsu with Royce and Royler Gracie. I consider Ermar Alexander to be in the top bracket of the martial artists I have trained with.

As a teacher he is patient but a stickler for detail, drilling good habits and ensuring that students understand the meaning behind everything they are taught. And he has proved the validity of what he teaches time and again in competition, fighting with speed, power and mobility. I consider it a privilege to be his student.

From: ariel caparoso (doce pares cebu)

hi ate diana and kuya alex..
thanks sa help during last WEKAF 2008
MAbuhay ang pinoy!

From: Doce Pares Cebu

Good Day! You can view the last result of the WEKAF tournament 2008 in our website visit us:

http://www.doceparescebu.com

click the events button.

More Power and God bless you all.

Harry

From: Mike Holdsworth (Martial Arts Photography group (Facebook))

the photo you posted on the martial arts photography group is probably one of the best martial arts photos i have ever seen. in fact that whole set is excellent.

i've taken over 100,000 martial arts photos myself and as well as all those i also look at what other people are doing. those are great. very creative and lighting is superb. its so different to simply migrating from lifestyle photography to martial arts and not bothering to appreciate the martial arts and get creative on it.

From: Clarke Richard (Kali Silat Brasil)

Congratulations for the great job

Mabuhay!

Lakan Guru Richard Clarke
Brasil!

From: Paolo Solana (Mangdirigmang Kaliradman Cebu Chapter)

I SUPPORT FILIPINO MARTIAL ART!!

From: Manong "Joe" Eskrimador (Uno-Blanco Traditional Eskrima System)

...Alex & Diana, being true blooded Filipino Eskrimadores. All the best!.

From: Rolando (EA Doce Pares)

Alex and Diana have my full support. They are very dedicated to the Filipino Martial Arts, without their dedication I doubt I would of had the opportunity to study FMA in London.

From: Rob (Obet) Singcuenco

Dont stop doing what your doing!!! ...your giving community something great and I hope that truly gets recognised.

From: Kalbo Paul Morgan (Filipino Association of Birmingham)

Keep promoting the sport. If it was not for Alex I would not have a contact in the Birmingham area for my Anglo-Filipino son to take up the art.

From: John Brian Fuentes (Philippine Student Association Hamburg, Germany)

I know Diana and Alex personally and they have been working hard to promote Arnis. They have been successful in the last years establishing a regular arnis training.

From: Clinton Chan (EA Doce Pares)

Alex has been a great coach, mentor and fighter...

From: Nigel Bye (EA Doce Pares)

I am a current practitioner of shotokan karate, I studied judo for 4 years as a child and 2 years wing chun, 3 years kyokushinkai. Alex and Diana have shown a true dedication to the Filipino martial arts in both its practice and dissemination amongst the uninitiated.

From: Anonymous

I've known Ermar and Diane as a devouted FMA practioners. I admit one of the successful Doce Pares instructors here in the UK. Both of them working very hard sharing and promoting these unique art espicially in the Filipino community. Also he is a talented martial artist with the best competitor in his category.

From: Jean Krohn (EA Doce Pares)

Alex is at the moment, as far as I know from participating in WEKAF tournaments and sparring with him, the best Eskrima fighter in the UK. Also, given the numerous classes, seminars and demonstrations they are holding and Alex's vast number of titles, I find it difficult to doubt Alex and Diana's commitment to Filipino martial arts, be it as fighters, teachers or demonstrators.

From: Rudi Albesa (Philippine Generations)

... Diana and Alex are versatile athletes and bring enlightenment to the philosophy of Doce Pares in the Filipino method and thinking which all add colour to the art. After watching them perform in Shepherds last year they are delightful in giving their students the utmost attention and they both break the Doce Pares down to help any beginners follow the systems and forms easier. It is through their experience and confidence when I see them perform that surely the both are not just practitioners but they also extend their joy to teach and compete. At times as we all are humans and we may not compete for many reasons. Again, they both add enthusiasm and shed light as the way the art is performed by eye of Filipinos.

From: Ranjeet Gill (DG Doce Pares)

... Alex is by far the most exciting fighter to watch and having experienced both his and Diana's hard work and hospitalilty at Seni 2008, they're good people too

From: Sherwin Padlan (EA Doce Pares)

I have been a student of Alex and Diana so I know how good they are and how much dedication they have to promote the Filipino Martial Arts.

From: Roger Barnes (Country Director of the WEKAF British Team, JKD Northampton)

Alex is a good teacher, fighter and person. The support and advice he gave me during 2006 Worlds was priceless to me. You guys are doing a good job and have a great team.

From: Ismael Fraser (EA Doce Pares)

We appreciate Alex for the sacrifice he makes to teach us.we are all grateful and intend to keep on benefiting from Alex and the seniors who are very devoted students who have helped us achieve gold silver and bronze in only our second tournament in 4 months. tribute praise and respect for our teacher and master Alex.

From: Andrew Walker (Member of the WEKAF British Team, DG Doce Pares (Sardara Singh's club))

...all you guys have been great to me and the guys, and accepted us into the family!..

...what Alex has and is doing with Doce Pares in this country is phenomenal!!! We are going places and He is the main person who is helping to do so! We have all got to respect and appreciate him for that...

From: Talibung Antike ("UNO-BLANCO" Traditional Filipino Eskrima System, La Paz Plaza, Iloilo City, Philippines 5000)

to all our great fellow eskrimadores of dgdocepares...
keep it up... uphold and be proud of our rich Filipino heritage...
keep our flag up and flying... we're proud of you
and we are behind you!

Cheers...

From: Al

Just a quick email to say that I checked out the class in Shepherd's Bush last Saturday, and I was very impressed by the skill I saw there. Even though I couldn't stay for the full class (prior engagement) I have seen enough to try my hand at it next weekend. Keep up the good work!

From: GM Jorge V. Penafiel (Cincinnati Balintawak - Putakti System)

FROM OUR HEARTS WE WELCOME OUR FMA BROTHERS - DOCE PARES UK!! SUPER PEOPLE AND WEBSITE- CONGRATULATIONS AND ALL THE BEST FOR A GREAT JOB DONE PROMOTING OUR MOTHERLAND MARTIAL ART SYSTEM !!