Raymond developed Floro Fighting Systems (FFS) - a realistic, simplified method of dealing with armed and unarmed confrontations and specialising in the awareness and defence of edged weapon assaults.
By discussing and formulating formal training programs and teaching guidelines, FFS has now been adopted by military personnel and law enforcement worldwide. Several Law Enforcement and “SWAT” personnel have also chosen to use the principles in their training academy.
Regular clients receive private lessons, their professions ranging from – Office Workers, Security Personnel, Air Marshalls, Commercial Pilots, Business Owners, Military Instructors and personnel, other Martial Arts Instructors.
Raymond was also the “Training Leader” for the US based “Guardian Angels” Safety Patrol. Raymond formulated and taught a training regime suitable for recruits to use in the submission and arrest of offenders in the enclosed spaces of trains. He also led patrols throughout the subway network and “streets”.
Floro Fighting Systems is a system of Edged Weapon combat and defence that is not only simple to learn, but is one of the most effective systems of self defence available today. Efficient, direct and immediate, FFS is one of the very few styles that is still based on the blade, and is used by civilians and members of the military, and law enforcement agencies worldwide.
The eight arms of the symbol represent the angles of attack or of strikes. The dots at the end and at the intersection of the arms at the centre, represent thrusts. They also represent the direction of footwork and movement.
One of the essential elements of the system is the small circle near the centre. This emphasises that the execution of techniques avoids wide, unnecessary movements, therefore enhancing speed, power and timing.
Some of the arms are broken and some are full. This represents the other essential ingredient that one needs to master - broken timing and broken rhythm. You need to break the opponents timing and rhythm and moves within the system take advantage of this.
The name Floro Fighting Systems was coined because Raymond Floro learned from many Filipino Masters including personal training with the late Grand Master Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo, Tony Diego, Rommie Macapagal, Edgar Sulite, Christopher Ricketts, Tony Dedal, and Angelo Santangelo to name a few.