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Quitters never win is a mantra we often tell ourselves to keep going for our dreams. But what if some dreams aren’t worth pursuing anymore, or if a project you have poured your heart into is no longer as fulfilling as it’s supposed to be?

That’s the thought I have pondered on in these past few months, and the contemplation finally gave me an answer.

When I started the FMAdigest (2004 – 2010) and published the FMA Informative (2011 – 2017) totaling 13 years, I was wide-eyed and ready to try anything to promote and promulgate the Filipino martial arts and the Philippine Culture. I tried to find as many practitioners and material on Philippine culture uncovering little known and well known practitioners and Philippine culture.

I traveled to the Philippines 10 out of the 13 years missing three opportunities due to my fathers’ surgeries and one surgery of my own. Also during the FMAdigest period I travelled throughout the United States too also gathering material for articles and issues. During the FMA Informative years I was not able to travel throughout the United States as much due to having to be around to take care of my father.

The FMAdigest and the FMA Informative was born out of a mere quest to satisfy my curiosity and my passion for the Filipino martial arts, and that thirst for knowledge about the Filipino martial arts and Philippine culture and share it with as many interested to also know about the Filipino martial arts and Philippine culture. The FMAdigest with a little over 5,000 subscribers and the FMA Informative with a little over 8,000 subscribers. Never really taking the credit for either publication I would just say I just put the material together it is about the practitioners, Organizations, Federations, Associations etc. And none of this would have been possible were it not for my decision to pursue this ‘passion project.’

But don’t get me wrong. I still love the Filipino martial arts and Philippine culture, and am thankful for all the readers who liked and shared the material that was put forth.

I would also like to personally thank all the contributors who have injected their humor, opinion and expertise into the FMAdigest and the FMA Informative wide-ranging of contents.

Again, thanks to all the readers for joining me in my journey. If the FMAdigest and/or the FMA Informative has inspired even just one soul to become more curious, to never stop asking questions and to look at the past - present - future with renewed interest, then there’s no doubt that if I have with the FMAdigest and the FMA Informative have already accomplished my mission.

I am leaving now hoping what has been put out remains relevant and engaging for the years to come. For that, I can’t thank you enough.

Steven K. Dowd


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