Challenge matches is why FMA is effective. Now that the FMA culture has changed to picnics and patty cake with stick routines, Eskrima/Kali/Arnis have now become a joke. No more live or real training. Challenge matches are healthy--if anyone cares to partake. If no one tests their skills, everyone will be stuck twirling sticks and thinking that's true FMA. No one's threatening wives or kids, it's just a simple open challenge for the health of the real Filipino Martial art, to see if you possess the real technology crafted in the laboratory of combat. Test your skill, no one's asking you to leave your wife and kids.