Successful trip by the Fineghayan! BIBA and Congratulations TASA!

May 28, 2018 by  
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Successful trip by the Fineghayan! BIBA and Congratulations TASA!

BIBA! Congratulations to TASA, the crew of the Fineghayan, and to the people of the Mariana Islands for another successful voyage on a locally made traditional vessel using celestial navigation and other methods of traditional way-finding.

Key to growing the interest and pursuit of traditional way finding in our island— —Special thanks and respect to Lamotrek and the other islands of the CNMI who have been able to keep these methods intact a d active for hundreds if not thousands of years.
#fanoghechamorro
#fokaiamphibiousdivision
#justaddwater

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Traditions Affirming our Seafaring Ancestry. SAKMAN!

May 17, 2018 by  
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Traditions Affirming our Seafaring Ancestry.

Big respect for TASA amd all the other contributing organizations out there that are wotking hard to reinvigorate traditional sailing and out raditional vessels.

With more than 4000 years of history. The people of the Mariana Islands were incredible craftsman and seafarers.
Despite the unstoppable reality of modernization Great to see the voices and teachings of our ancestors continues to resonate among us.

May our mistakes today provide solutions for those that might choose to follow.

#fanoghechamorro

 

 

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Photo of the Week! MIA LEE with Manta Rays in Tumon Guam

May 1, 2018 by  
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An article resurfaced from 2002 Pacific Daily News

April 27, 2018 by  
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An article resurfaced from 2002 Pacific Daily News

Fokai for years was misconceived a sa fight geoup, though we were heavily connected into martial artd and venturing into combay sport, “Team Fokai” actually consisted of an array pf different athletes.

Consisting of an assembly of some of Guams top performers, Here is an assembly of some of our first official ambassadors Melchor Manibusan (wrestling) our very first sponsored athlete, along with Stephen Roberto (jiujitsu)  Ron (mountain biking) Pete Alvarez(motocross) and Joeito Santiago (surfing). also pictured is Chief Satellite distributor-at-the time VJ Santos

#teamfokai
#itsafamilything
#sinceeversince

Marianas Open attracting World Class Jiujitsu Athletes and Competition

April 24, 2018 by  
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All around the worldn The reuitation of Guam jiujitsu is tremendous. The character of our people training and competing all over the world has been backed with the many so fierce in inter ational jiujitsu competitions. In many ways it has created Guam as a mecca for #jiujitsuinparadise Aftsr a decades worth of trial, error, and evolution–the locally promoted @marianasopen has grown largely ro bring opportunity to Guam a to cultivate and landmark Guam as a land of opportunity and a prime destination for world jiujitsu. Keeping world class opportuitty on the home court, this acceses our entire jiujitsu community to grow beyond the confines of a being a tiny dot in the Pacific. Social media messages, phone calls from around the world, extended conversations with jiujitsu players around the world resonate an epic accolade of some type of rrmarkable Guam story. Amazing. The world is truly watching. #jiujitsuinparadise #fanoghechamorro #sharejiujitsu

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Marianas Open attracting World Class Jiujitsu Athletes and Competition

All around the world The reputation of Guam jiujitsu is tremendous. The character of our people training and competing all over the world has been backed with the many so fierce in international jiujitsu competitions.
In many ways it has created Guam as a mecca for #jiujitsuinparadise After a decades worth of trial, error, and evolution–the locally promoted Marianas Open
has grown largely ro bring opportunity to Guam a to cultivate and landmark Guam as a land of opportunity and a prime destination for world jiujitsu.
Keeping world class opportunity on the home court, this access our entire jiujitsu community to grow beyond the confines of a being a tiny dot in the Pacific.
Social media messages, phone calls from around the world, extended conversations with jiujitsu players around the world resonate an epic accolade of some type of rrmarkable Guam story. Amazing.
The world is truly watching.

Congratulations Brandon & Jessica Vera 4.20.18!

April 24, 2018 by  
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FOR LIFE:
An incredible time for an unbelievsble gatheriing of amazing people in a paradise thst wont quit.
Guam is proud to host you on your special day. 4.20.2018!

CONGRATULATIONS Brandon and Jessica Vera for a fantastic celebration of love, life, and adventure.. #happilyverafter
#forlife
#itsafamilything

Felipe Pena Fokai Shop 2018

April 24, 2018 by  
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Hafa Adai and Welcome back to Guam Felipe Pena Marianas Open Undisputed blackbelt open weight champion is back to defend hist title agains Guam’s most stacked blackbelt division to date.

#JiuJitsuInParadise
#Sharejiujitsu
#marianasopen2018

Fanoghe. Fokai. LIMA

April 16, 2018 by  
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Fanoghe. Fokai. LIMA


THE RETURN!

April 16, 2018 by  
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THE RETURN!

The boards stolen during Christmas season have finally been returned! And thankfully with peaceful resolve.

Thanks for those who have been keeping an eye and ear open to see that these made their way back home.

Their unforseen departure was painful but your efforts and messages of concern have been comforting.
Thievery sucks. it doesnt just take property, it violates peace of mind. Hard work doesnt just pay the bills, it tempers the soul. Often more than worth the effort.
Happy the takers manned up.
Reset.

#cultivatethespirit
#thefokaishop
#justaddwater

Guam and it’s potential impact on the global slinging community. – Slinging.org

April 16, 2018 by  
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Via Head admistrator of www.slinging.org

Guam and it’s potential impact on the global slinging community

In 2017 two men turned up at the international slinging meeting in mallorca.
The meeting itself has been running for 5 years now and – to date – it’s the only organised meeting of slingers of different nationalities anywhere in the world.

So when a couple of guys turned up from Guam – a country nobody knew anything about, and most of us probably thought was somewhere in south america. It was a pleasant surprise, they’d travelled further – by some margin – than any other slingers.
Friendly, enthusiastic and generous to a fault: they’d carried huge backpacks full of both rocks and merchandise halfway across the world to give away.
After reading an article they had with them – they did seem surprised that I read the whole thing during dinner, I suspect everyone else had simply glanced at it – and talking their ears off during the brief time they were there: It turned out that not only was the Guam flag a slingstone, but Guam itself had a long and prestigious history of slinging and slingers.
Coupled with a history of foreign occupation and concerted attempts to wipe out the Chamorro culture – something that after nearly 600 years still had not been acheived – Roman and Guelu were determined to bring back slinging as a way of re-connectiing with their ancestral culture.

I like to think I had a small hand in what happened next, I’ve been developing ideas over the years on how you get modern people slinging. You can’t do it by simply concentrating on historical or cultural aspects, as not everyone initially cares about that.
You also can’t do it by just concentrating on target slinging.
When I get a sympathetic ear about slinging, I’ll happily talk it off.

So the lads went back to Guam, recruited – what seemed like an army – and built slinging cages, held regular competitions, fundraisers, reached out to their local golf courses and started playing sling golf. They developed different types of slings – not just traditional ones, and quite frankly achieved something no other country or slinging community has ever done.
I believe there are currently upwards of 300 active slingers on Guam and growing fast.
By ‘active’ I mean people who sling regularly, have taken part in competitions and generally have a sling somewhere upon their person at all times.

To put this into perspective: in the entirety of the balearic isles (Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca) there are probably less than 150 regular slingers. In the rest of the world there might be a further 4-500 – most of them part of roman and viking re-enactor groups.

I run slinging.org - the only dedicated slinging forum and website on the internet. To put this into perspective: there are thousands (quick search just brought up 6,000 results) of archery forums. Not archers, there are millions of those – just forums for archers.
Slinging.org has been around for 15 years. I’ve been a  member for 13 of those and the Administrator for the last 7 or 8. So if anyone anywhere in the world has an interest in slings – I am generally the first port of call.

I’m not sure anyone else has the knowlege or perspective to really appreciate just how small the global slinging community really is.
Numbers in the balearic islands are gradually going down, and staying fairly stable in the rest of the world, where slingers tend to be widely scattered geographically.

So when I watched what was happening In Guam over the last 12 months – I was both amazed and filled with elation.
To go from a few guys trying to reconnect with their ancestral culture, to a full blown – and modern – culture of slinging and slingers, in such a short space of time, is completely unprecedented.

Roll forward to march 2018 and the 5th International in Mallorca.
Guam had promised to come back with a small army and that’s what they did :-)
6 Active slingers – I suspect the total travel mileage exceeded the rest of us combined – covering all categories from women to children.
Did they come to make up numbers ? Oh hell no, they came to compete and to win !
Josiah – at 7 years old, took home 3 trophies, what an adventure he had !
Roman, took home 2 trophies, one for the most dianas (bullseyes) in a competition.
Brandi also took home 2 trophies.

Again, to try and put this into perspective: all the top guys and women in the world were present (few as they are), these trophies were not given away, they were won on genuine merit !
Even the Guamians who did not win, acquitted themselves well and no doubt will be back next year with trophies in mind.

In the first 4 internationals, most of the trophies were won by balearic islanders. With the occasional german, spaniard, austrian and englishman (myself) taking the odd one.
In the fifth and most recent international a considerable amount were taken by non-spanish or balearic islanders. Guam taking the lions share.
It’s a result unprecedented in the world of slinging and sport in general.

For someone like myself, who has been trying to promote slinging for so long, with very little result, it’s fantastic.
The drive, enthusiasm and sheer skill of Guamian slingers has not only heralded a new era in the global slinging community, but it has set completely new standards in how to promote slinging and slings.
I’m looking forward with more hope than I ever thought I would have, to slinging becoming a true international sport – and with Guam and it’s Fokai spirit and Chamorro people in the forefront. I feel there is finally hope that the slinger will not die out, but eventually become a common figure in the sporting world.

Alexander ‘Curious Aardvark’ Johnson
19/03/2018  

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