29 April 2017

  1. Bespectacled and dignified, Professor Armando Soteco looks every inch the title he is bearing.  Long before the Arnis Law, Soteco was among a small group of professional educators who were...
  2. Among the most repeated stories within Filipino martial arts circles is how the fanatical Muslim warriors of Mindanao affected the development of the Colt .45 caliber Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol...
  3. The “alive hand” in arnis-escrima pertains to the non-weapon hand. It is called “alive hand” because though at times it may not be holding a weapon, it is never passive but plays an active role in...
  4. It requires its practitioners to hit hard with a stick and to follow up with a barrage of punches, elbow and knee strikes as well as kicks. Pang-oran combines the elements of arnis and kickboxing. It...
  5. “Cimarron” in Spanish means untamed or wild. In the Philippines, the term “Cimarrones” pertains to an ethnic minority group inhabiting the mountainous parts of Bicol in the southern tip of Luzon....
  6. While the stick and the blade are the most popular weapons of the Filipino martial arts (FMA), the truth is it also includes training in projectile and flexible weapons. This article will focus on...
  7. The Pulahan (literally “those wearing red”) is a controversial organization developed in the Visayas before the Philippine Revolution. Its members called “Pulahanes” numbered around 10,000-15,000...
  8. In the movies, the Filipino balisong knife was once dubbed “the nunchaku of the 1980s.” If the 1970s was the era of the nunchaku (popularized by Bruce Lee in his films), the 1980s belonged to the...
  9. He came from an era when challenges were a norm among escrimadores and disputes were settled with bloody bolo fights. At 69, Grandmaster Roberto Labaniego still actively teaches, “I still instructs...
  10. Written in archaic Tagalog, “Mga Karunungan sa Larong Arnis” [A Body of Knowledge in the Sport of Arnis] by Placido Yambao and Buenaventura Mirafuente published by the University of the...
  11. Power generation is most important when fighting with impact weapons. When fighting with swords and knives, minimal force is needed since it is the blade that inflicts the damage. In contrast,...
  12. Serving as a tool and weapon, every culture in the world has its version of the ax. In the Philippines, no other ethnic group has given heavy emphasis on the use of the ax in combat than the...
  13. Enielo D. Hubac Jr. speaks softly occasionally cracking a coyly smile. If not for the sinewy arms and blackened knuckles, there is no inkling that the man is a battle-scarred fighter that has cheated...
  14. It was the Filipino martial arts (FMA) researcher and writer Celestino Macachor who postulated that the high level of development of Cebuano escrima could be attributed to the frequent maritime raids...
  15. The skills of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) are traditionally taught one-on-one. Out of the instructor’s presence, it is up to the student escrimador to refine what he has learned. Solo and two-man...
  16. Yaw Yan, a devastating style of Filipino martial art founded by Master Napoleon Fernandez dominated the full-contact martial arts scene in the Philippines during the 1970s and 1980s. Officially...
  17. Training in the Filipino martial arts (FMA) employs bladed and impact weapons and with it comes the possibility of injuries. The latter was very prevalent in the olden days when dueling was a norm...
  18. Symbolism is part and parcel of pre-colonial Filipino warrior culture. A certain clothing, tattoo or cicatrix may connote the wearer’s status in the warrior society. Tattooing was widely practiced...
  19. No matter how good an escrimador is in wielding his weapons, it would do little good unless he has the right footwork to bring him to his intended target. There are varied approaches to footwork in...
  20. “Panday” is the Filipino word for blacksmith. Given the fact the Filipino martial arts (FMA) collectively, is a weapons oriented system, it would be of great interest to its adherents to examine how...
  21. Cinco teros (literally “five strikes”) is an old style of arnis-escrima endemic in Northern Luzon particularly in the province of Pangasinan.  Despite being renowned in Filipino martial arts (...
  22. Being an archipelago, the Philippines from the very beginning is a seafaring nation. The pre-colonial socio-political unit of the Filipinos called “barangay” derived its name from “balangay,” an...
  23. While known for the efficacy of its stick and blade fighting techniques, the Filipino martial arts (FMA) is a multi-faceted and complete combat system that incorporates empty hand skills like boxing...
  24. Every tribal warrior societies in the world have their own versions of war dances. The Philippines being an archipelago and possessing a strong warrior culture owns a variety of war dances many of...
  25. The Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521, when Lapu-Lapu and his men killed Ferdinand Magellan was looked upon by many enthusiasts of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) as a landmark where native fighting...

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