As a beginner, I have a ravenous appetite for information about this martial art I have chosen to study. Good thing I found Eskrimadors, a 66-minute documentary about the development of Filipino martial arts, tracing it from the 13th century tribes to what it is now.
I watched it several times because there was just a lot I wanted to absorb. I took notes so I can better remember them. (Note: I can’t claim 100% correctness, but I did my best). 🙂
Part 1 (Too bad the video has since then been removed from Youtube due to a copyright claim by Joseph Kerwin Go.) But here are my notes anyway.
- the indigenous fighting art of the Filipinos.
- also known as Arnis or Kali
- one of the fastest and deadliest martial arts in the world
- not just stickfighting; also a mastery of short and long-bladed weapons and empty hand techniques
- an island in central Philippines, now called the Visayas or Visayan Region.
- home of Eskrima and some of the greatest Eskrimadors – namely: Lorenzo Saavedra, Teodoro Saavedra, Frederico Saavedra, Filemon “Mamoy” Cañete, Eulogio Cañete, Venancio “Inciong” Bacon, Vicente Carin, and, as seen in this film:
- GM Dionisio “Diony” Canete (Doce Pares Multi-Style System)
- GM Cacoy Canete (Cacoy Doce Pares)
- GM Nick Elizar (Nickelstick Eskrima)
- GM Undo Caburnay ( Lapunti Arnis de Abanico)
- GM Rodrigo Maranga (Combate Eskrima Maranga)
- GM Uwit Jecong (Heyrosade Cuerdas Eskrima)
- GM Bonifacio Uy (Doce Pares)
(Note: I was born in Iloilo, also in the Visayas! No wonder my instructor, Master Cris, once told me “You have Arnis in your blood.” He looked serious when he said that. Yay!!!)
- Srivijayans of Java – a warrior tribe; brought the technology of bladed weapons in the 13th century
- when the Spanish came in the 16th century, the Visayans were already practicing weapon based warfare with other tribes
- 1521, Ferdinand Magellan was killed by Eskrimadors
- 19th century, fearing rebellion, the Spanish prohibited Eskrima
- Eskrimadors went underground and practiced with commonly used items:sticks, bolos, and knives
- became an art form in itself
- no longer limited to blade-based medium strikes, speed and accuracy became the emphasis
- attacks can come from more angles and at closer ranges
- disarms also developed
Traditional Filipino Weapons / Philippine Martial Arts Institute
Weapons of Mindanao/ Filipno History in Modern Steel. I like this link’s photos.
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Bye for now. 🙂