Arnis, aka Kali or Eskrima, is not popular in the Philippines, its country of origin: a sad fact with many long-standing reasons. Not many Filipinos understand and appreciate it. It’s sorely underrated.
So when my friends learn that I’m into Arnis now, many respond with a blank expression or a polite smile. It’s either they don’t know about it or they’re not really impressed. A few even say, “Huh, why that? Taekwondo or boxing are better.”
Try to understand Arnis a bit and you’ll change your mind. You google all the time? Spend some time researching about it! 🙂
Take a look at this Youtube video I recently found: The Eskrima-Kali-Arnis Demonstration of the the Guba Doce Pares in London in June 2012. It will help you see how rapid, powerful, and practical Arnis is.
Grandmaster Daniel “Danny” Guba and his formidable team showed some (there are so many more) facets of Arnis:
- Single Stick
- Double Stick
- Form (Anyo)
- Empty Hands
- Stick and Knife
If you’re having trouble with the video, click HERE.
See what I mean? C’mon try Arnis!
Want more info?
Read this well researched post: What is arnis? / Lobo’s Blog
Watch this full-length movie: The Eskrimadors
Check out Jason Bourne’s fighting style here