If you think Arnis is unimpressive, this video will change your mind

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.”

My answer?

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
  • Staff/Spear
  • Knife
  • 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


6 thoughts on “If you think Arnis is unimpressive, this video will change your mind

  1. Karthik S Vailaya May 27, 2013 / 12:35 PM

    Nice video. Well, for me Martial Arts is not about impressing, but being effective. And, this video proves Arnis is both effective and impressive. Only a person who is not a Martial Artist will tell that it is not impressive. Keep up the good work.

    • thedeadlydance May 29, 2013 / 12:10 AM

      Hi Karthic. Thank you very much. You are absolutely right! Being effective is more important but I was thinking that the way to make some people take a closer look at arnis, is to impress them. Then they’ll see that it’s effective. 🙂

  2. stlcounterpoint May 28, 2013 / 8:26 AM

    I like the video. Lots of hard work and lots of training went into that demonstration. Well done.

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