Gerald Anderson is one of the Philippines’ most popular young actors today.
A few years ago, he trained in Arnis for one of his TV series. I guess it was during one of his trainings that someone got a video and uploaded it in Youtube with the title “Arnis Demo.”
If you have trouble viewing the video, click HERE.
Soon after the upload, a barrage of negative comments came in. I suppose they were from people knowledgeable of Arnis:
“This is not Arnis!” “terrible, just terrible” “No principles of any of the Philippine martial arts were followed in this video. This Karateka needs to learn other arts before applying them!” “wow that was the worst Arnis demo I have seen to date! A beginner on his first day could do better” “ok so we’ll just have to wait after his dancing’s done then maybe he can demonstrate Arnis”
“man i have been in martial arts 17 years and with the two years of fma that i got i could have put on a better demo”
Their contention was that he was disgracing Arnis and that people will be turned off.
He was an actor practicing for his TV show. His shortcomings are understandable and forgivable.
The Philippines has over 93 million people and more than half are 35 years old and younger. And just like in many other places in the world, those who are popular are often very influential. What they do, many will want to do also.
A few years ago, Running, Frisbee, and Football were not popular in the Philippines as they are now.
Of course there were many factors involved, but I think the fact that there were handsome young men who were into it, made many people take a closer look and then eventually go into them also.
If we, instead of insulting Gerald’s attempts, encouraged him to continue his Arnis training and show people that he’s into it, he would have helped promote our awesome sport. He would have been our face.
Now, who do we have??
My dear friends, next time a handsome young man tries Arnis, PLEASE TRY TO BE NICE TO HIM, OKAY?
Or, if you are a handsome young man, then… what are you waiting for?