I really enjoyed watching the fight scenes of the martial arts movies listed here. It’s my first real exposure to this genre because before, I avoided watching movies I knew would have prolonged fight scenes.
Well, people change. Now, I find the spinning kicks to the head, flying somersaults, and lengthy strike exchanges totally entertaining.
I imagined myself doing the moves but… alas! that will never happen. I don’t think I can ever learn all those complicated choreography.
Aside from that, I’m studying Arnis and those moves are not part of our system.
Ours is a martial art devised by warriors who had actually engaged in real life-and-death conflicts. They did not aim to simply land a hit, score a point, or pin the enemy to the ground. Their object was to seriously hurt the enemy and do it as quickly as possible.
Fancy styles were simply out of place.
Let’s take for example Body Shifting and Footwork. Here’s what we are taught:
“An Arnis player must not raise or lower his hips more than necessary; he should move them more or less in a straight line. He must not raise his feet high off the ground. He must not drag them ether. In both cases, he will lose both speed and balance.” — Grandmaster Remy Amador Presas, Modern Arnis, 1974, p.28.
Yes, that’s us.
Straight to the point. Pure. Effective.
Do you agree?