New Arnis Pasindo Tournament Rules

Things are looking up for Arnis tournaments. At least that’s what we think about the Arnis Pasindo tournaments because…drumroll please… we have NEW tournament rules! Tadah!

We”ll have the first taste of it on our March 9, 2014 tournament. (The other two tournaments will be in August and November 2014.)

Spearheading the change is Master Cris Pasindo, “I learned a lot from organizing and closely observing our past tournaments. I saw what needed to be changed.”

Last Sunday, January 12, there was an orientation and training of officials and coaches about the new rules.

Arnis Pasindo seminar
Master Cris explaining why new rules are necessary

Here’s what he said:

  • To lessen the risk of injury. In our eight tournaments, we brought two players to the hospital, one with scrotal injury and the other, exhaustion. Thankfully, they turned out okay but we don’t want those to ever happen again 
  • To safeguard against cheating
  • To make tournaments more understandable even to those who don’t practice Arnis
  • To lessen scoring confusion
  • To showcase traditional Arnis. We want to encourage athletes to learn Filipino Martial Art without mixing it with other martial arts.

Master Ryan Gialogo, head coach of KAMAO clarifies some points with the Rules Commitee, Dayang Rowena Nacario, Master Cris Pasindo, and Master Francisco Pajo
Master Ryan Gialogo, head coach of KAMAO clarifies some points with the Rules Commitee, Dayang Rowena Nacario, Master Cris Pasindo, and Master Francisco Pajo
No more higher points for head strikes to avoid confusion -- what do you mean by head, just the top? What about ears or face? So new rule: One hit, one point.
No more higher points for head strikes to avoid confusion — what do you mean by head, just the top? What about ears or face? So the new rule: One hit, one point
Grandmaster Rodel Dagooc demonstrates what athletes should develop: techniques with no fancy, wasted moves.
Grandmaster Rodel Dagooc, the adviser and main encourager on these new rules,  demonstrates moves  athletes need to develop. With him is Guro Mon Mirano
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Master Cris who’s fluent in Tagalog and Bisaya, probably doesn’t realize that his shirt can have double meaning🙂
Coach Doyle Bautista of arkado Antipolo shows Anyo moves that will no longer be allowed: throwing and twirling of batons like the majorette, fancy jumps and rolls, etc
Coach Doyle Bautista of Arkado Antipolo shows Anyo moves that will no longer be allowed: throwing and twirling of batons like a majorette, fancy jumps and rolls, etc
Mini tournament to further practice the rules.
Mini tournament to practice the rules
Senior players needed to be reminded that this is just a dry run and strikes should be subdued
Senior players almost forgetting that in a dry run, strikes need not be VERY forceful🙂
Having fun practicing referee hand signals
Masters Pajo and Teddy Rosales practicing referee hand signals
Graduation photo
Graduation photo

Master Cris has decided that the March 2014 tournament’s participants will be limited to those whose coaches attended the seminar. “We don’t want confusion and disagreements on tournament day. We would respectfully invite the others to join the next tournaments, but for this very first testing of the new rules, we need to keep it small.”

Okay, I accept that.

It’s going to be a lean and mean tournament then.

With the vision of having safer, cleaner, and clearer tournaments, our Arnis world is really looking up.

Very good!

P.S.

You ask what my role in the seminar was?

I was in charge of registration, documentation, and my favorite, snacks! 

GM Rodel Dagooc signing the certificates
GM Rodel Dagooc signing the certificates

Pugay!

Seminar Venue: Seminar Hall, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, Philippines

One thought on “New Arnis Pasindo Tournament Rules

  1. Blade Apprentice January 18, 2014 / 7:05 PM

    Nice! I have yet to see a live Arnis tournament. Good luck on your event, Ate Joy!😉

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