Arnis, also known as kali, eskrima,or garrote, is a Filipino martial arts category that emphasizes the use of weapons as extensions of the body. The weapons can be fighting sticks, blades, or any accessible object.
Due to lack of proper documentation, there is no exact reference as to its origin.
One theory is when the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines in the 1500s, they saw an already developed weapons-based martial arts. At the start of the Spanish colonial period, they banned the natives from carrying their full sized-weapons (such as the Kris and the Kampilan).
Desiring to preserve their skill, the natives continued to practice wielding their weapons by using sticks and disguising the moves as a folk dance.
There are other theories of its origin but this is my favorite 🙂
Now, when I watch Arnis , I can see how dance-like it really is.
A very deadly dance.
I like it.