About My Blog Name

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.



3 thoughts on “About My Blog Name

  1. pinoro January 3, 2013 / 12:55 AM

    But don’T forget that this is just one of the theories about the origins of FMA!
    Good luck with your training, ingat 🙂

    • thedeadlydance January 3, 2013 / 1:11 AM

      Thank you very much. I need to study more about Arnis. Tomorrow, I’ll try to get hold of books. Despite the fact that Arnis is our national sport, it is not very popular here.
      Ingat din po kayo 🙂

  2. pinoro January 3, 2013 / 1:26 AM

    You will find a lot of useful information just on the internet, not just in books – on blogs, forums (fmaforum.org)…and you will find more theories and ideas…The best is to remain open to all of them, there’s no unique truth 🙂
    It’s a pity actually that Arnis is not very popular in the country of origin…

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