A documentary film: Eskrimadors (Part 5 of 5)

Finally, we come to the conclusion of this informative documentary. I enjoyed watching and learning about this not-so-popular but very  practical martial art.

This last part is what I found the most touching, if not saddening. This is the part where the grandmasters talk about their love for Eskrima and their hopes of it being more respected and appreciated, especially in the Philippines.

Is it really true that Eskrima is more valued in other countries? If it’s true, how depressing.

Special message to my beloved countrymen: We have this treasure of a martial art. It is one of the fastest, deadliest, most complex yet practical in the world. Join me in learning it.

Part 5

I’m sorry but the video has been removed from Youtube due to a copyright claim by Joseph Kerwin Go. But here are my notes anyway. 

Doce Pares Multi-style System
GM Dionisio “Diony” Canete
Doce Pares Multi-style System

There might be a technological transfer of the art from here to America and Europe, because there, when they train they train hard. 

This is the best time to realize its beauty and significance.

Me and my borthers were born with sticks in our hearts. It’s part of my life.

GM Bonifacio UyBDU Eskrima
GM Bonifacio Uy
BDU Eskrima

Eskrima is still spreading far and wide but from what I see in tournaments here in Cebu, it is not as intense as before.

It’s more popular abroad than here at home. The younger generation aren’t interested. It is not good that it is disappearing slowly. We must cherish it because it is ours. It isn’t from anywhere else. It’s ours.

GM Nick ElizarNickelstrick Eskrima
GM Nick Elizar
Nickelstrick Eskrima

If nobody makes an effort to promote Eskrima, then our love for FMA will die with us.

Eskrimadors who have gone before me are unsung heroes of our nation. If it weren’t for them, Filipinos won’t be known for their skill in martial arts.

Sometimes, I see people who no longer acknowledge that I taught them. But in the quiet depths of my heart, I’m happy to see them using what I taught them.

Gm Undo Caburnay Lapunti arnis  de AbanicoAll I want is to share my knowledge with others so that my techniques can help them defend themselves and when I’m gone, they’ll remember that I was the one who taught them.  


Uwit Jecong

GM Cacoy CaneteCacoy Doce Pares
GM Cacoy Canete
Cacoy Doce Pares

Eskrima is part of my life. I’m not planning to retire. How can I retire when I don’t want to retire?

In memory of Grandmasters:

  • Liborio Heyrosa (1935-1995)
  • Filemon Caburnay (1915-1992)
  • Timoteo Maranga (1919-1988)
  • Teofilo Velez (1917-1989)
  • Vicente Carin (1922-2004)
  • Eulogio Canete (1901-1988)
  • Vicencio Bacon (1912-1981)
  • Filemon Canete (1904-1995)

Dear Grandmasters, Thank you very much for your legacy. I hope someday soon you will be given the recognition that you deserve.


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A documentary film: Eskrimadors (Part 4 of 5)

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I’m sorry but the video has been removed from Youtube due to a copyright claim by Joseph Kerwin Go. But here are my notes anyway. 

Please click below my notes:

Here’s Part 4.  

San Nicolas, Pasil, Cebu

  • a breeding ground of many eskrimadors (usually willing to fight just from bragging rights)


  • FMA started becoming popular internationally
  • Doce Pares invited to the US to demonstrate their skills at Dan Inosanto’s Filipino Kali Academy
  • Eskrimadors, upon going back to the Philippines – decided to end the era of Juego Todo and band together to promote FMA and make it a sport
  • 1976, Dionisio Canete and others – designed the first Eskrima gear and equipment then made tournament rules
  • March 24, 1979 – First Philippine International Open Arnis Tournament

World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) 

  • the largest governing body for the promotion of FMA through sports
  • holds world championships every two years with every second championship held in Cebu


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A documentary film: Eskrimadors (part 3 of 5)

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Here’s Part 3

(I’m sorry but the video has since then been removed from Youtube due to a copyright claim by Joseph Kerwin Go. But here are my notes anyway.)

Doce Pares

  • formed in 1932
  • around 1948, rocked by intrigues and jealousies among the followers of the different masters

Venancio “Anciong” Bacon

  • small in stature but a formidable eskrimador
  • in 1952, left Doce Pares
  • with Delfin and Timoteo Maranga formed the Balintawak Eskrima group
  • developed the single-stick style (includes punch, elbow, leg hits)

Juego Todo

  • intense rivalry between Doce Pares and Balintawak group
  • full contact stickfighting – no holds barred; no head gears, no protectors
  • seek out each other to test their skills
  • fight just for bragging rights.
  • severe injuries and even death common; hence aka Death matches
  • Vicente “Inting” Carin – a veteran of many of these matches

Eskrima knife fighting – one of the best in the world

Many Chinese and Japanese martial arts- started by by monks and nobility

Eskrima – started in the streets, by the poorer segments of society.


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A documentary film: Eskrimadors (Part 2 of 5)

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Be sure to start with Part 1 😀

Part 2 (Too bad the video has since then been removed from Youtube due to a copyright claim by Joseph Kerwin Go.) But here are my notes anyway. 

  • Clans developed and practiced their own Eskrima system
  • different styles and techniques were tightly guarded secrets passed from generation to generation
  • Take downs, blocks,disarms, locks – (very fast  and effective)

American colonial period – Filipinos were encouraged to practice their art (in this sense, thank you Americans!)

  • Labangon Fencing Club (1920-1930); the first ever martial arts club in the Philippines

Doce Pares

  • named after the twelve bodyguards of Emperor Charlemagne of France
  • formed by twelve Eskrima masters
  • each with a special style of his own (larga, media, corto, empty-hand, knife fighting, long blade or bolo)
  • rivalry minimized
  • Formerly highly secretive, each master now shared their technique with the others
  • Eskrima brought to a higher level and became popular
  • Filemon “Mamoy” Canete – chief instructor and guiding figure

Many eskrimadors were also healers who believed in charms, amulets and spoken prayers

Principle of the Live Hand (This is one of my favorite things about eskrima.)

  • when the eskrimador wields only one weapon, the extra hand is used as a shield and/or checking hand.
  • monitors, controls, and blunts the attacking weapon


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Other interesting reads:

A documentary film: Eskrimadors (Part 1 of 5)

As a beginner, I have a ravenous appetite for information about this martial art I have chosen to study. Good thing I found Eskrimadors, a 66-minute documentary about the development of Filipino martial arts, tracing it from the 13th century tribes to what it is now.

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I watched it several times because there was just a lot I wanted to absorb. I took notes so I can better remember them. (Note: I can’t claim 100% correctness, but I did my best). 🙂

Part 1 (Too bad the video has since then been removed from Youtube due to a copyright claim by Joseph Kerwin Go.) But here are my notes anyway. 



  • the indigenous fighting art of the Filipinos.
  • also known as Arnis or Kali
  • one of the fastest and deadliest martial arts in the world
  • not just stickfighting; also a mastery of short and long-bladed weapons and empty hand techniques


  • an island in central Philippines, now called the Visayas or Visayan Region.
  • home of Eskrima and some of the greatest Eskrimadors – namely: Lorenzo Saavedra,  Teodoro Saavedra, Frederico Saavedra, Filemon “Mamoy” Cañete, Eulogio Cañete, Venancio “Inciong” Bacon, Vicente Carin, and, as seen in this film:
  1. GM Dionisio “Diony” Canete (Doce Pares Multi-Style System)
  2. GM Cacoy Canete (Cacoy Doce Pares)
  3. GM Nick Elizar (Nickelstick Eskrima)
  4. GM Undo Caburnay ( Lapunti Arnis de Abanico)
  5. GM Rodrigo Maranga (Combate Eskrima Maranga)
  6. GM Uwit Jecong (Heyrosade Cuerdas Eskrima)
  7. GM Bonifacio Uy (Doce Pares)

(Note: I was born in Iloilo, also in the Visayas! No wonder my instructor, Master Cris, once told me “You have Arnis in your blood.” He looked serious when he said that. Yay!!!)


  • Srivijayans of Java – a warrior tribe; brought the technology of bladed weapons in the 13th century
  • when the Spanish came in the 16th century, the Visayans were already practicing weapon based warfare with other tribes
  • 1521, Ferdinand Magellan was killed by Eskrimadors
  • 19th century, fearing rebellion, the Spanish prohibited Eskrima
  • Eskrimadors went underground and practiced with commonly used items:sticks, bolos, and knives


  • became an art form in itself
  • no longer limited to blade-based medium strikes, speed and accuracy became the emphasis
  • attacks can come from more angles and at closer ranges
  • disarms also developed

Interesting reads:
Traditional Filipino Weapons / Philippine Martial Arts Institute
Weapons of Mindanao/ Filipno History in Modern Steel. I like this link’s photos.

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Bye for now. 🙂