20 Facts About Arnis


Arnis includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques.

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The origin of Arnis can be traced back to native "Pintados" or then "Tintadus" fighting techniques during conflicts among the various Prehispanic Filipino tribes or kingdoms, though the current form has Spanish influence from old fencing which originated in Spain in the 15th century.

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The spread of Arnis was helped in Australia through brothers Jeff and Chris Traish, Richard Marlin and Terry Lim who holds a 4th Dan in International Philippine Martial Arts Federation.

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Arnis taught his own style to the students of the National College of Physical Education when he was given the chance to teach there.

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The style "Modern Arnis" is not synonymous with the concept of modern or contemporary Arnis, where it has become a full blown sport embraced by the Department of Education, although there are some similarities.

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The Arnis instructors designated by Senator Mercado were informally called the "Mercado boys".

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Arnis met with the top NSA officials at that time; however, nothing happened.

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In just two months, Arnis became part of the Palarong Pambansa as a demonstration sport.

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National, regional and provincial Arnis Seminars were conducted by the tandem of Mr Aniano Lota, Jr.

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In 2007, Arnis was already a regular event in the Palarong Pambansa with all seventeen regions participating.

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Arnis Seminars were continued in national, regional and provincial levels.

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In 2008, Arnis was played in the Palarong Pambansa and again, with all seventeen regions participating.

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The "evangelization" of Arnis was continued and both Gialogo and Lota were careful not to teach their personal styles.

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Phase I of the National Curriculum for Arnis was finished and the curriculum writers were Mr Richardson Gialogo and Mr Aniano Lota, Jr.

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The founders of most of the popular Arnis systems were famous duelists and legends circulate about how many opponents they killed.

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Arnis competitions uses foam-padded sticks about an inch in diameter with thin rattan cores roughly a centimeter in diameter.

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Arnis students start their instruction by learning to fight with weapons, and only advance to empty-hand training once the stick and knife techniques have been sufficiently mastered.

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In modern times, many Arnis practitioners have come to wear head and hand protection while sparring with rattan sticks, or otherwise use padded bastons.

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Arnis techniques are generally based on the assumption that both student and opponent are very highly trained and well prepared.

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Some modern styles, particularly doce pares and Modern Arnis contain some elements of Japanese Martial Arts such as joint locks, throws, blocks, strikes, and groundwork, taken from: Jujutsu, Judo, Aikido and Karate as some of the founders obtained black belt Dan grades in some of these systems.

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