filipinoTHE PHILIPPINES have a long martial tradition. With Ferdinand Magellan’s loss in armed combat against Lapu-Lapu and his men, the arts of Eskrima and Arnis have become legendary. Today, they are widespread and sought after for their no-nonsense approach to weapons and empty-hand fighting.

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My Thoughts and Expectations on Eskrima

By GM Samuel L. Bout, Sr. From an old man’s perch, with a lifetime of unnecessary conflicts and folly, I say: avoid conflict. Conflict does arise and you don’t want it; your space is invaded, you are threatened and you are upset, fearful and angry and your adrenalin...

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Going Deeper into FMA

By Bong Abenir Filipino Martial Arts is more than just the acquisition of skills. There are many who may be far more superior with their physical abilities and are lauded as having some form of greatness and are therefore measured by these standards. Their focus is...

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Balintawak: The Future of the Art

by GM Sam Buot We know not what is in store for the future of the art of Balintawak eskrima. Some styles in the United States have expanded the art to include MMA style fighting with full contact strikes with sticks. Yet, with all kinds of padding, it robs the art of...

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