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What Is Arnis

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What is Arnis?
The names Arnis, Eskrima and Kali refer to weapons based martial art developed from ancestry in the Philippines. The Philippines are an archipelago of islands, and the names used vary with region. The art is referred to as Arnis in various regional languages, such as Pananandata in Tagalog; Pagkalikali, Ibanag; Kabaraon and Kalirongan, Pangasinan; Kaliradman, Bisaya; and Didja, Ilokano. Arnis is declared as the Philippine National Martial Art and Sport. There are three (3) phases of Arnis; first Stick such as rattan, kamagon and bahi. Arnis sometimes called pang-or, kali, escrima, estocada, muton, baston and espada, second the Bladed weapon: kampilan, utak balisong, pinsawali, susuwat, kambantuli, janap, banjat, gayang, panabas, bankon, kalis, gunong and punal and the third Mano-mano Mano-Mano is the Filipino art of Hand-to-Hand combats. The art embodies all the techniques applied to stick fighting techniques, except the practitioner uses the different limbs of his body as striking tools, in lieu of the weapons. The technique movements and rhythm in Mano-Mano are similar to those of Arnis with slight deviations. Mano-Mano is a system that combines effective defensive and counter offensive tactics from all martial arts available in the world. Although, generally called a street fighting art. Mano-Mano prides itself of the simple and easy but debilitating techniques It possess. Mano-Mano is the empty hand of stick fighting (Arnis) developed centuries ago by the Filipino Fighters. Arnis is the “mother” of Mano-Mano an original and native Filipino art. It has gained popular adherents from all countries have been trying to preserve the genius of its forms that is desired to be left unscathed by the influence of other arts. The perspective gave rise to questioning the validity of its claims to defend the practitioner when he has no “rattan stick” with him. The constant sneer from other arts made way to the art of Mano-Mano which is the art of...