@TPAM Not really a practitioner here, but Eskrima is the general term for the Filipino martial art involving both Arnis
It originated from since the ancient times when the country was still divided into so many tribal kingdoms. At the time, it was usually expected for an ancient Filipino tribesman, even a non-fighter, to know at least the fighting basics so they can defend themselves against attacks by a rival tribe while the army is away.
Even today, the blade culture is still so strong that even when guns are now the standard weapons, Filipinos still prefer to use knives (people from Batangas favor the Butterfly Knife
) or Improvised Weapons
to kick ass because they are more practical and easier to acquire than guns.
Arnis equipment are usually dual wield wooden sticks
, but the martial art can be used with any kind of long material, such as PVC pipes, metal sticks, and even swords
Kali is usually all about knifeplay
, but given that ancient Filipino warriors are often depicted in media as either Fragile Speedsters
or Glass Cannons *
compared to warriors from other races, there are so many ways you can beat an opponent with a standard knife.
edited 16th Jan '12 7:14:59 PM by judasmartel