Arnis now recognized as National sport in Philippines

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  1. silat1

    silat1 Active Member

    Just received this from It's official

    Arnis bill now a law
    THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco (The Philippine Star) Updated December 14, 2009 12:00 AM

    Arnis is now the official sport of the Philippines.

    Before the weekend, President Gloria Arroyo signed into law Senate Bill 1424, authored by Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri. Zubiri announced this at the National Arnis Congress held at Rizal Technological University from Thursday to Saturday. The lawmaker was teary-eyed when he recounted how the late grandmaster, Roland Dantes, constantly pushed for the sport to become a symbol of this country.

    “My uncle fought so long for that bill, we are so happy that it is finally a reality,” said a nephew of Dantes, Chris, who received an award on behalf of his departed uncle. “This is great.”

    When the law takes effect, its impact will include the propagation of the sport in all schools, which will also be mandated by law. As of now, many other sports are already required in many schools as part of physical education, way ahead of even our national indigenous sport.

    “This is what we’ve been waiting for,” said Rey Dominguez of the Philippine Council of Kali Escrima Arnis Masters (PCKEAM) at their national kali sports championship opening at Ynares Plaza in Binangonan, Rizal yesterday, “Grandmaster Roland’s long-time dream is now a reality. We can take it from here and reunite the sport.”

    Zubiri is also pushing for the establishment of a genuine Filipino martial arts sports association, like world governing bodies of other sports. The loophole is that there are none, because the sport emanates from here.

    “I’ve been saying for so long that everyone is fed up with the current leadership in arnis,” Zubiri told this writer. “What we need is change that people will feel. After all this time, we’re not even in the SEA Games yet.”

    Over the weekend, Sen. Alan Cayetano and Rep. Lani Cayetano sponsored arnis training for hundreds of barangay tanods in Pateros and Taguig, under the supervision of PCKEAM. The training including basics of single-stick self-defense, and unarmed combat. The barangay officials learned how to subdue their more unruly constituents and protect themselves with the only they are issued: a baton.

    In February, the PCKEAM is planning an international tournament to bring together the masters from all over the world and finally arrive at a consensus on how to move the sport forward. Since there has been no election in Arnis Philippines since 1986, many of them have gone their own way to propagate the sport, resulting in a multiplicity of styles.

    “There are many common grounds in the sport,” Dominguez continued. “We can work from there. What is important is that we are accepting everyone.”

    As an aside, The STAR has heard from different sources that officials of Arnis Philippines are spreading the rumor that this writer has issued an apology to the leadership of the association regarding past columns critical of their management of the sport, or lack thereof.

    Truth be told, this writer stands by everything written about arnis here, and the facts presented. If I were ever to apologize to anyone in any sport, I would do it here. Also, an official of Arnis Philippines even writes against this columnist along with our bloggers on Philippine News for the Filipino Global Community under an alias. If they need an assumed name to be able to speak out, then they aren’t worth my time, or yours.
  2. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Great news! Remy Presas would be very pleased.
  3. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    absolutely! [​IMG]
  4. Phil Mar Nadela

    Phil Mar Nadela New Member Supporting Member

    No way! That's good news!
  5. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Arnis is RP’s new nat’l sport

  6. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

  7. Dave F

    Dave F New Member

    This is great news!

    Having trained with the late GM Roland Dantes, I was aware one of his goals was to see arnis recognized as the national sport of the Philippines. Though Guro Roland was involved in promoting the art in various manners, he firmly believed the Philippine Government was required to be involved and for arnis to be recognised as a national sport or the national sport of the Philippines.

    Senator Juan Miguel Zuburi is a longtime practitioner of the Filipino martial arts having trained extensively in Kali Ilustrisimo under the senior maestros of the ssytem. I know Guro Roland was in contact with Senator Zuburi and was excited about the progress being made simply because he knew Senator Zuburi was and remains a true arnisador.

    This event was not just the dream of GM Roland Dantes, but many dedicated practitioners of arnis around the world.However, I am confident GM Roland would be smiling down on us.


  8. Dawn

    Dawn New Member

    So THIS is why there have been so many self proclaimed arnis teachers around all of a sudden. Geez I've been wondering about that since several months ago when I walked into this gym advertising that they were teaching "combative arnis."

    I chatted with the instructor who was only too willing to give a free demonstration and he introduced it with "It's dangerous to get used to tournament arnis with set rules because in a real fight, tournament rules don't apply." Right. This guy seems to know what he's talking about.

    But then he followed it with "In arnis, it's really about blocking first then striking.." I was like, huh?

    So okay, maybe it was a different "combative arnis" where you wait for your attacker to strike you first. :uhoh:

    Then in addition to the basic strikes and blocks he was teaching his student (a high school P.E. teacher who had to learn arnis) Japanese words for "ready" "start" and other stuff (like to call him Sensei) and I really couldn't believe what I was hearing. :Eyecrazy: Arnis started here in the Philippines, man, wtf?

    As a parting lesson he taught the high school teacher a disarm that seemed to forget about the attacker's other arm, that it could actually reach her, to hit her right back on the head or choke her neck as necessary. Unbelievable.

    So after the session I asked a bit about his martial arts background. He's in his late 30's or early 40's. Said he was into Karate since he was 12, been training in arnis since he was about 17 under a master who was now dead (probably so that no one could verify).

    I can't believe he was teaching this kind of arnis to a high school teacher who would teach it to at least another 120 more kids per year.

    It's going to take some time for quality control to catch up to this law.

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