Information provided by the Huntington Beach News Updated:Tuesday, November 27, 2007By Rozanne Taucher STANTON...Welcome to the “4th Annual Open Full Contact Stick Fighting Championship” on Saturday, December 8th, at Red Scorpion Martial Arts, 10700 Flower Street, Stanton, 90680. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Admission is $10.00. Call: (323) 350-8500. Nuking the martial arts scene across the planet is Filipino Stick Fighting, the ancient and deadly martial arts from the Philippines. We see it in movies and video games, and in some parts of the world, militaries integrate it into their armies. Now you can see this ferocious fighting art at the Pakamut International Association’s “4th Annual Open Full Contact Stick Fighting Championship,” featuring their main event, “Best of the Best” and this year’s new division, “Masters’ Challenge.” According to Long Beach’s PIA Founder and President, (and descendant of Chief Lapu-Lapu), Master Felix Roiles expects his event will draw master fighters from coast to coast. This once hidden martial arts evolved from the thousands of tribes that first inhabited the island nation arriving from the Sunda landmass and the Malay Archipelago 30,000 years ago. With over 7,000 islands making up the Philippines, multiple tribes developed. To compete for survival, both men and women were taught to fight to protect themselves against attacks from other villages and from outside invaders. There were 3 big waves of foreigners that contributed to the Filipino Martial Arts of today. The first wave was in the 2nd Century when South China Sea traders introduced their combative style to the islanders, followed by Arab missionaries in the 14th Century, and ending in the 16th Century with the Spaniards. Best known for aiding in the resistance of the Spanish invasion, Filipino Stick Fighting was used to kill Ferdinand Magellan and most of his Spanish crew during “The Battle Of Mactan” in 1521, when Filipino resisters led by Chief Lapu-Lapu, used bamboo spears and daggers against the well armed Spaniards. Under heavy armament, Spain invaded the Philippines again in 1565, gaining control over the archipelago. Upon colonizing the people, King Philip II outlawed martial arts, introduced Catholicism, and brought political unification to the islands (which he named after himself). For over 300 years, Filipinos continued their martial arts practice in secret, disguising patterns and techniques as dance steps used in ceremonial rituals or pretending to practice Spanish fencing, ultimately influencing angles of attack, in addition to, sword and dagger combinations. Eventually, 100 different fighting styles emerged, culminating in a grouping of three complete fighting systems; generally called “Escrima, Arnis, and Kali.” (Broadly known as, “Kali”.) Utilizing all combat ranges, Filipino Stick Fighting is known for its lethal single stick, double stick, and, stick and dagger techniques. Although the ban on martial arts was lifted in the Philippines in 1898 when the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War, Filipino Stick Fighting remained secluded from outsiders until the 1960’s when Grand Master Angel Cabales broke tradition and openly brought Escrima to the United States; later becoming known as, “The Father Of Escrima In America.” Other major contributors to bringing Kali, its culture, history, and heritage to the United States (and elsewhere) include: Richard Bustillo (IMB Academy - Torrance); Cacoy Canete; Dionisio Canete; Regino Ellustrisimo; Leo Gaje; Leo Giron; Mike Inay; Dan Inosanto (Inosanto Academy - Marina del Rey); John LaCoste; Ben Largusa; Percival Pableo; Remy Presas; Edgar Sulite; Teofilo Velez, and Floro Villabrille.