The Influence of Spanish Swordsmanship on Filipino Martial Arts

In December 11, 2009, Arnis, a Filipino fighting method was declared as national sports. Though widely practiced in various school competitions, there is more to Arnis than just games. Many students might view Arnis the same way as any other event, but the Arnis being taught in schools is actually a watered-down version. The original form of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) encompasses various weapons disciplines. Swords, clubs, knives, even empty hands (with grappling included) are part of its curriculum, though training methods might vary depending on styles or schools. Others might focus on sticks. Others are more blade oriented, while some has advanced level of empty hands training (in the cases of Yaw-yan and Sikaran).