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Cebu is getting a promotion boost as the World’s Arnis Capital after martial arts school, Doce Pares, forged a partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 7.

The Central Visayas island of Cebu, renowned worldwide as a popular travel destination for its natural beauty and tourist spots, will now also be promoted as a sports destination.

Supreme Grand Master (SGM) Dionisio “Diony” Canete of Doce Pares and DOT-7 Regional Director Shahlimar Tamano made the partnership official at the Awarding and Fellowship Dinner held at Hotel Fortuna on August 13.

The announcement of the partnership to promote Cebu as the World’s Arnis Capital was made in the recognition ceremony of the 19 Australians, led by Master Mark Toussaint, who underwent a 10-day training at Doce Pares Headquarters located at Sto. Niño Village, Barangay Banilad in Cebu City.

“This is a happy moment for us. When we started this partnership with Doce Pares, the idea really is to institutionalize Cebu as the arnis capital of the world,” Director Tamano said.

In the event, SGM Canete announced that more than 1,000 arnis fighter from 50 countries will participate in the upcoming 16th World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) Championships to be held in Cebu in 2020.

“We are moving towards another direction. Instead of me going abroad to conduct seminars, we are now asking them to come to Cebu if they want to learn the art of eskrima/arnis. In this manner, we can also promote the Philippines especially Cebu to other countries,” said SGM Canete on the opportunity of highlighting Cebu and promoting arnis even more.

“I had to cut short my European tour because of this training camp. We are supposed to be back by August 26, but because of this we had to cut short and promised them that I would be back in Europe before the end of the year. Next year all seminars and training camps will be done in Cebu. Many would want that, because we will be hosting the biggest ever world championship in July 2020,” SGM Canete added.

Mark Toussaint, the WEKAF country director and head of Doce Pares Australia admired how Doce Pares conducted the training which was part of their preparation for their qualifying tournament scheduled next year and described the Pinoy arnis as “the most comprehensive and the most complete form of martial art.”

“It practically covers all styles and all classes of martial arts,” said Mark Toussaint.

The Filipino indigenous martial art is fast gaining the world’s attention as it was featured in various media platforms such as in the upcoming Pinoy anime-styled series “Kamagong” which is based on the works of comics creator Carlo J. Caparas, and performed by Maisie Williams in the worldwide hit TV series Game of Thrones.

Filipino Pixar illustrator and animator Bobby Rubio had also incorporated the arnis in his latest comic book project called “Neighborhood Legend.” Arnis was also featured as the fighting technique of the TEKKEN character, Josie Rizal.

SEND cheers in the comments below for Doce Pares and the Department of Tourism for championing Cebu as the World’s Arnis Capital!

Cebu is getting a promotion boost as the World’s Arnis Capital after martial arts school, Doce Pares, forged a partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 7.

The Central Visayas island of Cebu, renowned worldwide as a popular travel destination for its natural beauty and tourist spots, will now also be promoted as a sports destination.

Supreme Grand Master (SGM) Dionisio “Diony” Canete of Doce Pares and DOT-7 Regional Director Shahlimar Tamano made the partnership official at the Awarding and Fellowship Dinner held at Hotel Fortuna on August 13.

The announcement of the partnership to promote Cebu as the World’s Arnis Capital was made in the recognition ceremony of the 19 Australians, led by Master Mark Toussaint, who underwent a 10-day training at Doce Pares Headquarters located at Sto. Niño Village, Barangay Banilad in Cebu City.

“This is a happy moment for us. When we started this partnership with Doce Pares, the idea really is to institutionalize Cebu as the arnis capital of the world,” Director Tamano said.

In the event, SGM Canete announced that more than 1,000 arnis fighter from 50 countries will participate in the upcoming 16th World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) Championships to be held in Cebu in 2020.

“We are moving towards another direction. Instead of me going abroad to conduct seminars, we are now asking them to come to Cebu if they want to learn the art of eskrima/arnis. In this manner, we can also promote the Philippines especially Cebu to other countries,” said SGM Canete on the opportunity of highlighting Cebu and promoting arnis even more.

“I had to cut short my European tour because of this training camp. We are supposed to be back by August 26, but because of this we had to cut short and promised them that I would be back in Europe before the end of the year. Next year all seminars and training camps will be done in Cebu. Many would want that, because we will be hosting the biggest ever world championship in July 2020,” SGM Canete added.

Mark Toussaint, the WEKAF country director and head of Doce Pares Australia admired how Doce Pares conducted the training which was part of their preparation for their qualifying tournament scheduled next year and described the Pinoy arnis as “the most comprehensive and the most complete form of martial art.”

“It practically covers all styles and all classes of martial arts,” said Mark Toussaint.

The Filipino indigenous martial art is fast gaining the world’s attention as it was featured in various media platforms such as in the upcoming Pinoy anime-styled series “Kamagong” which is based on the works of comics creator Carlo J. Caparas, and performed by Maisie Williams in the worldwide hit TV series Game of Thrones.

Filipino Pixar illustrator and animator Bobby Rubio had also incorporated the arnis in his latest comic book project called “Neighborhood Legend.” Arnis was also featured as the fighting technique of the TEKKEN character, Josie Rizal.

SEND cheers in the comments below for Doce Pares and the Department of Tourism for championing Cebu as the World’s Arnis Capital!

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/cebu-gets-tourism-boost-as-worlds-arnis-capital/ar-AAG0Je5?ocid=spartandhp

 

 

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lamoe

Philippine stick fighting

Have seen a few being carried on Jeepnys  - open and in cases - at first thought the cased ones were pool cues

A teacher  has used the area by our swinging pool for classes several times

We discussed pros / cons of Arnis vs dazzler flashlight equipped, collapsible metal baton

Concealment vs open deterrent, retention during usage, ease of carry, effectiveness at night, range, lethality, etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arnis_systems_and_practitioners

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Goetz1965

As I train Arnis myself I like that article, and sure Doce Pares has done a lot for Arnis in the whole world.
I just hope that doesn't mean prices will rise for non-philippinos...

But, I learn Balintawak Style in Abellana and 2 years ago was a big Arnis championship in J Centre Mall.
My Sensai showed that to me and I didn't recognize my Arnis at all. All I saw was 2 guys completely in protection (ok thats nessesary), 2 sticks and just smashing and hiting each other. But I didn't see any of the techniques I learned.
So I can tell - championship Arnis seems to something out of this world but has not much to do with self defense.
Just watch this, I even that is only 1 stick, I see only smashing but no technique at all: 



I like Arnis as it perfectly fits to the Karate I also train. Kicks, punches and blocks can be used too and fit to the movement.
Also, such a rattan stick is cheap (a pair is about 100php) and rattan is definitiv very strong and therefore can be used as a weapon to defend.

I harnt found any video that shows "rattan vs bolo" but I guess its possible to block at least the first hit with a bolo using a rattan stick, and that way if you have experience in Arnis, also get a chance on striking back.

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lamoe

You're right no skills at all it, put on suit have at it, looks like only "move" was at 1:04

 

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We had a similar event here in the Robinson's Mall, Dumaguete a few weeks ago.   Very, very little skill or techniques to be seen, just smashing at each other with a baton.  My personal background is Jujitsu (Traditional Japanese) and I saw many openings for throws or take-downs but sadly the competitors although very enthusiastic simply didn't have the skill's required to do so.  

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Strange video, they just pound where it works. It seems to me to do the same will not be a problem for anyone. Perhaps if they had clubs it would be more interesting :)

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