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Arnis is a Philippine martial art characterized by the use of “swinging and twirling movements, accompanied by striking, thrusting and parrying techniques for defense and offense”. Having been handed down from generation to generation for centuries, the discipline hones the skill, speed, accuracy, and agility of its practitioners. Arnis was developed by the indigenous populations of the Philippines, who used an assorted range of weaponry for combat and self-defense. Encompassing both simple impact and edged weapons, arnis traditionally involved rattan, swords, daggers, and spears. In 1521, Lapu Lapu and his Arnis warriors defeated Ferdinand Magellan’s Portuguese conquistador forces when they tried to invade. During the Spanish era(1565-1898), Spaniards outlawed the practise of martial arts, but the traditions of arnis were preserved in the forms of ritual dance, performance, and mock battles. In 2009, the Philippine government declared arnis as a national sport of the Philippines.
NAKBABUKA is a traditional martial art of a community called Banyala from the Luyia tribe, the western part of Kenya. This traditional martial art is performed in memory of a mythical beautiful lady called NAKHABUKA. Men wrestled with each other as women cheer them with songs and praise with drums and other instruments. The winner could take a girl because for a young man to marry a girl in this community, he must wrestle and win against his rival as girls always prefer being married by a strong man for protection.
Vovinam, Việt Võ Đạo
Vovinam was born and has evolved out of Vietnam's history of anticolonial resistance. Major techniques are focused on attacking the necks of fast cavalry soldiers and armored infantrymen, the invading forces. Vovinam was founded in 1938 by Nguyễn Lộc (1912 – 1960) with the intention of providing people an efficient technique of self-defense after a short period of study. The first school of Vovinam outside of Vietnam was established in Houston, Texas in 1976 by Vietnamese emigrants. By the year 2000, Vovinam schools had been established in various countries like Australia, Canada, Belgium, France, Spain, and so on.
Tahteeb, Tahtib “Stick Game”
Tahteeb was used as a form of martial arts in ancient Egypt. Its role has since changed to that of a festive game but some of the symbolism and values associated with the practice remain. The performance involves a brief, non-violent interchange between two adversaries, each wielding a long(1.3m) rattan stick while folk music plays in the background. The rules of the game are based on values such as mutual respect, friendship, courage, strength, chivalry, and pride.
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Kun Bokator is listed in the Seagames 2023 which will be held in Cambodia. To celebrate and inspire more support, Kun Bokator Federation and Ream Production produced a music video titled "Warriors" featuring Bokator martial arts and historical evidence carved on ancient temple's walls. ↓Watch videos on YouTube↓ >>Kun Bokator
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