ARNIS, a national sport soon

Roxas City – Since 2005, Arnis has been part of the Palarong Pambansa, the biggest and the grandest sporting event in the country. However, it was only part of the demo-events during the 2005-2006 Palaro in Naga City and was finally included as one of the sporting events during the 2007 Palaro in Koronadal, South Cotabato, a DepEd report said. 

      In history books, the use of Arnis is said to be deadly as that of the bladed weapons if one fully discover its potential, however, like any other sports, Arnis builds self-confidence, self-discipline and respect, promotes a sense of nationalism, stressed Raymond Velayo, president of Arnis (ARPI), who is pushing a bill to make Arnis as a national sport.  

      Education Task Force Head for School Sports Feliciano Toledo said that the Department of Education (DepEd) supported Senate Bill 1424 which aims to make Arnis, a local form of martial arts that uses sticks as weapons, A national sport. The bill is supported by Senator Miguel Zubiri. “Although Arnis has a history of warfare, we will change that perspective by transforming this into a physical activity that will urge humans to connect and play,” Toledo said. “There has to be a national sport… and Arnis should be it because it is part of our history,” he added. 

      Velayo lamented continuing misconception about other sports including Sepak Takraw as a Filipino sport. “Sepak Takraw is not a Filipino word. It is a mixed of Thai and Malay, and yet it is being promoted as ours”. He said the declaration of Arnis as a national sport will allow the country to impart the Filipino culture to countries where Arnis is yet to be introduced as a sport. 

      “Arnis has been part of the South East Asia (SEA) games and is also practiced in Japan and Korea. But we are yet to make aware countries especially those outside Asia that there is arnis and it is ours,” Velayo added. 

      There is high optimism that the bill, including a similar version from Senator Lito Lapid, makes it to a third reading in the Senate and also gets encouraging attention in the Lower House until Arnis becomes as a national sport. 

by: Adam Jesus Bering (Sports Coordinator-FCC)

Arnis Grandmaster Benjamin Luna-LemaLightning Scientific Arnis International was founded in 1937 in Mambusao, Capiz, Philippines by Grandmaster Benjamin Luna-Lema and 20 other members. Their objective was to systematize the arnis-kali systems handed to them by their clans who kept these family styles for protective purposes.

They also searched for other arnis resources like respected elders Mauro Buhat (Panay) and Jose Fernandez (Roxas) who added to their knowledge. Their integrated family styles and added knowledge were called Lightning Scientific Arnis.

Engkwentro Binaston

Pag-ulikid Sa Hinampang Pakusog sang Capiz

May 18, 2008

Capiz Gym, Villareal Stadium, Roxas City

Sponsored by: Lightning Scientific Arnis International and

Arnis Philippines Inc.


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2 responses to “ARNIS, a national sport soon

  1. Pingback: - Tickets All Good » Blog Archive » ARNIS, a national sport soon « Captivating Capiz - Roxas City …

  2. Arnis is one good sporting discipline where Filipinos can excel in international competitions.
    Capiz is one proud province where arnis is played by heart by Capizeños.

    The provincial government should support a program for this sport where we can develop players who might be a cinch for gold medals in international tournaments.

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