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Interesting to note its not because of crime, it was the amount of accidents occurring in E.R rooms lol

In my case, I’ve always contested that my possession of a Balisong lies deep in my cultural roots.  It is a ancient cultural artefact a product of the technology and the values and habits of the Filipino. The relative informality of when my first Balisong was handed to me - a rites of passage - for instance, was a reflection of the importance of a pre-existing harmonious relationship with the traditional Filipino knife and the martial prowess it wielded for my family much as the Bolo sword did to many Filipinos in pre-Hispanic times. The average Filipino once thought himself hardly dressed without a Bolo or a Balisong, it was a integral part of a man (and women’s) daily wardrobe. I just think it’s a shame the gradual discarding of the Balisong (butterfly knife) especially in my homeland is being witnessed. It’s an honest work of art if you ask me.

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Round 2. Cooling down with some light Target Practice. The goal is to hit the opponent’s hand without being hit. The hand is a small moving object and is a great target for Training Accuracy.

The Majority-Christian Asian Nation (and some other interesting things about the Philippines)

Its been a while since I did a facts list…here we go:

  1. The Philippines has the highest rate of discovery of new animal species with 16 new species of mammals discovered just in the last 10 years.
  2. The world’s largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the “Pearl of Lao Tzu,” or “Pearl of Allah,” it is worth around US$40 million, and is believed to be 600 years old.
  3. The Philippines is the only country in the world whose flag is hoisted upside down when the country is at war.
  4. The yo-yo had its beginnings as an ancient Filipino studded hunting weapon attached to a 20-foot rope. 
  5. There are between 120 and 175 individual languages spoken in the Philippines, 171 of which are living while the other four no longer have any known speakers.
  6. Both University of Santo Tomas in Manila, founded in 1611, and the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, founded in 1595, are older than Harvard University (which was only founded in 1636)

Quick note: there are actually two majority-Christian nations in Asia, and both are in Oceania! One is the Philippines, and the other is East Timor.

What is Eskrima?

Eskrima is mostly a combination of native Filipino fighting techniques and old Spanish fencing.

The weapons-based Filipino martial art has many different names, including Eskrima, Escrima, Arnis and Kali. In English-speaking countries it is usually referred to as Eskrima, which comes from the Spanish word for ‘fencing’ (Esgrima).

While Eskrima has many empty-hand grappling and striking techniques, it is the best-known martial art for stick fighting. It also focuses very much on knife fighting and some sword fighting but most of the emphasis is on the use of Escrima sticks, which most beginners tend to use on their first lesson, making it a unique and exciting martial art to practice in addition to one’s MMA calibre.