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« on: August 04, 2004, 04:19:51 PM »

Woof All:

I found this surprising.  Any comments?  

Crafty Dog.

Filipino coach of U.S. arnis team says R.P. needs more tourneys

A Filipino was the man responsible for the U.S. team's emergence as overall champion in the recent eighth World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (Wekaf) World Championships held in Cebu City.

Bong Jornales, a globe-trotting practitioner of the art of stick fighting or arnis, trained and coached the Americans, who beat the Philippines by a mile for the world title in the sport that is supposed to be the Filipinos' forte.

A day before leaving for Michigan, where he is currently based, the 55-year old Jornales stressed at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Manila Pavilion Tuesday the need for more arnis competitions in the country.

"It's rather sad that hardly are there any Filipino arnis tournaments here when, in fact, it's us who are the ones who started it," he said at the program sponsored by Agfa Colors, Red Bull and Pagcor.

"Stick fighting is now popular in the US and other countries. And the Americans and Europeans are already specializing in it."

Jornales said arnis gained prominence in the 1970s when a master, Danny Inosanto, appeared in the Bruce Lee film Game of Death. Inosanto dueled the late martial-arts star in the movie.

He also noted that Filipinos used to reign as world champions in 1998 and 2000.

Jornales, who had been to Sweden, Denmark, Brazil and other Southern American countries propagating stick fighting, said it's not too late for Filipinos to renew their interest in arnis. All they need is more exposure to the sport, both here and abroad.

"I know na maraming magagaling na players dito, kaya kailangan lang talaga is more exposure para tuluy-tuloy ang interest ng mga Filipino," said Jornales, a father to two grown-up boys and husband to a member of the U.S. team.

The country's hosting of the wekaf event is a positive development toward attaining that goal.

"Siguro magandang simula 'yun [wekaf hosting]. Hopefully, arnis officials could pick up from there," he added.
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2004, 04:53:47 PM »

wekaf requires sport specific training, and in sport cultures like ours, i can see US players doing well. i don't think a sport tournament reflects in any way on the martial skills of stick practitioners in the philippines.

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2004, 07:00:55 PM »

Hey There,

Filipinos are plenty good at sports. They have just as sports minded a culture as we do here in the US. There's a big love for basketball over there especially. In combative sports they field large teams for Karate, TKD, Judo, Wrestling, and Boxing. Surprisingly though, they don't field very large Arnis teams.

I don't think Bong was getting down on the skill of practitioners over there. He was lamenting that there is a dearth of tournaments in the Philippines as compared to Europe and the US. The result is basically that there were more Americans and Europeans competing than there were Filipinos at the 2004 WEKAF World Championships. This made a significant impact in the proportion of "Home Team" champions. He's right about the FMA needing a little lift in exposure in its homeland.

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2004, 01:03:16 AM »

I remember hearing the story of Magellan trying to take over the Philippines and where he came in the locals were doing their daily fishing (excuse my version I am sure it is not 100% accurate but this is what I remember).  They killed Magellan along with his entire crew and after they of all thing went back to, fishing.  I think that little tale might say something about the art, maybe it was viewed as something that was done then and isn?t now.  Kind of like old shoot outs in the old west.


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