Arnis Cup opens today at Salvador Benedicto

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Friday, February 7, 2014


THE 1st Salvador Benedicto Arnis Championships dubbed 1st Mayor Joemax Ortiz Cup reels off today at 9 a.m. at the municipality multi-purpose gym.

The event is held in connection with the town's 31st Founding Anniversary and 24th Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival which features a martial heritage of indigenous Filipino art of self-protection known as "kali" to foreigners.

Since the town’s creation in 1983, the arnis/eskrima or ‘kali’ was popular and Ortiz wanted to highlight this cultural heritage which earned fame for the "summer capital of Negros."

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Tournament rules is of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (Iffmas) Inc. Arnis Competition Rules, which is based on one of the traditional systems of playing arnis/eskrima in the old days in Negros Occidental where one player is inside a circle and defends and the other outside and attacks.

World Kali Eskrima Arnis Federation (Wekaf) regulation protective gear will be used and weapons will be padded sticks.

At least nine Filipino martial arts organizations are expected to participate in in the sparring competition in both the adult and children's divisions.

The tournament is presented by the Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) of Founder/Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo and the Siason Arnic Club of Founder/Grandmaster Jun Siason for the Office of the Mayor, and the Department of Tourism under Lloyd Carator.

The competition is sanctioned by the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) Inc. under its founder Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, and president Estanislao T. Guarra. (With reports from James U. Sy Jr.)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 07, 2014.

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