Vicente: The FMA blade

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By Jayson Vicente

The Path

Thursday, August 14, 2014


WE ALL know that the origin of the famous art of arnis came from blades, or do we? Blades meaning swords, knives and weapons that bares sharp edge that could cut, but how did the stick came around?

The sticks used in Arnis are replicas of the real bladed weapons the art used to hide because use of any weapons that threatens revolt are all banned from use or practice during the Spanish era.

In today’ setting, the stick is said to represent the blade in a way that it is safe to play and develop skills without getting cut.

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However, debates on its similarity are in question and the limits of the blade movement are expounded by the stick which is more flexible.

Although there is a similarity between the two, the big difference between the blade and the stick is the issue of distance but even with the same length, the stick is more effective than the bladed bolo.

For example, the most damage the bladed bolo could induce is when its majority length touches the target and the sticks advantage is its first 6 inches.

The idea being brought out in this article is a comparison between the two weapons.

Majority accepts that sticks where the replicas of the bladed weapon. It was often used because it is rounded unlike the blade where one worries on how to strike depending on the positioning of the sharp edge.

However, others claim the stick came before the blade which is a conservative version of the stick used in arnis.

Both ideas maybe correct but both weapons have emerged often used in the sport.

Although it may not be clear whether who comes first, the answer would only constitute to one great reality, the art of FMA is one diverse art which may very well be the most complete, complex, practical and effective.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 15, 2014.

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