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International martial arts experts to hold training camp in Cebu

International martial arts experts to hold training camp in Cebu

By Minerva Newman

CEBU CITY— Some 40 martial arts grand masters from various countries are here for the 10th Russian House in the Philippines International Martial Arts Camp.

Some 40 martial arts grand masters from various countries in the world are here in Cebu for the 10th Russian House in the Philippines International Martial Arts Camp. (Minerva Newman)

In coordination with the Philippines Eskrima, Kali, Arnis Federation (PEKAF), Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) and Silat Camp of Maul Morni-Brunei, these top martial arts instructors and students are going to spend the next 14-days here for a special training camp on the Filipino martial arts of Eskrima, Kali, Arnis, and Silat, a Brunei traditional martial arts.

Alexander Pisarkin, a Russian martial arts grand master, started the Russian House in the Philippines Camp in 2011 in Cebu with five of his Russian students, incorporating Eskrima, Arnis and other forms of traditional martial arts into their movements.

Pisarkin told Manila Bulletin that not only that he loved Arnis and Eskrima as a great sports, he liked the Filipino martial artists because “they are great personalities with great sports.”

Through the years, from 2014 to date, more of his friends in the martial arts community in various countries in the world joined Pisarkin in this yearly camp in the Philippines expanding and introducing more indigenous martial arts movements.

Pisarkin said they were introducing the traditional martial arts of Brunei called the “Silat” in this year’s Camp because most of the movements are similar to Arnis/Eskrima.

Silat is another martial arts style indigenous in Brunei Indonesia and Southern Philippines, explained Grand Master and main instructor for Silat, Maul Mornie.

Mornie said Silat has similar foot and hand movements with Arnis/Eskrima because Silat had roots connection to most Filipino martial arts, Brunei and Indonesia being close to the Southern Philippines.

Felix Cortes, a Puerto Rican martial grand master and Camp co-founder told Manila Bulletin that the Camp usually adapts the Filipino culture of salutations, specifically the “Mano Po” and other of your traditions,

Cortes said this year’s camp are held in Cebu, Bohol, Bantayan and Camotes Islands. The Camp has been to many places in the country such as in Palawan, Coron, Hundred Islands and in many parts of Luzon and Mindanao.

Rene Tongson, PEKAF secretary general said that Arnis/Eskrima or Kali has become a national and physical fitness sports and now part of the SEA Games.

“We have an Arnis national team and DepEd has adopted Arnis as a sporting event in the Palarong Pambansa,” Tongson said.

Tongson added that Arnis, Eskrima or Kali has now been adopted by the Department of Tourism (DOT-7) here as a new tourism product to market for the Philippines. “We are finalizing the details of the project,” he said.

DOT-7 and the City of Cebu hosted a gala night gathering at the historic Fort San Pedro, Tuesday evening to welcome them here.

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