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A RARE AND MOMENTOUS GATHERING OF FMA GRANDMASTERS IN THE SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES

A RARE AND MOMENTOUS GATHERING OF FMA GRANDMASTERS

IN THE SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES

 

Last March 22, 2011 (Tuesday) at 2:00 p.m., Tanada Room, the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture joint with the Senate Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports conducted a public hearing, inquiring on the status on the implementation of Republic Act No. 9850 (Arnis Law) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.  Among the Senators present during the Public Hearing were Senator Gregorio B.  Honasan II and Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri.  

 

The meeting was a rare opportunity for various FMA Grandmasters here in the Philippines to gather together in one roof and share their opinions and views on how to propagate the art of arnis in the country in one direction and focus. Said Public Hearing was attended by Chairman Ricardo Garcia of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Captain Ricardo F. Sarte -  President of the NARAPHIL, Master Hadji Tejada of the Department of Education - External Affairs, Grandmaster Efren Apresto – Founder of FAMAFF, Grandmaster Francisco Aycocho – Founder of Aycocho Martial Arts, Grandmaster Henry Burbano from Negros, Grandmaster Paulo Motita II – Chairman of IMAFP Sports Arnis, Grandmaster Rene Tongson of  Philippine Classical Arnis International, Grandmaster Benson Fernandez of Negros Occidental, Grandmaster Ibarra Lopez of Negros, Grandmaster Mike Vasquez of Tapado, Grandmaster Samuel “Bambit” Dulay of International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF), Grandmaster Jeremias Dela Cruz of Philippine Council Arnis – Arnis Cruzada Philippines, Deputy Grandmaster Patty Caballero of Lightning Scientific Arnis International (LSAI), Master Nico Palma – Secretary General of Lightning Scientific Arnis International (LSAI), Atty. Salvador Demaisip – President of International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF), Grandmaster Rodel Dagooc of Arnis Association  International, Inc. (AAII), Grandmaster Jun I. Matagay – 10th Degree Redbelt Founder of Arku-Tai-Pa International, Master Ryan Gialogo of Kali Arnis Martial Arts Organization (KAMAO) and countless other arnisadors/escrimadors who came all the way from the provinces just to attend the Public Hearing.              

 

Among the salient points and issues discussed during the Public Hearing were the following:

 

  • There was a proposal to conduct an election of new officers of the National Sports Association (NSA) in Arnis in the Philippines. It was raised during the hearing the National Sports Association (NSA) in Arnis in the country needs new fresh blood and new sets of officers. The issue on transparency and accountability in the utilization and disbursement of the funds of the National Sports Association (NSA) in Arnis was raised during the hearing. Senator Zubiri stated that there is a need to make the NSA in Arnis trustworthy, transparent and credible.      

 

  • There was a proposal during the hearing to create a Technical Committee to formulate a standardized rules in the conduct of tournaments in the country and in international tournaments. Additionally, the issue on holding a standardized seminar to properly train and educate the officiating judges and referees in international tournaments was discussed during the hearing. One Grandmaster also raised the issue on the need to specifically define and standardized the Rules for Competitive Sporting Tournaments, and the Rules on Impact and Bladed Weapons.      

 

  • On the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9850 (Arnis Law), Chairman Ricardo Garcia of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) gave his firm commitment, together with the representative of the Department of Education (DepEd), that they will expedite the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) in order to effectively implement the mandate as envisioned in Arnis Law. The Senate will also form a Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of technical staff and consultants in the art of arnis in order to assist the Philippine Sports Commission and the Department of Education in expediting the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the Arnis Law.     

 

  • Senator Zubiri pointed out that there is a need to create and establish a One Unified National Organization of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) that will compose the membership of all the kali/arnis/escrima styles in the country, a unified organization where all kali styles are welcome and included. Senator Zubiri added that the time has come for the country to unite all the arnis/kali/escrima groups into one roof where everyone is welcome and accepted as brothers and sisters in one family, and that no one particular style is marginalized or alienated.

 

  • One Grandmaster pointed out that the proposed Unified National Organization of Arnis should focuss on the three (3) key areas in the propagation of arnis, namely: (1) The Education Component of Arnis, which includes teaching the schoolchildren in the art of kali, its history and cultural heritage, (2) The Sports Component of Arnis, which focus on tournaments and events, (3) The Martial Arts Component of Arnis, which focus on the combative and deadly art of kali.      

        

  • There was also a proposal by one grandmaster to create and establish a National Institute of Arnis to be funded by the government. Said Institution will provide the curriculum and gather all the masters in the art kali to standardize the teaching of arnis/kali/escrima to students, and even to trainors and instructors (trainors’ training). The National institute of Arnis is envisioned to standardized the training of trainors, referees and officiating judges in arnis tournaments.

 

  • The public hearing was indeed a momentous and pivotal event because seldom can we gather as many grandmasters in art of Arnis/Kali/Escrima in one roof in order to discuss a common agenda to promote and propagate the art of arnis/kali/escrima, not only in the country but in the international arena. There was plenty of picture taking, socializing, and exchanging of calling cards and cellphone numbers after the hearing and the people who attended the hearing went home with a sense of pride in their hearts that, at last, our key leaders in the country is giving priority and importance in our indigenous art called “Arnis/Kali/Escrima”.    

 

MABUHAY KAYONG LAHAT!!!

NG LAHAT!!!

 

Jessie R. Rocales

Senate of the Philippines

 

 

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A momentous occasion indeed, I am so happy to see this dream come to reality.

Brian,

 

Indeed, we were so happy because it was a moment wherein various grandmasters set aside their differences and discussed an agenda towards a common goal... We had a lot of picture takings and kainan (snacks) afterwards...

 

Jessie

Great news!

Excellent!
good news for all FMA practitoners, this will eliminate attiude like "my style is better than yours"
Unity may exist but I doubt that the attitude of what style is better will be eliminated. There are many examples out there where instructors in the same style can not get along. This is not just a FMA thing it is a basic part of human nature.

Yes sir, at least we are now seeing signs that the communication lines are open and people are not seeing the bigger picture...

 

Jessie

I am exposed to the general education college adminstrative practices and without a form of council and unity the system becomes an ego driven "busines". News as these talks of uniformity within the systems is good and shows as a resposible form of organizing a wide range of knowledge. Such conformity reflects on the desire for the heads of the different styles and organizations to project for the future of the arts.
We have here a situation wherein various Grandmasters of different systems of arnis/kali/escrima in the Philippines gathered together in one roof and seriously discussing the various issues and aspects that affects the mainstreaming and propagation of the art of arnis/kali/escrima. What is significant and pivotal in this discussion is that this high level gathering is spearheaded by two (2) Senators of the Republic of the Philippines and strongly supported by the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture and Senate Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports. No less than the Chairman of the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) gave his firm commitment to support this cause. All the Grandmasters were given enoung time to express their views and opinions and there was a high level of civility and respect towards one another. Indeed, we see some developments and that for me is a great.

Great news for all FMA practitioners!!! It's nice if they included the FMA in Physical Education curriculum in highschool and college. I remember when I was in college there was an arnis lesson in my university but not really included in our course curriculum,you have to pay extra for the lesson.It's really beautiful to see that all Filipino students are learning their own martial art style in every school and university in the Philippines. :)

Great news that all are working towards a common goal.

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