History of Filipino Martial Arts
History & Concept
A History Of Integrity
Philippine Ancient Warriors. A Symbol Of Pride & Integrity.
The Punite Fighting Arts Are Made With The Same Commitment To Perfection, Producing A Quality Fighters, Teachers And Martial Artists.
Defined in the native Waray(Samar) dialect of the Philippines, as a means of winning a fight by cutting, tearing, or breaking your opponent.
Filipino Martial Arts refers to ancient and newer fighting methods devised in the Philippines, the most popular of which are known as Arnis/Eskrima/Kali. The intrinsic need for self-preservation was the genesis of these systems. Throughout the ages, invaders and evolving local conflict imposed new dynamics for combat in the islands now making up the Philippines. The Filipino people developed battle skills as a direct result of an appreciation of their ever-changing circumstances. They learned often out of necessity how to prioritize, allocate and utilize common resources in combative situations. Filipinos have been heavily influenced by a phenomenon of cultural and linguistic mixture. Some of the specific mechanisms responsible for cultural and martial change extended from phenomena such as war, political and social systems, technology, trade and of course, simple practicality.
Filipino martial arts have seen an increase in prominence due to several Hollywood movies and the teachings of modern masters such as Venancio “Anciong” Bacon, Dan Inosanto, Cacoy Canete, Mike Inay, Remy Presas and Ernesto Presas.
From: The Son of Samar Waray Warrior, d'Smilin'Assassin - GM Oliver Formaran Garduce
Principles & Theory
Some of the most important principles and theories presented here are at the foundation of the way of punite. These are based on the teachings add philosophies of Sir Kikoy Garduce.
A good teacher will impart the principles of punite to the student, and they will then be able to learn punite the way it is meant to be. In other word, the punite becomes the instructor.
The instructor teaches the student how to learn the techniques event if the way this is presented is easy to follow; it is based on a series of profound principles. It is must be remembered, however that although the techniques used by the instructor are based on the principles. They will be tribute with individuals’ personality, like adding flesh to a skeleton.
The famous priest in samara called padre trepan on of Sir Kikoy urge said: “don’t look at what your professors left behind. Look for what they were looking for”. The student or disciple must avoid duplicating their teacher. On the contrary, the student must look at the way their teacher is looking, and how they have traveled that way so far. The techniques that the teacher has are his own answers to the question faced along the way they have been developed through the teacher’s personal experiences. Trials and tribulations. The student must look to the teacher for clues on how to proceed. This is what walking the same way means. Not simply replacing the teacher. The teacher instructs the student on how to master the techniques. The student uses this to find his or her own answers.
Basis & Highlights
Punite is unique when compared to other’s forms of Philippine martial arts in that it is taught and practiced to be a free formed style of martial arts, the movements, counter and fighting techniques of the style are based on the connections not patterned. That you can apply be everything. That you can select what ever you want.
Many Philippine martial arts teach patterned thoughts as the method to respond to an attack is used only during to teach how to do. If that attacker does this, you do that, is often the may practiced over and over the we called patterned. The punite practitioner however, does not respond to an attack w/ a single prescribed or predetermined technique. The punite practitioner always a counter attack as a respond to an infinite number of possibilities. In any combat on counter the interactions are unpredictable, complex and varied instantaneously. Punite looks upon the response movements or techniques are based more on the dynamic of the situation and combined??? What the practitioner sounds. At given moment or purpose.
Among many other Filipino martial art styles that Oliver Formaran Garduce has learned. He reloaded and formally opened the legendary fighting arts prom samara.
Punite Philippines in year 2001
Punite originated in the samar, island Philippine Oliver Formaran Garduce was born there and learned the basic techniques of the style from his grand father his grand father, Santiago Garduce, a famous teacher was one of the practitioners of the style of Filipino martial arts. These teachings, from many years go; sparked for Oliver Formaran Garduce’s life long is the heritage that is the Philippine martial arts.
Oliver Formaran Garduce continues to develop Punite, Philippine martial arts. He has worked hard to perpetuate the martial heritage of the Philippines. And he has established himself as a consummate instructor, competitor, coach, promote and official.
Oliver Formaran Garduce today as is the past furthers his quest for the Philippine martial arts, kills, by practicing, developing thoughts his college is Filipino martial arts thoughts as the Philippines.
Waray Warrior Dance
Arnis was widely practiced among the natives of Samar before the coming of the Spaniards. Out of the movement of arnis they evolved the eskrima, a martial arts which does away with the wooden sticks used in arnis and instead utilizes bladed weapons, such as bolo or sundang ( a longer bolo but not really a sword) or kris. Contemporary usage tends to identify the eskrima as fencing, but this is a very rough approximation of the meaning of the term. Eskrima has several movements. It is not confined to thrust and parry. Among the ancient Waray eskrimas demanded also the use of the shields.
With the coming of the Spaniards, the practice of these martial arts declined, although some old folks in Samar can still execute the eskrima very well. The reason for the decline of the practice may be the inapplicability of bladed weapons of sticks as weapons of defense against guns and cannons. The use of gunpowder, no doubt, rendered wood or bladed weapons obsolete. Consequently, the martial arts associated with these materials also became obsolescent.
Of course, the Waray did not completely do away with the use of bladed weapons. In the recorded rebellions they waged against the Spaniards their weapons usually consisted of bolos and sharpened sticks, but these were used for ambush or fast attacks.
Having no more validity of battle, the eskrima and arnis became tolerated as art. The complicated movements of these martial arts as they are executed now may have been additions as they began more to approximate the dance and became a mere spectacle.
The sinulog is essentially a warrior dance. Its main appeal is spectacle-the duel to the death between warriors. Its conception of the fight is formal, starting with simple measures and developing into the complex. The rhythm of the movements increases as the fight nears a climax. The warriors use kris or sundang and wooden shields. The duel is executed as a kind of dance; movements are repeated and then develop towards a climax and finale-like movements is a sonata or ballet.
Punite is unique when compared to the other forms of Philippine Martial Arts. It is taught and practiced to be a free form style of martial arts, the movements, counter and fighting techniques of the style are based on the connections that are not patterned that you can simply apply to everything with the use of either weapons or bare hands.