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DOT7: FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS EVOLVING INTO A STRONG TOURISM PRODUCT


Team Out of City Weblog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – The Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) is quick turning into a robust tourism product with nice potential, the Division of Tourism – Central Visayas (DOT7) observes.

DOT7 prolonged its assist to the sixteenth World Championships of the World Eskrima, Kali, Arnis Federation (WEKAF) held on the Mandaue Metropolis Sports activities Complicated from July 16 – 21, 2022.

Filipino Martial Art
Filipino Martial Artwork

About 400 delegates from 10 international locations participated within the kinds and sparring competitions featured within the week-long gathering.

Gelena Asis-Dimpas, DOT7 Chief Tourism Operations Officer, says that Central Visayas “has gained unprecedented reputation because the hub of FMA.”

Cebu, specifically, Dimpas provides, boasts over 30 various FMA methods or kinds, probably the most quantity present in a single space. Practitioners and fanatics set up visits to the Philippines to be taught the quite a few configurations of FMA and numerous preventing kinds. In addition they take part in coaching camps and tournaments.

Arnis Filipino Martial Art
Arnis Filipino Martial Artwork
16th World Championships of the World Eskrima, Kali, Arnis Federation
sixteenth World Championships of the World Eskrima, Kali, Arnis Federation

Cebu is the birthplace of eskrima and WEKAF. WEKAF hosted the primary worldwide video games in Cebu Metropolis in 1989, the yr of its founding.

FMA consists of performance-based and aggressive methods utilizing palms, sticks, and bladed weapons. It traces its beginnings to the time when Filipinos developed methods of defending themselves from attackers utilizing simply their palms, sticks, or no matter materials was inside attain. Sticks, knives, and different supplies had been integrated into the routines as hand extensions. Over time, practitioners built-in science and tradition into the artwork, and numerous kinds have been found – hand-to-hand fight, stick-fighting, grappling, and disarming.

FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS event in Cebu
FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS occasion in Cebu

The variety of FMA methods – in routines, strategies, weaponry, and rituals – ensures that there’s all the time one thing new to find at every membership or group.

In partnership with the masters and grandmasters of various eskrima methods, the DOT7, by way of its Cultural Tourism Program, is creating FMA Heritage Trails to advertise appreciation each as sport and artwork kind. “FMA is an genuine Filipino product and is certainly a part of our nationwide heritage. It isn’t solely attention-grabbing each as artwork and sport; it’s one other means by which we share our id and forge friendships with the remainder of the world,” Dimpas said.

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