The Philippines is one of an island nation rich in both culture and history

The Philippines is one of an island nation rich in both culture and history. When it comes to martial arts, there are several styles of fighting which are recognized all over the world. If Japan has karate and Korea has taekwondo, the Philippines also had its own martial arts sport that it could be proud of. It is called as the Filipino martial art of Arnis that has contributed to both the history and diversity of the Philippines. There are an abundance of styles and systems of Arnis that are taught throughout the world to this day.
A milestone in the fighting style was distinguished as Philippines’ own when former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9850, an act declaring Arnis as the National Martial Arts and Sports of the Philippines, last December 11, 2009. The Philippine government’s declaration of Arnis as the national sport has codified a clear martial culture.