Documentary traces beginnings of arnis

Posted at Dec 27 2012 12:43 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2012 08:43 PM

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It's been nearly three years since the signing of a law formally recognizing arnis as the national martial art and sport of the Philippines.

Today, it's not only recognized as a training tool for the military and police. It has also been getting a push from Hollywood. Indeed, Filipino martial arts or FMA has become a global phenomenon.

In hopes of preserving the legacy of arnis and Filipino martial arts, an advocate has put together "The Bladed Hand", a documentary film that traces the beginnings of arnis.

Producer, director, cameraman and editor Jay Ignacio tells more about the documentary in this video.

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