Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Escrima part 4
The arts had no traditional belting or grading systems as they were taught informally. In fact, it was said that to proclaim a student a "master" was considered ridiculous and a virtual death warrant as the individual would become challenged left and right to potentially lethal duels by other eskrimadors looking to make names for themselves. Belt ranking was a recent addition adopted from Japanese arts such as Karate and Judo which had become more popular with Filipinos. They were added in order to give structure to the systems and to be able to compete in attention for students as the Filipino martial arts were at the brink of extinction via obscurity with the general populace by the mid to late 20th century due to urbanization and modernization.
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