Filipino martial arts Arnis is declared as national martial arts. The President of Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed the law which declared arnis as the national martial art of Philippines. The newly signed law insists that Arnis should be the primary sport that is to be played in the annual national games. The Filipino martial arts Arnis is now taken as a part of the physical education by Education Departments. These acts help with the conservation of the Filipino martial arts Arnis as an integral part of the Filipino heritage.
Arnis is also know as kaliradman, garrote, Kali, kalirongan, Eskrima, didja and kabaraon. The extended name of Arnis is Arnis de Mano.
Arnis consists of many open handed fighting techniques and also short weapon techniques with kali sticks and knifes. Kali sticks are very famous on martial arts domain. Kali stick were brought to attention when it was played by martial art legend, Bruce lee , in the martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon.
Dan Inosanto, Roland Dantes, Remy Presas and Ernesto Presas are some of the famous arnis practitioners.