Then, trying to lay hand on sword, he could draw it out but halfway, because he had been wounded in the arm with a bamboo spear.When the natives saw that, they all hurled themselves upon him.Practitioners of the arts are called arnisador (male, plural arnisadores) and arnisadora (female, plural arnisadoras) for those who call theirs arnis, eskrimador (male, plural eskrimadores) or eskrimadora (female, plural eskrimadoras) for those who call their art eskrima, and kalista or mangangali for those who practice kali.
An Indian hurled a bamboo spear into the captain's face, but the latter immediately killed him with his lance, which he left in the Indian's body.
The earliest written records of Filipino culture and life, including martial arts, comes from the first Spanish explorers.
Some early expeditions fought native tribesmen armed with sticks and knives.
While the same can be said of many martial arts, this is especially true for Arnis because almost all of its history is anecdotal, oral or promotional.
The origin of Arnis can be traced back to native fighting techniques during conflicts among the various Prehispanic Filipino tribes or kingdoms, though the current form has Spanish influence from old fencing which originated in Spain in the 15th century.