The History of Arnis dates back before the colonization of the Spaniards, during those periods it was called Kali and the techniques of the art is focused on bladed weapons fighting. Kali was widely practiced throughout the archipelago; both nobleman and commoners were enthusiast and practitioners of the said art. Also during those days Kali is being taught in a school like training grounds, which was called Bothoan along with military tactics, Alibata (Native Alphabet), and herbal medicines.
Nong Andrew you’ve done a great job in writing the history of arnis and the Balintawak Eskrima. You are really a good writer and martial arts instructor. Thank you very much not only for teaching me martial arts but for encouraging me to write poems. when you were chief editor of our school organ. More power to you and may God bless your APO balintawak Eskrima. I hope to meet you again sooner or later.