FilAm History Fest 2023 to celebrate eskrima in honor of Filipino American History Month
In honor of Filipino American History Month, an exciting opportunity awaits those interested in delving into the world of Filipino martial arts.
The FilAm History Fest 2023: Hawaii Masters of Eskrima III is set to take place on Sept. 30, Saturday at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu. This free festival promises a day filled with cultural enrichment, martial arts exploration, and a celebration of Filipino heritage.
Eskrima, also known as arnis or kali, is a traditional Filipino martial art that encompasses a wide range of techniques involving sticks, knives, and bare hands. It holds a special place in Filipino history and culture, making it a fascinating subject for anyone interested in martial arts and heritage.
One of the highlights of the FilAm HistoryFest will be the spotlight on four renowned schools of eskrima—the General Ablen School of Derobio Escrima, Hawaii Filipino Martial Arts School, Tobosa School of Kali-Escrima, and Hawaii Defense Academy. Each school boasts its own unique history, style, and approach to the martial art.
During the event, attendees will have the privilege of delving into the captivating history of each school. Witnessing demonstrations of their distinctive eskrima styles promises to be a visual delight.
But the experience doesn’t stop there; participants can also take part in free workshops, where they can learn and practice eskrima first hand under the guidance of skilled instructors.
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The FilAm HistoryFest of Eskrima III is a collaborative effort between the Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii and the FilCom Center. This event is about more than just martial arts; it’s a celebration of Filipino culture and heritage.
While attendees immerse themselves in the world of Eskrima, they can also indulge in the flavors of Filipino cuisine. Lunch will be available for purchase at the center.