- The Philippine National Arnis Team bagged a total of 24 gold medals from South Korea
- They also garnered 11 silver and three bronze medals in four tournaments
- They were also awarded as the “Most Popular Team” for being warm and friendly
Filipino martial artists dominated a martial arts festival in South Korea after bagging 38 medals; most of them gold.
The Philippine National Arnis Team brought home 24 gold, 11 silver, and three bronze medals from the recently concluded 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Festival in Chungju, South Korea.
According to the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation or PEKAF, the national team garnered the 38 medals after dominating various martial arts categories in four tournaments held during the world festival. These are the International Jang Sanaty Tournament, International Thang Ta Tournament, International Martial Arts Contest, and the Pre-SEA Games Arnis Goodwill Games.
The national team, which is also under the stewardship of PEKAF, was headed by its head coach Grand Master Richardson Gialogo. Aside from collecting medals after medals, the team also gained the “Most Popular Team Award” for being friendly and warm to their competitors, staff, and technical officials.
After the team asserted its mastery in the world stage, the nationals will again compete in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games, where 20 medal events will be contested in the Arnis competition, eight in combat live stick, eight in combat paddled stick, and four in anyo or form.
The competitions, according to the Philippine Sports Corner – Palakasan ATBP, are set on December 1 to 3 at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Arnis will be played for the third time in the SEA Games after it was introduced in 1991 SEA Games as a demo sport. It was then upgraded into a medal sport in 2005 SEA Games, which was hosted by the Philippines.