Phil. Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation eyeing grassroots development

By: John Carlo A. Villaruel June 28,2017 - 11:23 PM

Cebu City Councilor Jun Gabuya (second from left) with PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez, SGM Dionisio Cañete, GM Gerald Cañete and Doce Pares coaches lead the distribution of arnis sticks to the students of Abellana National School.
CDN PHOTO/John Carlo A. Villaruel

IN THE hopes of finding the next world champion, the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (PEKAF), in cooperation with the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC), is setting its sights on the grassroots level.

Yesterday, supreme grandmaster (SGM) Dionisio Cañete and grandmaster Gerald Cañete, together with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Ramon Fernandez and Cebu City Councilor Jun Gabuya, started its grassroots program when they distributed 200 arnis sticks to at least a hundred students from the Cebu City Central School and Abellana National School.

“We want to change the direction of training. We want to concentrate on the development and discipline of the kid,” said SGM Cañete, who is also planning to expand the program not only to the kids but also to the Physical Education (P.E.) teachers in Cebu this Saturday.

SGM Cañete revealed that the kids who will show immense potential will be given a chance to compete in international tournaments in Indonesia and Korea this September and possibly in the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) world championships in Hawaii next year.

“They have a chance at the world championship. PSC will sponsor our athletes. We will choose the best. We expect to send 150 eskrimadors in the world championships next year,” SGM Cañete added.

Aside from changing the direction of the sport, PEKAF will also set the new rules for the sport based on the program of Doce Pares, which is the only training program approved by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), in the hopes of uniting all the eskrimadors in the country.

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