Filipino martial arts refers to fighting methods created in the Philippines. The intrinsic need for self-preservation was the genesis of these systems. Throughout the ages, invaders imposed new dynamics for human conflict and combat in the islands now making up the Philippines. The Filipino people developed battle skills as a direct result of an appreciation of their ever-changing circumstances. They learned often out of necessity how to prioritize, allocate and utilize common resources in combative situations. Filipinos have been heavily influenced by the phenomenon of cultural and linguistic mixture. Some of the specific mechanisms responsible for cultural and martial change extended from phenomena such as war, political and social systems, technology and trade.
Filipino martial arts have seen an increase in prominence due to several Hollywood movies and the teachings of modern masters such as Venancio "Anciong" Bacon, Dan Inosanto, Teddy Buot, Sam Buot, Bobby Taboada, Cacoy Canete, Leo Gaje, Mike Inay, Ernesto Presas and Angel Cabales.... cont.