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LOVE ALL GAME SYTEMS.......oh yeah and game storys are better than the movie plot

With all due respect, you are incorrect.

The oldest of the terms is eskrima, a Tagalog word derived from the Spanish word esgrima, which means "fencing". 

Arnis is another Tagalog word, also derived from Spanish. The original Spanish term was arnes, which means "harness". It should be stressed that, in this case, "harness" specifically means "armor". The original term was arnes de mano (coined in 1853), which literally means "armor of the hands", and it refers to the Filipino warrior's ability to protect himself with his weapon, as if he had armor. This eventually became arnis de mano, and was ultimately shortened simply to arnis.

"Kali" is a term which is often claimed to be the "original" pre-Hispanic term for Filipino fighting arts, but the truth is that the earliest reference to "kali" comes only from 1957, from Placido Yambao's book on FMA. There has long been a sort of revisionist movement in certain FMA circles, that has attempted to replace the historically correct terminology with "kali". Many FMA styles even changed their names from eskrima and arnis to "kali". The entire "kali" myth is soundly debunked in the new book by Dr. Ned Nepangue and Celestino Macachor, entitled, Cebuano Eskrima--Beyond the Myth.

Actually, it depends on who you ask. The name Kali is hotly debated in the Filipino Martial Arts community today because of questions about it's lineage and origins. Before Kali became well known, only a few had ever heard of the name Kali, even most of the average Filipinos in the Philippines haven't heard about it. The Filipino arts had always been popularly known in the Philippines by the names "Arnis" or "Eskrima". The reason Kali became famous, was because Dan Inosanto an American with Filipino roots, who was already well known as Bruce Lee's student, featured his Filipino Martial Arts instructors and listed down some Filipino masters he had met in his book "The Filipino Martial Arts" back in the 80s, it featured some schools in the U.S. which called their art Kali, most of these schools claimed it originated from the Philippines and was the mother art of all the Filipino blade fighting arts. This was widely accepted by most until very recently when some practitioners made some research in the Philippines and claimed they could find no recorded historical proof to back up the claims that Kali was indeed what it's practitioners claim it to be. This opened a can of worms in the FMA community which led to online flaming wars and open challenges to duels over the internet between both camps. From what I understand, most of the critics do not mind the art being called Kali, what they are against is the claim that Kali was an ancient art practiced in the Philippines by their ancestors and was the root art from which all arnis and eskrima styles originated from, at least not without any proof that it really did exist during ancient times and is not just a product of marketing propaganda on the Kali practitioner's part. The critics argue that since most of the masters that taught this art and started calling it Kali were actually Filipino immigrants who migrated to the U.S. back in the 60s and 70s and started teaching it there, then they concluded that Kali originated in the U.S. since it was founded by Filipino immigrants who became U.S. citizens. This is probably why you heard what you did.

Spear has a slight advantage in a direct match up. Halberd is a swiss army knife weapon useful for a variety of different things. It's go a point of armor piercing, an axe for hacking, and a spear tip against mounted opponents and in formations. In this case, if both people are unarmored and on foot, the extra features of the halberd aren't going to be used and the halberd user is just going to use his halberd as a spear and the extra features cause the halberd to weigh more without giving it more attacking power. That said, the extra weight of a halberd is really only a slight disadvantage, but nonetheless a disadvantage.

The idea of sparring is to build speed, power, endurance and resistance. It also helps you find openings in your opponents that you wouldn't be able to see if you practiced slowly. Sparring is only a small part of Eskrima. We have techniques that can range from long distance fighting to close range combat with and without weapons. You should check it out if you are really interested.
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