Historic World War II Film Footage of Filipino Martial Arts Training with Bolo Knives

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The following archival footage, recorded in 1943 during World War II, depicts the training of the Second Filipino Infantry Regiment with large bolo knives. It is one of the earlier, if not the earliest, film recording of the Filipino martial art of Arnis, or what some practitioners today refer to under the umbrella terms of Kali or Eskrima. Although the video could not be embedded here, one can view the high resolution clips in their entirety by clicking on the links below the images:

Above: Drilling with bolos Above: Drilling with bolos

Source: http://footage.framepool.com/en/shot/347139581-bataan-filipino-filippin-soldier-filippine-military

Above: More drills Above: More drills

Source: http://footage.framepool.com/en/shot/282829362-bataan-filipino-filippin-soldier-filippine-military Writer Antonio E. Somera gives the following information about the Second Regiment and its formation:

“During the outbreak of World War II many Filipinos volunteered for service. The outpouring was so creditable that orders were issued to activate the First Filipino Infantry Regiment in Salinas, Calif., effective July 13, 1942 and the…

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