FMA Circle of Negros Island, Philippines FMA Circle of Negros Island, Philippines

Sunday, October 02, 2005


Based on an article published in the February 21, 2005 issue of Sun Star Bacolod.

The indigenous Bacoleño art of Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis burst into the national and international limelight with the release of the Vol. 9 No. 3 issue of Rapid Journal in the market in early April 2005.

Rapid Journal publisher/editor-in-chief Daniel Go included a feature article on the art in the journal's first quarter issue for the year, entitled, "The Renaissance of Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis," which traces the roots of the system and presents its development up to the present time."

The Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system, systematized sometime in 2002, is the oldest styles/system of arnis in Bacolod City in the modern times with verifiable roots, having been founded in 1932 by the late Great Grandmaster Jose "Joe" Viñas (1906-1991), the same year Doce Pares was founded in Cebu. The art is now headed by his son, Headmaster Wilson "Nonong" E. Viñas.

The article was written by James U. Sy Jr., a student of Headmaster Viñas and a renowned researcher and writer of the various martial arts with specialization in the Negrense styles of Filipino martial arts.

Rapid Journal is the only martial arts resource in the Philippines since 1996 with feature articles on Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, and occasionally, Japanese and Korean martial arts. Published quarterly it had already reached foreign shores like the US, Australia, and Finland.

Parties interested to obtain a copy may contact Mr. Go at 09164258340. check oout for information for the latest issues.


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