It seems to be difficult to say what the exact origins were, but there is a rich history of MA in SE Asia that goes back as long as most other countries in East Asia, including Japan and Korea.
Certainly from what I have seen, Silat is unlike anything from Japan or Korea!!! Although I believe some Silat Systems may come from the Phillipines, most systems seem to be Indonesian/Malaysian.
There are many theories about Escrima. A common theory is that modern escrima may have come from a fusion of traditional indigenous fighting arts and Spanish Sword fighting systems.
Edited by Prizewriter (02/11/10 04:28 PM)
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