Martial Arts: Filipino Martial Arts History

A pair of matching blades, the Espada y Daga are used in tandem so that the skilled fighter can control the duel at both longer and shorter distances. This two sword combination has its roots from the Spanish conquistadors, who with their swords and parrying daggers left the basis for this Filipino martial art. The term Espada y Daga (Sword and Dagger) are giveaway references to the Spanish origins of this fighting style. Filipinos adapted the Spanish two-blade fighting to their native sword designs, and emphasized hours of drill to master the two blades. They even incorporate arm locking and body takedowns to bring the fighter all options and advantages.

This Filipino-crafted Sword and Dagger pair have sharp blades of 5160/D2 high carbon steel tempered to HRC 58-60. The have simple brass guards and the grips are of carved wood with bands of decorative rattan. A two-in-one carved scabbard with decorative bands of rattan is included.

Within Filipino Martial Arts today, techniques using Sword and Dagger are still practiced as the carrying of knives and machetes in the Philippines are legalized.


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