BULTONG- PHILIPPINES

Belonging to a community called “Ifugao” is a Southeast Asian martial art form known as Bultong. This “traditional” combat form is said to have originated from within a province called “Ifugao” located in Philippines. Apparently, this martial art form is very frequently performed during festive occasions. Furthermore, this martial art form is further classified into a category called “belt wrestling”. In addition, in this form of combat a fighter/wrestler basically wears a traditional dress in the form of a “loin” cloth.

a. History/origin of Bultong:

In terms of the history/origin of the Bultong, there is no definite information available. Apparently, it is an ancient combat form that has existed in the Filipino culture for centuries.

b. Weapon used in the Bultong:

Since “grappling” technique is mostly used in the combat form the “hands and the legs” of the wrestler is the weapon used.

c. Technique used in the Bultong and training availability:

In terms of technique, a fighter basically aims to pin the upper back /shoulder area of the opponent on the ground to achieve victory. And so moves such as take “downs or pin downs” are mainly used in this martial art form. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world for this “traditional” martial art form.

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