KINAMOTAY- PHILIPPINES

KINAMOTAY, PHILIPPINES

Also commonly pronounced as “Kinamutay” is a Southeast Asian martial art form known as Kinamotay. This “brutal” combat is said to have originated from Philippines in a province called Cebu. Apparently, this style of combat with relation to culture is commonly linked to the way Filipino women generally fight among each other. In addition, this combat form essentially is based on a principle that emphasizes “pain and control”. Furthermore, “biting” plays a major role in this martial art form.

a. History/origin of the Kinamotay:

According to the cultural history of the Philippines, the country suffered through many wars as a result of which the people realized that they need a form of combat to defend themselves. And so this extremely “brutal” style of combat known as “Kinamotay” which even involved the use of biting was developed as a tool of self defense.

b. Weapon used in the Kinamotay:

Since “grappling” techniques are used extensively the weapon mainly used in this form of combat are the “hands and legs” of the fighter.

c. Technique involved in the Kinamotay and training availability:

In terms of technique, a fighter basically uses “grappling” as we all as “manipulation of nerve pressure points” to overcome an opponent. In addition, this combat form also includes the use pf extremely brutal moves such as “biting” and “eye goughing”. Furthermore, areas of the body such as the nipple, face, neck, groin, and latissimus dorsi muscle are mainly targeted by the fighter during a bout of Kinamotay. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world for those interested in learning this “brutal” martial art form.

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