PANG-ORAN SPORT BLENDS ARNIS AND KICKBOXING

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Attacker (in red) delivers a left temple strike using the cane while Punong Lakan Garitony Nicolas blocks.

Attacker (in red) delivers a left temple strike using the cane while Punong Lakan Garitony Nicolas blocks.

Pang-oran is a martial sport founded by Punong Lakan Garitony Nicolas that combines the elements of arnis and kickboxing. Nicolas said that the etymology of pang-oran is Ilocano and connotes striking or exchanging blows with a stick. Nicolas said that there are three levels of tournaments in sport pang-oran: amateur, professional-amateur and professional. Participants in the amateur level are required to wear prescribed body armor and gloves. The punches are restricted to body-level, which is not above the shoulder or below the belt. The empty hand hits are followed by stick strikes. In professional-amateur, the contestant can punch or kick to the face with follow-up strikes with the stick. In the professional level, sweeping and throwing were allowed in addition to the barehanded and stick strikes.

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Training in pang-oran, Nicolas attested, would benefit traditional arnis practitioners and even martial artists from other styles like tae kwon do, muay thai or boxing, “It will definitely bring their coordination, reflex and timing to new heights,” he said, continuing, “It will also develop their speed, distancing, parrying, trapping and checking.” He explained that fighting with the stick hand and the glove hand – two weapons of uneven length – is similar to traditional espada y daga or sword and dagger technique of arnis.

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