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An interesting document found HERE, that outlines the
  requirements and certifications of a fencing master from the Philippines tested in Mexico City in 1730.  Some things to think about, in no particular order:

 a) Interesting that the practical exam included single sword, sword and dagger, sword and shield, halberd, and pike.  The halberd and pike were largely used for ceremonial purposes even at that time, but the first three contain movement patterns that are still valuable with modern weapon systems.  
 
b) The movement and universality of weapons training systems.  Here’s a system that was based in Spain, travelled to the Philippines, then to Mexico City, and from there, who knows?  We know that there were fencing schools in 19th Century New Orleans, with both French and Spanish influence (no surprise given the history).  Not unlikely that some practitioners came up from Mexico as well.  So now you have systems that came to the Gulf Coast from both the East and the West.  How much did this influence the development and use of the Bowie platform?  

c) Interesting that the master is classified as “trigueno” or of mixed race.  The document mentions the possibilities of transmission of Spanish martial concepts to the Filipinos, but I also wonder about transmission of indigenous concepts the other direction as well?  
 
Disclaimer - Of course this document was found on the Internet, and since the Internet is often populated with complete crap, it’s possible that it’s not historically accurate. 
But the base site (
www.hroarr.com) seems pretty credible.





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