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Doce Pares is the world's leading organization of the traditional Philippine martial art known as Eskrima or Arnis - stick fighting. Magellan's sword-wielding conquistadors fell to Maharaja Lapulapu who used Eskrima to defeat the Spanish at the battle of Mactan. Doce Pares traces its history to Lapulapu.

In the late 1920's, eskrima attained a high level of popularity in Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines (Cebu island is located in the center of the Philippine archipelago).

In 1932, the most renown eskrimadors, mainly from Cebu, founded Doce Pares as a society to promote the only original native martial art of the Philippines.
The name Doce Pares reflects the Spanish influence on the Philippines and signifies "Twelve Pairs," referring to the twelve basic strikes and twelve basic defenses of eskrima. Another explanation is that there are twelve original Masters of the Club.

The name Doce Pares reflects the Spanish influence on the Philippines and signifies "Twelve Pairs," referring to the twelve basic strikes and twelve basic defenses of eskrima. Another explanation is that there are twelve original Masters of the Club.

To date, none of them is alive. However , there are other several senior instructors or Grandmasters, who belonged to the second generation of Eskrimadors still living and are teaching their own interpretation or styles of Doce Pares Eskrima.

During World War II, Master Teodoro Saavedra, an active guerrilla, was captured and killed by the Japanese occupying forces.

Shortly after Teodoro's death, Master Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete, who was only 13 years old then when he co-founded Doce Pares in 1932 with his elder brothers, and who was a resistance fighter as well, emerged as Doce Pares' foremost fighter and innovator. In the early 1950's, eskrima techniques and tactics were analyzed, devised, modified and systematized by GM Cacoy Canete, based mostly on actual combat experience with other eskrimadors belonging to rival Eskrima Schools.

Frans Stroeven eith GM Cacoy Canete


Among his many contributions to the development of this martial art is Eskrido, a combination of Judo and eskrima techniques, as well as the most modern forms of eskrima-offense and eskrima-defense.
NARAPHIL (the National Arnis Association of the Philippines) conducted the First Open Arnis Tournament on March 24, 1979, in Cebu City and the First National Invitational Arnis Tournament on August 19, 1979, in Manila. In both tournaments, Doce Pares, emerged as Champion in the Masters Division and most of the other divisions.
       
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