HISTORY OF PAKAMUT
The first ever documented history of the Pilipino Fighting Art called Pakamut was the first encounter between the native warriors of Maktan island lead by Datu Lapu-lapu against Ferdinand Magellan the famous circumnavigator of the world that happened on April 27, 1521 in the shore of Maktan island province of Cebu. During the encounter the local warriors armed only with the skills of the native fighting art armed with fire hardened sticks, bamboo lances and few steel blades fought against Spanish warriors armed with finest sword steel, steel body armor, cannon and muskets. Despite of the well equipped soldiers their skills were no match to the native warriors. Few of Ferdinand Magellan’s men made it back to Spain leaving their leader in the Shore of Maktan Island.
After half of the century on 1565 the Spaniards come back again lead by Miguel Lopes de Legaspi with more fire power and personnel and use the religion to gain control of the Filipino people, for the Spaniards it won’t took to long to gain control of the islands because of the superiority of fire power. During those times the practiced of the art was totally band but Spaniards favorite as entertainment because of its gracefulness and they called it Eskrima Kali Arnis.
During the Spanish regime for more than 300 years, the Spaniards not able to win the war against the Moros and nitibos who settled in the hinterlands or mountainous areas in provinces. The practiced of the art called Pakamut was not common to the people who live in the developed areas of the provinces, but for the locals it is part of their daily lives in order to survive. The art of Pakamut categorize into different styles Long range for beginners, Medium range for intermediate, close range for advance, when the practitioner get familiar of the three category using various kind of improvised weapons, the next segment will be the used of empty hands technique or unarmed combat.