Some of the promising young arnis players in both private and public schools in Mindanao are set to compete in the Third Blue Knights Invitational Arnis Competition set on March 11 at the Ateneo de Davao University Fr. Martinez Sports Complex in Matina, Davao City.
This early, the orga-nizers of the event which aimed to promote further the sport of arnis and dis-cover new arnis stars in the Philippines, expect some 100 arnisadors to partici-pate.
Event organizer Elie Gamboa revealed that with this tournament they hope to scout potential athletes for a bigger arnis tourna-ment in Bali, Indonesia in September.
Aside from Gamboa the tournament will also be facilitated by tournament director Celso Tan.
Tan said the tourna-ment will feature anyo (forms), which will be handled by him and Laba-nan (Sparring) to be faci-litated by Gamboa.
The categories that will be featured in the tourna-ment are espada y daga, doble baston, single baston, double bladed weapon and single bladed weapon while in Labanan has weight categories including pin, bantam, feather, light and super lightweight.
Participants may vie in 12 years-old and below, open weight and 20 years-old and above categories.
Winners in the tourna-ment are set to receive trophies as prizes. Romeo Braceros