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The World of Eskrima, Arnis, and Kali. In Filipino martial arts, a trio of terms often intertwine, leading to some confusion for newcomers to these arts. These terms are Eskrima, ...

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The 36 Clans of the Min-People

The families from Min, known as the 36 families from Min (閩人三十六姓), were sent to the Ryukyu Islands (modern-day Okinawa) under the orders of the Ming Chinese Emperor. These families…

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