Buno Filipino Wrestling

buno filipino wrestlingThis article on Buno filipino wrestling talks about the is history of the style and also the place that it had in Filipino society. There are also some links at the bottom to learn more about it.

Buno filipino wrestling, where the word Buno means to throw, is a system of Filipino wrestling similar to another style of wrestling from the country called Dumog, (which you can also read about in this Martial Arts Resource facility on this website). Harimaw Buno, formerly Harimaw Lumad (King of Tiger Wrestling), is a style of Buno filipino wrestling used by the Mangyans of Mindoro and the Aetas of Infanta, Quezon.

Buno filipino wrestling usually uses standing throws, control locks, joint manipulation, striking, take-downs and ground wrestling techniques. There is also an weapons based or armed style of Buno filipino wrestling. Weapons that the practitioner can use are knives, spears and bow and arrows. The main weapon used is the lubid or a four-feet long rope. Training utilizes mud training, canoe training, tamaraw wrestling, log training and tree climbing.

buno filipino wrestlingFor the indigenous people, “Buno filipino wrestling” is both a sport as well as a warrior art. “Buno filipino wrestling” is claimed as the oldest Filipino form of sport entertainment, as it was often performed during large gatherings and fiestas, much the same way sumo wrestlers, Roman gladiators, Greek wrestlers and Muay Thai boxers entertained royalty and their guests in olden times. As a warrior art, it permeated the tribesman’s daily life, including hunting, rites of passage and warfare. It had the same goals and utilized the same weapons—disarm, subdue and control humans as well as animals, barehanded as well as with bladed weapons, sticks and specialty weapons such as the “lubid” or rope, spear and bow and arrow.

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