Watch: Sen Migz Zubiri Shows Arnis Skills, Recalls How He Became Arnis World Champion (Videos)
Yes, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri is a world champion in arnis. In fact, he was recently elected as chairman of Arnis Philippines held during the First National Arnis Congress. In his recent Facebook post, Sen. Zuburi recalled how he started in arnis, and how fell in love with the sport at a very young age . Watch his videos below where he showed his arnis skills.
“My love affair with Arnis started many years ago, when I was a young teenager training in martial arts, fascinated by traditional Chinese and Japanese weaponry. As young boys, we all wanted to be just like Ezekiel Thompson of the movie, “Force Five” played by weapons expert Richard Norton for his expertise in different weapons systems.” Sen. Zubiri wrote.
“So one afternoon, in 1986, Master Topher introduced me to a short and stocky man in his mid-twenties who had the biggest forearms I had ever seen. I clearly recall telling him that he had “Popeye arms”, which broke the ice and started a wonderful friendship between student and master. His name was Master Edgar Sulite.” The 48-year old senator added.
According to Sen. Migz Zubiri, he has joined several national competitions and became the representative of the Philippines at the First World Arnis Tournament held at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium back in 1989. However, he said that there were a lot of intrigues in the sport, and that he himself became a victim of politics within the martial arts he truly love.
Migz Zubiri, winning his first World championship Gold medal, 1988
But because of his love of arnis, he used his position in the Senate to promote the sport by filing SB #3288, which eventually became RA 9850, a law declaring arnis as the National Martial Art and Sport. Recently, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) decided to include arnis in the 2019 South East Asian Games (SEA Games) to be held in the Philippines.