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Southeast Asia generally encompasses Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines. Important martial arts that take their histories from the region are pentjak silat, arnis/escrima, kali, muay boran, krabi krabong, muay Thai and vovinam.
In the 1400s, two major silat martial arts arose out of Southeast Asia: Indonesia’s pentjak silat (created by Malay female Rama Sukana) and Malaysia’s bersilat. The snake-shaped bladed knife kris was an important weapon in pentjak silat. In A.D. 200, Malaysians introduced the kris to the Philippines, which was adopted by the Moro people. In the 1500s, the Moro people combined their kris skills with Spanish fencing and applied them to rattan sticks to create arnis/escrima. The bladed art of kali was eventually developed from these arts.

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