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Sword

There are many names for the sword in Laguna - some are generic (itak, tabak), others refer to the shape of the blade (dahon palay, dahon buho), but the general term that everyone knows is bolo. The sword is sometimes known by the Spanish term espada, especially when paired with a dagger, which is known as espada y daga (or sometimes by the Tagalog tabak at balaraw). Filipino swords are short, usually about two feet in length, with some reaching up to two-and-a-half feet. Garimot Arnis not only teaches the use of a sword and the defense against one, but it also teaches methods of quickly drawing the sword from its scabbard, known as bunot armas.