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Yaw-Yan, also called Sayaw ng Kamatayan, Filipino Martial art and Dance of Death,[1] is a Filipino style of Kickboxing developed by Napoleon A. Fernandez and based on older Filipino martial arts.[2] Since its inception in the 1970s, it has dominated the kickboxing scene in the Philippines and has proven very effective against other stand-up fighting arts.

Yaw-Yan closely resembles Muay Thai, but differs in the hip-torquing motion as well as the downward-cutting nature of its kicks,[3] and the emphasis on delivering attacks from long range (while Muay Thai focuses more on clinching).

Yaw-yan practitioners participate in various Filipino mixed-martial arts tournaments such as the Universal Reality Combat Championship[4] and Fearless Fighting.[5][6]


The originator of Yaw-Yan is Napoleon A. Fernandez or "Master Nap",[7] a native of Quezon province, who originally studied Jujutsu.[8] The word Yaw-Yan was derived from the last two syllables of Sayaw ng Kamatayan meaning "Dance of Death".[9]

Fernandez had a background in various martial arts such as Jeet Kune Do, Karate, Eskrima, Aikido, and Judo. He is said to have modified all the martial art forms that he studied and fused them to create a martial art form that is deadly to opponents and "advantageous to the build of Filipinos".[10] Yaw Yan was introduced to the public in 1972. It includes elements of striking, takedowns, grappling, stick and knife fighting, and additional kickboxing material.[11]

It reflected the growing popularity of Kickboxing during the 1970s to 1980s, and from the 1990s to the Mixed martial arts in the Philippines as well as worldwide.


The forearm strikes, elbows, punches, dominating palms, and hand movements are empty-hand translations of the bladed weapons.[12] There are 12 "bolo punches" which were patterned from traditional Filipino martial art of eskrima.[13][14][15]


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  3. (2008) The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Skills from Around the World (in en). Penguin. ISBN 9780756651855. 
  4. Mallari, Perry Gil S.. "The thrill of the UR CC X", 2007-07-15. 
  5. "Amurao bags Fearless Fighting featherweight crown", 2007-03-18. 
  6. "Wushu bets dominate Fearless Fighting", 2006-04-16. 
  7. "Yaw-Yan 'Texas' opens new gym in Tondo, Manila", Sun.Star Cebu, 2007-07-08. 
  8. Yaw Yan, 2011 January 17, 2009, accessed March 20, 2011
  9. Yaw Yan Ardigma Filipino Martial Arts • Martial Arts Nerd (26 January 2018).
  10. "Legendary Yaw-Yan founder GM Nap Fernandez passes away | The Freeman", philstar.com, PhilStar. 
  11. Yaw-Yan | Hybrid FMA.
  12. About Yaw-Yan – Yaw-Yan ArDigma Sacramento.
  13. (2018) Yaw Yan Training Journal: For Training Session Notes (in en). Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp Print Us. ISBN 9781731238719. 
  14. (29 September 2008) The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Skills from Around the World (in en). Penguin. ISBN 9780756651855. 
  15. Daan, Eskabo (October 24, 2013). Yaw-Yan: The Dance of Death (en).

[[Category: Bultong [1] is the Ifugao name for their sport of traditional wrestling. It is often played during town and provincial fiestas. Bultong falls under the international classification of "belt wrestling".


Two Ifugao bultong champions who also excelled and became famous in other combat sports are:

Sanshou gives points for wrestling take-downs, aside from kicks and punches, but does not allow ground fighting.


  1. Sumo and Pacific Island Traditional Wrestling. Cobeeda Association. Retrieved on 2014-10-17.

Further reading

  • Barton, R. F. "Ifugao Law" University of California Publications on American Archeology and Ethnology. The Internet Archive. February 15, 1919
  • Sevilla III, Karlo Silverio. Interview with Erlinda Napiloy, Sports Director, Ifugao State University. Conducted in March 2007.
  • Sevilla III, Karlo Silverio. Interview with Jason Balabal. Conducted in December 2007.
  • Sevilla III, Karlo Silverio. Interview with Melvin Sia, Bultong Photographer, January 2008.
  • Sevilla III, Karlo Silverio. Interview with Juan Alberto Balde, President, Wrestling Association of the Philippines. Conducted in September 1998.
  • Mallari, Perry Gil."FMA CORNER: Various forms of Filipino Indigenous Wrestling" FMApulse.com,November 23, 2009.http://www.fmapulse.com/content/fma-corner-various-forms-filipino-indigenous-wrestling?page=1.

7."Pacific Island Traditional Wrestling." Coreeda Association of Australia. http://www.coreedaoz.com/main/page_pacific_island_traditional_wrestling.html (Accessed on December 13, 2010) &"Belt wrestling." Olympic Council of Asia, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20100613032921/http://ocasia.org/Sports/SportsT.aspx?GSCode=125 (Accessed on January 15, 2011)

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