Yaw-Yan (Filipino Kickboxing/Footboxing) — Sayaw ng Kamatayan (Dance of Death) is the proper name for Yaw-Yan, a Filipino martial art developed by Napoleon Fernandez. The art resembles Muay Thai in a sense, but differs in the hip torquing motion as well as downward-cutting of its kicks.
The acknowledged originator of Yaw-Yan is Grandmaster Napoleon A. Fernandez, a native of Quezon province, himself an undefeated All-Asian and Far-East Kickboxing champion. The word Yaw-Yan was derived from the two last syllables of "Sayaw ng Kamatayan" meaning "Dance of Death". Since its inception it has dominated the kickboxing scene in the Philippines and has proven very effective against other Stand-up fighting arts such as karate, taekwondo and Muay thai in professional bouts in the Philippines. With the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts in the Philippines and the world it had upgraded its fighting style that includes striking, takedowns, grappling ,arnis and knife fighting with the new and complete Yaw-Yan Ardigma. Also note that this is not an internationally recognized "martial" arts and cannot be compared with institutions like Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do and the Brazilian Capoeira from which their techniques was derived.