Escrima | Arnis | Kali

FMA is Filipino Martial Arts.

FMA - also known as Escrima / Kali / Arnis (among others) incorporates elements from both Western and Eastern Martial Arts, and is primarily practiced as stickfighhting or knife / machete fighting, as well as Dirty Boxing (Panantukan) and grappling (Dumog).

Throughout the ages, invaders and evolving local conflict imposed new dynamics for combat in the Philippines. The Filipino people developed battle skills as a direct result of an appreciation of their ever-changing circumstances and their ancient culture. They learned often out of necessity how to prioritize, allocate and use common resources in combative situations.

Filipino martial arts have seen an increase in prominence due to several Hollywood movies and the teachings of modern masters such as Dan Inosanto, Cacoy Canete, Mike Inay, and Remy Presas.

Today there are said to be almost as many Filipino fighting styles as there are islands in the Philippines. In 1972, the Philippine government included Filipino martial arts into the national sports arena. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports also incorporated them into the physical education curriculum for high school and college students. Knowledge of the Filipino fighting skills is mandatory in the Philippine military and police.

Filipino Martial Arts are considered the most advanced practical modern blade system in the world and are now a core component of the U.S. Army's Modern Army Combatives program and used by the Russian Special Forces.

Fridays from 5:30 - 6:30 in Studio 2

What to bring

  • Escrima sticks (2), training knife, fingerless gloves, towel
  • Loaner training weapons are available during your trial period.

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