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    Can we start an FMA index?

    I always been told that there are numerous styles of FMA possibly hundreds. I'm interested to see just how many styles there are. I'd like to start a thread to name all of the styles and possibly categorize them in one way or another by region/country of origin, skill set, lineage or whatever you guys can come up with that's better. The point of the thread is to give an idea of just how many FMAs exist. Of course, we might not be able to give credit and name every system but I feel there is a lot of FMA knowledge here.

    So first maybe we should discuss the best way to go about this and see if anyone thinks it's possible (or if anyone really cares) to do a decent job of listing the majority of the FMAs available. Then we could add on to this thread with the "FMA index" or start a new running thread.

    We could keep this simple and just name all the systems we know of or it could be a little more involved with links to sites affiliated with a style. Either way I think a good way to start is by naming an "umbrella" system and including all of it's offshoots in the same post. It someone wants to add on to an existing list copy the existing list and add on to it in a new post. It might be helpful to arbitrarily number the systems just to keep a running count of how many exist.

    What do you guys think? Waste of time? Or interesting to FMA junkies?

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    Interesting idea, but I bet it'll get muddled up really easily. For example, I study Babao Arnis, which is actually my teacher's family name + arnis, but he learned Batangas baston from his dad, but also kali under Ben Largusa, and also Cacoy Doce Pares. Cacoy Doce Pares includes dp, pangamot and eskrido as separate things. So, I could see this getting pretty complex.

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    This sounds like a worthy endeavour.

    I'd say the move would be to come up with a convention for listing a style, and then have everyone post what they know of. After that someone gets to go through and collate, maybe put it on the wiki if that's still active.

    Something like:

    Name: Doce Pares
    Founded: January 11, 1932
    Founder: A group of masters including Eulogio Caņete, Lorenzo Saavedra and Teodoro Saavedra.
    Doce Pares Original Multi-Style System (Dionisio Canete)
    Weapons Taught:
    Empty Hand
    Single Stick
    Double Stick
    Stick and Knife
    Ranking system: 5-year curriculum with a belt system.
    Sparring: Yes, WEKAF style (note that WEKAF will be introducing padded stick competition as of 2014).
    Videos: This is a pretty good example of what goes on in the average Doce Pares school (AFAIK)
    Cacoy Doce Pares (Eskrido, Cacoy Canete)
    I know nothing about Eskrido apart from that they like close range fighting and jointlocks/throws.

    Probably need to add a few more points, but I think if we can agree on a format we should be able to come up with a really cool index/database.

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    Permalost raises a good point. FMA is all about absorbing techniques so were likely to run into some confusion. I'd recommend systems like Doce Pares that are widespread and practiced the same from group to group (for the most part) count as system of their own and if we were to follow a format like Fuzzy listed we could include a section where the styles that the art includes or came from are listed. Other smaller styles (perhaps like Permalost's example i'm not familiar with the system) could be grouped under the "umbrella" of hybrid systems. Of course the confusion arises where you have to decide what is a hybrid system and what is not.

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    I know nothing about Eskrido apart from that they like close range fighting and jointlocks/throws.
    Eskrido was founded in 1948 (I've also read '51) by Cacoy Canete and combines eskrima, judo and aikido. Its somewhat unique stick methods are called "corto kurbata", "corto" meaning short (as in close range) and "kurbata" being a curving strike. These are used at close range where conventional strikes would not work, and can open up the posterior side to striking, something not really available with conventional strikes. The system begins using a standard 12 angle system, however (none of the basic strikes are sunkiti or abaniko or anything).

    Eskrido also teaches seizing the weapon arm in such a way that you're controlling the wrist and weapon at the same time. This is something I have trouble with, because its more natural to just grab at the wrist. The reason is that in Eskrido's variety of close quarters strikes, there's basically ones you can do by rotating the fist, so even if you grab the wrist you still might be hit if you don't have weapon control.

    Eskrido also teaches stick grappling- the use of the stick as a lever to give mechanical advantage to grappling techniques. My teacher's son said I should keep one of my sawed-off baston pieces for when we do eskrido stuff for this reason.

    The only reference I used for this was my arnis notebook that I write in during class, so if you look around online you might find conflicting info.

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    It would be kinda cool if this could be done as a map of the Philippines, where regions are color coated or something and you can click on them for more info. But that would only work if FMAs sprouted up in totally different places without overlap, never moved, never evolved and never interacted with nearby systems.

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    I think it's an interesting fact finding mission you seek, there are so many styles out there. It's true that the popular ones are mostly corto, and yet many strike as if they're in medio, but people forget about the largo too.

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    This should help.


    The major players shown are in no particular order.

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    Babao Arnis
    Narrie Babao

    The personal style of Narrie Babao. Based on Doce Pares, Villabrille Kali,
    Kuntaw, and Karate.

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    Bahad Zu'bu Mangtas Baraw
    Epifianio "Yuli" Romo

    Bahad Zu'bu is a situational, multi-distractive fighting art.
    It seeks to restore primitive fighting methods through the
    study of combat weapons and the history, culture and philosophy
    of the Philippine Archipelago. There are no complicated forms,
    techniques or "Set-up" routines.

    The 3 main fundamentals underpinning the art are:
    - Enganyo (Baiting)
    - Monitoring
    - Preparation

    These fundamentals are developed through the use of 2-man interactive
    drills. The drills are either:
    -Counter armed Tactics (CAT)
    -Counter Un-armed Tactics (CUT)

    Multiple opponents are also covered In Bahad Zu'bu the following
    weapons are among those used:
    -Baraw / Pisaw (knife)
    -Bio-Olisi (42" Staff)
    -22", 24", 28" & 32" Sticks
    -Edged Swords
    -Empty Hands

    The fundamental concepts outlined above are applied to all weapons.
    The movements are the same but the application varies slightly.
    This allows for a consistent frame of reference and a shorter time
    to become proficient in a variety of weapons.

    In Bahad Zu'bu the aim is always:
    - Proper Learning
    - Proper Understanding

    One can not be gained without the other. During study the
    practitioner's mind frequently becomes exhausted before the body.

    major players : "Yuli" Romo, Jaime Cruzana, Nick Canuday, John Chan,
    Romy Cruz

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    Balintawak International
    Venancio Bacon (1912-1980)

    Balintawak International Self-Defense was founded in 1957 with Venancio Bacon
    as its grandmaster. GM Bacon later formed another style under his own name,
    but Balintawak International continues on.

    major players : Jose Villasin, Teofilo Velez, John Chiuten

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    Balintawok Escrima
    Bobby Taboada

    Taboada's Balintawok Escrima is a style that incorporates many styles of
    Escrima and Filipino boxing. It also contains many elements of the Doce Pares
    style. It is a style strongly based on speed. The primary training tool
    is the single stick. It has a unique training method that allows its
    players to do drills that are much quicker and closer to the training
    partner than many other styles of FMA.

    major players : Irwin Carmichael, John Larson, Dean O'Hare, David Russel,
    George Manderatlias, Randy Cornell

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    Black Eagle Eskrima
    Carlos Navarro (1926-)

    A system founded in the styles of Eskrima de Llave, Eskrima de Avanico
    and New Generation. The techniques, training and applications of Black
    Eagle are trained and employed through solo and paired drills to cover
    long, medium and short ranges.

    The weapons of Black Eagle Arnis-Eskrima include the single stick,
    double stick, staff, single dagger, double dagger, short sticks, chain
    and empty hands. The style also incorporates the use of swords and sword
    drills and a flail called 'de Cadena'.

    The drills for each category are sub-grouped into the three styles that
    make up the basis of this system: Eskrima de Llave (the key), Eskrima de
    Avanico (the fan), and New Generation. It should be noted that these
    styles are not taught as isolated entities, but rather as conceptual
    components embodying elements of what once were separate systems.

    Pangamot is the term used to describe the Black Eagle empty hand
    component. It includes extensive locking techniques focusing on the
    wrist, arm and shoulder, but finger locking remains a black eagle
    specialty. Striking techniques incorporate punching, elbows, low line
    kicking and also knees. Pangamot also includes leg reaps and sweeps, and
    throwing exercises called four direction throws. Black Eagle Pangamot
    also includes a limited groundfighting capability with various leg and
    arm locks.

    Rank in Black Eagle Eskrima is divided into four levels: Beginners,
    Junior Instructor, Senior Instructor and Master. Progression through the
    ranks is in most cases a matter of talent, and not dependant on how long
    a student has been a practitioner of that art (such as is the case in
    other systems). Advanced students can learn various parts of the
    curriculum at any time they like. There is no strict progression in the
    teaching of Black Eagle eskrima, and thus, no set time limits to class
    length or achievement of rank.

    major players : Epping Atillo, David Tsang, Jerry Collins, Graham Jamieson,
    Ming Lee, John Taylor, Miles Henderson.

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    Bohol Method
    Regino Ellustrisimo

    Regino Ellustrisimo was the uncle of Floro Villabrille.

    major players : Al Concepcion, Dan Inosanto

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    Nonoy Gallano

    The Classical Combat Eskrima Kali Association is an international
    network of schools dedicated to the teaching of the FMA. The
    association's approach to this fighting art is holistic in nature. It
    encompasses not only the physical techniques of Kali but also places
    emphasis on Oriental philosophy and Meditation practices. Complete
    discipline and moral/spiritual growth are heavily stressed.

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    Combat Kalaki Arcanis
    Jan Nycek (1964 - )

    An eclectic, fairly new FMA system. Combat Kalaki was founded by
    Jan Nycek in 1998 in Olesnica near Wroclaw (Poland). A combination
    of Kalaki Arcanis, Doce Pares, Aiki Jitsu, BAS-3 (system for special
    forces of army and police), Boxing and Kickboxing. Since the Combat
    Kalaki by definition is for self defense, the training is for practical
    usage in every day reality.

    major players : Krzysztof Gajewski, Artur Niezgoda, Andrzej Grajczyk

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    Defensor Method
    Nate Defensor

    A mix consisting mainly of Serrada, Pekiti-Tirsia, and Villabrille systems,
    with a strong mixture of specific elements from silat (mainly the takedowns),
    muay Thai, and western boxing.

    major players : Rich Draney, Ed Kuliess, Dale Hinton, Greg Goldmakher

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    De Cuerdas
    Gilbert Tenio (1918-1994)

    A quick, very basic, but effective style of Eskrima.

    major players : Richard Tenio, Arthur Gonzalez Sr., Dentoy Revillar, James Muro, Wayne Caseria, Richard Van Donk

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    Derobio Escrima
    Braulio Tomada Pedoy (1900 - 1993)

    Derobio is based on passing, either with the stick or hand, as opposed to
    directly blocking the attack, once passed the emphasis is on controlling with
    either locks and/or disarming. 12 locks are taught for each pass on the 12
    angles of attack and up to 12 counters for each lock and/or disarm. Each pass
    is also taught with what is called the "Basic 3" which is 3 strikes always
    done across the body high, low, middle. The style is close range and is good for
    "self defense" against a skilled or unskilled opponent. The style has a lot to
    offer against a heavy weapon that might possibly not be stopped with a direct block.
    Brauilo Pedoy opened his first Escrima school in 1961 in Hawaii.

    major players : Eduardo Pedoy, Christopher P. Siangco, Tyrone Takahashi, Michele Navares,
    Carlton Kramer, K. Peacock, P. Schmall, Ron England, L. Castillo, Chaz Paul Siangco

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    Doblete Rapillon (AKA Mena Style)
    Patricio Mena

    A style that emphasizes multiple attacks which are quickly delivered
    without gaps or openings.

    major players : Jose Mena

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    Doce Pares
    Tirso, Eulogio "Euling", Silvestre, Felimon "Momoy", Rufino, and
    Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete with Lorenzo, Teodoro "Doring", and Fredercio Saavedra.

    The current head and President of Doce Pares is Cacoy Canete (1919- ).

    Doce Pares is a world leading organization of the traditional Philippine
    martial art known as Eskrima or Arnis - stick fighting. Magellan's
    sword-wielding conquistadors fell to Maharaja Lapulapu who used Eskrima to
    defeat the Spanish at the battle of Mactan. Doce Pares is the home of the
    most renown expert of the art, Grandmaster Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete.

    In the late 1920's, eskrima attained a high level of popularity in Cebu
    City, the second largest city in the Philippines (Cebu island is located in
    the center of the Philippine archipelago). In 1932, the most renown
    eskrimadors, mainly from Cebu, founded Doce Pares as a society to promote
    the only original native martial art of the Philippines. The name Doce Pares
    reflects the Spanish influence on the Philippines and signifies "Twelve
    Pairs," referring to the twelve basic strikes and twelve basic defenses of

    Since its beginning, Doce Pares has produced many champions in eskrima
    competitions. At the founding of Doce Pares, Lorenzo Saavedra, then
    recognized as the foremost eskrimador in Cebu City, became its first famous
    Grandmaster. He was ably supported by three other top-rated masters: Teodoro
    and Frederico Saavedra - Lorenzo's nephews - and by Filemon Canete. Later,
    Master Teodoro Saavedra rose to prominence as the best fighter in the Doce
    Pares society. Master Eulogio Canete, Filemon's older brother, was elected
    first president of Doce Pares and remained in that position until his death
    in 1988.

    During World War II, Master Teodoro Saavedra, an active guerrilla, was
    captured and killed by the Japanese occupying forces. Shortly after
    Teodoro's death, Master Ciriaco Canete, also a resistance fighter, emerged
    as Doce Pares' foremost fighter and innovator. In the early 1950's, eskrima
    techniques and tactics were analyzed, devised, modified and systematized by
    Master Ciriaco Canete, based mostly on actual combat experience with rival
    eskrimadors belonging to other associations. Among his many contributions to
    the development of this martial art is eskrido, a combination of Judo and
    eskrima techniques, as well as the most modern forms of eskrima-offense and

    Since its founding, Doce Pares has enjoyed a special reputation among
    Philippine martial arts organizations as the developer and innovator of the
    newest styles and techniques in eskrima. The Doce Pares style is now
    identified as the modern forms of eskrima and variations of eskrima such as
    escrido and specialized defenses against knives, pistols, etc.

    Doce Pares maintains its headquarters in Cebu City, Cebu, The Philippines,
    just a few miles from the site where Lapulapu used eskrima to defeat the
    Spanish conquistadors of Magellan in 1521. The headquarters is the site of a
    training gym and is a frequent meeting point for eskrimadores and martial
    artists from throughout the world. All martial artists are warmly invited to
    visit the Doce Pares headquarters either while on tour of the Philippines as
    a vacationer or as a student or observer.

    Doce Pares
    81A C.Padilla St.
    Cebu City, The Philippines
    Tel: (032) 261-5909 OR (032) 261-1352 (Doce Pares, the Philippines)
    Fax: (732) 566-1571 (Doce Pares, USA)
    [email protected]

    major players : Richard Bustillo, Primo Albano, Saturnino Arcilla, Nonito
    Limchua, Sal Kalinga, Emilio Lapurga, Aniceo Suan, Felix Yap, Narrie
    Babao, Florencia Cautiverio, Wally Estropia, Danny Guba, Tom Meadows.

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    Dog Brothers Martial Arts
    Head Instructor: Marc Denny

    The three principle FMA roots of this "system of many styles" are
    Inosanto Blend, Pektiti Tirsia, and Lameco. The system evolved out of the
    fighting experience of a band of sweaty, smelly, psychopaths with sticks
    known as the Dog Brothers. Fighting with unusually little gear (fencing
    masks and street hockey gloves only) and the only rule of "be friends at
    the end of the day", since 1988 the Dog Brothers have looked to push the

    The system has an outer range game, a crashing game, a midrange game,
    and standing grapple game, and a ground grapple game. Some of the
    distinctive features of the system are its use of 6 ranges, an emphasis on
    developing ambidexterity with the stick as a prelude to the emptyhand
    skills of the system, that knife and disarms receive somewhat less
    attention than in many FMA systems, and for a FMA system, there is an
    unusual amount of grappling. When a stickfight goes to the ground is when
    "DB stickgrappling" comes into play. DB Stickgrappling is a blend of FMA,
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and some Bando Python Stick. The system also draws
    upon Krabi Krabong, the weaponry forerunner to Muay Thai.

    Major Players: Eric "Top Dog" Knaus, Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny, Arlan "Salty Dog" Sanford

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    Jack Santos

    A style based on strong entry skills. Very hard and linear.

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    John LaCoste

    Style that is noted for fluid footwork with crisp entries. Lacoste was
    the recognized senior/leader in perhaps the largest Filipio community in
    the USA in the 1960s/70s; Stockton, California.

    major players : Al Concepcion, Dan Inosanto

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    Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete (1919- )

    A combination of Aikido, Judo, and Doce Pares Eskrima.

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    Felicisimo Dizon (1896-1984)

    Felicisimo Dizon was taught Eskrima by 'the old man of Cebu' and Princess
    Josefina, 'the Blind Princess', of the Pulahane tribe of Gandara, Samar. Dizon and Floro
    Villabrille were friends and training partners. Angel Cabales was a student of Dizon.

    Some claims have been made that Dizon's style was named De Cuerdas,
    but those with long-term direct contact with Dizon's student Angel
    Cabales claim that Dizon simply called his style Eskrima.

    The videotape 'Sticks of Death', which is an interview with Angel Cabales,
    Angel never makes any mention of De Cuerdas when he talks about Dizon.
    Angel states that "he learned Serrada" from Dizon and then enhanced it.

    major players : Angel Cabales (1917-1991)

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    Mauricio Fabia (1876-1961)

    Basic Philosophy of Estrella:

    The three fundamentals of the art are Distancia, Compas and Decision.
    Although they sound simple, they are not.

    Distancia refers to maintaining the right distance to your
    attacker which will make you safer and give you more time to
    make your own decision. It is also refers to understanding
    your distance and relationship to the world and those around
    you, to control your surroundings.

    Compas refers to proper timing. This is not only means timing
    as a fighting aspect, but also as the right time to act.

    Decision refers to making a decision, but it also refers to the
    ideas of loyalty and discipline. By making your decision you
    must then stick to what you have chosen and see it through.

    major players : Saturnino Quinto Fabia, Alfonso Quinto Fabia, Bernardo
    Fabia Salinas, Flaviano F.Cabuang, Fortunato Rebualos, Cipriano Rebualos,
    Marcelo Laurian, Quintin Malagayo, Manuel Quiros, Jerrick C. Salinas,
    Michele Zuccollo, Doug Klinger.

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    F.A.T.E. - Filipino Martial Arts
    Howard F. Bifson, Johnaleen K. Castro

    The F.A.T.E. organization's FMA system is a blend of Remy Presas's
    Modern Arnis, Inosanto Kali, Doce Pares Eskrima, Kalis Illistrisimo,
    JKD-JKDU concepts, Aikido and Ki Healing Concepts, GM Jim Morell's
    Aiki Jitsu-Military Police Tactical System and Sgt. V. A. Castro's
    Combat Eskrima.

    The system not only covers techniques and their application, but also
    the abilities needed to teach different people. This involves not only
    teaching toward one goal, but the ability to teach at each student's
    level of contact and acceptability. Also, making sure that reality based
    issues are highlighted.

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    Filipino Boxing & Dumog
    Lucky Lucaylucay

    Lucaylucay family Filipino Boxing and wrestling arts that are were taught
    by Lucky's son, Ted Lucaylucay, prior to Ted's untimely death in 1996.
    Ted taught it with Kali and Jeet Kune Do at his school.

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    Garimot Arnis
    Gat Puno Abon Baet

    Garimot Arnis is founded by Gat Puno Abon "Garimot" Baet in July 1989 in
    Miami, Florida. We now have instructors and contact people in different
    states of the USA, Venezuela and the Philippines. We are the biggest
    Arnis-Eskrima-Estokada Organization in Laguna, Philippines.

    Practitioners of the martial arts that want to know more about the Garimot
    System of Arnis-Harimaw Buno and Hilot should check
    or e-mail at [email protected].

    major players : Shane Singh, Alfredo Sardinas, Glenn Harris,
    John Aviles, Tex Liang, Michael Kobayashi, Andrew Ma, Alan Del Mundo,
    Dennis Duria, Daniel Donzella, Tim Rivera, Yuri Jimenez, Goyo Baet,
    Daniel Baet, Doy Baldemor.

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    German Arnis (DAV)
    Dieter Knuettel

    Modern Arnis, that is based on the styles of Professor Remy Presas and GM
    Ernesto Presas with influences from Suro Mike Inay. It covers many aspects
    of FMA: Sinawali, Modern singlestick, classical Arnis, empty hands, knife,
    selfdefense and much more. It has a strong emphasis on economy of motion and
    applying the same techique in different situations with different weapons.
    It has many exercises and drills for automatisation and reflex
    development/conditioning. The style is taught as martial art and self
    defense and does not teach competition fighting. It uses modern teaching
    methods for easy learning.

    major players : Hans Karrer, Jorgen Gydesen, Peter Rutkowski, Thorbjorn
    Hartelius, Johan Skalberg, Alfred Plath, Helmut Meisel.

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    Inayan System of Eskrima
    Mike Inay (1944-2000)

    The Inayan System of Eskrima is composed of six FMA systems, with
    three core systems. The primary core system within the Inayan System
    of Eskrima is Serrada, as taught to Mangisursuro Mike Inay over many years of
    study with Serrada's Grandmaster Angel Cabales. Suro Inay also studied
    extensively under Grandmaster Maximo Sarmiento (founder of Kadena de Mano) and
    was the first recognized Master of Kadena de Mano under GM Sarmiento.

    Each system in the Inayan System is taught in its entirety, following
    the methodology of teaching the pure art first, then allowing each
    student develop their own composite personal style. The Inayan System is
    "blade" oriented vs. "stick" oriented.

    The following are the six systems taught in the Inayan System:

    1) Serrada Eskrima as taught by the late GM Angel Cabales in the mid-1960s
    and 1970s.
    - see style description elsewhere in this FAQ
    2) Kadena De Mano
    - see style description elsewhere in this FAQ
    3) Sinawali
    - see style description elsewhere in this FAQ
    4) Inayan Dequerdas
    - Inayan Dequerdas is a mid-range style stressing female-triangle
    footwork and strong augmented blocks.
    5) Espada y Daga
    - see style description elsewhere in this FAQ
    6) Inayan Larga Mano
    - A long range system of Eskrima. Evolved to use a longer/heavier cane
    (~40") and to use the cane as if it were a Kampilan, the longest
    sword found in the Philippines. This style is credited as being
    the first complete formal style to teach the use of the Kampilan.
    (The Kampilan was a weapon use by Lapulapu's men to kill Ferdinand
    Magellan in 1521.)

    The Inayan System of Eskrima also employs the following in varying degrees:
    Solo/Doble Baston (single/double stick), Solo/Doble Punyal
    (single/double dagger), Sipat (kicks), Sibat/Bankow (staff/spear),
    Pamuok (hand-to-hand fighting), Lipad-lipad (bow/arrow, blowgun),
    Vital Points.

    major players : Jason Inay, Jena Inay, John Peterson, Frank DeFanti, Joseph Tesoro

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    Inayan Systems International
    Mike Inay (1944-2000)

    "To be a truly complete and effective fighting defense, a style must have an
    arsenal of competent techniques and theory to pull from to use in any
    situation without borrowing from another style."
    - Suro Mike Inay

    In Inayan Eskrima we study several styles of Eskrima but focus on three core
    styles which are Kadena de Mano, Serrada, and Inayan Largo Mano. Each is
    taught in its whole form as a complete style and covers a specific range:
    short (Kadena), medium (Serrada) and long (Largo). Having these three styles
    that cover these three separate ranges is probably the key to balancing out
    Inayan Eskrima. All three (short, medium and long) are essential. When the
    Inayan student reaches the proper level he or she can then understand how
    each piece fits the greater puzzle and put them together as it fits their
    particular way of fighting.

    Each style has its own advantages and is very effective in its own right but
    might not be the best answer to every combative situation. For example, a
    Largo Mano stylist is very adept at long ranges, but what happens if that
    student is standing in a corner when confronted and has no space to move the
    way he or she was taught? In this particular situation, having a good
    working knowledge of a medium or short range style would be very beneficial.

    Having 3 ranges at his or her disposal is a great asset to the Inayan
    student. Whatever situation they might find themselves in, the student can
    quickly adapt to the surroundings at hand. They can then flow easily from
    range to range and/or style to style, depending on the circumstance, without
    corrupting their objective.

    Taking this a step further, the advanced student can understand how to
    implement long-range theory in short range engagement or possibly
    medium-range theory in long range engagement.

    Below is a brief description of the three core styles that make up the back
    bone of Inayan Eskrima in Inayan Systems International.

    Inayan Kadena de Mano - Kadena De Mano translates to chain of hand and is
    a combination of empty-hand and knife/dagger techniques. It covers basic and
    advanced hand and knife drills as well as permuted locks from the
    basic/advanced drills. Lock/flow/trap practice drills are stressed as well
    as subject control through the use of Vital Points (Pressure Sensitive

    Inayan Serrada - Serrada translates to either "to close" or "close
    quarters". The style is noted for using a shorter cane, male triangle
    footwork, and quick, linear, inclose fighting. This blade and stick style
    translates well into empty-hand applications.

    Inayan Largo Mano - Largo Mano translates to "long hand" and is a long range
    system of Eskrima. Evolved to use a longer/heavier cane (~40") and to use
    the cane as if it were a Kampilan, the longest sword found in the
    Philippines. This style is credited as being the first complete formal style
    to teach the use of the Kampilan.

    Supplemental styles include:

    Inayan Dequerdas
    Inayan Sinawali
    Inayan Espada y Daga
    Inayan Sibat/Bankow

    major players : Emanuel Hart, Jeffrey Elliott, Steve Klement, Cory Hanosh.

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    Inosanto Kali
    Dan Inosanto & Richard Bustillo

    Composite style based on instruction received from many of the
    instructors listed in this FAQ. It is a complete system with many different
    types of Filipino weapons. The art uses many of the Jeet Kune Do concepts

    major players : Paul Vunak, Cass Magda, Burton Richardson

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    Kadena de Mano - "Chain of Hands"
    Max (Maximo) S. Sarmiento (193?-1982)

    Kadena De Mano is a combination of empty-hand and knife/dagger
    techniques. It covers basic and advanced hand and knife drills
    as well as permuted locks from the basic/advanced drills.
    Lock/flow/trap practice drills are stressed.

    The reason we have FMA being taught today to the 'masses' is due
    to the efforts of Max Sarmiento. In ~1965 Max worked in the Defense
    Depot near Stockton, CA. A few of the workers were practicing karate
    (specific style unknown) and one jokingly attacked Max. Max quickly
    and effectively defended himself with his Kadena de Mano (Chain of Hands).
    The karate students were impressed and asked Max to start teaching them his
    style of FMA. Max resisted, but did start asking the local FMA Masters around
    Stockton (of which there were many due to the high number of Filipino migrant
    farm workers that had settled in that area). Max finally convinced Angel
    Cabales to openly teach his style of Eskrima, Serrada Eskrima, to all those
    that wanted to learn. Angel's school was the first example of FMA being
    openly taught in the USA.
    (The above story was contributed by Mangisursuro Mike Inay.)

    major players : Mike Inay (1944-2000), Jimmy Tacosa, Jeffrey Elliott, Frank DiFanti

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    Kalis Ilustrisimo (AKA Olistrisimo)
    Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo (1904-1997)

    A system composed of different styles and techniques, e.g. Estrella
    Vertical, Florette, Boca y Lobo, Batanguena Serada, De Cadena, Media Traile,
    and Warwok.

    major players : Antonio Diego, Epifanio "Yuli" Romo, Rey Galang

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    Kombatan Arnis (AKA Arnis Presas Style)
    Ernesto Amador Presas, Sr. (1945-)

    Ernesto was taught arnis by his grandfather, Leon Bongco Presas. He was
    taught double and solo baston, Sinawalis, Palis Palis (follow the force
    system), force to force blocking system and the sunketi and Thrustsada system.

    From his father he learned Tres Buntos (holding a stick in the middle and
    a knife in the other hand), Dos Puntas (holding a stick in the middle) and
    classical arnis. Classical arnis containing the systems/techniques of
    espada y daga, Abaniko Doublada, Ocho Ocho (figure eight system), the up and
    down and side to side striking.

    The footwork for Kombatan Arnis is based on the traditional dances of the
    Philippines, back and forth and V-shaped movements. There is also
    a commonality between the footwork/stances of Kombatan and the
    Japanese/Okinawan martial arts. This is due in part due to an influence
    from traditional Okinawan weaponry.

    The Presas's (Ernesto and Remy) modified the techniques they were taught to
    try and get greater public acceptance by teaching the art in a standardized
    format (stances and blocking techniques) and by not striking to the hand,
    but hitting to the stick instead. This is credited for the art's introduction
    into some public schools in the Philippines.

    Traditional techniques and footwork remain in Kombatan Arnis by teaching
    espada y daga, Abaniko Doublada, Sungekti, etc.

    Because of the modification of the footwork, stances and such, Kombatan like
    Modern Arnis is easily taught in a wide range of martial arts schools, such as
    Taekwondo and Karate, since the students see commonality within the systems.

    The heart of the Kombatan system is Palit Palit, or give and take drills.
    It is this system or series of drills where the techniques of Kombatan
    Arnis are applied and the concepts and strategies of the system are
    developed. The drills help to develop flow, timing, distancing, speed,
    endurance, everything comes out in these drills.

    The weapon systems of Kombatan Arnis are the double and solo baston, espada
    y daga, knife (daga), Mano Mano (empty hands), Dulo (palm stick), Benkaw
    (staff). Traditional Okinawan weapons were also taught at the Kombatan
    school in Manila.

    While there is commonality between Kombatan and Modern Arnis, there are
    differences as well. Remy Presas liked the styles and methods of
    locking, where Ernesto likes the translation of stick to empty hand,
    e.g. hitting the opponent and then taking them to the ground. Kombatan
    contains locking techniques, but emphasis is more on the striking aspects
    of the art.

    major players : Pepe Yap, Roberto Presas, Fred Lazo, Ernesto Presas, Jr.,
    Wolfgang Schnur, Edwin Lao.

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    KunTao Silat

    What is Kun Tao Silat? First lets start in China. Kun Tao is the southern
    (Fukien/Hokkien) word for martial arts. It means 'fist way'. In the northern
    part of China, the same word is pronounced Chuan Fa. Now the modern Chinese
    term for these arts is Wushu. When the Chinese traders started to trade with
    other countries (i.e Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia) they of course bought
    their arts with them. This occurred around the 9th century. However there
    was a bigger movement around the 12th century during the Manchurian invasion.
    The people who mainly left China at this point were the Hakka people. These
    people were known for there traveling exploits. Their name Hakka means guest
    family or royal family, hence perhaps the reasoning for the exodus from China
    during the Manchurian invasion. In Indonesia the art was referred to as Kun
    Tao. Now in Indonesia due to political reasons the government frowned upon
    the use of Chinese, and outlawed the speaking of Chinese, the use of Chinese
    names, and most of all the practice of Kun Tao. The Chinese have always been
    a group that keeps to themselves and the art at this point kind of went
    underground and was only practiced in the Chinese communities. What some
    Chinese practitioners did was to just start calling their art Silat and
    giving it an Indonesian name. So some Silat systems today have a strong
    Chinese influence, like Mustika Kwitang.

    Now because of this there is NO Kun Tao Silat art in Indonesia.

    There is either (Chinese) Kun Tao or (Indonesian) Pencak Silat. This also IS
    the same in Malaysia (they have Bersilat). Now because the Philippines is in
    between these two countries it has had an influence from both AREAS. There
    was no restriction put on the Chinese in the Philippines and therefore Kun
    Tao was openly displayed. Which then became intermingled with Silat where
    eventually it evolved into Kun Tao Silat. This is the art of the Tausug
    people. They live in the Sulu islands of the Philippines. This is separate
    from Mindinao. In the Sulu area the total art of Kun Tao Silat, which would
    be the same as saying Pencak Silat or Bersilat, is still sub-divided into
    two arts. Kun Tao being the empty hand phase and Silat being the blade
    phase. The Kun Tao portion however did not retain the influence of the
    Chinese, probably because the art most likely came from Borneo where they
    practice an art called Kun Tao Bankui. Please remember that part of
    Philippine history is that ten Datus left Borneo and settled in what is now
    known as the Philippines. Therefore establishing a school called Bothoan,
    where many things were taught including their martial arts. There has been
    so much change and intermingling in the Philippines in these arts that most
    Filipinos consider the art indigenous to the Philippines. This is why
    Grandmaster Carlito Lanyada changed the spelling of his ancestor's art from Kun
    Tao to Kuntaw, to relate more to the Tagalog tongue. So please keep in mind
    that, yes, in the Philippines there is an art called Kun Tao Silat, but this
    is not the case in Indonesia. One of my Indonesian teachers refers to his art
    as Kun Tao Silat in order to give honor to both his Indonesian and Chinese teachers.

    Note: "Kun Tao Silat de Thouars" is the system of Willem de Thouars.

    major players : Steve Gartin, George Morin, Phillip Sailas, Randall
    Goodwin, Richard Buel, Chuck Stahman, Dave Anderson, John Garcia, Keith
    Moffett, Dave Sponenberg, Stewart Lauper, Chas Clements

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    Kuntaw Lima-Lima
    Carlito Lanada

    A form of hand and foot fighting not unlike China's Kung-Fu, from which
    some claim it migrated to the Philippines, circa 1365.

    major players : Steven Dowd, Bruce R. Corrigan, Bud Cothern, Bill Anderson.

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    Lameco Eskrima
    Edgar G. Sulite (1958-1997)

    Lameco Eskrima is a Filipino martial arts system combining several
    different styles of Kali, Arnis and Eskrima which the founder, Punong Guro
    Edgar G. Sulite, learned from prominent grandmasters in the Philippines.
    Punong Guro Sulite began training at an early age under his father,
    Helacrio Sulite, Sr., in their family's style. Edgar went on to train
    with many of the most famous masters of the Filipino martial arts, including
    GMs Abella, JD Caballero (1907-1987), Gaje, and Ilustrisimo.

    The Lameco system is P.G. Sulite's distillation of techniques and
    theories from these masters' styles, tempered by his years of
    experience as a student, fighter, and teacher. The word "lameco" is
    an acronym for "LArgo"-"MEdia"-"COrto," to emphasize that this style
    is intended to be equally effective at all ranges, and in all situations.

    Lameco teaches the use of the following Filipino weapons:
    Solo Baston, Doble Baston, Espada y Daga, Solo Daga, Doble Daga,
    Dos Manos Largos, Itak, Centro Baston, Susi and Mano y Mano.

    major players : Christopher Ricketts, Benjamin Pueblos, Lowell Pueblos,
    Pablito Gunio, Reynaldo Galang, Dan Inosanto, Leonard Trigg, Edwin Lim

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    Lapu Lapu Vinas Arnis
    Jose Vinas (1906-1991)

    Lapu Lapu Vinas Arnis Afecionados was created in 1932 by Jose Vinas
    for the promotion and study of his system, Lapu Lapu Vinas Arnis.
    LLVAA is based out of Bacolod City, N.O., RP and is under the
    leadership of GM Wilson E. Vinas, son of Jose Vinas and inheritor
    of the system.

    The system is characterised by the following:
    Primarily corto
    Blade based (bastons are treated as edged during all phases of training)
    8 angles/strikes
    Weapon side is reversed
    Use of 29 inch baston
    Exclusive use of Lobtik vs Witik
    Incorporates Sinawali, Espada y Daga, Solo Baston, Knife techniques

    major players : Thomas F. Caulfield, Jr and Thomas F. Caulfield III

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    Lightning Scientific Arnis
    Lema Scientific Kali Arnis
    Benjamin Luna Lema (1919-2003)

    A system which stresses, both, speed and power in the execution of
    techniques encompassing solo and doble baston, Espada y Daga and empty
    hand and foot combinations. The key emphasis being the "blanketing" or
    "closing off" of an opponent's impending attack either by meeting the
    strike via a simultaneous hit and counter or any various combinations of
    disarms which would effectively neutralize any further or secondary
    followups from the attacker.

    The style consists of the following:
    1. Single Baston/Espada
    2. Double Baston/Espada
    3. Espada y Daga (Sword and Dagger)
    4. Tapado (50 inch two handed stick, also the primary training tool for the Filipino Kampilian Sword)
    5. Bangkaw/Sibat (4-5 foot stick)
    6. Daga (Knife)
    7. Dos Pontas/Olising Maliit (4 inch pocket stick)
    8. Pangamot (Empty Hand Techniques which include):
    a. Sikaran (lowline kicking and base destruction including use of knees and shin)
    b. Panununtukan (Filipino Boxing, use of the arms for attack including elbows)
    c. Trancada (use of locks and breaking techniques)
    d. Dumog (Filipino wrestling/grappling including throws and takedowns)

    major players : Elmer Ybanez (1953-2004), Felipe Jocano Jr. Fil Buena, Nathan Dominguez,
    Manolo Del Rosario, Joshua Medros, Gerrard Torio, Ramon Bernardo, Herman
    Licanto, Joey Quiriones, Alex Ortinero, Jon Russel Escudero

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    Modern Arnis 80 (MA-80)
    Dan Anderson

    This is a branch of the original Modern Arnis founded by Grandmaster Remy
    A. Presas. Already a national karate champion, Dan Anderson began training
    under Remy Presas in 1980. Dan Anderson is a 6th Degree Black Belt (1992)
    and Senior Master (1995) under Remy Presas. MA-80 was founded by Dan
    Anderson and okayed by the late Grandmaster Presas in 1998. The fundamental
    training and combative philosophy of MA-80 is found in the number 80. Remy
    Presas would present many variations of any kind of offense or defensive
    option, putting forth the concept of an infinite number actions one could do
    in any given moment. When he was pressed, he was simple and direct in his
    counter. The number "8" when turned on it's side is the symbol for
    infinity. The "80" means the possibility of anything reduced to the
    simplicity of the moment.

    MA-80 primarily stresses the single stick and empty hand applications, with
    the double stick, the espada y daga and the knife being secondary in the
    training. The two main goals in MA-80 are development of The Flow and to
    Counter-the-Counter. The entirety of the instruction laid out from 1980 -
    2001 is given equal emphasis to achieve these goals.

    A key point of MA-80 is understanding the principles which underlie the
    physical techniques. As Remy Presas was a "hands on" teacher, he didn't go
    much into explaining the concepts and principles of the art.
    By understanding the core principles of what Remy Presas did, one can come
    close to or reach his level of skill through the combination of hard
    training and understanding. MA-80 is a Filipino art with an
    American approach. Anderson has written several books on Modern
    Arnis delineating the techniques and principles of Modern Arnis.

    Association website:

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    Modern Arnis, Presas Style
    Remegio "Remy" Amador Presas (1936-2001)

    Founded in 1957, a style that uses single stick, double stick, knife/sword, and sword &
    dagger. Uses modern teaching and training methods. The style is
    distinguished by its emphasis on disarms and counters. Also uses forms
    for training.

    major players : Jeff Delaney, Randi Schea, Timothy Hartman, Jim Clapp, Irwin Carmichael,
    Dieter Knuettel

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    Moro-Moro Style
    Telesporo Subing-Subing

    major players : Alejandro/Andrew Abrian

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    Moro-Moro Orabes Heneral
    Alejandro Abrian

    Moro-Moro Orabes heneral is an eskrima system founded in 1955. It has its
    roots in the Visayan province of Samar, home to the Waray ethnic group.

    Based on principles geared towards combat effectiveness, Moro-Moro Orabes
    Heneral is arguably lacking in the aesthetic beauty commonly associated with
    other Asian fighting arts. Pre-arranged drills are nonexistent in the
    system because of their limiting, albeit decidedly appealing, nature.

    Moro-Moro Orabes Heneral is a composite art containing subsystem
    applications for long- and short-bladed weapons, batons, fisticuffs and

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    Oido de Caburata Arnis
    Abraham Gubaton

    Oido De Caburata Arnis is a complete system of FMA. The system utilizes
    long & short sticks, bladed weapons, as well as empty hands and feet.
    Tapado is said to have originated from this system.

    major players : Sabas Gubaton, Gerson Balitor

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    Ingkong Leon Marcelo

    A system taught in the Tagalog region of the Philippines. Amante
    Marinas, Sr. wrote the first book on FMA published in the USA.

    The word pananandata is derived from the three words paggamit (use) ng
    (of) sandata (weapon). Its translation is the art of weaponry.
    Pananandata uses a variety of weapons mostly of tools used for farming
    or tools used in the kitchen. These tools have become part of the
    weaponry of pananandata. These include:

    * rigid weapons such as the one-hand held 31-inch stick, the two-hand
    held at least 48" pingga, the 12" daga (dagger), the 14-inch diameter
    dikin (ring), the tungkod (walking cane), the 20" bolo, the 16 3/4"
    lilik (serrated slightly bent cutting knife) and the hawakan (Philippine tonfa).

    * flexible weapons such as the lubid (rope) and the tanikala (chain).

    * part rigid and part flexible weapons such as the tabak toyok
    (nunchaku), latiko (horsewhip), and the bayawak tail.

    * balisong (butterfly knife)

    * throwing weapons such as knives, salpadpads (metallic disks),
    stones, and bagakays (wooden torpedo-shaped darts).

    major players : Amante Marinas, Sr. (1940- ), Amante Marinas, Jr.

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    Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete (1919- )

    Pangamot is a Cebuano term derived from the word "kamot", meaning
    hand. Thus Pangamot is an empty handed art. It requires the fully
    coordinated and rhythmic movements of the defender's entire body to
    bring about the opponent's defeat through weapon disarms (panganaw) as
    well as throws.

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    Conrado Tortal

    The Pekiti-Tirsia system of kali is an infighting combat system. The
    name is roughly translated as "to cut into small pieces, up close". It
    is primarily concerned with close quarters (corto range) combat and
    employs the traditional full-length stick, typically 30 inches in length
    or more. It was founded by Conrado B. Tortal from the Negros Occidental
    of the Visayan region. Today its tradition survives in the many students
    of the system, headed by Grand Tuhons Leo Tortal Gaje, Jr. of Bacolod City
    and Jerson "Nene" Tortal. Pekiti-Tirsia was bought to the USA in 1972 by
    GrandMaster Leo T. Gaje.

    The Pekiti-Tirsia system is also called the Doce Methodos (the 12
    methods or subsystems of the Pekiti-Tirsia system) referring to the
    distinct groupings of techniques and related application methods. A core
    form of 64 movements illustrates many of those subsystems such as
    abcederio, quartos cantos, dakup y punyo, etc. Most stick styles possess
    an 8 or 12 attack form but few others have such an extended form. In
    addition, the footwork of Pekiti-Tirsia distinguishs it from other
    styles. Most movements are executed from a "loaded" short-range
    position somewhat similar to a cat stance, the body coiled to generate
    power from the abdomen instead of purely from the arms or shoulders.

    Pekiti-Tirsia is comprised of 5 main weapons categories:

    Solo - Single stick, sword or spear
    Doble' - Double stick or sword
    Espada y Daga - Sword and Dagger
    Daga y Daga - Knife to Knife (both single and double)
    Mano y Mano - Hand to Hand

    Pekiti-Tirsia is based on 3 priciples:

    3 Ranges - you are taught Close Range first as this is the most dangerous
    and difficult to master; then Medium, and finally Long.

    3 Levels - along with every attack you are taught several counters to that
    attack, as well as several recounters to each counter. You
    develop the ability to think at least 3 levels ahead in a fight.

    3 Opponents - you are taught to be prepared to fight at least 3 opponents;
    therefore, you don't spend too much time on any one opponent.

    major players : Leo Gaje, Jr., Jerson "Nene" Tortal, William McGrath, Tom Bisio,
    Eric Knaus, Philip Gelinas.

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    Pronus-Supinus Cadena De Mano System
    Johnny Chiuten

    Johnny Chiuten, of Filipino-Chinese descent, was born in Bogo, Cebu in the
    late 1930's. He had an early introduction to martial arts from his father,
    uncles, and grandfather. To maintain his cultural heritage he was sent
    to China to be brought up in the traditional Chinese customs. Here he was
    further exposed to more martial arts styles from his Chinese relatives.

    Chiuten had been trained in the Balintawak style of arnis by
    Grandmaster Anciong Bacon. After learning Balintawak he moved on and
    studied the arnis de abanico style of Felimon Caburnay.

    The resistance of the arnis de abanico masters to the introduction of the
    new concepts of kung fu into their art resulted in several factions.
    Those that learned the new abanico style (the collaboration of Master
    Chiuten & Grandmaster Caburnay) were few and what they learned of the
    changes were mostly the physical aspects.

    The primary and perhaps trademark characteristic of the style is the use
    of the crossed leg stance and its application in advancing and/or
    retreating while delivering multiple blows. Trapping techniques with the
    hands, feet, sticks & dagger, not to mention the intricate takedown and
    locking techniques, make this style different from some Filipino arts.

    The name given to this style, Pronus-Supinus (pron-supine) refers to the
    yin-yang relationship of the hands and the Cadena de mano (chain of hands)
    refers to the continuous hand movements as it relates to attack and/or
    defence techniques. These incorporate the principles of the different arts
    that form the bulk of the offensive and defensive arsenal. What forms the
    very foundation of this art is the stancework, hand and foot technics, the
    whole body being involved in the expression of the art. The stick and
    dagger are merely the extensions of the total art. There has been no claim
    of this art being a pure Filipino martial art style but rather, and
    expression of the fighting philosophy of Johnny, as comprehended and
    translated by his followers.

    major players : Rene Navarro, Jopet Laraya

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    Rapido Realismo Martial Arts
    Henry Espera

    Rapido Realismo Martial Arts consists of two fighting systems, the
    Rapido Realismo Kali/Arnis (aka Espera Kali/Arnis) for weaponry and
    Rapido Realismo Sabakan (aka Espera Sabakan) for hand-to-hand encounters.

    major players : Isagani Abon, Rommel Pabiliona, Lito Abraham

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    San Miguel Eskrima
    Filemon "Momoy" Canete (1904-1995)

    San Miguel Eskrima is an Espada y Daga style developed by Filemon "Momoy"
    Canete. Master Canete defined his method as an "old" style of Doce Pares
    that emphasized the use of the blade. Training stresses the correct body
    mechanics, distancing and timing necessary to develop power, speed, and
    accuracy when fighting.

    The San Miguel Form is the centerpiece of this method of Eskrima. It's
    great length develops endurance and refined strength. In addition to the
    San Miguel Form, many other aspects of Espada Y Daga training are explored:

    Disarming Techniques
    Counters to Basic Attacks
    Hi Speed Counter & Re-counter Exercises
    Free Style Drills

    Other methods of training develop a wide range of skills and cultivate
    different qualities and abilities:

    Ananangkil (50" Stick) (Power / Courage)
    Bangkaw (Spear) (Body Connection)
    Dos Armas (2 sticks) (Speed / Fluidity)
    Cadena (Chain) (Speed / Timing / Wrist Power)
    Unarmed Techniques (Self Defense/Throws/Locks)
    Latigo (Whip) (Timing / Whole body Power)
    Throwing Knife (Accuracy / Control)

    A list of certified instructors may be found on the San Miguel Eskrima
    Association Website:

    major players : Tom Bisio, Tom Arroyo, Patty Burkhalter, Mike Freel,
    Steve Lamade, Doug Marcaide, Mike Marini, Tony Ortiz, James Seetoo,
    Ngo Vinh-Hoi, Dave Tillett.

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    San Miguel Eskrima Asosasyon of Cebu
    Filemon "Momoy" Canete (1904-1995)

    San Miguel Eskrima is the art, science and personal expression of
    Grandmaster Filemon "Momoy"Canete. The system is based on:

    * Simplicity
    * Directness
    * Effectiveness
    * Reality
    * Tactics and Strategies
    * Economy of Motion
    * Personal Expression
    * Personal Development
    * Scientific Movements
    * Concepts/Principles
    * History
    * Culture

    Grandmaster Momoy was one of the head instructors of the Doce Pares Club
    from 1933 through up to his passing in 1995 and one of its original founders
    together with Lorenzo Saavedra, Teodoro Saavedra, Federico Saavedra,
    Florentino and Eulogio Canete. San Miguel Eskrima is his Momoy's personal
    expression and style within the club/system.

    In San Miguel emphasis is heavily placed on developing proper and precise
    body mechanics and dynamics and the recognition of the natural physiology and
    application of movement and force, while using the concepts/principles of a
    weapons-based training. Power, speed, strength, rhythm, reaction, reflex and
    a keen eye are some of the attributes developed in San Miguel training.

    San Miguel is a complete blade and edge based system that incorporates long
    and short blades, single stick, double stick, stick and dagger, dagger,
    long stick (ananangkil/gahab), spear (bankaw), bullwhip (latigo), cadena
    (chain), throwing knives, Pangamut (empty hand Combat Judo and dumog

    Association websites:

    major players : Benjamin Culanag, Urbano Borja, Genaro Mendoza, Andreas
    Canete, Isidro Casio, Albert Sales, Ramon Rubia

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    Sayoc Kali
    Christopher Sayoc, Sr.

    Sayoc Kali is one of the many components contained in the Sayoc Fighting
    System. The Sayoc Fighting System as taught from 1972-1982 was comprised
    of the following categories:

    1. Single stick (28"-32")
    2. Empty hands (foot works, body mechanics)
    3. Double stick (24"-32")
    4. Stick and dagger
    5. Dagger (single blade-multiple blades)
    6. Tabak-toyok (single/double)
    7. Pana (projectile in assorted sizes)
    8. Long stick (36"-50")
    9. Whip (4'-12') (single/double)
    10. Staff/spear
    11. Short stick (18"-24")/tabak-maliit (single/double)
    12. Shield and stick

    The Sayoc System of Edged Weapons Dynamics is taught in three parts:
    Sayoc Kali, Sayoc Silak and Sayoc Bakal.

    The Sayoc Kali system emphasizes the correct and effective usage of the
    blade. During training a student will learn how to use a single blade,
    with progression to the use of multiple blades, in conjunction with
    empty-hands training. Sayoc Kali contains the basic teaching formula,
    and is primarily concerned with the development of the "Feeder".

    Feeder based mentality is best described by answering this oft-asked
    question: "How would you defend against a guy with a knife?" Feeder
    Based mentality : "I have the Knife".

    The Sayoc Silak system is the second part of the training is in the
    counter offensive and contains the second learning formula. This
    training revolves around the "Receiver", and is started with the empty hands.

    The Sayoc Bakal system is the third aspect taught. It is comprised
    around the use of projectiles in combat. It works as a complete system
    and compliments and enhances both Sayoc Kali and Sayoc Silak.

    Included in these 3 categories of training are: proper handling or blade
    edge discipline, blade deployment, vital target discrimination, defense
    against and the practice of disarms, projectiles and finger-touch
    methodology used in conjunction with knife work, critical injury
    management, teaching methodologies, non linear templates, 2 dominant
    weapon usage, environmental tactics, power assisted movements, and a
    system for team work for multiple man situations.

    major players : Rafael Kayanan, Ricardo Kayanan, Tom Kier.

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    Serrada Escrima (Cabales Serrada Escrima)
    Angel Ovalles Cabales (1917-1991)

    Angel Cabales is commonly known as the "Father of Escrima in the US" as
    he was the first to openly teach FMA in the States.

    Serrada translates to either "to close" or "close quarters". The style is
    noted for using a shorter cane, male triangle footwork, and quick, linear,
    inclose fighting. This blade and stick style translates well into empty
    hand applications.

    major players : Dentoy Revillar, Al Concepcion, Mike Inay (1944-2000), Jimmy Tacosa,
    Vincent Cabales, John Cabales, Jaime Cabrera, Charles Cadell III, Ron Saturno,
    Stanley Wells, Wade Williams, Frank Rillamas, Gabriel Asuncion, Kimball Joyce

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    Dentoy Revillar

    SLD stands for and is based on Serrada, Largo Mano, and De Cuerdas, Revillar
    learned Serrada from Angel Cabales, De Cuerdas from Gilbert Tenio, and Largo

    major players : Dextor Labanog, Bob Antuna

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    Sudlud Eskrima
    Ray Terry (1951-)

    Sudlud Eskrima (and the Sudlud Eskrima Association, SEA) is an amazing
    style of FMA, founded in 2002. "The Sudlud", a mythical human
    character, played a pivotal role in rank progression within the
    Inayan System of Eskrima.

    Sudlud Eskrima is heavily based on Inayan Eskrima and the teaching
    and interests of the late Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay. Sudlud
    Eskrima also contains significant influences from Grandmaster
    Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete's Doce Pares Eskrima as well as his systems
    of Eskrido and Pangamot. This firm FMA footing in addition to the
    founder's 40 years of martial arts teaching and training experience
    forms the excellence of technique and execution that is Sudlud Eskrima.

    Students in the SEA strive to earn the unique title of "Inayador".
    The Inayador (Inayan Eskrimador) is honorable, possesses a warrior
    spirit and has mastered the basics of the SEA curriculum. The Inayador
    has attained a 1st degree black belt in Sudlud Eskrima. Sudlud Eskrima
    uniquely uses only a five degree [1 thru 5] black belt ranking system.

    major players : Bill Evans, Jim Bruce, Michael Mason, James Bush, Jorge Medina,
    Andrzej Sobczak, Henryk Duda

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    Romeo Mamar, Sr. (19??-2005)

    A long cane (50") style with 3 angles of attack and in which the cane
    is wielded with either one or both hands. It stresses footwork and
    delivery of very powerful blows.

    major players : Al Concepcion, Ron Harris, Benefrido "Bebing" Lubrido, Mike Vasquez

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    Toledo-Collado Escrima
    Pasqual Ovales

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    Florendo "Vee" Visitacion (1910-1999)

    An eclectic fighting system combining hard and soft styles. Major
    components are JuJitsu, Judo, Arnis Lanada, Muay Thai, Kuntaw,
    Kung-Fu, Karate and Aikido.

    Vee Jitsu is the foundation of the art, incorporating the joint locks,
    breaks, throws, and ground movements of Judo/JuJitsu with the brutal,
    no-holds-barred approach of traditional street fighting. Techniques
    such as groin kicks, biting and eye gouging are readily employed during
    fight situations.

    Professor Vee also devised a series of fifteen two-person short forms
    dubbed "Vee-Jitsu-Te's". These enable the student to respond effectively
    to a variety of attack scenarios using a series of sequential defensive
    moves. In order to additionally prepare for the realities of street
    confrontations, students are drilled rigorously in class and paired
    with persons of different shapes and sizes. That way an individual
    can experiment with various techniques to determine whether they work
    effectively against larger or smaller opponents within a given situation.

    The weapons and empty-hand martial art of Arnis makes up the second
    major component of Vee-Arnis-Jitsu. Many of the Vee-Arnis-Jitsu
    techniques such as the fifteen dimensions and the patterns-of-twelve
    drills are derived from Arnis. Students practice these techniques
    using a variety of different stepping variations. The more important
    ones include PaKua circular footwork, forward and backward motion
    and the V-stepping pattern. A number of training exercises including
    Sinawali drills are also incorporated. Knife-fighting is another major
    part of weapons training.

    major players : David James, Frank Edwards, Sr., Frank Edwards, Jr.,
    Mohammed Talib

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    Villabrille System
    Floro Villabrille (1912-1992)

    Villabrille learned Kali/Eskrima (along with his friend, F.Dizon) from Princess
    Josefina, 'the Blind Princess', of the Pulahane tribe of Gandara, Samar.

    This style is now headed by Ben T. Largusa and is now termed the
    Largusa-Villabrille System of Kali. However, Ben is now retired and
    living in Nevada.

    major players : Lindsey Largusa, Mel Lopez, Greg Lontayao, Allan Magdangal,
    Mario Magdangal, Ron Hellman, Mark Harrell

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    Visayan Style
    Sonny Umpad

    This system is comprised of elements from Moro-Moro, Doce Pares,
    Balintawak, Villabrille Kali, Serrada and also Wing Chun kung fu. Moro-Moro
    footwork is combined with concepts from the various Cebu-based Visayan arts.
    Live doblecada (double sticks) incorporates Wing Chun's centerline punching
    principles into sinawali. Knife work and Sikaran foot fighting are also
    heavily emphasized by this Alameda, CA instructor.

    major players : Gary Cagaanan, Sonny Bautista

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    Warriors Eskrima
    Abner G. Pasa

    The Warriors system is a composite of the various styles and systems
    studied by Abner Pasa. The main system being that of the Largo Mano
    System, Excalibur System, Pangamot System, Espada y Daga System,
    Sikaran, Balintawak System and a host of other styles. The development
    of very high skills in fighting can not be the only goal in Eskrima.
    Admittedly, survival was a strong determination in the study of the art
    in ancient times. However, practical realities today demands that the
    ultimate goal of the art must shift from merely surviving to that of
    living. The development of ones potential for his betterment, redounding
    to the benefit of his community. This direction has greatly influenced
    the development of the system.

    Only a select few are allowed to study and practice the real art. The
    main goal in the past was to preserve the art. The training syllabus has
    been kept simple. Lessons on individual techniques were called Basic
    Training. Emphasis at this level is on the understanding of the proper
    and effective execution of the individual techniques taught.
    Combinations and complications arising from the practical applications
    of a technique is de-emphasised. Once a student has developed the
    ability to execute the techniques properly he is allowed to move into
    the Advanced Training format. Advanced training involves the development
    of a students personal fighting system. The effective applications of the
    techniques are now emphasised. Mastery of this level leads to a
    certificate as an instructor.

    major players : Vicente "Inting" Carin (?-2005), Krishna Godhania

    ************************************************** ***********
    Napoleon (Nap) A. Fernandez

    Founded in 1972, Yaw-Yan's movements slightly resemble that of
    Thai-Boxing and Korea's Taekwondo but the origin is Filipino. The word
    Yaw-Yan was derived from the two last syllables of "Sayaw ng Kamatayan"
    meaning "Dance of Death".

    Contrary to most popular belief, Yaw-Yan is not purely a full-contact
    no-holds barred sport martial arts. It is a complete martial training
    with body-mind coordination and test of enduring indomitable spirit.
    More than just physical training, it also involves the mental
    disciplines of focus, concentration, alertness, flexibility, stamina,
    speed and continuity. Students train for real confrontation and actual
    fights -- on or off the ring. Advanced Disciples have to go through a
    rigorous ritual of practice and discipline consisting of actual
    full-contact sparring, bag hitting, and flexibility exercises. The
    Elbows (siko), knees (tuhod) and shin (lulod) are utilized in much the
    same way as in Muay Thai. Yaw-Yan practitioners learn 40 basic kicks,
    advanced disciples have to be able to execute and apply complexed
    advanced kicks requiring great dexterity, flexibility and mastery. Most
    of these advanced kicks are trick kicks which always caught unsuspecting
    opponents by surprise.

    Yaw-Yan Back-kick, reversed Yaw-Yan roundhouse stomp thrust and the
    famous scorpion kicks were some of these kicks popularized in Filipino
    motion pictures by action stars Boy Fernandez and Rey Malonzo, both
    Yaw-Yan experts. Yaw-Yan practitioners are also adept with Philippine
    bladed weaponries as balisong and bolo. Bladed weapons are mere
    extensions of the hands. The forearm strikes, elbows, punches,
    dominating palms, and hand movements are empty-hand translations of the
    bladed weapons. There are 12 bolo punches which were patterned from
    Arnis, the Philippines' very own armed art. These punches have continous
    fluid striking motion quite similar to western boxing but incorporating
    the art of Arnis. Grappling, ground-fighting, and knife-fighting had
    always been a part of the philippines' martial art and are always
    incorporated during the Yaw-Yan practice period. Yaw-Yan is a
    transformation of ancient Filipino Martial Arts and a Modern Competition
    Sport with high emphasis on practicality and actual confrontation.

    The mountain-storm kick had been debatable as who originated it, where
    and when. Mountain Storm kick seemed similar to Thai roundhouse kick
    except that the kicking leg was drawn up and swung-through in full force
    swiftly with a continous downward cutting motion of the shin as you
    torque your hips in, instead of just plain straight through burst.

    ************************************************** ***********

    And many other styles/systems...

  9. #9
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    Holy crap wikidbounce. That's an insane amount of info. +1 for you sir!

    Also, a little bit OT, but the line in the Bahad Zu'bu section about the mind getting exhausted before the body is definitely true in my experience of FMA!

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    Baltimore, MD
    I love how when you start to list major players of various styles, Inosanto pops up everywhere.

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