Filipino Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts (Eskrima, Arnis and Kali)

EskrimaArnis and Kali refer to a class of Filipino martial arts that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, blades and improvised weapons. Although training starts with weapons, empty hand techniques, trapping and limb destruction are core parts of these arts as the weapon is considered merely an extension of the body. Eskrima and Arnis are the most common among the many names often used in the Philippines today to refer to these arts.

The teaching of the basic skills in Eskrima are traditionally simplified. With limited time to teach intricate moves, only techniques that were proven effective in battle and could easily be taught en masse were used. This allowed villagers, generally not professional soldiers, a measure of protection against other villages, as well as foreign invaders. This philosophy of simplicity is still used today and is the underlying base of eskrima. Because of this approach, eskrima and the Filipino martial arts in general are often mistakenly considered to be “simple”. However, this refers only to its systematization, not effectiveness. To the contrary, beyond the basic skills lies a very complex structure and a refined skillset that takes years to master.

The FMA class is scheduled immediately after the LFP class, with a short mirienda break before class. Our roster of students have ranged in age from six year-olds to college students and adults. While our program facilitator, Guro Ed Cadiz, teaches this martial art for self-defense methods and skills, it is also taught with the important values of respect and discipline. As a result, some of the elements that students gain from this class are confidence, community and friendship. The common feedback we receive from students is that they enjoy coming to class because “it’s fun.”

Everyone is always welcome to join or to simply come and watch students practice the skills they’ve learned at BKC with Guro Ed.

Fall 2013 Session begins August 3rd!

Facilitator:  Guro Ed Cadiz

Watch video clip from Kababayan L.A. 18: Guro Ed and Student, Monica Reyes on Kababayan L.A.