One Stick Disarming with GM Remy A. Presas
Arnis began in the Philippines over 1200 years ago.
It was the fighting technique used against the Spaniards in the
1500's. Today Arnis is the main martial art in the Philippines
and defiantly the most popular. Modern Arnis was developed and
refined by Remy
Presas. The word Arnis is taken from the term "Arnis de
mano" or harness of the hand. Arnis (practiced in northern
Philippines), Kali (practiced in the southern Philippines) and
Escrima (practiced in central Philippines) are all essentially
the same art.
Arnis practitioners utilize empty hand techniques
and weapons such as sticks and knives. There are different forms
of combat which use different types of weapons such as a long wooden
sword and a short wooden dagger. There is a single stick and double
stick Arnis which uses one or two 2 foot long stick(s) made of
wood or cane.
Arnis is a serious form of self defense but it is
often seen as a sport. It uses almost all hand techniques, striking
and parrying and depends strongly on strategy. Students train with
drills, sparring and in free style practice and the training is
very physical and strenuous.
Arnis practitioners also develop mental, emotional
and spiritual qualities.