Artwork: Fighting Sticks of Arnis

Fighting Sticks of Arnis

New Release on August 23rd: Fighting Sticks of Arnis documentary. Available on DVD and download in HD 1080p formats. Featuring more than eight grandmasters of Modern Arnis and two grandmasters of Balintawak.A rare chance to travel across the Philippines and explore Filipino Martial Arts with our guides on this epic journey, datu Tim Hartman from the USA and grandmaster Bobby Taboada.

In our journey we meet many grandmasters who are students of the founder of Modern Arnis, Professor Remy Presas. “I started in Modern Arnis” says grandmaster Rodel Dagooc. “Grandmaster Remy Presas was my godfather. Without him, Arnis would have become a dying art.”  One style that Remy Presas mastered is Balintawak, a dynamic single stick style. At his Cebu Nickelsticks school, grandmaster ‘Nick’ Elizar explains: “The aim of Balintawak is to disarm your opponent. This means using counter to counter because we assume our opponent is smarter than us.”  Elizar says “Striking is easy.  We teach you to defend and react very fast.”

Arnis, like all traditional martial arts requires hard work and sacrifice. Grandmaster Bobby Taboada talks about his early years of Arnis training: “I learned to accept the pain. That’s the reality of training in the Philippines… are you ready to accept the pain.”

Featuring in order of appearance:

Datu Tim Hartman: World Modern Arnis Alliance
Master Arnold Narzo:  Kalis Illustrisimo Repeticion, Manila
Master Ronnie Royce:  Base Laraw Kali Pamuok, Manila
Grandmaster Kyud Junn:  Lanada Kuntaw, Manila
Grandmaster Bobby Taboada:  Int. Balintawak Cuentada System
Grandmaster Nicomedes Elizar:  World Nickelstick Escrima, Cebu
Grandmaster Samual Dulay:  Int. Modern Arnis Federation Philippines
Grandmaster Jerry Dela Cruz:  Arnis Cruzada Philippines
Grandmaster Dieter Knuttel:  Deutscher Arnis Verband
Tuhon Rommel Tortal:  Pekiti Tirsia Kali System
Grandmaster Bram Frank:  Common Sense Self Defense. CSSD/SC
Grandmaster Rene Tongsan:  Arnis Аbaniko Tres Puntas
Grandmaster Rodel B. Dagooc:  Dagooc Arnis System / Modern Arnis