Eskrima, also known as Arnis or Kali is the indigenous martial art of the Philippine Islands. It has many influnses from China, Japan, Korea, Malaisia, Indonisia as well as many many more as traiders came to the islands to trade.With over 7000 islands making the Philippines each tribe had there own variation of the art that was influnced by there enviroment which they uses in trible warfair.
The island of Cebu is regarded as the cradele of eskrima as the Spanish conquistadors found out in 1521 when the met Lapu Lapu a local chieftain and his men. Ferdinand Magellan a Portuguese navigator who led the expedition on behalf of the king of Spain lost his life amonst many more. Eventually the spanish conquered the Philippines largely through the church, and made the warrior class outlawed as well as training in eskrima and the carrying of bladed weapons. This forced the eskrima masters underground and teaching to either members of there own families or select students who had specifically sought out the masters.
Eskrima is well known and respected as a highly practical weapon-based system training in single stick, double stick, staff, knife and much more as well as purely unarmed techniques. This kind of training has been found to be particularly effective at incresasing coordination and reflexes with a dynamic, flexible and intelectialy stimulating training methods which can fast track to develop the qualities needed for practical self-defence.Here are some of the advantages of training in such a program.
- It is found to be an efficient way of increasing concentration and coordination, and of reducing reaction time.
- A knowledge of how weapons can be used is the key to being able to defend against them.
- The transference of movement principles from weapon to empty hand, or one weapon to another becomes apparent from an early stage, increasing understanding and flexibility of response.