What is Atlanta Kali Group’s Annual Krampus Stick Fighting? This is an open, non contest sparring. You choose the weapon and the armor. Single stick, double stick, padded sticks, tomahawk, shield and stick, plastic weapons, or flexible weapons. Any ranges, corto, largo, or knife(cqc). Come have fun and help spread the Filipino Martial Arts along with the Christmas cheer!!!!
Filipino martial arts are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably and their ability turn ordinary items into weapons of personal protection. This art is historically and tactically significant with equal emphasis placed on combat utility, artistic expression, and day-to-day graciousness. – Guro Ben Salas
Eskrima, Escrima, Arnis, and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts,” or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons. It is also known as Estoque (Spanish for rapier), Estocada (Spanish for thrust or stab) and Garrote (Spanish for club). In Luzon they may go by the name of Arnis de Mano, Pananandata (use of weapons), Sinawali (Pampanga, “to weave”), Sitbatan (Pangasinan), Didya and Kabaroan (Ilocos region). In the Visayas and Mindanao, these martial arts have been referred to as eskrima, kali, kaliradman, pagaradman and kalirongan. kuntaw and silat are separate martial arts practiced in the islands.
It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques. Although in general, emphasis is put on weapons for these arts, some systems put empty hands as the primary focus and some old school systems do not teach weapons at all.
Matt Clanton (ATFF founder) and Atlanta Southeast Asian Martial Arts proudly present Guro Jerome Teague for a public seminar on Counter Blade Tactics. If you have never trained on the bladed system of the Filipino Martial Arts here is your oppourtunity to learn a straight forward and effective method of blade training. Guro Jerome will be instructing on some core blade to blade and empty hand to blade concepts. This progression is designed to take you from 0 to proficient in a short time.
Topics Covered will include:
Fatal and Non Fatal Applications
Basic Empty Hand to Blade Defense
Cost is $50 to pre-register at the link below to secure your spot. Participants limited to 20.
Topic: Fundamentals and Sparring Drills of Applied Eskrima Balintawak
Guro Jerome Teague will be returning to Atlanta, GA the weekend of March 28th through 29th to conduct private and seminar training in the Applied Eskrima Fundamentals and Sparring Drills of Applied Eskrima Balintawak. This seminar will cover the essential skills required to delve into the advanced sparring drills and locking, trapping, and disarming techniques of Applied Eskrima. Applied Eskrima realistic and practical training methods are guaranteed to make you faster, more fluid, and powerful. Come and learn one of the fastest spreading systems of FMA in the world from their top US instructor.
For more information contact Jason Croom 404-396-6173 or via e-mail AppliedEskrimaGa@gmail.com
Demo Spar training:
Applied Eskrima / Filipino Martial Arts synopsis:
The martial arts of the Philippine archipelago are among the most sophisticated in the world. Most commonly called Eskrima, Arnis, or Kali, the Filipino martial arts are as rich and diverse as Filipino culture itself. The word Ekcrima is derived from the Spanish term esgrimir, which means to wield or brandish weapons. Styles that are based in the central Visayan Islands are generally referred to by this name. Arnis (Arnis de Mano), also comes from the Spanish language. Arnis de Mano as it is generally known in the North likely comes from the old Spanish term “Armas” which roughly translates to skill with weapons. Some other less common terms for referencing the arts are: Pananandata, Estoque, Estoqui, Estokada, many empty hand styles also exist and are known as: Panantunkan, Suntukan, Pangamut, Sikaran, Layog, Dumog, Buno, Silat, Kuntao, and many others depending on region and time period.
Kali is not so easily understood. There are at least three explanations to the origin of the term. The first is potentially a dialectic corruption of the name of a sword on the part of the Spaniards during the colonial period, 1565-1899. It is possible that kriss, keris, or kalis could have been misunderstood through the centuries of Spanish occupation resulting in the nomenclature we use today, Kali, generically called the bladed art of the Philippines. Kali is sometimes referred to as “the mother art” but this is highly controversial and wildly speculative. The likelihood that all FMA came for one original source does not hold up to academic scrutiny. However, it would be fair to say that the modern interpretations of FMA have their roots in much older blade based battle field systems and a rose by any other name is still a rose. So, it would be more accurate to say that there is not a singular mother art, but more likely a similar core set of principles and philosophies at the root of all FMA.
A second etymology comes from an old Malay word meaning “to scrape.” This is an allusion to one of the principle strategies of FMA. If you attack, the defender will hit your attacking limb. He will scrape your hand or arm with his weapon. This is commonly referred to as defanging the snake.
Perhaps the most widely held explanation of the name Kali was first coined in the US by GGM Floro Villabrille, GM Ben Largusa, and continued by Guro Dan Inosanto. In the Villabrille-Largusa system of Kali, Kali is explained to be a construct of two Visayan words, kamut and lihook. Kamut translates to hand and lihook translates to motion, so Kali can be understood as combative hand motion.
A student of FMA could expect to become proficient in a variety of traditional weaponry. Some of the areas of training include:
• Single stick, sword, axe, palm stick, and dagger.
• Double stick, sword, axe, and dagger.
• Long and Short weapons like stick and dagger or sword and dagger.
• Pole arms like the staff and spear.
• Flexible weapons like the sarong, whip, rope, or chain.
• Empty hand fighting consisting of punched, kicks, and sophisticated grappling arts.
*This will vary depending upon each system….
As evidenced through the many languages spoken in the islands, the Philippines have been the epicenter for cultural confluence since at least 800AD. From various waves of Malay and Indonesian migration, Chinese and Indian traders, and later Spanish, American, and Japanese occupation, many cultures have left their mark on the people and cultures of the archipelago.
In the 1946, shortly after the end of WWII and the expiration of the Tydings-McDuffie Act, the Philippines were granted their independence from the United States. The notion of a unified country called the Philippines is only 65 years old. As such, many separatist groups founded on principles of religious and ethnic separatism exist in the islands. This makes some parts of the Philippines some of the most dangerous places in the world. This fact is reflected in the necessity for such an efficient family of fighting systems. FMA is one of the top cultural exports of the Philippines and overall it plays well into a national Filipino identity. With a history of occupation by and resistance to foreign powers, the practitioner of Filipino Martial Arts is participating in a warrior tradition founded on courage in the face of battle and potential annihilation.
General Douglas Macarthur once said, “give me one million Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world,” and I for one believe him.