By Joseph Dignam
Eskrima (also known as Arnis) is the martial art of the Philippines. Despite first appearances, Eskrima systems use several weapons which are taught first, before the empty hand – the use of weapons enhances the empty hand skills of the student.
Dacayana Eskrima uses single stick, double stick, knives, stick and knife, sword and dagger, and empty hands techniques. There are many other categories of weapons within its modules so the learning never stops. We pride ourselves on the wide variety of weapons, ranges and techniques, and their applications, exploding the myth that Eskrima is just ‘stick fighting’!
Eskrima training normally includes a variety of drills that increase speed, improve timing, reflexes and coordination, as well as work on other key attributes. However, there is an additional element – FUN!
This martial arts system is taught in a relaxed atmosphere with focus on enjoyment while you are developing new skills. It is suitable for men and women; the focus is on speed and form, not brute strength to attack, defend and counter.
In recent years Eskrima has gained recognition due to films such as the Bourne movies, Taken, Quantum Of Solace, and The Book Of Eli, as well as series like Arrow, with combat scenes choreographed using Eskrima / Arnis techniques and fighting methods.
The effectiveness of the Art has been well known for years, which is why it has been used by many elite military forces worldwide.
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