List of Arnis systems and practitioners

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This is a list of notable Arnis systems and practitioners.

Practiced/Practitioners in the Philippines[edit]

Systems which directly originated from the Philippines and have practitioners residing in the Philippines. Not all systems have particular names as older practitioners only called their arts generic names like arnis, baston, escrima, etc.

  • Arnes Diablo - a style from Cebu focused on knife fighting taught by Lorenzo "Insiong" Saavedra to Zimo Saavedra then to Lucresio "Okit" Albano and Gregorio "Goyong" Ceniza. Senior students: Felipe Dabor, Cronie Cabatingan, Vernon Ompoc and Rene Capangpangan.[1]
  • Balintawak Eskrima - Founded in 1952 by Venancio "Anciong" Bacon[2] after internal dispute amongst some of the original founders of the original Doce Pares club.
  • Balintawak Sugbu - Balintawak Sugbu follows the original teaching method of Villasin Balintawak. Founder GM Carlo "Kaloy" Campaña
  • Bakbakan International - Founded by Antonio Diego, Rey Galang, Christopher Ricketts, senior students of Tatang Ilustrisimo.[3]
  • Biagtan Ayura Cinco Teros - Founded by Maestro Raysaldo Biagtan, former Team Muaythai Philippines, ISKA Champion, World Silver Medalist, also founder of Biagtan Muaythai MMA and Author of the book "The Art Of Cinco Teros" Northern Philippines System.
  • Black Scorpion Arnis founded by Capt. Arthur Cuadrante Teodosio, reserve officer of the Philippine Army, in 1969.
  • De Campo Uno-Dos-Tres Orihinal (De Campo 1-2-3) – founded by Jose Caballero.[4][self-published source]
  • Derobio escrima - founded by grandmaster Braulio Pedoy.
  • Doce Pares Eskrima - Originally encompassed 12 styles and was founded by the Saavedra and Cañete families in 1932. There are now several Doce Pares groups headed by various members of the Cañete family.
  • Eskrido - Founded by Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete, the last remaining founder of Doce Pares Eskrima.
  • Garimot Arnis - Led by Gat Puno Abon "Garimot" Baet.
  • Kalis Ilustrisimo - Founded by Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo; important as the ancestor of many current eskrima systems.[3][4] Some senior students are Antonio "Tony" Diego,[5] Epifanio "Yuli" Romo, Christopher "Topher" Ricketts,[6] Rey Galang and Romeo Macapagal
  • Jose Rizal practiced Arnis de Mano from Laguna[7]
  • Kombatan - founded by Ernesto Presas, brother of Remy Presas.[8]
  • Lameco Eskrima - Founded by Edgar Sulite. The name comes from the three ranges of the system, Largo (Spanish for "long"), Medio ("medium"), and Corto ("short"). It is a composite of many systems with heavy influence from De Campo 1-2-3 and Kalis Illustrisimo.
  • Arnis Lanada - Grandmaster Porfirio S. Lanada (also known as Proferio Lanada), is one of the Philippines’ Internationally recognized Arnis Grandmasters. He is the founder of Arnis Lanada, a world recognized style of Filipino stick-fighting.
  • Lapunti Arnis de Abanico - a style synthesized by Felimon Caburnay and Johnny Chiuten[2]
  • Lightning Scientific Arnis International (LSAI)[9] - Founded by Benjamin Luna Lema in 1937. Lightning Scientific Arnis is a system that revolves around the concept of Tercia Serrada Cadenilla y Espada y Daga which is a method of intercepting and redirecting attacks and blind-siding the opponent by going to the off-side and blanketing him with a barrage of continuous strikes.
  • Modern Arnis - Founded by Remy Presas, which has roots in the Presas family and Balintawak system. It is revolutionary for having pioneered a system that made teaching of Arnis easier for students as old-school systems were often very painful for the student, thus making it hard to attract students and keep the arts alive.[8][10]
  • Pekiti Tirsia Kali - Founded by Conrado Tortal and carried on by Leo Tortal Gaje, inheritor of the family system of the Tortal clan. The name means "to cut into pieces at close range", although it includes techniques for all ranges. One of the most recognized blade-oriented systems. It is one of the systems used by the Philippine Marine Corps Force Recon Battalion.
  • Regino Ilustrisimo, cousin of Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo[2]
  • San Miguel Eskrima - As one of the founders (together with the famous Doring and Ensong Saavedra) of the Labangon Fencing Club in 1920 and later the Doce Pares Club in 1932, Filemon "Momoy" Cañete created the blade based San Miguel Eskrima as his personal expression of the Doce Pares art and methodology.
  • Erik Manuevo[11] - current practitioner and Founder of the Black Dragon clan, former member of the Red Lords of Death and the second western winner of the Kumite in 1995.
  • Tabak ni Bonifacio with Buenaventura Mirafuente and Placido Yambao[2][12]
  • Tat Kon Tou and Banate created by Jose Millan, student of Anciong Bacon.[13]

International Systems[edit]

Systems which were consolidated and codified overseas, or where practitioners are no longer residing in the Philippines, but abroad.

Filipino-American Systems/Practitioners[edit]

  • Pedro Apilado[2]
  • Arnis Balite - founded by Pundador Manuel Aguillon in Zambales, currently carried on by Punong Guro Steven K. Dowd, publisher of FMA Informative. Aside from practicing Arnis, Aguillon was a boxer who was said to move so fast that he was nicknamed "Kid Balite", after the Balete tree which is said to be the dwelling place of ghosts and spirits in Philippine folklore.[14][15][16][17]
  • Bahala Na Escrima - Founded by Leo Giron,[18] named after The Bahala Na (Come what may) Intelligence Company which he was a part of in World War II. Giron and his company were the eyes and ears of Gen. Douglas MacArthur[19] and were infiltrated into the island of Luzon where they fought hand-to-hand against katana-wielding Japanese troops.
  • Burton Richardson[6]
  • Cabales Serrada Escrima - brought to Stockton, California by Angel Cabales[2]
  • Dog Brothers - a group notorious for their Gatherings, which feature full-contact stick fighting and minimal protection.
  • Juanito "Johnny" LaCoste[2]
  • Ben Largusa[2]
  • Bonifacio Lonzaga[2]
  • Inosanto Kali - developed by Dan Inosanto from various other styles; he does not call it a system in its own right, but rather a blend of systems from John Lacoste and others.
  • Latigo y Daga - Whip and dagger method founded by Tom Meadows.
  • Sayoc Kali - founded by Baltazar "Bo" Sayoc, the system promotes the "all blade, all the time" methodology of Filipino Martial Arts. The family system is now led by Christopher Sayoc.
  • Sistema Birada - founded by Rogelio "Roger" Solar, the system focuses on continuous multiple strikes. This system teaches practitioners how to follow through on their attack. If a strike is blocked, it is followed continuously by strikes to the area opened by the oponent when the first strike was blocked.
  • Telesforo Subing-Subing[2]
  • Teofisto "Tobby" Tobosa[2]
  • Floro Villabrile[2]


  • Guba Doce Pares - is a system headed by Danny Guba, based in London UK

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Capangpangan, Rene; Nepangue, Ned R. (1996). "Arnes Diablo: Harnessing the Evil Intent". Rapid Journal. Taichi Works Publications. 3 (3): 18.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Navarro, Rene J. (1996). "Arnis de Mano: Philippine Stickfighting". Rapid Journal. Taichi Works Publications. 2 (2): 20.
  3. ^ a b Diego, Antonio; Ricketts, Christopher (1999). the Secrets of Kalis Ilustrisimo. Tuttle Publishing.
  4. ^ a b Macachor, Celestino; Nepangue, Ned (2007). Cebuano Eskrima: Beyond the Myth. United States of America: Xlibris. ISBN 978-1-4257-4621-6.
  5. ^ Romeo Macapagal (August 30, 2014). "Tribute and tribulation". The Manila Times.
  6. ^ a b Castro, June (1996). "Sleeper". Rapid Journal. Taichi Works Publications. 3 (3): 17.
  7. ^ Navarro, Rene J. (1999). "Rizal: Zen Life, Zen Death". Rapid Journal. 4 (3): 3.
  8. ^ a b Presas, Ernesto A. (1996). Filipino Modern Mano-Mano, Presas Style.
  9. ^ "Lightning Scientific Arnis". Filipino Martial Arts Pulse: Kali, Eskrima, Arnis.
  10. ^ Presas, Remy Amador (1994). Makabagong Arnis de Mano: Sining ng Pilipino ng Pagtanggol sa Sarili. National Book Store, Inc.
  11. ^
  12. ^ Buenaventura Mirafuente and Placido Yambao (1957). Mga Karunungan sa Larong Arnis. UP Press.
  13. ^ Nepangue, Ned R. (1999). "Banate Stick Fighting System". Rapid Journal. 4 (3): 20.
  14. ^ "Arnis Balite: Pundador Manuel Molina Aguillon Sr". Arnis Balite.
  15. ^ Dowd, Steven K. (2010). Arnis Balite: The Filipino Art of Hand, Foot & Stick Fighting The Basics and Fundamentals. Maharlika Enterprizes.
  16. ^ Dowd, Steven K. (2004). Arnis Balite: The Filipino Art of Hand, Foot & Stick Fighting as taught by Pundador Manuel M. Aguillon. Maharlika Enterprizes.
  17. ^ Dowd, Steven K. (2001). Arnis Balite: The Basics of Huli Luson "Trap-Capture-Attack". Maharlika Enterprizes.
  18. ^ Perry Gil S. Mallari (June 16, 2009). "The Warrior and Mercenary Culture of the Macabebes". FMA Pulse. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  19. ^ "Bahala Na or Come What May". Unit Pages.

External links[edit]

  • BALINTAWAK SUGBU(Traditional Villasin Fighting System) Balintawak Sugbu follows the original teaching method of Villasin Balintawak.
  • FMA Informative - Propagating the Filipino Martial Arts and Culture of the Philippines