Arnis as a combat strategy evolved from the warrior-techniques of the early diverse eastern cultures that settled in the Philippine Archipelago. One of its precursor techniques – “kali” dates as far back as the 8th century and was in use in the Sri-Vishayan empire prior to the arrival of the oriental- spice-seeking Spanish Fleet under Magellan into the Philippines in 1521.
Arnis evolved as variations of earlier ethnic Oriental combat techniques that included “kali.” “Kali” is from the word “kalis” – Malay word for bladed weapon. Another early form of stick fighting that influenced the techniques used in Arnis today is ‘tjakelele’ (Indonesian fencing). The use of sticks in combat in earlier years under the Spanish occupation of the Philippines was called “eskrima” (Spanish term for fencing) and “Arnis de Mano” (harness of the hands).
Arnis is an exciting martial art, to watch and participate in. Advanced techniques also utilise Jiu Jitsu skills. Students can usually obtain a black belt after approximately two years of training.
Sticks are available for purchase at the dojo for $30 per set.