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Kombatan Arnis is geared towards today’s busy people who want to learn a combative martial art with real and valuable self-defence skills within a shorter time frame. We take a scientific approach to instruction and years of research and development allows us to teach the most effective techniques and strategies. All of our Instructors are internationally trained directly under late Great Grand Master Ernesto Presas.

It is our goal to provide an effective practice of self-defence through a teaching program that starts you on the path of improved self-defence capabilities right away. The Philippine martial art Kombatan Arnis has proven methods of defensive tactics used by Filipino Police officers and citizens themselves to protect their homelands. This style is based more on self-defence techniques and practicality, utilizing sticks or weapons just as extensions of your hands, applying the same principles using an umbrella, walking stick, a pen or just your bare hands for the same very effective self-defence maneuvers.

Kombatan Arnis is not a sport art, but rather an effective three-dimensional street art descended from Kali – a very unique martial art that originated in the Philippines over 1000 years ago. Kombatan Arnis differs greatly from other martial arts in that it covers all ranges of conflict: weapons, kicking, punching, and grappling which involve the use of combative hands, feet, blades, and sticks.

Refer to Grandmaster Andy Elliott’s instructional videos of Kombatan Arnis and an overview with Grandmaster Ernesto G Presas Jr.


Please contact us now to arrange your first free trial lesson.

In self defence one must be fluent in any range of fighting. An Arnisador is a functional fighter in any range, which is why Arnis excels as a complete system of combat. It also makes a great addition to other arts of self defence. While Arnis is relatively new to Australia, it is taking the martial arts world by storm. Arnis, an art proven in combat, is on the cutting edge of self defence. Its reactive flow drills are the vehicle to teaching a person techniques and flow, while strengthening and conditioning the body. It is equally effective for women as it is for men due to the continuous flowing techniques, not relying on size and strength.

In today’s world, violence is becoming more of an everyday occurrence. People need some type of reality-based survival skills in order to be able to walk with confidence and security. This is what Filipino Kombatan Arnis offers – self defence classes that are focused on real-life situations, mental strength and awareness with the physical capabilities. The training is kept real, but it is also fun, practical and enjoyable. There is definitely no egos or attitudes within our club.

Kombatan Arnis is a composite of various classical and modern fighting systems used in the Philippines.

Kombatan Arnis is a complete system of hand to hand and weapon combat incorporating empty hand moves based upon the same motions used in weapon fighting. The weapon is just an extension of the hand. This modern system embodies all the different martial arts, emphasizing to react instinctively encouraging you to develop your own style of techniques. It is called “an art within an art”. Kombatan Arnis incorporates the aspects of the ancient arts of Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Wing Chun, Muay Thai and Kick Boxing. It is a system that puts it all together! It supplements most other styles by learning to understand ‘the flow’. Martial artists studying other systems, such as Karate or Tae Kwon Do will be able to learn how to make their systems flow using the principles. The flow is where the body and weapon movement blend to achieve one’s most natural individual fighting style. Students of Kombatan Arnis learn very quickly how to defend themselves through the full-range of fighting- kicking, punching, trapping and grappling ranges.

The system is based around 12 angles of attack on the human body and 12 basic ways of dealing with each angle by hand, foot or weapon. In order to do so, you will learn – a variety of strikes, kicks, blocks, locks, holds, sweeps, throws and takedowns, covering many martial art styles. Weapon training involving blocks, counters and disarms. Unarmed combat, armed combat, unarmed verses armed and armed verses unarmed.

Filipino Kombatan Arnis combines the following styles and weapons:
Abaniko, Hirada, Sungkiti, Palis Palis, Doblete, Doblada, Banda y Banda, Otso Otso, Rompida, Redonda, Solo Baston, Doble Baston, Daga, Daga sa Daga, Espada y Daga, Dos Puntas, Tres Puntas, Dulo Dulo, Bankaw, Walking Cane, Mano Mano, Sipa-An & Dumog.



Filipino Fighting Arts History

The Philippines is an island nation in the Western Pacific of almost 70 million people where more than 70 dialects are spoken. Over the centuries the Philippines has been a crossroad for various cultures trading and fighting. The fighting arts have been a prominent part of Philippine history. From the beginning, Filipinos have defended their homes and villages with the fighting skills passed from generation to generation. In some ways, elements of these arts and skills still survive in many parts of the nation. Influenced by the movies and TV, most people have looked to other Asian martial systems for self-defence training. Until recently, few people, inside and outside of the Philippines, realized that the indigenous fighting arts of the Philippines represent some of the most effective hand-to-hand and bladed fighting methods in the world today. I have seen first hand, the effectiveness of the Filipino fighting systems.

Kali is the mother art of the modern Filipino Martial Arts. Records from the Malay Sri-Vishaya Empire dating to the 8th century A.D. refer to Kali as the art of the Philippines. According to historians, the Ten Datus of Borneo brought there fighting methods to the island of Panay. Here, basic reading, writing and Kali were taught in the schools. Due to the loss of written records, the exact techniques of Kali remain a mystery today although elements of Kali remain alive in the foundation of today’s Filipino Martial Arts. The Spanish began a near 400-year occupation of the islands late in the 16th century. To suppress opposition to their rule, the Spanish banned the teaching of Kali. With bladed weapons declared illegal by the Spaniards, Philippine fighters switched to wooden hardwood sticks. These sticks were said to be so hard that they could break a sword blade with one blow. Before long they had become so accomplished with their sticks, they centered entire fighting systems around stick fighting alone. Much the same way as Okinawa, where bladed weapons were forbidden, stick fighting developed to an advanced martial skill unseen in other Asian arts. Elements of the art were hidden in folk plays and native dance. However, over time, Spanish fencing methods were blended into the indigenous fighting framework. Under Spanish influence, the native art became known as eskrima, estocada, arnis de mano or arnis.

The Filipino martial arts assume different names in different regions. In the Manila area, the art is known as Arnis or Pananandata, in Pangasinan as Kalirongan, in the Ilocos region of Luzon as Kabaro-an, and in the Visayas as Eskrima. Arnis historians have cited as many as 200 systems or styles of Arnis-Eskrima-Kali. Names describing the range of fighting include Largo (long-distance), Medio (medium-range) and Corto or Serrada (close, in-fighting). Names based on movement include Abaniko (fanning), Palis-Palis (go with the force) Sungkiti (thrusting), Otso-Otso (figure eight) and Lastico (snapping). Systems can be called by the choice of weapon, e.g., solo baston (single stick), doble baston or sinawali (double stick), espada y daga (sword and dagger), mano-mano or de kadina (empty-hands).

Fortunately, there have been a few men who have come forward to pass on their Filipino fighting arts to the global martial arts community. One of the most prominent and innovative of these men is Grandmaster Ernesto A. Presas, founder of Kombatan Arnis. After years of study under his father, Jose Presas, a well-know stickfighter in his own right, Grandmaster Ernesto Presas was among first to modernize the classical Filipino systems to include traps, disarms,
takedowns, grappling and translate the movements into a formidable weapon (kali or arnis), hand-to hand (mano-mano) and grappling (dumog) fighting system called Filipino Kombatan Arnis “Presas Style”.