Eskrima - Notable Styles - Practiced in The Philippines

Practiced in The Philippines

(arranged by family/lineage)

  • 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 living founder and the highest ranking master of Doce Pares Eskrima.
  • 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.
  • Balintawak Eskrima – Founded in 1952 by Venancio "Anciong" Bacon after internal dispute amongst some of the original founders of the original Doce Pares club.
  • Villasin Balintawak – founded by Atty. Jose Villasin, one of Bacon's senior students
  • International Balintawak – founded by Bobby Taboada, one of Bacon's senior students
  • Liborio Heyrosa Eskrima De Cuerdas – founded by Liborio "Tiboring" Heyrosa, student of Anciong Bacon and "Ingko Nene" Rosales.
  • Nickel Stick Eskrima – founded by Nick Elizar, student of Anciong Bacon and the other senior Balintawak pioneers.
  • Tabimina Balintawak – founded by Bob Silver Tabimina, one of Anciong Bacon's last major students and inheritor of Bacon's style that was modified by his stay in prison before his death.
  • Black Eagle Eskrima – founded by World War II guerilla fighter Carlos Navarro based on the Eskrima de Llave of his grandfather, the Eskrima de Avinico of his father and other Cebuano systems.
  • Tres Personas Eskrima de Combate Super Kuwentada System – Founded by Maj Timoteo "Timor" Maranga Sr., a fearless World War II guerilla fighter and member of the legendary Bolo Battalion. The system which is currently known as Eskrima Maranga System is characterized by its lightning speed strikes and disarming. Combate Eskrima Maranga (CEM) continues to advance with the founder's son Rodrigo Maranga.
  • Modern Arnis – Founded by Remy Presas which has its 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.
  • Kombatan – founded by Ernesto Presas, brother of Remy Presas.
  • Hinigaran Arnis de Mano – founded by Remy and Ernie Presas's youngest brother, Roberto Presas.
  • Arnis Cruzada – Founded by Jeremias de la Cruz based on his family system from Pampanga and Modern Arnis. De la Cruz is the highest ranking Grand Master in the Modern Arnis system alive today.
  • Dagooc Style – founded by Rodel Dagooc, and based on Modern Arnis. Dagooc is the highest ranking Grand Master along with De la Cruz in the Modern Arnis system today. Dagooc crafts his own sticks and they are highly sought after by practitioners.
  • Otsotiros Baston Arnis System – founded by Pepito Robas, one of Remy Presas's senior-most associates
  • Abaniko Tres Puntas – developed by Mateo D. Estolloso from Antique in the 1930s, inherited by Rene Tongson, one of the senior-most Modern Arnis practitioners.
  • Amara Arkanis – Founded by Punong Mataw Guro Louelle Lledo.
  • Lightning Scientific Arnis (LSAI) – Tercia Cerrada Cadenilla y Espada y Daga style founded by Benjamin Luna Lema in 1937.
  • Eskrima Labaniego – founded by Bert Labaniego who was one of Ben Lema's senior associates.
  • Cinco Teros – founded by Vicente Sanchez from his hometown of Pangasinan. Sanchez is the 3rd highest ranking Grand Master in Modern Arnis system alive today.
  • Kali Arnis International – founded by Vicente Sanchez, combined with Modern Arnis and Lightning Scientific Arnis styles.
  • 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 the system used by the Philippine Marine Corps Force Recon Battalion.
  • Dekiti Tirsia Siradas – by Jerson "Nene" Tortal Sr, of the Tortal clan and related to Pekiti Tirsia.
  • Kali De Leon – founded by Jun de Leon from his grandfather's style and many grandmasters in the Philippines.
  • Kali Ilustrisimo – Founded by Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo; important as the ancestor of many current Eskrima systems.
  • Bakbakan International – Founded by Antonio Diego, Rey Galang, Christopher Ricketts, senior students of Tatang Ilustrisimo.
  • Bahad Zu'Bu – Founded by Epifanio "Yuli" Romo, influenced by his own family style and Kali Ilustrisimo. He is Tatang Ilustrisimo's second senior-most student.
  • Haud Ka'Bu – Founded by Romulo "Muloy" Romo, mostly influenced by the styles of Kali Ilustrisimo founded by Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo and Bahad Zu'Bu founded by his brother, Epifanio "Yuli" Romo.
  • Sayoc Kali Philippines – After years of extensive propagation of the Filipino Martial Arts in the US, Grandmaster Baltazar "Bo" Sayoc returned to the Philippines to promote the art in his native homeland.
  • De Campo Uno-Dos-Tres Orihinal (De Campo 1-2-3) – founded by Jose Caballero.
  • 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 Kali Illustrisimo.
  • Dizon style Eskrima – practiced by Felicisimo Dizon Sr. and carried on by his son Felicisimo Dizon Jr.
  • Doblete Rapelon – founded by Grandmaster Jose Mena.
  • Cabales Serrada Eskrima – founded by Angel Cabales.
  • Lapunti Arnis de Abanico – founded by the Caburnay family.
  • Lao Lan – Founded by Grandmaster Charlie Villanueva.
  • Arnis De Cadena – founded by Johnny Chiuten (Chinese-Filipino lineage) which brought many infusions from his original background as an expert Chinese martial artist.
  • Tapado – a style created by Romeo "Nono" Mamar that differs from other Eskrima styles in that in concentrates on long sticks (45ndash;47 inches).
  • Arkado Arnis – founded by Vhir Tubera.
  • Paclibar Bicol Arnis (Sais Tiradas System) – founded by Jaime Paclibar.
  • Picate Style Espada y Daga – Founded by Grandmaster Florendo Picate.
  • Mirarada Eskrima Academy – founded by Grand Master Art Miraflor started since 1968 in Stockton, California.
  • Moro-moro Orabes Heneral – founded by Master Alejandro "Andy" Abrian.
  • Rapido Realismo Kali – Founded by Henry Espera from Kali Ilustrisimo, Abrian's Orabes Heneral Eskrima and Automatic Arnis.
  • Garimot Arnis – Led by Gat Puno Abon "Garimot" Baet.
  • Siete Pares Eskrima – Founded by Sozing Labor and Bert Labitan.
  • Koridas – Mixed Martial Arts – founded by Pedro "Toldong" Hernando.
  • Arnis Baculud – founded by the Samia Family of Bacolor, Pampanga. This style put emphasis on accuracy of strikes, effectiveness of arnis techniques in actual combat and mastery of the art in a short period of time. Arnis Baculud is now headed by Dr. Elizar C. Samia PhD.
  • WEDO Combat Arnis – Founded by Grandmaster Jesus Pallorina.

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