We heard you, so we are bringing it back! This January Kapisanan will be partnering with Combat Science and Krudar Muay Thai to present an Arnis Workshop Series. Don't miss this opportunity to take part in a dynamic fighting style that will teach you self-defense and self-confidence!
SUNDAYS, 1-2:30 PM @ KRUDAR
JANUARY 10TH - MARCH 20TH
$18 GENERAL | $15 YOUTH (17-25)
10 CLASS PASS:
$169 GENERAL | $139 YOUTH
As the national sport of the Philippines, it is no surprise that Arnis reflects the Filipino people's history, philosophy, and culture. It is a fighting art that is better understood by looking back at its history, and how rooted it is to the diversified society of the Philippines.
Sometimes called "Kali" or "Escrima," Arnis was first developed by the indigenous peoples using simple impact and edged weapons such as kampilans, rattan, daggers, swords, and spears for self-defense. When the Spanish landed on the shores of the Philippines in 1521, Ferdinand Magellan and his force met in battle with a group of islanders, led by Raja Lapu Lapu. There Lapu Lapu battled Magellan's steel armed with fire-hardened rattan sticks with points and defeated the Spanish. This encounter would mark the beginning of a 400 year struggle after the Spanish returned in the 1570s with more firepower, reinforcements, and the Christian Religion. Once the Philippines came under Spanish rule, the martial arts were outlawed by the ruling government. However, the indigenous continued to practice Arnis through native ritual dance, performance, and mock battles. It has survived and developed throughout different regions, families, and teachers, passed down from generation to generation.
Arnis is a "complete" martial arts system that integrates both armed and unarmed techniques that is becoming widely popular all over Europe and North America. Unlike other martial arts that teach the use of weapons only after years of unarmed training, students of Arnis learn to use weaponry first. Its philosphy is that the same technique can be applied to any weapon, just as its versatility allows for it to blend seamlessy with many other martial arts.
Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) Arnis continues to grow in popularity as a favoured combat system made unique by its roots in indigenous self-preservation and expansive influences: from mimicing the Spanish Espara Y Daga (Sword and Dagger) to other comabtive styles of the Malay and Chinese. Not only does it provide us with a unique lens into the versatility of Philippine society and culture, it proves to be a practical and effective form of self-defense.
Classes will be held on Sundays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Krudar Muay Thai and conducted by Guro JB Ramos of Combat Science. Guro JB is commited to helping others learn more about the ancient martial arts of the Philippines. She hopes to expand your knowledge and skills in personal safety and self-defense by collaborating with Kapisanan on our Arnis Workshop Series:
"Community outreach has always been important to me. With this opportunity to partner with Kapisanan, I hope to be able to reach out to the next generation and all those who are interested in learning more about the Filipino Martial Arts, to foster and promote the study of Filipino Martial Arts: Arnis/Kali/Eskrima in all its forms--through an inclusive, community-based, and holistic approach."
Drop-in classes will begin at $18 for General Admission and $15 for Youth (ages 16-25). You can also purchase a 10 Class Pass at the reduced rate of $169 for General and $139 for Youth at Krudar Muay Thai.
Join us in the New Year as we step into the world of FMA at Kapisanan!