Modern Arnis

Like Ryukyu Kempo, Modern Arnis teaches real, effective self-defense in an advanced setting. Modern Arnis teaches a style of martial arts that flows and also takes the fear out of weapon-based attacks.

Martingilio Martial Arts applies the traditional practice to modern day weapons like knives, guns and empty-handed attacks. Because the Modern Arnis form of martial arts works with the flow of weapons, students will greatly improve their dexterity and coordination. This weapon-style fighting truly offers benefits for everyone.


This system of Filipino martial arts was founded by the late Remy Presas as a self-defense system. His goal was to create an injury-free training method as well as an effective self-defense system in order to preserve the older Arnis systems. One of the characteristics of Filipino martial arts is the use of weapons from the very beginning of training. Modern Arnis is no exception. The primary weapon is the rattan stick, called a cane or baston (baton), which varies in size, but is usually about 28 inches (71cm) in length. Both single and double stick techniques are taught, with an emphasis on the former; unarmed defenses against the stick and against bladed weapons (which the stick is sometimes taken to represent) are also part of the curriculum.
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