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Pekiti Tirsia Kali

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Pekiti Tirsia Kali History The Pekiti-Tirsia system of Kali originates from the province of Negros Occidental in the Philippines and was formulated by the Tortal family of Negros and Panay islands in the late 1800’s. The family patriarch, Conrado B. Tortal, passed this system and its attributes onto his only grandson, the sole heir and its present guardian, Grand

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HeyRosa DeCuerdas Escrima

Ever Hear of HeyRosa DeCuerdas Escrima? Heyrosa De Cuerdas Eskrima The Liborio G. Heyrosa De Cuerdas Eskrima system is an extremely unorthodox Filipino fighting system that utilizes stick, knife and hand-to-hand fighting methods coming out of Cebu.  It is characterized by its close-quarter combat techniques where students must be able to fight in tight spaces with little to no lighting,

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Modern Arnis

  Modern Arnis and creator Remy Presas Modern Arnis is the system of Filipino martial arts 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 Kali/Escrima/Arnis systems.  It is derived principally from

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Balintawak

Balintawak Escrima Venancio “Anciong” Bacon (1912-1981) stood at 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and was no more than 120 pounds, but was known as a fierce fighter.  He started his training in the 1920’s at the Labangon Fencing Club, learning the Corto Linear style from Lorenzo “Ensong” Saavedra, his only FMA teacher. During his time

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Saavedra Escrima

Saavedra Escrima The island of Cebu in the Central Visayan Islands of the Philippines is considered the home and motherland of the Filipino Martial Art of Escrima.  The most prominent and influential Escrimador in the history of Cebuano Escrima was the great, Lorenzo “Tatay Ensong” Saavedra (1852 – 1944). The Saavedras are arguably are among

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Doce Pares (12 Pairs)

“Doce Pares” is an Eskrima/Arnis Martial Arts Club that was founded in Cebu City in January 12, 1932. Originally it was a breakaway group of students and instructors from the ‘Labangon Fencing Club’ of the 1920’s which was influenced heavily by the Saavedra and Cañete families. The original instructors of the Doce Pares taught their

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What is Kali-Escrima?

The Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) are commonly referred to as Kali, Arnis and Escrima or Eskrima. Obviously this can be confusing to a lot of people. The truth is that they are basically different words for the same art. The Philippines are made up of over 7,000 islands and divided into 3 regions, the North,

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