Rapido Realismo

Want an FMA style that is Fast and Street Effective?

Rapido Realismo Kali specializes in aggressive encounters where conventional self defense systems may not work.  Urban predators “hunt” in packs, and RRK practitioners are trained with this in mind.  You must dispose of the opponent in front of you as fast as you can using the deadliest techniques that expend the least amount of energy, because ten more of his friends are probably waiting in ambush.  If you are looking for fancy techniques, you may want to look elsewhere. You will not find them in Rapido Realismo Kali.

Punong Guro Henry Espera ( Grandmaster and Founder) of Rapido Realismo Kali International was born in Barcelona, Sorsogon, Philippines on the island of Luzon in 1953. He is the fourth of thirteen children.

When Grandmaster Henry Espera was young he trained in the arts of Kali Ilustrisimo, Moro Moro Orabes Heneral Eskrima and Automatic Arnis.

Integrating Kali empty hand movements, Boxing (Panantukan/Suntukan), Trapping (Tapik-Patibungan), Kicking (Sipaan), Grappling and Wrestling (Buno/Dumog) with his own style of tactical footwork, he developed Rapido Realismo Kali International. .

The art emphasizes the use of small moves made powerful by footwork, body position, and timing.

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Punong Guro Espera espouses the mantra that repetition in your training is key and that students should practice techniques hundreds or even thousands of time. “Muscle memory is crucial,” he says.

The Rapido Realismo Kali System is a highly effective close-quarters combat art that develops both the mind and the body. Aside from self defense techniques, the RRK practitioner is also taught to develop a combative mindset, which is to always expect that the assailant is armed, is willing to take your life and is not alone.

Rapido Realismo Kali training includes:

Empty hand arts of:

Panatukan/Santukan/Sabakan – dirty boxingSipaan/Sikaran – kicking artsBuno/Dumog – grappling, throws, takedowns, off-balancing

Edged and impact weapons:

Single stick, double stick, sword, sword & dagger, single and double daggerFlexible weapons – sash, handkerchief and whipImprovised weapons such as ballpoint pens and umbrellas.

Punong Guro Espera believes that students should show humility by being careful with your words and not say anything that would provoke others.

They should strive to be a good person. Having martial arts skills is dangerous if you don’t have character.

And finally to teach young people to love the country and its national sport of Arnis.  If you see an interested young person, teach him well.

Click the photo below for a short video clip of GM Henry Espera

GM Henry Espero

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Sayoc Kali: All Blade, All the Time

Sayoc Kali: All Blade, All the Time

Sayoc Kali is a relatively new art officially coming into existence in the early 1980’s.

The original Sayoc Family system was taught by Baltazar (Bo) Sayoc. He and many of the elders in the family referred to it as “Dugo ng Bansa” or “Blood of the Nation”. This implied that the arts of the Philippines belonged to all the people of the Philippines and was a legacy of those who had shed blood to preserve their culture. Later as they started teaching the public they simply referred to it as Arnis.

Bo’s eldest son Chris Sayoc began teaching the system as well as training in Pekiti Tirsia Kali, another blade oriented art.
During this time Chris started to formalize the style and set up a curriculum for the students to follow.

Included within the curriculum:
Edged weapons
Impact weapons
Scenario training
Non linear striking
Vital Templates
Transition Drills
Teaching methodologies
Projectile usage
Multiple man teamwork
Multiple blade usage
Firearms training (optional)

Sayoc Kali

Tuhon Chris Sayoc

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All Blade, All the Time

As time went on more and more focus was put on knife training. Tuhon Chris created a new and highly evolved knife system that would focus on mastering vital targets of the body, installing reflexes that are honed to perfection and that consider the tactical use of multiple edged weapons in high stress environments. Through the use of Transition Drills, Vital Template, Multi-Man drills, Training Modifiers and target-specific tapping against intelligent, skilled and resisting opponents.

Sayoc Kali stresses the need for two-man forms. It is only through physical contact that one can learn how the body will move and react. These are introduced almost immediately in one’s training.

Every category in the Sayoc system has two-man drills. Many of the drills and training methods of Sayoc Kali involve partner training.

Sayoc Kali has practitioners within its organization from systems such as Atienza Kali, Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Bahalana escrima, Inosanto/Lacosta kali, JKD, Ninjutsu, Boxing, and various grappling systems which help the Sayoc organization continue to grow and evolve.

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Lameco Escrima



Is there a FMA system that covers Long, Medium & Close range fighting?

Lameco Escrima

Lameco Escrima is the system of Filipino martial arts founded by Edgar Sulite (1957-1997) based on his training and experience with various Philippine Martial Arts masters, with heavy influence from Jose Caballero and Antonio Ilustrisimo.

The word Lameco is actually a combination of the words which make up the three basic ranges of combat – LArgo (Long  range), MEdio (Medium range) and COrto (Close range).

At a young age Edgar Sulite’s father exposed him to the Filipino Martial Arts, himself being a boxer and Escrimador.  Growing up in the barrios of Tacloban City, Philippines,  Edgar witnessed many skirmishes settled blade against blade.

Edgar trained with martial arts masters who included Leo Gaje of Pekiti-Tirsia, Jose Caballero of De Campo Uno-Dos-Tres Orehenal, Jesus Abella of Modern Largos, Antonio Ilustrisimo of Kali Illustrisimo and many others.

In 1981, he moved to Manilla to train under Grandmaster Antonio Ilustrisimo.

On June 30, 1989, he relocated to the United States and became the Escrima instructor of Dan Inosanto, Diana Lee Inosanto, Ron Balicki and Larry Hartsell. His plan was to bring his family over from the Philippines, own his own home, and spread Lameco throughout the world.

Recognizing the talent and knowledge that Edgar possessed, Dan Inosanto would become a lifetime student and an advocate of the Lameco system.

But before all of this could be realized, Edgar Sulite suffered a stroke and passed away on April 10, 1997.

Lameco Escrima Training

One of the characteristics of Filipino martial arts is the use of weapons from the very beginning of training. The primary weapon is a rattan stick, also called a cane or baston. These sticks vary in length from about 26 inches to as much as 38 inches in length or more. The weapons can vary in weight and thickness depending on the preference of the practitioner.

Lameco uses Double and Single Stick, Double and single Dagger, Stick and Dagger, Sword, Staff, Handkerchief, and Empty Hands.

Lameco Escrima is a synthesis of five major Escrima systems and six minor systems.

Major Systems

De Campo Uno-Dos-Tres Orihinal (GM Jose Caballero)
Kali Illustrisimo (GM Antonio Ilustrisimo)
Kali Pekiti-Tirsia (Tuhon Leo Tortal Gaje Jr.)
Modernos Largos (GM Jesus Abella & GM Pablicito “Pabling” Cabahug)
Sulite Rapelon (GM Helacrio Sulite Sr.)

Minor systems

Doce Pares (GM Diony Canete)
Balintawak (GM Johnny Chiuten)
Lapunti Arnis De Abanico (GM Felimon E. Caburnay)
Siete Teros Serado – Serado no Puede Entra (GM Marcilino Ancheta)
Abanico De Sungkiti (GM Billy Baaclo)
Tres Personas Eskrima De Combate (GM Maj. Timoteo E. Maranga)

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Filipino Kung fu?

Kuntaw, Ancient Filipino Martial Art

Kuntaw is said to be one of the oldest self-defense arts devised by Filipino Muslim royalty prior to the Spanish regime. Long before the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines, systems of unarmed (Kuntawan) and armed (Kali/Escrima) fighting were being taught and developed.

Kuntaw is a Filipinized term for the Chinese and Indonesian martial arts of KunTao and is sometimes referred to as ‘Filipino Kung Fu’. The particular styles of Kuntaw practiced by Filipinos since the 14th century were considered a secret fighting art and have evolved into two distinct branches over the years.  The first is Kuntawan, which is the combination of hand and foot techniques and the other is Sikaran, which is mainly the use of kicking and foot techniques.

One of the foremost existing proponents of the Kuntaw system is Grand Master Carlito Lanada of the IKF Kuntaw Federation.

“The art originally consisted of only soft, open hand techniques with emphasis on holding and locking while striking with either hand or feet”, explained GM Lanada.  “After World War II, the Japanese, Okinawan, and Korean arts came to the Philippines. This gave me an opportunity to see different hard styles of martial arts. I studied them, borrowed what I needed, and synthesized them into my own techniques.”

“No one style contains all the answers or a magic formula which can transform a weakling into a human fighting machine. What I did was revise the old to satisfy the new. I was willing to try something different in my school for the sake of my students to help them grow to his or her fullest potential. I chose to expand and modernize the art and added hard techniques to the style. This made Kuntaw into a hard/soft style with avenues of response to any kind of attack.”

“In Kuntaw, the study of vital points of the human body and how to hit them is a special art in itself, which is called Kuntaw sapol, meaning hitting the vital points,” said Grand Master Lanada.  “These points are broken down into three categories: primary, secondary, and tertiary.  There are a hundred or more vital points in the human body, but many of these can only be reached by an acupuncturist’s needle. The points we emphasize are the easiest to get to and are where nerves, sensitive bones, breakable joints, and vital organs are located.”

“For centuries the deadly fighting art of Kuntaw was passed from father to son,” said Grand Master Lanada. “When my grandfather, Amang Huenyo, left the island of Mindano and settled on Luzon he brought with him his knowledge of the art of Kuntaw.  He taught my father who in turn taught me and as legal heir I continue to pass on the art of Kuntaw. The legacy of my ancestors will be kept alive through my students and family”.

Kuntaw Arnis Lima Lama has many different styles incorporated into it and along with empty hands it also uses the Stick and the Blade. Still, locks, takedowns and disarms continue to be a major part of this art used in self-defense and street applications.

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Cabales Serrada Escrima


Bigger isn’t always better: Serrada Escrima

Cabales Serrada Escrima

The system of Philippine martial arts known as Cabales Serrada Escrima was founded by Grandmaster Angel Cabales (1917-1991) and first taught publicly in the year 1966 in Stockton, California.

Originally GM Cabales’ system consisted mainly of Espada y Daga (Stick and Dagger) techniques, but after opening his school in Stockton, GM Cabales started adding Empty Hand, kicking and other Weapons.

In the beginning GM Cabales did not have a name for his close range system which was based on the DeCuerdas  style of escrima.  It is said that one night an old Filipino man stopped by to observe the class and mentioned that the techniques had many ‘serradas’ meaning that it had many ‘closing in’ movements.  Shortly after this event the system had a name.

Angel Cabales was born on the island of Panay in the Visayas (central) region of the Philippines.  He began his training as a disciple of Felicisimo Dizon who taught him the DeCuerdas style of escrima.

DeCuerdas is a close range system that is very difficult to find today.

After immigrating to the United States he introduced his unique brand of escrima, and being one of the first to commercially teach the Filipino arts he became known as the “Father of Escrima in America”.

The art uses the single stick, stick and dagger/sword and dagger, knife, and empty hands.  The curriculum of the system is well known for core training drills known as “Lock and Block” and “Flow Sparring.” 

Emphasis is placed on footwork, speed, reaction, correct angling, superior position, technique precision, and weapon accuracy.  Disarming maneuvers, skills in feinting known as “picking” and methods of countering the adversary’s skills known as “reversing” are essential components of the system.

One of the more unique aspects of the art is the use of a shorter than normal stick.  Although the art is known to wield sticks in the 18-24 inch range, 20 inches seems to be the standard among many practitioners.While this may seem too short to be effective to many of you, the speed, accuracy and power that can be generated with the shorter weapon is nothing short of amazing.

On its surface, this system of escrima seems to be very simple and direct.  When viewing an exponent perform the art, its signature movements are executed with swift and decisive grace.  However, this simplicity is exactly what is necessary to fully investigate the complex biomechanical movements and tactics of deception at the disposal of an escrimador.

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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, using multiple defensive/offensive combinations.

Previously an underground fighting system, this style of FMA has currently come to light in the past few years. This system was developed in the 1960’s by the late Liborio “Tiboring” Heyrosa, a student of Venacio “Anciong” Bacon and Nene “Ingko Nene” Rosales of the famed Balintawak system. The system is now kept alive by his son “Titing” Heyrosa and student Manuel “Owit” Jecong.

The emphasis is on direct and simple fighting techniques. They focus on the simple and less complicated maneuvers both in armed and unarmed offensives.

Techniques and usage of the knife are stressed and are more of a priority than trying to rely on disarms. Sticks and other weapons use close combat techniques regardless of the situation. Speed, timing, flexibility and accuracy  are the key elements in this traditional based combat system.

There are a few other systems that use the name De Cuerdas but the Liborio Heyrosa De Cuerdas is totally unrelated to any of these other De Cuerdas styles. There are many differences between Heyrosa De Cuerdas and  other De Cuerdas styles ranging from the striking patterns, techniques and teaching format.

The art was featured in two FMA documentaries: Eskrimadors and The Bladed Hand.

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