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Eskrima, (sometimes called Kali or Arnis), is a Filipino martial art, which contains a comprehensive empty hand system as well as various weapons.

See Also:
Krav Maga

An Overview of Eskrima

There are two main types of Arnis practiced as a sport. The most common system used internationally involves participants sparring with live sticks while wearing a long padded vest with skirt and sleeves and a helmet similar to Kendo headgear. Hitting below the thigh is prohibited.


  • You learn practical self defence
  • It improves your fitness and conditions the muscles to be more resistant to pain
  • Skills are transferable to all forms of martial arts


Use local activity finders or try and identify if a local/regional facility offers this activity. It is also worth looking at the National Governing Body website for opportunities.


Eskrima equipment includes Kali, sticks, body armour and a head guard. Knives and swords can also be used.


Eskrima is the national martial art of the Philippines

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