Introduction to Escrima at ASD


In the beginning of the year, ASD decided to start building the curriculum for our program that was supposed to launch the beginning of March, but the start of the program was delayed due to the current state of affairs. Even though we can’t have classes, we would still like to share the footage that we did get to shoot before we shut down.

Arnis, also known as Kali or Eskrima/Escrima, is the national martial art of the Philippines. The three are roughly interchangeable umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts”, or FMA), which emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons, as well as “open hand” or techniques without weapons. It is also known as Estoque (Spanish for rapier), Estocada (Spanish for thrust or stab) and Garrote (Spanish for club). In Luzon it may go by the name of Arnis de Mano.

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