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Eskrima (also known as kali or arnis) is an incredibly versatile martial art from the Philippines. When training in these arts, you learn a refined sense of effective angles of attack and defense. Though initially trained with rattan sticks, the eskrimador quickly learns that these angles of attack can be worked with, among other things, a knife, a sword, or with the empty hand. The variety and versatility of the weapon-based Filipino martial art (FMA) derives from this ability to use whatever tool is at hand for devastatingly effective self-defense.
Your training in the Filipino martial arts in our classes will focus on footwork drills to develop effective evasive movement, work conditioning and strength. With dedicated practice, you will notice a significant improvement in your agility and stability. The strike flow patterns are worked offensively and defensively to train sharp coordination and highly refine the reflexes. These patterns progress to incorporate trapping and disarming techniques which are used to eliminate the threat of an opponent’s weapon. We then move into free form sparring, applying everything we have learned in a live situation.
These classes are exciting, varied and a lot of fun. Many who would never dream of fighting someone become avid practitioners and love learning the rhythm and science of these FMA martial arts.


Basic Concepts of Filipino Kali or Eskrima Courses

Training in eskrima or kali involves simplified moves without spending much time on flashy techniques that have little practical application. Only skills that can be easily applied in a combat situation are taught. Even the advanced intricate techniques are practical and usable in a fight. Though simplified, the basic concepts and skill sets take years of determination to perfect. A master of these FMA skills is called an eskrimador, kalista or arnisador.
Eskrima/Kali Training in Stances
The Eskrima/kali self-defense training starts with learning the stances. The right stance enables a fighter to make agile and effective defensive and offensive maneuvers. Individual stances take years of dedicated practice to master. One needs to learn to do the stance stationary, while moving, in combinations with other foot work and changing rhythms, and under pressure. Mastering stances provides a strong foundation for learning the eskrima/kali martial art. Here are some of the basic stances taught in Filipino martial arts schools:


  • The forward stance that helps to strike powerfully and effectively, stay mobile and quickly change to other stances
  • The back stance for defensive moves and launching counter attacks
  • The cat stance for agile movements, space to yield and quick countering ability
  • The horse stance to powerfully defend against side attacks
  • The cross stance for counter attacking, angling away from the opponent and as a transitional stance

Our expert instructors help you perfect these stances to give you powerful striking ability and make your defense more effective. With every movement learned, the training instructors will evaluate your stances to make sure your foundation is strong through all the motions. This will make your FMA martial arts training that much more meaningful.

Weapon Training For Self-Defense

Numerous sticks and bladed/blunt weapons are used by the practitioners of kali, eskrima or arnis. At NWFA’s kali martial arts school, our training programs include safely learning to use many of the following weapons:


  • Yantok – Also known as baston or garrote, it has a standard length between 24-28 inches
  • Largo mano yantok – Similar weapon with the length ranging between 28-36 inches
  • Dulo dulo – A four to seven inches palm held short stick that is similar to the Japanese yawara stick
  • Bankaw – A six foot long staff
  • Wooden dagger – Shaped like a basic round stick about 12-14 inches in length
  • Bladed eskrima weapons such as daga, balasong, karambit, bolo, barang, binikoko, dinahong palay, kris and the kampilan
  • Flexible kali weapons such as sarong, ecut, nunchaku and the bull whip
  • Projectile arnis weapons such as bow & arrow and blowguns (also known as blow tubes or blow pipes)
  • Body parts that can be used as weapons include fists, backhand, open palm, knife hand, fingers for clawing and jabbing, forearms, shoulders, elbows, knees, shins, feet and even head


Although body parts are not normally considered to be weapons, proper training and development of skills can certainly change this and prove to be very valuable in a combat situation. One can distract the opponent with the weapon in one hand while actually striking with the other. Learning to use weapons as well as bare hands makes the kali martial art so effective. FMA practitioners are well known for being able to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably.


Learn Eskrima in Portland With NWFA

Contact us today to take a free private eskrima lesson with an expert instructor. If you decide to continue your training, we’ll give you the first 30 days free! Get fighting fit at NWFA. Call us now at 503-235-3435.




Portland Eskrima Articles:

Self Defense Training with Eskrima Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) are how Eskrima, Kali and Arnis are often referred to:

Filipino Martial arts (FMA) are how Eskrima, Kali and Arnis are often referred to. Eskrima or Escrima originates from the Spanish word “esgrima” which is the term for fencing. Kali is another name mostly used here in America…


Kali, Eskrima and Arnis Weapons:

There are a number of sticks and bladed weapons used by the practitioners of these arts. The sticks or blunt weapons of kali and arnis include: the yantok (also called baston or garrote), with standard lengths ranging from twenty four to twenty eight inches…


Stance Training:

The foundation of escrima training starts with a good stance (pagtayo). A good stance will allow for powerful and effective offensive and defensive maneuvers…

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