What is eskrima?
Eskrima, Kali, and Arnis are terms used to identify the knife, stick, and sword-based fighting systems used historically throughout the Philippines.
Doce Pares groups use the terms interchangeably and you will often see/hear Doce Pares instructors refer to the system as Arnis, Eskrima or Kali.
In our case, we prefer "Eskrima".
The Filipino Martial Arts have become synonymous with "stick fighting". They are much more however. Many systems incorporate long and short sword techniques, knives, empty hands, and grappling as well as sticks.
How long does it take to learn eskrima?
Most students will master the basic stick techniques within 6 months, with knife techniques taking a year. Having prior martial arts experience can speed this up, but is not necessary.
How much does the class cost?
$110/month. All students must also pay an annual insurance fee against accident and injury.
How long do you have to study eskrima before learning how to use and defend against weapons?
Unlike other martial arts, we put a weapon in your hand right from the start. You will learn basic stick attacks on your first day, followed by defenses and countermeasures for those attacks, followed by stick disarms. Knife attacks and defenses are a subset of the stick techniques, and you will transition to those naturally as you grow comfortable with the stick.
What other weapons do you use?
In addition to sticks and knives, we practice with long staffs (6' - 7' long), swords, we train in firearm disarms, and very occasionally, with whips.
Does the style cover unarmed techniques?
Yes - we incorporate pangamut (Filipino empty-hand techniques) as well as some groundfighting (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) into the class.