Eskrima is a Filipino Martial Art with it's roots in both Spanish fencing and the indigenous martial arts of the Philippines. Unlike other martial arts we START with weapons, and our primary focus is weapons. Weapons are great equalizers against stronger/ bigger opponents, and learning how to defend yourself with them is our goal. Eskrima's primary weapons are the stick and knife, but also include sword, double stick, stick and dagger, bullwhip, and empty hands. It is a comprehensive martial art that covers all ranges of combat. We use the term, Eskrima in deference to our foundational art of Doce Pares Eskrima. Filipino Martial Arts have many different names but share very similar traits. Some of the other more common names are Arnis, Kali, or simply FMA (Filipino Martial Ats).
Eskrima is easy to learn and the techniques are simple, straightforward, and aggressive. Young or old, man or woman, no experience needed! Classes are taught in an informal setting, with no uniforms and little ceremony.
We start with tradition, but our curriculum has been simplified and streamlined - based on techniques that can be performed in real time and with full resistance. Techniques that can be used with modern weapons, and techniques that are taught conceptually and that can be applied "cross platform" such as acquiring whatever weapon you choose to carry: knife, gun, or even improvised weapons.
Come check us out! Visitors are always welcome to observe class or join in. We have a diverse membership – 20 year old to 80 year old, men and women, people with no prior martial arts experience to some who have decades of experience. All are welcome (you must be over 18 years old to train with us).