Filipino Martial Arts in New Orleans

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.

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 developing techniques that can be performed in real time and with full resistance. Techniques that can be used with modern weapons, and techniques 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!