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The World’s Leading Organization Promoting Presas Family Arnis!

Modern Arnis Training Camp:
April 26th – 28th, 2024

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Announcement: Next Black Belt Testing April 2024

2023 World Modern Arnis Sothern Ontario Camp

2023 World Modern Arnis Sothern Ontario Camp

The Southern Ontario Modern Arnis Training Camp, now in its third year, recently concluded with remarkable success. Hosted at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Center, the event attracted enthusiasts from various regions of Ontario, such as Wallaceburg, London,...

2023 Delaware State Instructor Development Camp

2023 Delaware State Instructor Development Camp

This past weekend marked a memorable experience as I led a workshop at the Delaware State Modern Arnis Instructor Development Camp. These camps are a highlight for me, offering precious opportunities for close interaction with our dedicated practitioners. We delved...

About the WMAA

The World Modern Arnis Alliance (WMAA) is an international organization that promotes and teaches the Filipino martial art of Modern Arnis. Modern Arnis was developed by Grandmaster Remy Amador Presas, who blended traditional Filipino stick fighting techniques with influences from other martial arts such as Judo, Karate, and Boxing.

The WMAA was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in the United States. It is led by Grandmaster Datu Tim Hartman, who trained directly under Grandmaster Presas. The organization aims to preserve, promote, and develop Modern Arnis by providing standardized training, testing, and certification for instructors and students, as well as organizing seminars, workshops, and tournaments.

The WMAA also emphasizes the practical applications of Modern Arnis in self-defense situations, as well as its value in promoting physical fitness, mental discipline, and cultural awareness. The organization has members and affiliates in 12 countries and holds an annual International Training Camp and Festival to bring together practitioners from around the world.

What is Modern Arnis

Modern Arnis is a Filipino martial art that was founded by Remy Presas in 1957. It is also sometimes referred to as “Modern Arnis de Manila” or simply “Arnis”.

Modern Arnis incorporates a wide range of striking, grappling, and weapons techniques, with an emphasis on stick and knife fighting. Practitioners learn to use a variety of weapons, including sticks, knives, swords, and other improvised weapons, as well as empty-hand techniques.

The system emphasizes fluid, flowing movements and employs a variety of striking, blocking, and disarming techniques to neutralize an opponent’s attacks. Modern Arnis is often taught as a practical self-defense system, but can also be practiced as a sport, with practitioners sparring and competing in tournaments.

In addition to its practical applications, Modern Arnis also has a rich cultural heritage and is often studied for its historical and artistic value. It is a popular martial art in the Philippines and has also gained a following in other parts of the world.

Upcoming WMAA Events

Some of the WMAA Training Programs

Modern Arnis is a Filipino martial art that was founded by Remy Presas in 1957. It is also sometimes referred to as “Modern Arnis de Manila” or simply “Arnis”.

Modern Arnis incorporates a wide range of striking, grappling, and weapons techniques, with an emphasis on stick and knife fighting. Practitioners learn to use a variety of weapons, including sticks, knives, swords, and other improvised weapons, as well as empty-hand techniques.

The system emphasizes fluid, flowing movements and employs a variety of striking, blocking, and disarming techniques to neutralize an opponent’s attacks. Modern Arnis is often taught as a practical self-defense system, but can also be practiced as a sport, with practitioners sparring and competing in tournaments.

Kombatan is a Filipino martial art that primarily focuses on weapon-based fighting techniques. It is also known as “Kombatan Arnis” or “Kombatan Eskrima,” and it is one of the many traditional martial arts systems that originated in the Philippines.

Kombatan techniques involve the use of sticks, knives, and other bladed weapons, as well as empty-hand combat. The system emphasizes practical self-defense techniques that can be used in real-world situations, and it also incorporates concepts such as footwork, timing, and distance control.

Kombatan was founded by Ernesto A. Presas in the 1980s, and it has since spread to many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and several European countries. 

Panatukan is a Filipino martial art that focuses on striking with the hands, similar to Western boxing. It is also sometimes called “Suntukan,” which means “to strike” or “to hit” in Tagalog, the language spoken in the Philippines. Panatukan emphasizes close-range combat and uses punches, elbow strikes, and other hand strikes to attack an opponent’s vital targets. It also includes footwork, defense techniques, and grappling moves. Panatukan is often taught as part of the curriculum in Filipino martial arts schools and is also used by law enforcement and military personnel in the Philippines.

Balintawak is a Filipino martial art that primarily focuses on close-quarters combat and self-defense techniques. It is also known as “Balintawak Eskrima” and it is one of the many traditional martial arts systems that originated in the Philippines.

Balintawak techniques involve the use of single stick combat. The system emphasizes fast and efficient movements, as well as footwork and timing, to quickly and effectively neutralize an opponent. Balintawak is known for its flowing, dynamic movements and its practical approach to self-defense.

Balintawak was founded by Venancio “Anciong” Bacon in the 1950s, and it has since spread to many countries around the world. Today, Balintawak is recognized as a modern and effective martial art, and it is practiced by both civilians and military personnel for self-defense and combat training.

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