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Grand Master Profiles

Grand Master Remy Armador Presas
Dec.19, 1936 – Aug. 28, 2001

Professor Remy A. Presas was a Filipino martial artist who is widely regarded as the founder of Modern Arnis, a Filipino martial art that incorporates stick and blade fighting techniques. He was born on December 19, 1936, in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, Philippines.

Remy Presas started training in the Filipino martial arts at a young age, learning from his father and other prominent martial arts instructors in the Philippines. He later studied other martial arts such as judo, aikido, and karate, which he incorporated into Modern Arnis.

In 1957, Remy Presas moved to Manila to teach martial arts, and in 1969, he introduced Modern Arnis to the United States. He continued to teach and promote Modern Arnis around the world, establishing the International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF) in 1973.

Professor Presas was known for his charismatic teaching style and his ability to connect with students of all ages and backgrounds. He authored several books on Modern Arnis, including “The Art of Modern Arnis” and “Modern Arnis: The Filipino Art of Stick Fighting,” which are still widely used as references in the martial arts community.

Professor Remy Presas passed away on August 28, 2001, leaving behind a legacy as a pioneering figure in the promotion and preservation of the Filipino martial arts.

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Great Grandmaster Ernesto Amador Presas
May 20, 1945 – November 1, 2010

Great Grand Master Ernesto A. Presas was a renowned Filipino martial artist who founded the martial art style of Modern Arnis. He was born on June 20, 1945, in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, Philippines, and began his martial arts training at an early age under the guidance of his brother, Grandmaster Remy Amador Presas.

Ernesto Presas was an accomplished martial artist, with black belts in several styles, including judo, karate, and aikido. He was a pioneer in promoting and teaching the Filipino martial art of arnis, also known as kali or eskrima, both in the Philippines and internationally. He developed Modern Arnis, a style that combined traditional arnis techniques with influences from other martial arts.

Ernesto Presas also established the International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF) in 1973, which has since grown to become one of the largest martial arts organizations in the world. He authored several books on arnis and was a respected martial arts instructor who trained numerous students and instructors in Modern Arnis.

Ernesto Presas passed away on August 28, 2010, leaving behind a legacy as a great martial artist and a leader in promoting and preserving the Filipino martial arts.

Grandmaster Roland Dantes
June 15, 1945 – March 16, 2009

We are saddened to announce the passing of Grandmaster Roland Dantes on March 16th 2009. GM Dantes was a lifetime friend and student of the late Grandmaster Remy Presas, a respected martial artist, a gifted actor, and an inspiration to many. Our prayers, thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be truly missed.