This martial art native to the Philippines is as diverse as the islands themselves. Also known as escrima, arnis, estoque, kaliradman, pagkalikali, and many others, the Filipino martial arts are most often identified with the use of weaponry, in particular the rattan stick.
Unlike most martial arts, students learn to use the weapons first and then later learn the empty-hand applications. This reverse methodology promotes comfort and fluidity when wielding a weapon; the principles of the Filipino martial arts allow an exponent to fight with nearly any object at hand.
Characterized by intricate and innovative maneuvers, this complex and comprehensive martial art continues to gain popularity in the United States as well as all over the world for its effectiveness and unique approach to combat and self-defense.