The Philippine Combatives™

The Philippine Combatives style of Martial Arts is consists of both weapons and hands training. Its style is based on the different systems of arnis, kali, ecrima, mano-mano, dumog, arnis de mano, espada y daga all combined to help you better understand the wonderful world of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). The Philippine Combatives is the Philippine Martial Arts Alliance official curriculum presented in an EASY TO FOLLOW AND EASY TO IMPLEMENT FORMAT.
The Philippine Combatives will work with any style of martial arts. It is guaranteed to bring out the best in you and strengthen your understanding of the Filipino arts. The Philippine Combatives is not a personal style developed by Guro Melegrito; it is an expression and interpretation of one of the deadliest, most practical fighting systems in today’s world… Philippine Martial Arts!

The Philippine Combatives™ System includes but is not limited to the following:

Commonly referred to as Isang Arnis, Escrima, Kali, and sometimes called solo baston. This style of Stick fighting focuses on your dominant hand. The training consists of allowing you to understand distances from long, middle and short ranges of stick fighting. This style is also great to understand the “hidden” value of your FREE sometimes called “the live hand”. Understanding the principles behind the single stick style of fighting will make you not only a better fighter but reveals the power behind your dominant hand! From Malayo or Largo (far range) to Malapit or Corto (short range) to catching, locking, takedowns and disarms, this style is definitely one, if not the biggest part, in any Philippine martial arts systems that should not be ignored.


Commonly referred to as”Sinawalis” or Dalawang Arnis Escrima, Kali or Doble Baston. Believing and utilizing both limbs in stick fighting definitely increases not only one’s flexibility but strength on both arms. Your ability to be able to fight with single stick and be able to disarm an attacker sometimes ends up with you having two sticks in your hands. Preparation to utilize these two sticks in a very combative and practical way prepares our student to be well rounded stick fighters. The Philippine Combatives™ double stick training guarantees increased of speed and accuracy on both sides using both right and left hands; maximizing your training time.


Commonly referred to as”Daga sa Daga” or Knife to Knife. This style as stated focuses on utilizing your knife when encountering knife attacks. Although we usually train for the worse, we still do not ignore the facts that Philippine Combatives™ System of Knife fighting also emphasizes training and utilizing your edge weapon as a way to get out of multiple attackers. The Philippine Combatives™ style of knife fighting focuses not only on the defensive parts of training but also offensive and realistic scenarios. Realistically we may not be faced with somebody with a dagger or carry them ourselves but again, understanding the principles that lies behind Philippine Combatives™ knife training will increase one’s self-awareness. Keep in mind that a knife does not necessary have to be a dagger, it can be a pocket knife, tactical folder or even just a pencil. Your ability to train knife to knife also increases your hand to hand techniques when faced with one of the deadliest concealed weapons in today’ world, the knife!


Commonly referred to as Kamao sa Kamao or Mano a Mano. The Philippine Combatives will give you a better understanding of the weapon systems and its connection to our hand to hand fighting system. This style of Filipino fighting is sometimes misinterpreted or even hidden in some styles. The Philippine Combatives™ system will not only enhance the hand to hand training you have already acquired but will complement and strengthen it. This style will answer most of the questions or hidden gaps that lie in some systems and will definitely make one a better martial artist. The Philippine Combatives™ System of hand to hand fighting that is based from weaponry training of arnis, kali or escrima is consists of striking, parrying, blocking, counter striking, kicking, locking or joint manipulations, takedowns, controlling, submission and different finishing combative techniques.


Commonly referred to as Espada Y Daga or Anis o Escrima, Kali at Daga. This is one of, if not the oldest, fighting systems that most students devalue and don’t see as important in these modern days. Although we are not anticipating fighting an opponent with a sword and a dagger, your ability to recognize the strength of each of these weapons give you a better understanding of Philippine martial arts of Arnis, kali escrima and espada y daga. Please be aware that these weapons are just extensions of your hands, without the hands, there will be no weapons. Understanding this principle gives you an understanding that a knife thrust can easily be modified or translated to a spear hand strike to somebody’s eyes and a sword cut can easily be translated to a forearm hit to somebody’s neck.


Commonly referred to as Dumog or Buno. Philippine Combatives™ understands the value of training for reality ground fighting. The Philippine Combatives ground fighting goes beyond the hand techniques. We take a realistic approach to ground fighting not only through hand to hand applications but also utilizing sticks and knife as tools to help our awareness of ground survival in modern days!



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