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History and Definition

Arnis is a Filipino Martial Arts with a distinct form and style. It uses two
sticks, commonly maid of rattan about 1 inch in diameter and 24 to 28
inches in length.
Arnis is known by many names; Estacada in Tagalog; Kaliramdam in
Eastern Visayas; Escrima in Western Visayas; Kaligrongan in
Pangasinan; Kabaraon in Ilocos Region; Pagkali-kali in Ibanags; and
Sinawali in Pampanga. Kali is the original Malay term given to this
martial art but many believe it was derived from the Spanish term
Arnes.
Arnis is practiced primarily as:
A sports activity
A defense or protection
A tool by law enforcement agencies in maintaining law and order.

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Values
Arnis can improve:
Agility
Muscular strength
Endurance
Cardio respiratory endurance
Speed
Balance
coordination
Arnis can build:
Self confidence
Self discipline
Perseverance

Reminders
Remember that Arnis sticks
should not be used in other play
activities to avoid injury.
Always do warm-up exercises
before practicing.
Begin with the basic skills
before practicing the
complicated ones.
Always begin with a courtesy
bow.

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Suggested
Warm-Up Activities

Basic
Techniques in Arnis

Jogging
Neck Rotation
Arm circling
Truck bending forward and
backward
Hip rotation
Truck twisting
Flexibility Exercises

Courtesy Bow
Proper grip of the sticks
Body stances
Body shifting

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Warm up Exercises

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The Courtesy Bow


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Stand facing each other


Hold the sticks at the end
Bow your head from the neck
and return to position
Extend your right hand sideward
right with the stick pointing
upward. At the same time, place
your left hand on your left side
chest with open palms and
extended fingers with elbows at a
right angle from the body.

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How to hold the Arnis sticks?


Grip the sticks about 3-4
inches from the end.
Press your thumb over the
forefinger and tighten your
grip
Wrist must remain flexible
and pliable
Deliver the blows with force
and quickness

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Strikes in Arnis
Rompida
Abanico Corto
Banda y Banda
Figure Eight
Up and Down

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Arnis Strikes Images

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Arnis Blocks
Left sideward upward block
Left sideward downward block
Right sideward downward block
Right sideward upward block
Vertical block
Raising block

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Arnis Blocks Images

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Stick Exercises
Wrist Rotation
Cross arm wrist rotation
Wing stretcher
Up and down exercises

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The Arnis Stances


Formal
Open leg
Fighting
Cat
Right or left backward
Straddle

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Arnis Stance Images

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