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Filipino Martial Arts

"I do not specialize nor favor any combat range. Everything depends on my opponent and the development and evolution of the fight.”

- G.M. Antonio Ilustrisimo

This highly sophisticated and comprehensive martial art from the Philippines is weapon based, but ultimately an empty hand system.

The Filipino martial arts taught at DHMA are drawn from 26 primary sources. The program introduces students to 12 main areas, including, but not limited to single stick, double stick, stick and dagger, single dagger, double dagger, panantukan (Filipino boxing), Sikaran (Filipino kicking methods), Kuntao, Dumog (Filipino grappling), and Silat.

In the U.S., as long ago as the 1500s, the Filipino Martial Arts have been benefiting practitioners. Developed for "mass attack" as well as single opponent confrontations, the training heightens students' awareness of their surroundings and teaches them to use their environment as a tool of combat. Everyday objects, such as umbrellas, books, bandannas, etc., become effective means of self-defense in the hands of a properly trained individual. Use of left and right hand techniques develop coordination. Drills and techniques taught in a fluid, non-restrictive manner allow students to enhance their natural attributes and improve their senses of timing, speed, awareness, balance, agility, and confidence.