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Kombatan is the arnis / escrima / kali / eskrima system founded and developed by Ernesto A. Presas. 

About Kombatan

Kombatan is a Filipino martial arts system developed by Grandmaster Ernesto Amador Presas Sr. in the 1990s. It is a comprehensive system that incorporates techniques from a variety of Filipino martial arts styles, including Modern Arnis, Palis, Hirada Batangueno - Pinayong, and Sungkiti Tutsada. Kombatan is known for its emphasis on weapons training, particularly double stick techniques, but it also includes empty-hand techniques and grappling.

Here are some of the key characteristics of Kombatan:

  • Weapons: Kombatan practitioners learn to use a variety of weapons, including sticks, knives, swords, and other improvised weapons.

  • Empty-hand techniques: Kombatan also includes a variety of empty-hand techniques, such as punching, kicking, and grappling.

  • Weapons disarming and retention: Kombatan emphasizes weapons disarming and retention techniques, which are important for self-defense.

  • Realistic training: Kombatan training is designed to be realistic and practical, and practitioners learn to apply their techniques in a variety of situations.

  • Self-defense: Kombatan is a self-defense-oriented martial art, and practitioners learn how to defend themselves against a variety of attacks.


Kombatan is a complex and sophisticated martial art that can be a valuable tool for self-defense. It is also a rewarding and challenging art to learn. 

About Ernesto Presas

Ernesto Amador Presas Sr. (May 20, 1945 – November 1, 2010) was a Filipino martial arts instructor and the founder of Kombatan. He was a prominent figure in the development of Filipino martial arts and was widely respected for his knowledge and skill.

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