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Modern Arnis

Modern Arnis is the arnis / escrima / kali / eskrima system founded and developed by Remy A. Presas. 

About Modern Arnis

Modern Arnis is a Filipino martial art that was founded in 1957 by Remy Presas. It is a comprehensive system that incorporates striking, grappling, and weapons techniques, with an emphasis on stick and knife fighting. Modern Arnis is known for its fluid, flowing movements and its emphasis on self-defense.


Here are some of the key characteristics of Modern Arnis:

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

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

  • Self-defense: Modern Arnis is designed to be a practical self-defense system. Practitioners learn how to defend themselves against a variety of attacks, including armed and unarmed attacks.

  • Flowing movements: Modern Arnis is characterized by its fluid, flowing movements. Practitioners learn to move with grace and efficiency, and to use their opponent's momentum against them.

  • Safety: Modern Arnis is known for its emphasis on safety. Practitioners are taught how to train safely and effectively, and to avoid injury to themselves and their training partners.


Modern Arnis 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 Remy Presas

Remy Amador Presas (December 19, 1936 – August 28, 2001) was a Filipino martial arts instructor and the founder of Modern Arnis. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the development of Filipino martial arts.

Many biographies have been written about Remy Presas.  Here are several very good ones covering his career, life, and influence on the martial arts scene.

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