We instruct in several traditional Filipino and Chinese self defence styles using effective teaching techniques, always showing from the basic moves and exercises, to the more advanced techniques the self defence principles behind each action. Training is mostly of a reactive style, of counter to counter.
Our main aim in the Visayan Martial Arts is to teach ordinary individuals effective self defence. As a student you learn at your own pace and the instructor teaches with the idea of never holding back or hiding knowledge. This school is dedicated to producing the best students possible.
If you have been here before, we hope you like the additions and changes. If you are new to our site, please take the time to navigate through it and learn about the different styles that are taught by the instructors of the VMA. Read some articles and see some NEW travel photographs from around the Philippines.
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If you are new to the Filipino Martial Arts, a brief explanation is below at What is Arnis, Escrima and Kali?
Basic Curriculum of the VMA
Probably the best known Arnis/Escrima Club/Society of the Philippines. Learn different styles from different Grandmasters, Ciriaco Cañete and Victor Cagadas.
Their teaching methods include, Ammara/Pinki Pinki double stick training routines or drills sometimes called Sinawali in the northern regions of the Philippines. Stick and dagger defence, disarms, locks, armbars, throws and breakfalls. Semi free sparring in close, medium and long range with single stick, double stick, stick/dagger and empty hand.
Tat Kun Tao Kung Fu
The effective closed door external Kung Fu or Kun Tao style taught by the Chinese community of Cebu. Its practical teaching methods utilise kicks, punches, deflection and blocking defences and also Ch'in-na or Chinese grappling self defence. The loose translation of Tat-Kun-Tao is, mind, brain or thinking-fist-way.
Basically a single stick art taught to senior students. It involves grappling, locks, kicking and an extremely well defined system of instruction.
What is Arnis,
Escrima and Kali?
Stick based is the term that we apply more often to these styles of Martial Arts as the beginner is taught with a stick but the movements of most styles can be translated to various conditions of armed or unarmed combat. The stick is a weapon but also it can be simply an extension of the hand and a training tool. A student learns that if you have a stick, a baton, a knife, or a sword you still have two hands. If you have two sticks, two knives, two empty hands etc or even a combination of weapons, the movements of attack and defence are basically the same. It teaches self defence without having to learn many different patterns for each new weapon, which is different from other Martial Arts. These Arts use economy of learning as well as economy of movement in the execution of their techniques. They also differ from the majority of other Asian Martial Arts as they teach weapon work before empty hand training. The key to Arnis/Escrima is that if you learn one set of attacks and defence well enough, the techniques can be simply translated and "your hand can be your sword", even in a literal sense.
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Please take the time to read through this site, to obtain more information on Filipino Martial Arts as taught in the VMA.
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