1st-2nd April 2017
Seminar Instructors: Senior Master Peter Konschak, Senior Master Dieter Preuss, Instructor Andreas Weber, Instructor Chris Giesel, Guro Uwe Oetken and myself Guro Stefan Hodemacher.. Seminar Location: Braunschweig, Germany. Hosted by "Arnis Braunschweig". Sebastian Schumacher and Daniel Kluse tested to Lakan Isa. Congratulations!
The birth of the Ernesto A. Presas, Sr. legacy started in Quiapo District, Manila.
Originally, ARJUKEN KARATE ASSOCIATION (coined from Arnis- Judo- Kendo), its sub- associations Modern Arnis Association of the Philippines, Philippine Kendo Association, Modern Mano- Mano of the Philippines, then came
International Philippine Martial Arts Federation (IPMAF), as the head organization of all the above.
The stalwarts of the early organizations headed by GGM Ernesto were:
Roberto A. Presas, Cristino Vasquez, Willie Madla, Rene Tongson, Pepe Yap,
Earl Villanueva, Jess *, Caseres*, and Bambit Dulay. All above started the experimentals & formulation of standards under the watchful eyes of GGM Ernesto. The development came as the curriculum which covers Solo Baston, Doble Baston, Espada y Daga then Balisong was integrated to form a unique presentation for his original book "Presas Arnis Style" and Balisong where Rene Tongson & Ernesto Presas, Jr. are the back, outside cover photo. In the middle part of the preparation of the book, Benny Quitalig, Ed Kawada and several younger ones helped with all their hearts. The birth of Kombatan followed.
My instructor: First and foremost my studies in Filipino martial arts started with and continue with GM Andy Elliott in Australia but I have been lucky enough to have trained directly under the Presas Family especially GGM Ernesto Presas. Through the years I have travelled and trained in the Philippines multiple time (my 10th trip is coming up in April this year for the first KCI World Training Camp) so I have been exposed to many instructors too many to list off but I appreciate all the time they have spent with me and I would like to think I have taken on board a little bit of everyone’s different styles.
A special mention to Master Mark Day who has been my training partner for many of these years especially in the early days and who’s passion for the arts and combatives has always pushed me to improve myself. Alongside GM Andy the 3 of us have really formed a brotherhood which has been the basis and platform for the majority of our successes and growth within the martial arts.
When I started Kombatan? I transitioned from a Karate Background into Filipino Martial Arts in late 2001 at the invitation of GM Andy and Kombatan has been my central focus ever since. I complement my Filipino training with hard core Combatives in particular Multi Dimensional Warriors from South Africa under Mark Human annually to take my training to the next level and functionalize a lot of the skills especially the blade work we learn through the FMA’s.
My favorite system from Kombatan? Probably a tie between Solo Baston where I enjoy the checks, traps, locks and take downs and Mano Mano where I can blend in a lot of my early striking training from Karate with a comprehensive transition game developed by the Filipino Dumog we learn through Kombatan.
Best Kombatan memories: Not one single memory but a host of memories through the years and the camaraderie I have shared with the many international friends I have made and meet training abroad. To this day I count myself very lucky to have trained in so many locations through the years and as I said before I would like to think that a lot of the brothers and sister who are now part of the World Kombatan Family have positively influenced me as a person and a martial artist.
My Motto: “The only limitations we have in life are the ones we place on ourselves”
Kombatan is a very comprehensive Filipino fighting system. It is the brainchild of our beloved mentor Great Grandmaster Ernesto Amador Presas Sr. Now people who do not really understand the mindset of GGM Ernesto will not get the essence of what is the melting pot of knowledge that Kombatan offers. So here is a part of the untold history of Kombatan.
GGM Ernesto as a child learn from his grandfather and father what he called their family art. We already know that the Presas family systems are palis-palis and sungkiti. And GGM also learned arnis from his brothers. He was a late bloomer. But an athlete who put full commitment into learning arnis. You may have heard the story of the brothers going around and asking for lessons from different masters. One will be the dummy as they took notes. Then they would switch when one was beaten up to rest.
As a young student I was very curious of the origins of GGM’s Modern Arnis. I asked GGM Ernesto one time why he studied when he was already Grandmaster. He looked at me with a blank expression. He later came back to me and said “You know rank and title does not mean anything in a real fight. I want to improve myself to become better and stronger.”
There are many transitions in the way our school was named. It started as Arjuken karate club. In the US it was Modern arnis de mano. But in the 90s it was Modern Arnis was replaced with Arnis Presas Style because GGM did not want to be bashed by the students of Prof Remy. They would compared the two brothers. And GGM did not want to make his brother a competition. So he changed the name. Then people said but if he uses this name it still Presas. Which one is it? So then came the Name Kombatan. We did not like it. But he was the founder of his own system so we follow him as his students.
Modern arnis in the Philippines had evolved as GGM did more research. He studied with different masters such as Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo of Kalis Ilustrisimo, Ben Luna Lema of Lightning Scientific Arnis, Jose Mena of Doblete Rapilon these three were a big influence in how GGM evolved as a fighter and as a teacher of his own system.
With the help of Cristino Vasquez (espada y daga, anyos, applications and freestyle and Mano mano), Federico Lazo (freestyle and practical applications), Pepe Yap (sparring and practical application), Benny Quitalig (art and teaching side), Dave Labiano (anyo and teaching), Edgardo Kawada (Bankaw, balisong and documentations), Mark Matthew Santos (knife, mano mano, locks and takedowns, groundwork), ), Bambit Dulay (freestyle applications, anyo, weapons locking and takedowns, Mano mano), who helped develop the subsystems of Kombatan.
Solo baston we preserved the old salubong or meet with force now called force to force and added the classical strikings of abanico doblada and wisik. Using the balintawak blocking in long range and the Doce Pares classical striking. I could be wrong but I believe this came from the Canete’s Doce Pares. I asked but did not get a straight answer. But SGM Cacoy Canete saw me do it. He said to me you are truly Ernesto’s student. I taught him this. And some other things in corto. I also know this was influenced by GM Momoy Canete. Because GGM and the seniors talked to highly of GM Momoy.
The movements of the Palis palis go with the force and doblete rapilon of GM Jose Mena were very similar to the Presas palis. So it was included in the palis palis system.
The movements in Sungkiti-tutsada were based on the Presas family system. But has some similarities to many Negros style systems. And there was a little bit of influence of Abanico Tres Puntas istilo of GM Mateo Estiloso. It’s the low stance hitting on the floor and sungkit movements.
In the modern arnis system of solo baston the big influence is Doromal arnis of Hirada Pigada system and Balintawak. The Disarming locks and takedowns have many influences. From all masters of KI, LSAI, Pecate, Doce Pares, Vinas Arnis and Balintawak. Not to mention the Japanese jujitsu weapons retention and takedowns.
Doble baston is very generic of all FMA in the Philippines. There is no one influence. Everyone had their own flavor. So we cannot say it was only from one person. I was told that Doble baston first was encouraged by Doc Leongson and Tatang. But since it was very generic in all systems sinawali was taught to balance both sides and improve hand, eye, foot coordination, and most importantly the flow.
In espada y daga we preserved the old Negros style espada y daga and GGM Ernesto mixed it up with some of the best moves in all the systems he studied. Kalis Ilustrisimo, Lightning scientific, Doblete rapilon, Pecate system, San Miguel arnis, palis palis, and sungkiti-tutsada were all in the espada y daga system.
Bankaw or staff came from the Japanese arts. But GGM added his own flavor to it.
Dulo dulo came from centro baston of KI. As Tatang used to say. You will have to know how to fight using natural or hammer grip, center grip or reverse or ice pick grip. Because when you are in a fight you will not always pick it up in natural grip. It also came from the butting system of the solo baston.
Knife or daga. GGM taught us all the Presas style daga. It’s origins are from all the subsystems.
ARNIS Summer Training Camp
kombatan & Abaniko Tres Puntas
August 7-12, 2017.
iN Sevastopol, Russia
- Traditional and modern Philippine combat techniques.
- Basic techniques and sparring.
We invite like-minded people!
Camp fee: 100 euros / days
Gross Andrey / Kombatan, Russia
Ushkov Maksim / Abaniko Tres Puntas, Russia
Great experience teaching again in one the most famous Filipino Martial Arts Schools in San Francisco.
Good job guys!!
- Master Salvador -
Kombatan & Mano Mano gradings in Pori, Finland (11th Feb 2017)
KOMBATAN GRADING IN BREST, BELARUS
(17th Feb) 2017
SERGEI RAKHLEY LEVEL 7 & ALEXANDER BEREZIN LEVEL 5
INSTRUCTOR: GURO RUSLAN CHERNOU
Over than 50 participants was at the Sr. Master Tomi Harell's Kombatan & Mano Mano camp in Barcelona, Spain January 27th-28th 2017. Thank you to all who participated, special thanks to great host Master Salvador Caballero.
International Training camp for Filipino Martial Arts enthusiasts and Martial Artists of all levels looking to adopt and train in a practical combative system utilizing modern methodologies covering all ranges of attack focusing on unarmed hand to hand, grappling, stick and knife tactics & combat.
Participants and Instructors will come together from all reaches of the globe to attend this 6 day intensive training camp (8 Days Accommodation and Food) with World Class International Grand Masters & Master Instructors.
- 6 hours of training per day (3 simultaneous classes per hour) Monday through Friday with your Instructor of choice
- Saturday, Gradings available followed by stick and knife fighting tournements
MORE INFORMATION: http://kombatancombatives.com.au/
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