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Escrima (also known as Eskrima, Arnis, or Kali) is a class of Filipino martial arts that empahasizes combat with sticks and knives, although eskrimadors are equally adept at fighting empty-handed as they are with a wide variety of weapons. Its hallmark is the fact that every technique is designed to be used with the bare hands, a stick, or a knife.

Many individual systems exist and can trace their histories back to specific tribes or regions of the Philippines. After the Spanish conquest of the islands, Escrima practice was done in secret, disguised as dancing or fencing. Practitioners learn to react to angles of attack rather than particular strikes, providing a simplified yet effective basic training that makes learning later, more complex concepts easier.


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