Pinakatay: What is it?

A TRADITIONAL FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS  had its roots from the province of Cebu in the Philippine Islands. It is focused more on principles of handling tools of trade as weapons for offensive and defensive self preservation. FMA or Filipino martial art is also referred to as Arnis or Eskrima. People who are from the Philippines and born into the family of stick fighters know that Kali is a made-up word and usually, a made-up art. But they wont tell you that. They will smile and agree with you. Arnis and Eskrima are terms associated with FMA but are less known than Kali outside of the Philippines. Kali is not known to the true arnisadors and eskrimadors. The new generation however has embraced the existence of the word kali and has in fact believed that it came from the Philippines

Asia Heritage Foundation

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FMA Informative

The FMA Informativewas honored to be able to get with Walter and Wesley Crisostomo while they were in Arizona at the 8th Arizona Filipino Martial Arts Friendship Gathering. In talking to the brothers about their particular kind of art called Pinakatay Arnis Sigidas, it is described as curvi-linear in nature and the emphasis is in handling any weapon ( the stick as their primary tool) in a manner where the delivery of the strikes comes in cursive and linear patterns. The skills developed provides a continuous, flowing, circular, vertical, horizontal and sudden changes in trajectory mixed strikes that is unpredictable and totally unexpected. It is kinda cursive as in handwriting and can be repetitive if so desired by the practitioner.  

Stick Fighting

Stick fighting in the world of martial arts  refers to sparring or actual engagements fo rthe purpose of winning. It uses objects that may be short or long, slender or thick, blunt or dlightly edgded, generally hand-held with one or both arms.  Most times, 'sticks' for fighting such as a staff, cane, walking stick, baton or similar are made of wood, hard plastics, metal, bamboo or materials that resembles the us of a stick.   Stick fighting  involves fighting techniques and such can also be used in objects such as a sturdy tool like umbrella, mop handles, Tonfa, batons etc... or even a sword in its scabbard. But thicker and/or heavier blunt weapons such as clubs or the mace are outside the scope of "stick fighting" (since they cannot be wielded with such precision, so sheer force of impact is more important) as are more formed weapons such as the taiaha.

Art of Stick

Although many systems are defensive combat techniques intended for use if attacked while lightly armed, others such as Kendo (a Japanese discipline using a bamboo sword, the shinai) and gatka (a north Indian discipline in which the sticks simulate swords) were developed as safe training methods for dangerous weapons. Whatever their history, many stick fighting techniques lend themselves to being treated as sports.   In addition to systems specifically devoted to stick fighting, certain other disciplines include it, either in its own right, as in the Tamil martial art silambam, or merely as part of a polyvalent training including other weapons and/or bare handed fighting, as in Kerala's kalaripayat tradition, where these wooden weapons serve as preliminary training before practice of the more dangerous metal weapons.

Butterfly Knife

A balisong, also known as a fan knife or butterfly knife, is a folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. It is sometimes called a Batangas knife, after the Tagalog province of Batangas in the Philippines, where it is traditionally made. The balisong was commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. A stereotype used to exist that every Batangueño carried one everywhere he or she went.[1] Hollow ground balisongs were also used as straight razors before conventional razors were available in the Philippines. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called "flipping" or "fanning", are performed for art or amusement.

Sickle Knife

A sickle is a hand-held agricultural tool with a variously curved blade typically used for harvesting grain crops or cutting succulent forage chiefly for feeding livestock (either freshly cut or dried as hay). The diversity of sickles that have been used around the globe is staggering. Between the dawn of the Iron Age and present, hundreds of region-specific variants of this basic forage-cutting tool were forged of iron, later steel. Within the industrial set-up, when the trip hammer took over from men swinging their strong arms at the anvil (between 16th and 17th century) some models of sickles were produced in up to six different sizes. One noteworthy feature of sickles is that their edges have been made in two very distinct manners/patterns - smooth or serrated. While both can (albeit with a different technique) be used for cutting either green grass or mature cereals, it is the serrated sickle that still dominates the duty of harvesting grain - with other words the "reaping".

Tabak Toyok

The Tabak-Toyok is a Filipino weapon closely related to the Okinawan nunchaku. The primary difference between the Filipino version and other versions of the weapon is that the Tabak-Toyok tends to have shorter handles as well as a longer chain. Each handle is approximately eight inches long. The length of the rope or chain that connects the handles is approximately 6 to 7.5 inches.

FMA Gathering


2nd EAST COAST Gathering

2nd EAST COAST Gathering on the 18th of May 2013 from 1-7 pm in Silver Spring Md 20910 hosted by Iti Walter Crisostomo and Kapatid Jhun 

Traditional Filipino Martial Arts



Together with the Kuya Wesley and Kuya WalterTeam PINAKATAY ARNIS SIGIDAS Senior Instructors and Students

First Day of Training

First day of PAS training at the Best of the Best Martial Arts studio in Upper Marlboro — with Bunal Sa Engkanto and 

PAS (Pinakatay Arnis Sigidas) - goes to India


PINAKATAY ARNIS SIGIDAS award of appreciations


wrestling Bengal tigers !!!

Fell while wrestling Bengal tigers !!! +with some bruise in it+with some scratch 

More fun in the Philippines

Anger Management MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINESTraditional Arnis Stick vs Traditional Bolo 

Instructors of various style of Martial Arts

Michael Buzz, Jeff Latorre, 

PAS (Pinakatay Arnis Sigidas) - at the park


Crossed Arms Look



Kuya Walter  awards

BUNAL (stick)








Gear ang Sticks


Formal Suit

Coming for Formal Gathering

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First day lessons are always free. Enjoy our playful sparring
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Learn the traditional filipino Martial Arts in its raw form.