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Bernas Estocadas

Authentic Filipino Martial Arts in Newcastle, Australia

What is Eskrima?

The Eskrimador wields their stick

with the skill of a swordsman.

Eskrima, like Arnis, Kali, and Estokada, is one of the many regional names for the Filipino Martial Art of stick, blade, and empty-hand fighting. Each of these names in some way references the art of "fencing" or armed "de-fence"; and is evocative of the stick-fighting, sword and dagger, improvised weapon, and unarmed weapon survival skills that the art develops.

How do I start?

We offer a complimentary class to anyone who would like to try Eskrima. All you need to do is to complete the registration form below, and book in for your complimentary class. We provide all necessary equipment for those starting out. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time so we have a chance for proper induction.


What will I learn?


Our club specialises in the teaching of the Bernas Estocadas system of Filipino Martial Arts. This Eskrima system was developed by Grandmaster William Bernas, drawing upon the Ilonggo Baston (stick) and Olisi (longstick) Wido fighting methods of Negros Occidental, taught to him by his Grandfather Ciriaco Canillo and Uncle Alfonso Brinquiz; and the Pekiti Tirsia (close quarters) Espada y Daga (sword and dagger) methods of Grandmaster Hortencio Navales. The system is instantly recognisable for its incorporation of these authentic and traditional Ilonggo martial arts, as well as its signature multi-directional movement designed to handle multiple opponents, and is visibly both beautiful and effective. 

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Single Stick



Double Stick

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Sword & Dagger

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Empty Hands

We also run seminars and workshops on request focusing on De Campo 1-2-3 Original, the Juego Todo duelling system of the Caballero family.

What happens in a class?

Our classes emphasise both the martial and the art, and seek to balance form, flow, and function. The Bernas Estocadas system utilises three broad training methodologies:




Core technical drills that build bio-mechanically sound methods of wielding a weapon.




Attack and defence partner drills that translate into immediately effective combat applications. 


Combate Heneral

General Combat

Practical principle-based and attribute enhancing play-based drills for developing effectiveness and self-expression with sticks, blades, and empty hands.

Why train Eskrima?

Eskrima training is fun, and offers numerous physical, mental, and social benefits. Practitioners experience improved physical fitness, as they develop strength, agility, better reflexes, and enhanced coordination. Eskrima training also cultivates mental and emotional resilience, teaching students how to cope with challenges and build self-confidence; and offers a great avenue for stress-relief. Through the study of Eskrima, practitioners gain an appreciation for Filipino culture, history, and heritage, while also learning practical defence skills. The focus on stickfighting and swordplay levels the playing field, enabling effective participation regardless of a practitioner's size, age, or gender.

How much are the classes?

We offer a range of flexible payment options.

Download our current fee schedule or pay online below.

Who do we accept as students?

Martial Arts training is a complex activity. We place equal emphasis on the martial and the art. As the Filipino Martial Arts we teach have a strong focus on stick and blade weaponry, we will only train people who demonstrate a level of maturity; a capacity for sound ethical decision making and rational judgement; and a respect for themselves and others. Medical clearances are required if an applicant has recurring injuries or other physical or mental health issues that could be exacerbated by martial arts training.


Students must be at least 13 years of age to train independently. We will consider younger teens, on a case-by-case basis, only if accompanied by a parent or guardian who trains with them.


When and where are the classes?

Mayfield West Public School

7 Gregson Avenue, MAYFIELD WEST 2304

Bernas Estocadas Class
Optional Warm Up with Tagapagsanay Dean from 10am
Bernas Estocadas class starts 11am

Contact Us

Mayfield West Public School

7 Gregson Avenue MAYFIELD WEST 2304

0402 432 917

Please text rather than call, and we will happily return your call

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