Welcome to the Eskrima Academy, the official Australian representatives of the Bernas Estocadas system (under Grandmaster William Bernas) and the De Campo 1-2-3 Original system (under Maestro Paolo Pagaling and heir to the art, Master Jomalin Caballero).
We specialise in the teaching of the Filipino Martial Arts known by names such as Kali, Eskrima, Arnis, or Estokoda, all of which reference the art of fencing with sticks and blades; and unarmed edged weapon survival.
Our local instructors are accredited through the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) and Kung-Fu Wushu Australia Ltd (KWA).
Training weapon arts levels the playing field so people of all ages and sizes can participate on an even footing (we accept students from 13 years of age upwards); rapidly builds tactical awareness, resilience, and confidence; and will enhance your fitness and flexibility, through drills that focus on form, flow, function and fun!
Our Instructors have internationally recognised qualifications in the Filipino Martial Arts, are university teacher trained and qualified, and our club is an accredited member of the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). Our training is built around four pillars:
FORM - developing the biomechanical base from which to launch powerful and decisive attacks, defences, and counters.
FLOW - enhancing mental agility and physical efficiency, as well as confidence and resilience, through interactive partner drills.
FUNCTION - working the combative application of the techniques through pressure testing and attribute development drills.
FUN - facilitating game-based play as a platform for rapid skill acquisition, enjoyment, and longevity in training.
Developed by Grandmaster William Bernas, the core curriculum of the system incorporates the study of both edged and impact weapons:
BASTON | Single stick
Use of a single stick builds the Abesedario (foundation) of the art, and introduces the practitioner to the art's core Pang-Away (combatives).
DOBLE BASTON | Double Stick
Use of twin sticks enhances one's ambidexterity and reflexes.
ESPADA Y DAGA | Sword & Dagger
Sword and dagger training refines the use of the non-dominant hand, and skills in distancing and lateral movement.
ESTOKIDO | Unarmed Edged Weapon Survival