Rapid Arnis

Welcome to Rapid Arnis International © 1993 - 2011, Europe's leading organisation teaching authentic Filipino Martial Arts and Sport Arnis / Eskrima.

Rapid Arnis History

Rapid Arnis was set up in 1993 after many years of research by two of Europe's leading fighter / Instructors, Pat O'Malley & John Harvey, because both felt there was a need for a style and organisation which taught Authentic Filipino Martial Arts to the general public.

Since it's formation in 1993 Rapid Arnis gained the reputation as being Europe's leading Authentic Filipino Martial Arts Organisation and in 2000 was re-named Rapid Arnis International © 2000 - 2011.

Since then the mantle of heading up the organisation has fallen upon the shoulders of Tuhon Pat O'Malley (8th Degree Rapid Arnis International, 6th Grade Black Belt Doce Pares Original Multi Style System & European Representative for San Miguel Eskrima, winner of 3 World, 5 European and 32 British Arnis Kali Eskrima Titles) who's reputation as both a full contact Eskrima fighter and traditional Filipino martial arts instructor is second to none and his wife Dayang Lucy O'Malley (6th Degree Rapid Arnis, 5th Grade Black Belt Doce Pares Original Multi Style System), who is also a winner of 6 World Arnis Kali Eskrima titles and like her husband is a life member of Doce Pares and the Philippine Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Masters.

About Rapid Arnis

In common with many other Filipino martial arts, Rapid Arnis covers several areas of combat, namely: solo baston (single stick), doble baston (double stick), espada y daga (sword and knife), baraw (knife), mano mano (empty hands), largo baston (5' long stick) and Dumog (grappling).

Solo Baston / Solo Olisi

The strong hand wields a stick and serves as the primary offence, the empty hand is used mainly for defence, focusing on controlling the opponent's weapon-hand. Twirling techniques and amarra are taught to develop wrist flexibility, strength and coordination, which enhances the ability to generate power and speed.

Single stick techniques can be practiced in long (Largo) range, medium (Medio) and close (Corto) range.

Largo Range: is characterised by evasive footwork/angling and fast continuous strikes to the opponent's weapon-hand, using the tip of the stick.

Medio Range: is characterised by the checking and counter strikes. This is where you will see the infamous Tapi-tapi (checking and trapping) come into play. The middle of the stick is being used to strike in this range.

Corto Range: is characterized by the curve/butt strikes, simultaneously using the Tapi-tapi so as to enter into the locks, holds and takedowns .

One basic format which is the base to all the systems in this style is called Abecedario. This is where you learn 12 basic strikes, 12 counters, 12 disarms and progressing to sparring.

Doble Baston / Doble Olisi

When two sticks are used (one in each hand), you will be able to see flowing combinations of attacks or one stick defending and the other stick counter attacking.

Largo/Medio range is the preferred distance when training in Sinawalli drills. Sinawalli is striking/twirling patterns executed with the sticks by yourself. When a partner is used for Sinawalli drills it is called Pinki-pinki . The skills learnt here carry over to the rest of the components; Mano-mano, single stick and checking, Espada y Daga, Baraw. Sinawalli drills improves coordination and enhances the Tapi-tapi principle.

Espada 'Y' Daga / Olisi Baraw

The right hand wields a stick/long blade and serves as the primary offensive. The left hand holds a knife and is used for both offensive (thrusting and slashing) and defensive (blocking, checking and locking). Coordination drills, footwork drills, Tapi-tapi drills are all incorporated. The last part of training is learning the complex Espada y daga locks, Disarms and takedowns.

Mano-Mano / Pangamot

Mano-mano is the empty hand techniques, kicking techniques, Dumog techniques (locks, disarms, takedowns) you could see Thai boxing, Kickboxing, Boxing, Grappling with the incorporation of open hand blocks, strikes, elbows, knees, kaw-it. The footwork, strikes, blocks that you do with the weapons, you can execute with empty hands. It all blends in with each other.

Baraw / Daga (knife)

The format for the Baraw is similar to the solo stick. A lot more emphasis is on the Tapi-tapi principle. The basic thrusts, slashes, hooks are learnt, blocks and parry?s to the strikes are then learnt. Counter attacks, locks and disarms are then learnt. Training then progresses to knife versus knife and two man drills that teach practical attack/defense/counter attack combinations as well as continuous flow.

Dumog / Combat Judo (grappling)

The format of Dumog is similar to Catch Wrestling of other Grappling Arts. But all illegal sporting moves such as biting, eye gouging, grinding, head butts and elbows are allowed. This format can be used either with or without weapons and is more commonly known in the Philippines as 'Dirty Fighting' or 'Combat Judo'.

Largo Baston / Bankaw (5 foot stick)

Primarily a two-handed weapon, this 5 foot long rattan cane will employ slashing, thrusts and whipping strikes. At times a deliberate miss is made in order apply full pressure to the cane bending it on the floor so as to force a more powerful whipping return action in the strikes. Mainly a long range fighting style, but it is also used at close range to tie up, disarm and throw the opponent. Training in this area requires excellent footwork, body positioning and timing and is also an ideal tool used to improve many attributes to the combatant's skills.