His goal was to create an injury-free training method as well as an effective self-defense system in order to preserve the older Arnis systems. Modern Arnis is no exception. Both single and double stick techniques are taught, with an emphasis on the former; unarmed defenses against the stick and against bladed weapons which the stick is sometimes taken to represent are also part of the curriculum. However, it discouraged many would-be practitioners who found this training too painful and injury-inducing.
Sinawali: Arnis’ way of double-cane fighting
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It is said to derive from the armor costumes used in Moro-moro stage plays where actors fought mock battles using wooden swords. The name Kali most is most likely derived from the pre-Hispanic Filipino term for blades and fencing, Kalis Spanish spelling "Calis" ,  documented by Ferdinand Magellan 's expedition chronicler Antonio Pigafetta during their journey through the Visayas and in old Spanish to Filipino Mother Tongue dictionary and vocabulary books dating from to the late s, such as in Vocabulario de Lengua Tagala by Fr. Pedro de San Buenaventura. There exist numerous similar terms of reference for martial arts such as kalirongan , kaliradman , and pagkalikali. Ned Nepangue and Celestino Macachor contend that the term Kali in reference to Filipino martial arts did not exist until the Buenaventura Mirafuente wrote in the preface of the first known published book on Arnis, Mga Karunungan sa Larong Arnis by Placido Yambao, the term Kali as the native mother fighting art of the Philippine islands.
Sinawali is a fundamental in all styles of Arnis. Some term it as sinawali, some just teach and practice it as drill patterns. Either way, these are all patterns and or pattern combinations synonymous to the sinawali brand. Sinawali is more famously practiced with the use of the stick, some with the single stick and some with the double stick which is the more popular amongst practitioners.
This page is devoted to one of the arts we teach as a stand-alone program at Tye's Kung Fu ; i. Modern Arnis. Currently, we offer weekly classes in Remy Presas' Modern Arnis: Sundays am - am is Modern Arnis curriculum review Sundays am - noon is the regular workshop-style classes The location is the basketball court area of the central park at Kings' Park in Springfield, VA. Modern Arnis and I met decades ago, when Guro Eric Alexander gave me my first taste of the art in Presas himself, as well as a great many of his advanced students.