Eskrima / Kali Certification Seminar

Course Overview:

The Filipino Martial Art of Eskrima is primarily thought of as a weapons based combat system focused exclusively on the use of weapons, and is known throughout the world for its effective stick and knife fighting techniques. As a result, many of the weapon techniques from Eskrima have been integrated into the combat curriculums for the world’s elite military units and law enforcement agencies. However, most people are unaware that Eskrima is a multifaceted martial art system that also includes empty hand fighting tactics and number of unique training methods that differ significantly from the training methods used in other martial arts. Eskrima is more than just a weapons based system; it is a complete and effective combat system that can teach you the skills and techniques to confidently defend yourself using weapons or just your hands. 


The purpose of this course is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the Filipino Martial Arts with a specific focus on Eskrima. The course is specifically designed to enhance your ability to learn and acquire new skills by thoughtfully organizing the material into a progressive curriculum that is structured to be both comprehensive and maintain continuity as you move from one lesson to the next. It is a high-intensity, fasted passed course that covers a number of topics related to combat strategy, tactics and training methods. During this course, you will receive personal detailed instruction in the following topics:

  • Lines of Attack
  • Proper Grip
  • Basic & Advanced Strikes & Blocks
  • Single & Double Stick Fighting Techniques
  • Filipino Martial Arts Training Methods
  • Single & Double Knife Fighting Techniques
  • Flow Drills
  • Empty Hand Drills
  • Stick Traps & Tie-Ups
  • Stick Disarms
  • Progressive Training Drills
  • Fighting Attributes & Skills Development
  • Breaking In & Out of Ranges
  • Knife Disarms
  • Armed & Unarmed Chokes & Takedowns
  • Environmental Training
  • Stick with Knife Fighting Methods (aka Espada y Daga)
  • Weapons Sparring
  • History of Filipino Martial Arts
  • Fighting Strategy & Philosophy
  • And much more


Course Prerequisites:

This course is open to all students and instructors from all styles regardless of skill level. Prior experience in the Filipino Martial Arts of Eskrima or Kali is not required to attend this course. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to expert, this course is for anyone who has a desire to learn and a willingness to apply themselves.



Course Objectives:

This course has been thoughtfully crafted in such a way as to develop and enhance specific skill sets. As a result you will experience how easily you learn and remember new drills and techniques. By the end of the course you will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:


1. A comprehensive understanding of Filipino Fighting Theory, Tactics, and Strategy.


2. The ability to integrate the seven primary Filipino Training Methods into your training program to enhance skills development and keep your training program fresh.


3. An understanding of the concept of flow, meaning the ability to explain and demonstrate what flow is and how it relates to proper training.


4. Develop the skills to competently defend yourself using a single stick, double stick, knife, or stick with knife.


5. An understanding of Filipino empty hand techniques and the skills to competently execute these techniques to defend yourself.


6. The ability to correctly defend yourself against an attacker who is armed with a weapon


7. An increase in your speed and muscle endurance, resulting in the ability to perform techniques with lighting speed and accuracy.




Course Organization:

This course is a compilation of the first five Eskrima/Kali courses in the ICSU Filipino Martial Arts program and is organized into the following units:


  • Eskrima/Kali 101: This unit focuses on single stick strategy, tactics, and training methods. It covers all aspects concerning Filipino Fighting Theory with particular focus on footwork, grips, ranges, lines of attack, methods of striking, etc.…


  • Eskrima/Kali 102: This unit focuses on double stick fighting skills with an emphasis on flow drills, moving in and out of different ranges, disarms, and the relation between weapon and empty hand fighting tactics.


  • Eskrima/Kali 103: This unit focuses on tactical knife fighting. It covers such things as angles of attack, methods of cutting, proper knife grips, human anatomy and its relation to the different styles of knife fighting, skills development and enhancement, close-quarter-combat tactics, and much more.


  • Eskrima/Kali 104: This unit focuses on the fighting method of using a stick supported by a knife in the other hand, also known as the long and short system. While many modern instructors of the Filipino Martial Arts chose to omit this method from their curriculum do to its difficulty in learning and application, at ICSU we believe the training opportunities and challenges this method offers students to enhance their skill sets is indispensable.


  • Eskrima/Kali 105: This unit focuses on empty-hand fighting tactics of the Filipino Martial Arts. It covers hand strikes, kicks, joint, chokes, takedowns, trapping, etc... Most importantly this unit explores the use of flow drills in training to develop specific skill sets and increase speed and accuracy.



Course Equipment and Materials:

In order to get the most benefit from your training during this course it is highly recommended that you acquire the following items:



1. A pair of rattan Eskrima sticks between 28 or 30 inches long


2. A ridged practice knife made of wood or aluminum 8 to 12 inches long. Note, rubber practice knives are discouraged.


3. Eskrima uniform which consists of a academy t-shirt and black sweat pants.


4. Mouth-Guard and groin protection are also suggested, but not required.


5. It is recommended that you bring a note book in order to take notes. Recording devices are permitted and you are encouraged to video all lessons for your personal use, all we ask is that you do not post any videos to the internet or social media without our permission. We thank you for your cooperation.


6. Extra workout t-shirts


7. Be sure to bring a lunch, snacks, and lots of water.



Course Schedule 

This course contains over 200 drills and techniques spread over 4 days of training. Each day will consist of 10 hours of training, resulting in 40 hours total of high-intensity training for the entire course. The learning material has been divided into the following 4 day schedule:


  • Day 1 () – The main focus of this day will be on single stick. Topics such as proper grip, footwork, ranges, and methods of training will be discussed in detail. Class will begin promptly at 8am and finish around 6pm.


  • Day 2 () – The focus of the second day will be on double stick (sinawalli drills). Topics covered will include breaking in and out of ranges, flow drills, the application of flow drills to empty hand fighting, and more. Class will begin promptly at 8am and finish around 6pm.


  • Day 3 () – The final day of the seminar will focus on fighting simultaneously with the stick and knife (espada y daga).  Topics covered will include knife fighting, 


Course Policies and Expectations

As a critical part of your training in the Eskrima you are encouraged to continually help strengthen the class community that will develop between you, your classmates and instructors. The ties that bind this community together are those based on relationships of mutual trust and respect. The way that you choose to conduct yourself will have a direct impact on the quality of your class community and the overall success of your training experience for your classmates and yourself.



To best utilize the class environment your timely presence and participation are necessary. Frequent absences and late arrivals are disruptive and inconsiderate to the rest of the class. It is recommended that you try to arrive to class 15 minutes early allowing enough time to change into workout clothes and to start warming up before class. Class starts promptly at 8am each morning of the seminar.



The proper attire for Eskrima is black workout pants or shorts, and a ICSU academy t-shirt. You are welcome to also wear t-shirts from your own gym. Shoes are not permitted on the mats. Cleanliness is important to maintain a pleasant training environment. You are strongly encouraged to keep your workout clothes clean and in good condition so as to reduce offensive body odor and an unprofessional appearance. On special occasions class will be conducted outside in which case your instructor will give you specific directions concerning proper attire. If you have any questions regarding workout attire please talk with your instructor.


Food and Drinks:

All students are prohibited from bringing food or any type of sports drink onto the matt; however, students are permitted to have a water bottle close by and are encouraged to drink water as often as they feel it necessary to stay hydrated.


Personal Conduct:

As mentioned earlier, a critical part of your training in Eskrima is the positive atmosphere of the class community which is built upon the relationships you develop and foster with your classmates and instructors. These relationships are based on mutual trust and respect. In order to strengthen the class community you are asked to refrain from gossiping, foul language, fault finding, complaining, and disruptive behavior. In addition students who arrive to class intoxicated or with the odor of alcohol on their breath will be asked to excuse themselves from the class. While on the mats you should focus your time and energy, on developing your skills in Eskrima. Remember, the way you choose to conduct yourself both on and off the mat will have a direct impact on the class community and how your classmates and instructors interact with you.



Training carries with it a certain amount of risk. While injuries do occur, they are rare and can be avoided most of the time. You can avoid injuries by only practicing those techniques that you have been taught. Always adjust your workout to the level of your training partner, practice at a safe speed with control. Avoid showing off and focus instead on slow and proper execution of each lesson, drill, or task. A good training session is when everyone goes home safely and no one has to apologize for injuring their workout partner.

Eskrima/Kali Seminar Registration

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