The Art of Eskrima

Self Defence and Health Benefits

The Cacoy Doce Pares World Federation was founded by Supreme Grandmaster Ciriaco Cacoy Canete, one of the original founders of the Doce Pares Arnis Eskrima school in Cebu City, Philippines in 1932. This system incorporates the fluid elliptical striking techniques for which Cacoy Doce Pares is famous. Disarming and Eskrido throwing techniques are also included as is grappling from Pangamot, and Dumog. The style is realistic and combat-focused employing continuous, rapid, and fluid motion when striking displaying versatility and agility.

Eskrima is an advanced weaponry based martial art and tends to be learned much faster them most Japanese and Chinese systems. Eskrima is very adaptable. A practitioner can effectively use an umbrella, walking stick or even a tightly rolled newspaper as well as empty hands against an attacker. An experienced Eskrimador can also disarm an attacker who is armed with a stick, bottle and in advanced stages of Panhamot (Filipino Ju Jitsu) training, a knife, machete or even a gun.

There is no age limit to practice Eskrima. Eskrimadors continue to improve as they get older. Our Grandmaster ‘Cacoy’ Conete still actively trains at the age of 83, with much younger and bigger Eskrimadors unable to land a single strike on him.

Like other martial arts, Eskrima promotes physical and emotional self-awareness and self discipline. Strength, speed and flexibility are built up through exercises and routines. In particular flexibility of the wrists, co-ordination of the hands, mental concentration, eye speed and physical sensitivity. Eskrima can improve ones performance in any activity relying on wrist movement, such as tennis, squash, drumming and even playing guitar.

Training Schedule
Juniors & Seniors - Monday    6:30 -7:30pm

Juniors -   Wednesday        6:30 - 7:30pm

Seniors -   Wednesday        6:30 - 8:30pm

Juniors & Seniors - Friday        6:30 - 8:00pm
Instructors - Martin Gardiner - Jim Gibbons