The Filipino Martial Arts (often referred to as, Eskrima, Kali or Arnis) are made up of tribal, village and family arts, and they are a reflection of the history and multi-racial society from which they come. They include an uncountable number of individual systems, and personal styles of fighting, that have been developed over several centuries.

Whilst much of our Filipino Martial Arts training is based on a synthesised blend of those ancient arts, we do, however, also teach one specific system - the world famous 1932 Doce Pares Multi-style system.

As a method of close-quarter fighting, Filipino Martial Arts are hard to beat. The principles of combat are based on understanding angles of attack and defence - whether the weapon used be a knife, bottle, machete, stick, or the empty hand. Training, therefore, includes all aspects of empty-hand and weaponry-based skills.

Eskrima full-contact stick fighting contests are fast and furious, and demand exceptional levels of physical fitness and conditioning - not to everyone's taste, but there if someone wants it.

Another benefit of the Filipino Martial Arts is that they can be studied by young, old, able-bodied and disabled people alike.

Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts® is extremely proud of its long association with Rick Faye and his Minnesota Kali Group (MKG).

Our very first seminar in Cambridge with him took place in November 1990 and, since that time, he has been back again almost every year - in fact, he visited us twice in one year, at least, which effectively makes it an unbroken run.

Both Ollie Batts and Julie Gabriel are recognised MKG International Instructors under Rick Faye. Ollie was awarded his Level One Instructorship in JKD - Muay Thai - Silat in November 1998, his Panantukan Instructorship in November 1999 and his Level II (incl. Panantukan) Instructorships in February 2004.

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