Eskrima, also known as Kali or Arnis, is is a Filipino Martial Art (FMA) the focuses on fighting with weapons such as sticks or knives. As the national sport and martial art of the Philippines, Eskrima is an incredibly popular practice that has continued to grow throughout the world.
If you are interested in learning Eskrima, make sure to consider these tips to help learn the sport as efficiently as possible.
Find a Good Teacher & Mentor
Probably the most important factor in learning not just Eskrima, but any martial art is finding a good teacher. The right teacher will help establish a solid path for you to learn and grow as a student. Additionally, as a lot of your training will be alone, it is important that you are able to find a teacher who can provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to practice on your own at a high level.
Without a good teacher to help you establish a good foundation, it will be incredibly difficult to learn a martial art as nuanced as Eskrima. At Damri MMA we have excellent instructors that can teach you ALL of what any sport has to offer in MMA, Eskrima, Boxing, etc.
Practice the Basics
When practicing Filipino Martial Arts it is important that you are able to perform standard movements without thinking. You’ll find that the basic principles of Eskrima are applied in a variety of ways.
Things like basic strikes, triangular footwork, counterstrikes need to be practiced relentlessly in order for you to establish a good foundation.
You should be sure to train constantly, both with your teacher and on your own. The key to steady progression in Eskrima is consistent training. Even short sessions will help you make incredible progress. Just make sure you get up and do it.
If you go too long without training, you’ll notice that your skills will begin to degrade. If you are serious about learning Eskrima, or any FMA, it is vital that you make the effort to train as frequently as often.
Stay in Shape
Your training shouldn’t be limited to the martial art itself. As an FMA student, it is important that your lifestyle reflects your intent to become a skilled fighter.
Your mind and body must be ready and able to perform. You should never limit yourself by letting your health slip away from you. Make sure to establish a consistent workout routine along with a healthy diet to supplement your Eskrima training.
Eskrima is an incredibly popular, useful, and demanding martial art that takes time and effort to become skilled at. While no tips will make this process easy, these tips can make your practice much more effective and efficient.