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Eskrima Training Camp in Cebu, Philippines

Come to train at Escrima Arnis Marital Arts Training Camp. Located in beautiful Cebu, Philippines, the camp will provide you the opportunity to learn the most effective, sophisticated and culturally treasured martial art of the islands - Escrima. You will have the opportunity to receive in depth training from knowledgeable and friendly trainers while enjoying all that the wonderful, picturesque island of Cebu has to offer. You will even receive professional inspection by a selection of Masters and Grandmasters if required. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to train within a family lineage in an effective complete martial arts system.


  • Open to all levels
  • 4 hours of daily training
  • Improve already existing fighting skills
  • Train at the training camp, local beaches, caves, and waterfalls
  • Training performed by experienced Eskrima fighters
  • Master and Grandmaster supervision
  • 59 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


40 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Escrima Arnis Marital Arts Training Camp offers accommodation both on and off of its main training facility. The accommodation offered on site and off site is identical. They are single, private rooms with access to toilet facilities, a kitchen, a refrigerator, as well as a washing machine for clothes and bedding. The accommodations located away from the main training facility are about 5 minutes away and house 4 private rooms. All of the accommodations that are offered are first-come, first-served. It is recommended that you contact Escrima Arnis Marital Arts Camp for availability.


Escrima Arnis Martial Arts Training Camp offers daily training lessons to its students. That being said, you do have the opportunity to take free time as you desire. A typical daily training session lasts up to four hours depending on the training you require.

Training schedule

  • 1 hour of knife defense and edge weapons
  • 1 hour of stick close-quarter eskrima training
  • 2 hours of hand-to-hand combat

Concepts and technologies

Sightless combat

Smart weapons systems

Stealth weapons systems

Fire-and-forget systems

Broken rhythm energy

Plyometrics applications

U.F.O. motions

Counter error programs

Convert errors into attack

Selective automatic targeting

Because Escrima Arnis Martial Arts Training Camp focuses extensively on fighting skills and technique, they do not fill their classes with anaerobic exercises or waste lesson time with fitness, running, and other exercises as they feel that these can be done by the student themselves or done at an external fitness class. What they teach is practical combat, covering hand-to-hand, stick, knife, and weapon defense. Although cardio and fitness are an important part of martial arts, Escrima Arnis Martial Arts Camp expects that these be undertaken on your own time.


Eskrima or Arnis is the primary name for Filipino Martial Arts. Many different systems of Eskrima exist. In most systems, skills with weapons and with empty hands are developed at the same time, using training methods designed to emphasize the common elements. Practitioners of these arts are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably. Most Eskrima systems include fighting with a variety of weapons, striking with hands and feet (kickboxing), grappling, throwing, biting, and all the other skills that would be needed for a warrior's complete training in the old days of tribal warfare.


The most obvious feature of an Eskrima class is that it is usually weapon-based. Most systems begin by teaching the student to work with weapons, and only progress to empty-hand techniques once the stick techniques have been learned. This is reasonable because most systems have unified their teaching so that the empty-hand techniques are learned through the same exercises as the weapon techniques.

The most common weapon used in training is a rattan stick about the length of the practitioner's arm; in the Philippines, these are known as sparring sticks as they are light enough that they can be used for sparring with no protection. Most North American and European schools use protection when sparring with rattan sticks.

Other sticks used for training and for some duels are made of hardwood that is burned and hardened. They can also be made out of metals such as aluminum or can be padded for training purposes. The length of the sticks used in Eskrima classes varies from about 45cm to 70cm for single-handed sticks. Some schools prefer sticks of a particular length, while others expect students to learn which techniques are appropriate for a variety of lengths.


Many Filipino systems focus on defending against angles of attack rather than particular strikes. The theory behind this is that the technique for defending against an attack that comes straight down the center is very similar whether the attacker has an empty hand, a knife, a sword or a spear. Older Filipino systems gave each angle a name, but more recent systems tend to simply number them. Usually a system will have twelve standard angles, although what these angles are and how they are numbered vary from system to system. These standard angles are used to describe exercises; to aid memorization, a standard series of strikes from these angles called an abecederio is often practiced.

Escrima Arnis Martial Arts Training Camp

Escrima Arnis Martial Arts Training Camp is a martial arts Escrima Arnis Kung Fu training school based in Cebu in the Philippines. They service foreigners visiting the Philippines to further their martial arts training.

Their training philosophy is to give you as much knowledge as possible in the time you are here. The areas covered are the essentials in knife, stick and hand fighting. With this knowledge the students are then able to take this information home with them and improve up their skill level to meet this new level of knowledge. Escrima Arnis Martial Arts Training Camp do drills, teach knife and stick weaponry.

They fill valuable class time with anaerobic or exercises for fitness. They feel a student can do this on his own time out of lesson time. They encourage all forms of martial arts, physical fitness and meditations but our class time is for learning new understandings of martial arts, anatomy, leverage, gravitational forces, pressure points, effective body movements all in the inclination of becoming a more proficient martial arts street capable fighter.

Escrima Arnis Martial Arts Training Camp is not training any sports based competitive methods. Actually what they teach would be considered a constant breach of the rules in competitive hand to hand or stick fighting. Yet they teach and train in a friendly cordial fashion as they train for street defense not street attack.

Included excursions

Martial Island Tour

The Martial Island Tour is a 3-5 day boat tour on the camps rental dive boat. You will be staying overnight in backpacker lodgings in three locations. You can explore the captivating islands of Negros and Dumaguete, and then move on to the mystical healers and spectacular diving spots of Siquijor while finishing in the Panglao Island of Bohol, where you can take in the magnificent waters and enjoy a fine diving atmosphere. The tour does require a minimum of three students per trip. Book in advance so they can plan ahead.


Escrima Arnis Marital Arts Training Camp is located in beautiful Camotes islands in Cebu. The Camotes Islands are made up of the islands of Pacjian, Ponson, Poro and Tulang. Collectively, they are called “The Lost Horizon in the South” because of their unspoiled beauty. And once you sink your toes into the fine white sand here, it’s easy to see why. Beaches like Santiago Bay and Mangodlong, with glistening waters and relaxed shores, are excellent places to swim and sunbathe undisturbed.

Further inland, Pacjian is home to the serene 700-hectare Lake Danao. Dubbed “Lover’s Lake” for its seclusion, Lake Danao is the biggest natural lake in Cebu. Enjoy a boat cruise, hike and picnic, or go bird-watching to catch species like the purple heron and the Philippine wild duck.

Raring for some adventure? Check out Bukilat Cave in Tudela. Beneath its rough exterior lie imposing stalagmites and stalactites, as well as an icy-cold pool believed to originate from an underground spring. This entire cave system is illuminated by natural skylights.

Another stunning subterranean secret is the challenging Timubo Cave in Sonog, where you need to make your way down a winding staircase to reach the clear waters within. Life here may be slow-paced, but the islands do hold several festivals. The Tagbo Festival in January celebrates the founding of the town of Poro, through a re-enactment of the reconciliation of two warring tribes.

The Soli-Soli Festival, held every third Sunday of March in the town of San Francisco, is a creative tribute to the soli-soli plant – a source of livelihood for the locals. This festival also serves as a thanksgiving to the town’s patron saint.



  • Diving
  • Fitness center nearby
  • Gym nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Night club nearby
  • Outdoor swiming pool nearby
  • Sauna nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Steam room nearby
  • Swimming pool nearby
  • - Service
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Free! WiFi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Scooter rental nearby
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


  • Bar nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby


Escrima Arnis Marital Arts Training Camp provides food for their students. They also have a kitchen available at the training facility and accommodation areas.

Things to do (optional)


Dining at local restaurants

Free diving


Island hopping

Private tours around the islands


Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Swimming

What's included

  • 59 nights accommodation
  • 4 hour training sessions (40 sessions)
  • Assistance obtaining scooter rentals
  • Food, accommodation, amenities
  • Optional tours offered by the camp

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Health insurance
  • Travel expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Mactan Airport Cebu Island Philippines then catch a USD 10 taxi to our Liloan training area and residences.

Arrival by bus

Once in Cebu, you can take a taxi to the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Once there, find your way to the number 10 terminal where youll find the Ceres Yellow Bus to Moalboal. Your total travel time will be around 3 hours.

Arrival by taxi

Once you are in Cebu, it is possible to taxi all the way to the training facility in Moalboal. Taxis are very well aware of this location; however, the cost is significantly higher than arriving by bus. Your total travel time will be around 2 hours.

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