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General Overview

Originally set up in 1993, Rapid Arnis was a system developed by Pat O'Malley with the goal of delivering authentic Filipino Martial Arts in the UK. In 2000 the name was changed to Rapid Arnis International, and the system's core syllabus is now in its 3rd generation (rolled out in 2016, reviewed annually). For more information, head over to


Since its original inception in 1993, Rapid Arnis has been influenced by a number of systems - the most prominent being: Lapunti Arnis De Abenico, Doce Pares Eskrima, Modern Arnis, Balintawak, Serrada Eskrima, and Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Each instructor also brings their own individual skillset and input to the system, and so each school has its own unique style and character. Students are encouraged to cross-train with different schools and instructors, and the annual summercamp sees Rapid Arnis instructors from far and wide delivering tuition on the subjects they are most passionate about.

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