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 group is currently under the direction of committee members Andrew Janson (Committee Chairman), Jon Broster (Grading Panel), Kam Dhiman (Course Administrator), and Carl Rein (Networking and Affiliates).
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.
RAPID ARNIS TODAY
In recent years, Rapid Arnis International has delivered a very successful Intensive Training Programme for students who wish to progress through the system, but who aren't able to attend regular weekly classes. The system's core syllabus is also in its 3rd incarnation, introduced in September 2016, with an increased emphasis on versatility, transitioning, and learning the finer technical details earlier on in the student's development.