Modern Arnis
  • is a modern filipino martial art with a century old tradition.
  • combines the experiences of the jungle fights with different aspects of a modern martial art.
  • is an effective system for self-defense
  • trains reflexes, coordination and speed
  • does not need special physical fitness regarding strength or flexibility
  • is fun to train
  • Arnis techniques
    are executed with and without weapons:
  • single stick
  • double Stick
  • empty hand
  • are executed with everyday objects:
          - ball pen
          - key ring
          - umbrella
          - towel
          - belt
          - whatever you have in your hands
  • knives
  • bolos and swords

  • A very important principle is the transferability of the technique. Learned with one weapon, the stick for example, you can apply it with other tools like a towel or a ball pen as well.


    Arnis Training
    is eclectic and dynamic. It trains and educates:
  • defense against armed and unarmed attackers
  • self-confidence through self-defense
  • disarms counters and recounters
  • hand and leg techniques
  • locks, throws and nerve techniques
  • coordination and speed
  • reflexes and perception
  • classical and Modern Arnis

  • Due to the methodical and systematical approach, it is ideal for martial art novices. But in the DAV you will find also many experienced martial artists of other styles, Who want to amend the training of their style or just want to learn the Modern Arnis system. Age is not important and Modern Arnis is suited for males and females as well.
    Modern Arnis teaches the principles of de-escalation concepts from the beginning through to black belt level. That means, that you should try, to solve the conflicts defensive and intelligent, meaning nonviolent. Only if this does not work, Modern Arnis techniques shall be used in a self-defense situation.
    How did Arnis develop?
    Many centuries ago, the Philippines have been populated by sailors of southeast asia. This way, their knowledge of martial arts arrived at the Philippines. Over the centuries, an indigenous art developed,. The most well known victim of the art was Ferdinand Magellan, who was defeated in 1521 by the local chieftain Lapu-Lapu. Later, parts of the Philippines were conquered by the spaniards, and under their occupation, Arnis training was forbidden for a long time. The Filipinos still trained Arnis, hiding the fighting techniques if folk dances and theater plays, so that they could still train their art under the eyes of the spanish occupying force, who loved these dances and plays. For many centuries, Arnis was practiced secretly. Fathers passed the techniques on to their sons and this way, the art stayed alive. Only after World War II, Remy Presas mended elements of the different styles to a new system that suited the needs of a modern self-defense system: Modern Arnis. The father of Modern Arnis, Grandmaster and Professor Remy A. Presas, 10th Dan, taught on the DAV seminars on a regular basis and witnessed the DAV-black-belt gradings, until he died unfortunately in 2001.