Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) Jedokan Arnis
While our roots began with the Inosanto-Lacoste Sytem of Kali, we have gone on to explore other systems of FMA. We now represent the Jedokan Arnis System.
Jedokan is a martial art system created by GM Jeff Jeds. Jedokan’s roots lie in Shotokan Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Kickboxing, Combat Judo, Kung-Fu and Arnis. Jeff has trained under such notable Filipino martial artists such as: Dr. Guillermo Langson, Sensei Ben Torres and Sensei Robert Torres. Jedokan is composed of drills specializing in footwork, dodging, deflecting, boxing, kickboxing, karate, self-defense, grappling, Arnis-Stick and knife work. The objective of the Jedokan practitioner is to be versatile, elusive and effective in actual combat situations.
The history of FMA
When discussing the combative arts of the Philippines, it’s like a look back at your social studies or history class. The first Filipino warriors descended from transplants who arrived to the Philippine islands from other lands and brought with them their own unique cultures. They had the strength and fortitude to survive the long journeys and possessed the skills to create a new land and a new culture. They traveled from places like Malaysia, Indonesia, China, India and Burma. Along with their own unique religions, languages and cultures they also brought with them their indigenous combative arts. Ancient Filipino warriors defended their lands from invaders such as Magellan. The Chieftain Lapu-Lapu is probably the most notable and most revered among them for his defeat and slaughter of Magellan.
The individual styles and systems of FMA vary from region to region. The differences can be due to adaptations in different terrains and environments or due to personal preferences developed by a particular tribe or family. FMA much like JKD is not a “classical or traditional” a system. Techniques vary and there is no standardized curriculum. There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and historically there were about an average of 3 different tribes per island. If you do the math, that’s about 21,0000 different systems of combat.
Most commonly the art is predicated on the use of numbering systems and angles of attack using the stick and knife. But it’s not limited to only weapons. The empty handed portion of the art, often called Panantukan or Filipino Boxing is also based off those same angles of attack as the stick and knife. Therefore any training that you do will develop attributes that can be used in any area of the art. It’s an art that compliments many other martial arts and blends particularly well with JKD.
Contact us for more information about Jedokan Arnis
Location: Mahopac Wing Chun Kung Fu and Arnis 50 Miller Road Mahopac, NY 10541
If you live in the areas of Somers, Peekskill, Ossining, Mahopac and Cortlandt Manor then you are close enough to come train with us!