• Philippine Stick-Fighting

(Alternative spelling / names: Eskrima, Arnis, Kali. The English translation is „fencing”.)

Escrima is a Philippine stick fighting technique for defense with and against cutting weapons and thrusting.


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Very early, the Philippine people developed a martial art to defend themselves against hostile tribes. Their main means were hardened sticks.

At the end of the 16th century, the Spanish conquered the Philippines. They forbid the natives the usage of every kind of weapon and martial arts. The Escrima-techniques, however, were developed further secretly. They claimed to practice different sorts of dances. Time and again, the natives mobilised in order to defeat their conquerors. Escrima-techniques were used during those rebellions.

After a period of American reign, the Philippine people showed their strength again during World War 2. They proved to be specialists when they fought against the Japanese with knives and machetes in the jungle.

After World War 2, many Escrima-experts immigrated to the USA. This lead to a worldwide spread of Escrima.



Starting point of Escrima is the use of weapons. The weapons are used to extend the body during several defense and attacking techniques. Experienced Escrima-fighters do not perceive the weapon anymore.

Other than on the Phillipines where real weapons with sharp blades are used, harmless training sticks of different thickness, length, and weight serve for training purposes in Germany. Experienced Escrima-students also practice with harder sticks. Weapons with blunt blades are used when it comes to demonstrating sword techniques.

The techniques differ depending on the weapon. The most important differences are:

  • fighting with two sticks (Doble Baton, Sinawali, Sulawali),
  • fighting with one stick / sword (Solo Baton, Solo Olisi),
  • and the combination of fighting with a stick / sword and a dagger.

In addition, techniques without weapons are used.



The Escrima training at the CWTO aims at learning the many aspects of armed fighting. This includes disarming techniques, defense techniques for attacks with and without a weapon as well as the unarmed usage of the fighting principles and strategies.

The basic goal of Cifci Escrima is to lose the fear of armed fighting by trusting into the techniques learned during the training.


Cifci Escrima Once the save handling of all the weapons used in Escrima was learned, even everyday objects can be used for defense in emergency situations. The power or the weight of the opponent is less meaningful. More important is the cleverness when fighting with a weapon.



Cifci Escrima is based on a high-quality didactic concept that was developed by Dai-Sifu Hasan Cifci after many years of theoretical and practical studies of different masters and organisations.


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Since August 1st 2010, Dai-Sifu Hasan Cifci’s master student Sifu Rafet Yilmaz, who studies medieval sword fighting for quite some time now, is responsible for the CWTO Escrima courses in Turkey.



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