We are the pioneer Arnis organization founded in Culion Palawan on December 1999. We are under the most prestigious group founded by Grandmaster Ernesto A. Presas Sr.,the International Philippine Martial Arts Federation.
Our Chief Instructor,Master Allan S. Fami, promoted by Grandmaster Ernesto Presas Sr. as Lakan Pito on May 6,2007 founded our organization under the support of then Sports Committee Chair SB Alejandro Astor of the Sangguniang Bayan ng Culion, Palawan Philippines.
We started our early trainings back then up to the present. We continue our humble beginning and utiizing all the possiblilities to protect, preserve and propagate our national heritage.
The most admired Presas Style Arnis and Mano-mano are both well known and sought after Martial arts by different nationalities. As a proof, IPMAF-Kombatan has now schools affiliated around the world teaching the Kombatan Style Filipino Martial Arts.
In Culion, we were trained to utilize and develop further all the skills we have. To defend ourselves using our hands, feet and most of the time the sticks.
To preserve, develop and propagate Filipino Martial Art as our contribution to the World
The beauty of our own art is still unknown to many Filipinos. Unlike other Oriental Martial Arts which are constantly gaining attention and popularity,we could not deny the fact that the Filipino Martial Arts are more recognized ,accepted and highly admired by other nationalities than we Filipinos do.
It is in this pursuit that we at IPMAF-Kombatan take our responsibility to propagate this art. We are offering affordable training lessons from the most basic to advance degrees to all interested martial arts enthusiasts and students to appreciate the value of our art, our heritage from our great grand ancestors.
The Kombatan Presas Style
The Kombatan Presas Style, is a composite of various classical and modern fighting systems used in the Philippines. The student of our art is introduced to the various systems in the full range of fighting. It is a systematic approach to the application of Arnis style into a complete hand-to-hand combat style called Mano-Mano. An emphasis is placed on drills to train the student to react instinctively. Kombatan does not merely combine techniques, it encourages the individual student to adapt arnis principles to his own feel for each technique. The method should suit the person and not the other way around. This is known simply as using the “flow”. The flow is Presas’ universal term for defining the comfortable place where the movements of arnis and the individual human body meet for maximum effectiveness; body and weapon blend to achieve the most natural fighting style based on an individual’s needs and attitudes.
We owe our knowledge and skills to our Chief Instructor, who patiently and dedicatedly taught us all the basics and most advance techniques of this art. Master Fami has 16 years of teaching and training experience in Modern Arnis and Mano-mano with applications on Philippine weaponry like Knife Fighting, Bangkaw,Dulo dulo, Espada y Daga and Dos Puntas. Our Master live by the word" We cannot change the direction of the wind but we could always adjust our sail". A dictum which we could apply to all the circumstances we face. We cannot change the people around us, the circumstances that sometimes knock us down but we could always find ways to be successful in all our undertakings.
Senior Master ALLAN S. FAMI
7th Dan Blackbelt - IPMAF KOMBATAN