Guro Michael Williams

Guro Michael Williams

Guro Michael Williams

Filipino Martial Arts

Combat Arts of Negros

MARI teaches a program of Filipino Martial Arts which consist of a unique blend of the arts which our Guros have trained. This blend is designed to give the student a solid foundation in the Filipino fighting systems. Although MARI’s Guros are licensed to teach and certify students in the systems they have trained, we have chosen to give a foundation that allows the student to branch into any number of systems as well as train individually with our Grandmasters. This allows the student to have similar experiences as their teachers and allows the student an opportunity to immerse themselves into the Filipino Culture and find out “Why things are done the way they are done“.
A common misconception is that Filipino Martial Arts is just the “escrima sticks“. This is far from the truth. Not only do Filipino Fighting Arts have the rattan baston as a training weapon, they also use a large variety of other natural materials as training instruments from the flexible tula-tula to the iron-like kamagong. In addition, there is a wide array of blade types used (as fighting arts of Southeast Asia are based on a “blade culture“). Weaponless fighting is also part of the Filipino fighting systems. Filipino Fighting Arts include a complete system of empty-hand fighting (mano y mano) from grappling/groundwork (dumog) to stand up grappling (dumog) and kickboxing (pukol-sipa)

About the “Combat arts of Negros

from Negros Occidental Philippines;

Our teachers are Grandmaster Jerson “Nene” Tortal of Dekiti Tirsia Siradas ofTalisay, Negros Occ., Grandmasters Abraham and Sabas Gubaton of Oido De Caburata Arnis of Bago City, Negros Occ., the late Grandmaster Remy Presas of the Modern Arnis System of Hinigaran, Negros Occ. and Guro/Sifu Alix Levaud also of the Modern Arnis System.

MARI regularly travels to the Philippines to train with Grandmasters Jerson “Nene” Tortal (DTSKali), Abraham Gubaton (ODCA) and Sabas Gubaton (ODCA). Our students get to train one to one with these great teachers and experience the Filipino Fighting Arts as they were meant to be experienced. MARI’s professional staff also travels and trains along side the students. Students can be assured a safe and educational experience.