Arnis is an ancient Filipino
Martial Art and is also known as Escrima or Kali. This martial art incorporates empty handed techniques as well as techniques
using short sticks and knives.
Filipino martial artists are noted for their ability to fight either with empty hand or with weapons. Weapons are just considered
an extension of the hand and they can vary in size, weight and length. Many weapons have been commercialized over the years
and some standards have emerged. Most Escrima Sticks sold currently have been standardized in two lengths: 26”
material for Escrima Sticks has been Rattan known for the “gunpowder” smell that it gives off after particularly
intense training sessions. Curiously enough if your Rattan stick does not have a Lacquer coating, you can
smell the gunpowder, if it has a Lacquer coating, you can’t smell the gunpowder.
We make Escrima Sticks from many woods, from the more common
Ash and Hickory to the more exotic woods like Purpleheart and Brazilian Cherry to presentation pieces made from Cocobolo,
Indian Ebony and “Tiger Stripe” Maple.
Before choosing the material for your Escrima Stick, consider the condition of the user’s hands and the length
of the training session.
a lighter weight wood or softer wood if:
· The user is a beginner or has hands which have not been conditioned to the rigors of training
· The training session is long
Lighter and softer woods like Ash and Hickory are well known for their shock absorbing properties.
Baseball bats and tool handles are made from these two woods just for that purpose.
Choose a heavier weight wood or harder wood if:
The user is experienced and wishes to condition his/her hands more
· The training session is short
· You need a hard Escrima Stick for real protection
See the link called “Wood Charts”
listed at the top of this page to see how the woods mentioned above rate according to weight and hardness. Remember that all
the woods listed in the “Wood Charts” page can’t be made into Arnis Sticks, but the woods mentioned above
are listed in the charts.
the link called “Wood Choices” to see a photo and a description of the above mentioned woods as well.
Eventually as you train more, your hands
will become more conditioned and you can move from a lighter or softer wood to a heavier or harder wood. If you are inexperienced
and jump to using a heavy Escrima Stick your hands will end up stinging and you will develop hand and wrist joint problems
which will cause you to suspend your training.
I like to use the analogy of weight training. Use lighter weights to develop muscles and then migrate to heavier
weights to strengthen those muscles and build bulk. Jumping straight to heavy weights will cause muscle strains and possible
tendon and ligament tears.
good thing about using lighter and softer woods first is that they are a less expensive introduction to the world of
Arnis. If you think that Arnis is something you would like to study more, as your hands get more conditioned you can move
to heavier or harder woods.