FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS (FMA)- Kali / Eskrima / Arnis
Ever wonder what martial art was used in movies and TV shows such as the Jason Bourne series (The Bourne Identity, etc.) and The Book of Eli, Taken, Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible 3, The Equalizer, James Bond: The Quantum of Solace, Hanna, The Hunted and Arrow?
The fighting scenes were definitely brutal yet flowed gracefully. They all seemed believable.
They were all based on a Filipino Martial Art. Namely Kali, Eskrima and Arnis which are essentially the same thing, just from different regions and family styles. FMA is an evolving art, as it is current with the changing times yet maintains the same no-nonsense warrior foundations of centuries past. It works with weapons of opportunity in the most efficient way possible, to allow its skilled practitioners the potential to overcome a much larger and powerful assailant, in the safest way possible. Both armed and unarmed.
It starts off with teaching its students the proper way to use weapons as rudimentary as sticks and batons, and as deadly as knives and swords. Through learning how to wield these weapons, FMA fighters develop the necessary self-defence skills to survive an armed attack. In essence, it is a reality-based martial art that is designed to preserve one’s life.
Our FMA System: KALIS ILUSTRISIMO
Named after Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo, one of the finest and foremost fighters the world has ever known. The name Ilustrisimo is synonymous to swordsmanship par excellence. We, practitioners of Kalis Ilustrisimo Repeticion Orihinal, want to guard and protect the legacy and heritage that Tatang gave us by preserving and propagating the original sword fighting methods of the Great Grandmaster.
About Kalis Ilustrisimo Repeticion Orihinal (KIRO)
KIRO is the sword fighting art of the Ilustrisimo clan. It started in the island of Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines. Its practice continues to this day through the dedicated efforts of the students of the Great Grandmaster Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo and his foremost student, the Great Grandmaster Antonio Diego.
KIRO is a weapons based martial art that primarily deals with edged weapons. Students are taught to proficiently wield a short sword – espada (pinute, bolo, sansibar, barong, itak, ginunting, etc.), long sword – dos manos espada (kampilan, katana, etc.), knife – daga (fixed blade knives, folding knives, balisong/butterfly knife trainers, dagger, karambit) in an efficient manner that could translate the same techniques taught to any other weapon of opportunity, such as a baton or stick, kobutan, palm stick, tactical flashlight, empty hand, etc. The final step would be to learn how to disarm an adversary that is armed with any weapon, both edged or bludgeoning.
Due to the nature of the efficacy of this reality-based combat system, KIRO is highly sought after by Law Enforcement Officers, Military Personnel, Security Forces as well as the general public interested in learning a highly effective and simple to learn mode of self-defense. KIRO’s intention is to allow anyone, no matter the size, age and physical ability, to properly defend themselves against and successfully survive a violent attack.
Some of the disciplines that are covered by the KIRO curriculum include:
Solo Espada/Baston – Single Sword/Stick
Punta y Daga (Espada y Daga) – Sword and Dagger
Doble Espada/Baston – Double Sword/Stick
Dos Manos Espada/Baston – Two handed Longsword or Staff
Daga – Knife Fighting, Knife Defence
Empty Hand – Striking, Locking, Disarms
About Guro Archie Luz
Guro Archie Luz is the head instructor at Undisputed Martial Arts, and has had over 35 years of training and competitive experience in multiple forms of martial arts, such as Boxing, Muay Thai, MMA, BJJ, Silat, Submission Wrestling, Karate and Kung Fu. He is an ASP certified instructor for Use of Force training with the collapsible baton and handcuffing.
His FMA experience started with his training under the esteemed and highly regarded Guro Ramon Villardo. Guro Ramon is the Director of Bakabakan International Canada and has awarded Guro Archie with the rank of Tagpasanay (Trainer) under the Bakbakan International Canada system.
Since then, Guro Archie has traveled to the Philippines to attend and successfully complete the very first Kalis Ilustrismo Repeticion Orihinal Instructors workshop led by Maestro Romeo Macapagal, Master Arnold Narzo and Master Peachie Baron Saguin in the Bukidnon province of Mindanao, Phillipines. He then resided in Manila, Philippines where he trained extensively with the Great Grand Master Antonio “Tony” Diego, where he was taught to teach and propagate the art of KIRO.
Guro Archie has successfully led his students at Undisputed Martial Arts to win championships in various FMA tournaments throughout North America. He has privately trained specialized Law Enforcement Officers (ETF, ERT) and Special Forces military personnel in edged weapon fighting and defense. He has also held Self-Defense seminars and workshops for youth and adult in vulnerable communities and in potentially dangerous workplaces.
He may be contacted directly for private training and for seminars/workshops at