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IPMAF - Kombatan

Kombatan was developed by Grandmaster Ernesto Presas of Negros Occidental Province in the Visayas. Kombatan is a composite of various classical and modern fighting systems used in the Philippines.

Location: Manila
Members: 310
Latest Activity: Aug 28, 2017


Kombatan is a Filipino martial arts system. The head and founder of the system is Ernesto A. Presas (May 20, 1945 – November 1, 2010). The style is known for its double stick techniques but features other stick and blade techniques, as well as empty-hand methods.

Ernesto A. Presas Sr. was born in the coastal town of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental on 1945-05-20. At age 8 he began his martial arts training under his father, Jose Presas, a well known escrima practitioner at that time. He went on to be an athlete in his college years, participating in various sports. His training in the martial arts is eclectic, having studied judo, jujutsu, karate, and various forms of Filipino and Japanese weaponry. He is currently a Lakan Sampu (10th Dan) in arnis and Mano Mano (hand to hand combat) and holds a Lakan Sampu (10th Dan) in Philippine Weaponry.

Remy and Ernesto Presas both recognized that the classical arts of their country were losing their appeal and therefore slowly dying. Both sought to modernize the native arts into an effective fighting system that would be appealing to martial arts students living in modern Filipino society. Their dream to re-introduce his native arts led to the development of Modern Arnis. Ernesto Presas would later re-christen his version of the art Kombatan.

In 1970 he began to teach the Filipino martial arts in the University of the Philippines and Lyceum of the Philippines. Later other classes expanded to the University of Santo Tomas, Central Colleges of the Philippines, the Far Eastern Military Academy, Philippine National Police Academy and the Philippines Air Force Officer's School. Also in 1970 he was invited to Japan at Expo '70' to demonstrate Arnis. He quickly earned the respect of many of the Japanese masters who called his Art Filipino Kendo. After returning home, with the help of his friend Frederico Lazo, he opened his first club. Later he formed the Modern Arnis Association of the Philippines International and the ARJUKEN (which stands for Arnis, Jujutsu, Kendo) Karate Association to formally spread the art within the Philippines.

In 1975 he founded the International Philippine Martial Arts Federation (IPMAF) and began to spread the Filipino art to the outside world. In time his Arnis Presas Style and techniques became widely accepted and adopted by countries in Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Puerto Rico. He has also published numerous books and videos and has been featured on the cover of Inside Kung Fu magazine with the title "Ernesto Presas: The Father of Mano-Mano" (which art he created).

At the present time Ernesto Presas travels the world teaching seminars to spread his art. Many have come to the Philippines to take lessons from him in Manila.

Major players include: Fred Lazo, Ernesto Presas Jr., Andy Elliott, Mike Bowers, Mike Guingona, Alex France, Lito Concepcion, Jon Rudy, Edwin Lao, James Miyake, John R. Malmo, Carlos Pulanco, Danny Tiliano, Dante Constantino, Michael Darcy, Thorbjorn "Toby" Hartelius, Chris Traish, Kevin Smith, Giovanni Zagari, Mark Day, Johan Skålberg, Alex Ercia, Audy Ercia, Brando Castillo, Jürg Ziegler, Wolfgang Schnur, Walter Hubmann, Rami Vainionpää, Tomi Harell and Arnold Domingo.

Kombatan combines several traditional Filipino styles that have been blended into a single art:

Hirada Batangueno
Sungkiti Tutsada
Abaniko Largo / Corto
Doblada / Doblete
Banda y Banda
Espada Y Daga
Daga sa Daga
Dulo Dulo
Dos Puntas
Tres Puntas

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New Shirts Available

Started by John R. Malmo. Last reply by John R. Malmo Apr 6, 2015. 1 Reply

I have created a couple of shirts for anyone interested.  They can be viewed at the following links:Kombatan Arnis Shirts…Continue

Current State of Affairs in Kombatan

Started by John R. Malmo May 5, 2012. 0 Replies

With GM Ernesto Presas Jr.'s permission, I am posting a letter addressed to all International Philippine Martial Arts Federation members concerning some recent events.  Below is the wording of the…Continue

specifically Kombatan, or any FMA schools in Charleston South Carolina?

Started by Mateo Soriano Masellones Jr Apr 23, 2012. 0 Replies

Hello everyone, I have a Lifelong friend and student who now lives in Charleston SC.  And is looking for a Kombatan affiliated school.  If none are available any FMA school will suffice.  Any and all…Continue

North American Kombatan Conference & Training Camp

Started by John R. Malmo Apr 22, 2010. 0 Replies

The North American Chapter of GGM Ernesto Presas’ Kombatan organizationis holding its 1st North American Conference. This event will takeplace on the sunny shores of Lake Tahoe, California. It’s been…Continue

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Mano Mano Striking

Started by John R. Malmo Aug 21, 2009. 0 Replies

For those interested the 20 strikes / counter strikes in Kombatan (Modern Mano Mano):1. Forefist thrust (jab/cross/straight punch)2. Downward backfist3. Inward ridgehand4. Inward knifehand5. Inward…Continue

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Special Edition Article on GGM Presas and Kombatan

Started by John R. Malmo Aug 18, 2009. 0 Replies

FMAdigest just released a special edition on GGM Ernesto A. Presas’ art of Kombatan and the International Philippine Martial Arts Federation.…Continue

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Katipunan 2009

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Time: September 5, 2009 to September 6, 2009Location: TY PARK @ HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDAStreet: 54 N. PARK ROAD SHERIDAN STREETCity/Town: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDAContact Info: 305-788-4403 954-432-4433Free FMA…Continue

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Comment by Reginald Hoover on January 26, 2010 at 11:39pm
The D.K.K.C.I. and Myself extends our deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of need. May God bestow His many blessings upon you all.

GM Reginald Hoover & The D.K.K.C.I. Consortium Family
Comment by Orly Junio on January 26, 2010 at 11:09pm
My condolences to you and your family.
Comment by Alexander Bautista Bayot France on January 26, 2010 at 8:44pm
Forwarding from Ricky:

My Father, Grandmaster Federico T. Lazo passed away on Monday, January 25th, 2010. A mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, January 29, 2010 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church with burial to follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens. A pot-luck reception will follow for family and friends, who wish to celebrate our father’s life.

Those who wish to send flowers may have them delivered to Stowers Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation (for Research) in his memory. Contributions can be made online at or envelopes will be provided at the mass.

If you are travelling from out-of-town, please let us know, as we will provide more information about hotel accommodations.

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church
9724 Cross Creek Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33647

Stowers Funeral Home
401 West Brandon Blvd.
Brandon, FL 33511

Trinity Memorial Gardens
12609 Memorial Drive
Trinity, FL 34655

Reception (T.B.A.).
Comment by Gary A. Hall on January 26, 2010 at 5:46pm
My condolences. I lost my wife 3 years ago. I know how much you are hurting.
Comment by Jeff "Stickman" Finder on January 26, 2010 at 5:20pm
My condolences for your loss; it is never easy to lose someone close. My brother died of cancer too. My prayers for you and your family that you find peace in each other.
Comment by Marc Lawrence on January 26, 2010 at 2:32pm
To the Lazaro family,
Iam sorry to hear of your loss, my younger brother died of cancer as well. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family, and we offer you our condolences.
Punong Guro Marc Lawrence
& the South Bay Filipino Martial Arts Club
Comment by Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. on January 26, 2010 at 1:54pm
My and my family's deepest condolences

Comment by Alexander Bautista Bayot France on January 26, 2010 at 1:06pm
Received today from the Lazo family:

Hello Everyone

My father has been battling with cancer for awhile now and last week he had a stroke and was unresponsive for several days. Yesterday morning he passed away. It's upsetting for me to have to relay this message to you all. Yesterday and the past couple of days have been difficult times for our family. I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers.

Once the service arrangements have been finalized for my father I will make sure to e-mail that information to everyone.

Ricky Lazo
Comment by GM WOLFGANG EGGELING PhD on January 23, 2010 at 6:06am
GM Lazo’s son, Ricky
We are with you and your family
KYOSHI Wolfgang Eggeling
Comment by Alexander Bautista Bayot France on January 22, 2010 at 1:31pm
Please keep GGM Ernesto Presas’s compadre, GM Federico “Fred” T, Lazo, in your thoughts and prayers.

Per GGM the two of them spent countless hours in the early years going through hundreds of “what if” scenarios in H2H combat. Those sessions contributed greatly to the development of their own arts (Kombatan and Luzviminda Arnis). Although GM Lazo has his own martial arts organization, he is still an esteemed member of our organization (IPMAF) and a Grandmaster in Kombatan (promoted to 10th Degree and inducted into the WHFSC Hall of Fame by GGM Ernesto back in 2000).

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