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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Alexander Bautista Bayot France on December 21, 2009 at 3:30pm
Great Grandmaster Ernesto Presas called me last night to ask me to convey “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all IPMAF members, friends, and associates. Healthwise, he is in good condition and it seemed to me, raring to go full speed ahead into the new year.

GGM is requesting the current phone numbers of all IPMAF members. I’ve always encouraged everyone, regardless of rank, to develop their own personal relationship with GGM. I guarantee you it’s an experience you won’t forget. For me, it was, and continues to be, priceless!. He established my foundation and became my lifelong mentor. If you haven’t developed that relationship with GGM, this is now your chance to do so.

I’ll be publishing the IPMAF Year End Wrap-Up & New Year Preview Newsletter around New Years; but before I do, I’d like to include everyone it. Please email GGM/IPMAF World HQ ( and copy me ( with the following:

(1) Your full name and your teacher’s name.
(2) The name of your local martial art school if you have or belong to one..
(3) Your current rank, and promotion history.
(4) Your full contact info, indicating what parts of your contact info you do not want published.
(5) A recap of your 2009 activities and your plans for 2010.
(6) Your own greeting/shout out to the organization.
(7) Pictures!
Let’s set the deadline for December 28, a week from now. I’ll put everything together in a PDF for publication on New Years Eve.

Hoping to hear from you all,
Alex(ander Bautista Bayot France)
Comment by MOHAMMAD DARABI on December 12, 2009 at 4:24am
Comment by Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. on December 11, 2009 at 7:06pm
@GM Shelley Millspaugh


I reviewed this book you may find helpful for your new school

Comment by Shelley Millspaugh on December 11, 2009 at 1:08pm
Hey everyone,
I will be relocating to Colorado at the end of this month.
Working in Boulder. Living in Longmont.

I will be teaching out of Guru Daniel Prasetya's school in Ft. Collins to start off with.
You will also see me hanging around Uncle Bill's school in Westminster.

I have yet to set up places to teach out of in the Boulder/Longmont/NW Denver area.
If anyone has any suggestions, please contact me.

Thank you everyone!!
Comment by Reginald Hoover on December 11, 2009 at 11:26am
GM Shelly,

Congratulations on your promotion!

Soke Reginald Hoover
D.K.K.C.I. President
Comment by John R. Malmo on December 10, 2009 at 1:12pm
Congrats to Shelley for promotion to GM Lakan 9!
Comment by Alexander Bautista Bayot France on October 2, 2009 at 12:13pm
With Master Oliver Garduce visiting from IPMAF World HQ, all Kombatan instructors and trainers are invited to IPMAF USA HQ (PMAA n Hayward, CA) for a full curriculum review to make sure we are on the same page as IPMAF World HQ. You will be given a hardcopy of the official curriculum that was distributed by GGM in Florida back in 2000. You will use that hardcopy to make notes for yourself to upgrade to the 2007 curriculum. You are also encouraged to order the 2007 Curriculum on DVDs from GGM Presas (IIPMAF World HQ) or GM Bowers (IPMAF North America HQ).
Comment by Alexander Bautista Bayot France on September 30, 2009 at 2:45pm
John -- Just saw this. Okay. Will do. Thank you.
Comment by John R. Malmo on September 26, 2009 at 10:41am

I promoted you to an Administrator of the Kombatan - IPMAF group. If you have any questions on the options, let me know.
Comment by xxxxxxxxx on September 10, 2009 at 2:12am
Mr. Malmo,

The only video of Arnis Supreme Master Sam Tendencia ever showed me was a tape of G.Master Ernesto Presas. And I spent 4 to 6 days a week with him from 1990 to 95.
Thanks for the invite! I am honored!

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