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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.

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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

Discussion Forum

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

Started by John R. Malmo May 10, 2009. 0 Replies

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 Mark Ganut on December 11, 2011 at 5:02pm

Hi to all IPMAF members on  this site! I just want to share this link  

This site will provide information about the kombatan community 

Thank you! Advance Merry Christmas and a Happy new year !

Comment by John R. Malmo on December 7, 2011 at 10:43am
Comment by Edward jonathan Dockrill on October 22, 2011 at 8:54pm

Thank you with humble gratitude for the invite Grand Master Malmo.

Cheers: eddie....

Comment by Shelley Millspaugh on February 17, 2011 at 1:06pm
Kapatiran Mandirigma Colorado Chapter offering classes in Kombatan Arnis. Serving the Denver to Ft. Collins area. Contact
Comment by Alexander Bautista Bayot France on December 29, 2010 at 4:13am

IPMAF 2010 Year-End Wrap-Up



There were some bright spots at the beginning of the year…


  • In January, Dayang Marina Regnér started her club in Sweden with just five students, and is now doing really well.  Their school will be hosting Master Tomi Harrell in a seminar Feb 11-13 there in Gothenburg. For more info on classes and the seminar, contact her directly at…

Call: +46739-409836


  • Also in January GM Shelley Millspaugh relocated from Kansas to Colorado, his dream destination, and began teaching Kombatan there, much to the delight of his new students. He left his Midwest Chapter in the capable hands of Master Vincent Pernice and other senior students.


  • The Smiling Assassin, Master Oliver Garduce, paid me a surprise visit in California at the end of 2009 and then went on to Canada where he began teaching Kombatan. Not long after, in early 2010, he was able to secure a formal school site and hold a “Grand Opening”. Looks like he’s now well-established!


But then…


  • On May 29th, Master Rui Ramunni, Kombatan/Modern Arnis Chief Instructor for Portugal, passed away in his sleep. I never got to personally know him but I saw from the Portugal website that he left behind a great chapter and was well-loved by his people. Master Rui Ramunni, we salute you.


  • On November 1st, our founder, GGM Ernesto Presas Sr., passed away. Despite the fact that GGM’s health failed in 2009, his death still came as a shock to many of us. There were several times from 2009-2010 that he felt he wasn’t going to make it. But he did. Each and every time. Then, about two weeks before his death, he told me, “Alex, it’s a miracle! I’m beginning to walk again!” He was happy! He was with his cousin Dodong (GM Eugenio Amador, aka “Supremo”) at the Camp in Hinigaran. They were planning to go to Laguna the next day. He did; and then he went home to Pasay. I guess our Creator decided to let him feel how it was to walk the earth again for one last time before taking him in his sleep. Great Grandmaster Ernesto Amador Presas, we salute you.




  • In a conversation before the last one, GGM also asked me to create a Facebook presence for him, where we could post announcements that were directly from him. I did, but had not gotten around to formally announce it when he passed away. The page is set up in such a way where GM Ernesto Presas Jr and Master Michael Ermac can post directly to it. In fact, they have full administrative rights to it. To find the page on Facebook, just search for “International Philippine Martial Arts Federation World HQ”. I don’t know if I’ll continue it as GM Ernesto Jr now has his own Facebook entry, and announcements directly from him should show up on his page.


  • Sometime afterward, I found a GOOD thing: Some others had also thought to create a Facebook presence for GGM, sort of an everlasting (at least for the life of Facebook) tribute to their teacher.  To find this page on Facebook, just search for “GrandMaster Ernesto Amador Presas Sr.” This one, I think, they should keep going.




  • I’m extremely proud of how we all came together. The Presas Family came together. Modern Arnis & Kombatan practitioners came together. Friends from around the world came together to support us all. There was RESPECT all around. Now, with the new year coming, it’s time to set aside our grief, time to remember the good times we had, and time to move forward as both GGMs would have wanted us to do.


  • I’m starting to get a trickle of inquiries on what’s next for our organization. It’s time to address these concerns. Here’s one example that I think reflects the concerns of many:


    • “I would like to speak with you at some point concerning the future of Kombatan and IPMAF. I have seen the website for GM Jan-Jan and I hope that all loyal Lakans will vigorously support GM Jan-Jan as the rightful successor to GGM E.A. Presas, overseeing all of Kombatan. Since GGM passed away before GM Jan-Jan could pass through the final rank of Lakan Sampo, I would like to see a council of Lakans formed in order to cast a special vote recognizing GM Jan-Jan Presas as successor to GGM and bestowing upon him the rank of Lakan Sampo. I would really like to know your thoughts on this.”


  • My thoughts (and that’s all they are):


    • Yes, Jan-Jan needs to step up to the plate now. I don't think he necessarily needs Lakan 10 ranking. I kind of like the idea of Lakan 10, or 10th degree, being reserved for the founder of a system (any system). Lakan 9 is just fine as the maximum rank obtainable for all the rest. If anyone wants to be a Lakan 10, or 10th Degree, that individual should establish his own, significantly different, system. The founder and his art should be recognized and accepted as legitimate by other founders of other recognized arts.

      I don't think a council of Lakans or anyone else, can designate Jan-Jan as GGM's successor.
      He already is the heir to the system
      , with or without our permission. (smile)

      And neither can we promote Jan-Jan or anyone else to a rank higher than our own. If it is desired that Jan-Jan be a Lakan 10, he can easily obtain it via a council of 10th Degree Grandmasters recognizing him and welcoming him into their ranks.
      GGM Roberto
      , the last remaining brother of GGMs Remy & Ernesto, and founder of his own system, Hinigaran Arnis, can spearhead that.

      These are just my thoughts; we don't all have to think the same. Feel free to agree or disagree. I'm open to other points of view, other approaches, as well.
      In the end, it is GM Ernesto Presas Jr.’s choice.




  • It’s gotten to be a tradition that GGM would announce surprise promotions at year-end. Unfortunately, I knew of only one before he passed. This promotion was to be announced at the 2011 Training Camp; but with GGM’s passing, this individual sent the money he was saving for the camp to Mrs. Presas to help with the funeral expenses. Keep in mind that I’m not the one promoting this person. I’m simply carrying out my last official act for my Teacher. I’m just doing it a little bit earlier because GGM has passed and I want to step down by year-end.  So…


    • “Congratulations, Master John Malmo, on your promotion to Grandmaster, Lakan Walo (Lakan 8). This is for all your support these many years, for your leadership in Arkansas, and for all the good things you’ve done (example: establishing for FMA in general!”




  • For the third and final time (“3rd time’s the charm”), I would like to announce my resignation from the Secretary General position which GGM honored me with so many years ago. I stepped down twice before; because both of those times, we thought we found individuals who could bring IPMAF up to the next level. But things didn’t work out and GGM asked me to step back up. Now with GGM’s passing, it’s time for me to step down once and for all. Why? Because…




  • It’s time for the next generation to step up and take the lead. Time for GM Ernesto Presas Jr. to handle the reigns of our organization. Time for him and his peers, like Master Michael Ermac, to forge the way. And quite frankly, I’m eager and excited to see what develops.  





  • Membership dues form the financial backbone of our organization. I just got off the phone with IPMAF World HQ to see who to send the membership dues to. For now, they are requesting us to please send our dues to Mrs. Mercedita Presas via Western Union (the same way we sent our donations in for GGM’s funeral expenses). Upon sending your dues through Western Union, send the list of member names to so that the membership database can be  updated properly.




  • We’ve all gotten the word by now that the 2011 Training Camp is still on. Per Master Michael Ermac, these are the dates to remember:


24 April 2011 Sunday: All participants check-in Manila.
25 April 2011 Monday: Air flight to Negros; overland to Training Camp.
26 April 2011 Tuesday: Start of training!

02 May 2011 Monday: End of training! Certificates of Completion awarded.
03 May 2011 Tuesday: Return flight to Manila.

I will be there. Hope to see you all there too!




From Federic Beleno:

“I’m happy to be one of the members of IPMAF Kombatan family...Thanks to all the Presas my mates here in the Philippines and to all Kombatan family in the world for accepting me… Salamat po..”


I think for many of us, including me, that sums it up quite nicely! Have a blessed New Year, everyone!



Alex(ander Bautista Bayot France)

Outgoing IPMAF Secretary General

“GGM, all that you asked of me, by pen or blade, it was done…”


Comment by Erkin DALKILIC on November 27, 2010 at 12:34pm
hi masters...
Comment by Willem de Thouars on November 4, 2010 at 2:43pm
With my immense sorry and condolence for the passing of your grandmaster,
guru John. I will contact you again after my trip from Europe. Again sorry, a
great lost not only in the Filippino community - but the martial arts world, uncle bill.
Comment by John R. Malmo on November 4, 2010 at 11:40am
Comment by John R. Malmo on October 31, 2010 at 10:35pm
I just received a call from the Presas family. It is my sorrowful duty to announce to all Kombatan practitioners, all IPMAF members, and all my fellow FMA practitioners, that Great Grandmaster Ernesto Amador Presas passed away in his sleep today in Manila (Nov. 1, 2010 in the Philippines, October 31 here in the States). I spoke with Mercy (Mrs. Presas). All she can say right now is that GGM's body will be brought back to Hinigaran. I will announce dates and times as funeral arrangements are made.
To my teacher, my mentor, and my friend, Thank you for all you've done for me, for our people, and for martial art practitioners the world over.
Alex(ander Bautista Bayot France)
Cell: (925) 864-7477
Comment by John R. Malmo on August 27, 2010 at 8:25pm
Just wanted to make sure everyone in the Kombatan community saw the post regarding T-shirts. I will be sponsoring Kombatan, but if anyone else would like to contribute it is definitely welcome!

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