Filipino Martial Arts Academy

Filipino Martial Arts Academy



Learn and master a unique art form from the Philippines. You'll develop self-confidence, self-control, awareness, character development, fitness and self-defense skills.  Eskrima is a complete Martial Art and is known for lightning-fast movements utilizing weapons, empty hand trapping, strikes, kicking techniques, as well as takedowns and locks.  We teach a scientific method against all bladed and impact weapons and disarming.  Exclusively teaching the Doce Pares original "Multi-Style System," covering all ranges of Eskrima-Kali-Arnis, both traditional and progressive. Our program may be studied on an individual basis at our facility or on a group basis at your business or location.

Curriculum Components:

The Doce Pares system of Eskrima is composed of Seven Styles or sub-disciplines which are described below. The drills described fall into one of these categories.

SOLO OLISI (Single Stick)

The strong hand wields a stick and serves as the primary defense. The empty hand is used mainly for defense, focusing on controlling the opponent's weapon hand.

DOBLE OLISI  (Double Stick)

Each hand has a stick. They can be used for combination attacks or one can serve as defense while the other is used to attack.

BARAW (Knife)

Eskrido (Locks, throws and takedowns with olisi). Similar in format to the solo olisi, but the weapon is a knife.

ESPADA Y DAGA  (Sword and Dagger)

Strong hand wields a stick or long blade and serves as the primary offense. Other hand holds a knife and used for both offense and defense (blocking, checking and locking)

MANO-MANO (Empty Hands)

The Doce Pares empty hand drills usually involve boxing-style attack movements combined with effective trapping and foot techniques.

DUMOG  (Grappling)

A variety of takedowns and throwing techniques are used, which can be practiced with or without weapons.

TAPI-TAPI (Alive hand, Sticky Hands-Old Style)

Sumbag-pated (punch and kick). All of the 12 Forms (Sayaw) Karanza, including the 5 minute duration Form 12, the so-called "San Miguel".


SGM Diony Canete ODL
SGM Diony Canete ODL

Dionisio belongs to the second generation of the  famous Martial Art advocates, the Cañete brothers of Cebu City, Philippines. He is the youngest son of GM Eulogio (Ylong) Cañete, the principal organizer of Doce Pares, who headed the organization since its founding in 1932 until his death in June 1988.

Dionisio began his lessons in the Filipino Art in 1946 at the age of eight from his father and brother Iluminado, the eldest of the five children (4 sons and a daughter) of Eulogio and Irenea Aventurado.

He studied under GM Felimon "Momoy" Cañete and later with GM Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete, both brother of his father. He also trained with GM Vicenter Carin and Maximo Cañete.

In 1950, during the Golden age of Boxing in Cebu, he was attracted to the sport and for five years regularly sparred and trained with several good amateur and professional boxers at that time.

In 1957, together with his brothers, Diony was introduced to Kodokan Judo.

In 1960, immediately upon his election as one of the officers of Doce Pares, rules on the acceptance of students and membership were liberalized. They started to promote and develop Arnis to a wholesome spectator's sporting event.

In 1969 at the age of 22, he passed the Bar Examinations and became a fully-fledged Lawyer.

In 1975, He initiated the formation of the Cebu Eskrima (Arnis) Association. All major Arnis clubs in Cebu banded together for the first time. In succeeding to organize and band together all the top Arnisadors, Diony, in effect, sort of "Civilized" the fighting-oriented Masters and curbed them to learn to co-exist for the sake of the Filipino Art.

Events he helped organize/Events he participated:

March 6-7,1976

First National Arnis Festival

University of San Carlos Gym

Cebu City, Philippines

by National Arnis Association of the Philippines (NARAPHIL)

March 24, 1979

First National Arnis Open Championship

Cebu Coliseum

Cebu City, Philippines

August 19, 1979

First National Invitational Tournament

Philippine National College Gymnasium

Manila, Philippines

October 15, 1988

First National USA Eskrima Kali Arnis Championships

San Jose, California

First Eastern USA Arnis Championships

Jersey City, NJ


The two tournaments were made possible through the all-out assistance & initiative of Arnulfo Cuesta, Fred Bandalan, Edward Abinsay, and Leo Fernandez

August 11-13, 1989

First World Eskrima Kali Arnis Championships

Cebu City, Philippines

It was during this tournament that the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) was organized and he was elected Charter President. During these tournaments he prepared the tournament rules and designed the  appropriate protective gear.


He was selected as Sportsman of the Year

by the Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC)

January 25-27, 1992

2nd World Championships & Congress

Manila, Philippines

Diony has pruned down his active participation in various activities related to Arnis. His private gym in Cebu, however, remains a popular training place for students and instructors, especially those coming from other countries. He sees to it that the visitors are well attended to and are assured of learning what they want to know about the art. He still makes himself always available to render service to WEKAF and NARAPHIL.


9th Grade Black Belt

Founder of FMAA

Grand Master Leonilo Baron a personal protégé of SGM Diony Cañete, has received all of his training for over 10 years at the World Headquarters before his departure for the U.S. in 1996. Training with all the top masters at the headquarters highly benefited him as he learned all the component styles which comprise the entire Doce Pares System. His exceptional talent was clearly acknowledged when he was commissioned in 1993 as one of the regular instructors of the World Headquarters, and thus was authorized to teach Espada y Daga, Largo Mano, Media Largo, the three styles of "corto" (close range) Baraw, Mano-Mano as well as the twelve (12) forms (sayaw) and the sophisticated technique of Tapi-Tapi (sticky hand) Because of his training background, here at the FMA the students learn not only to execute and perform but also to understand the various theories, principles and philosophies on which the techniques were derived or anchored upon. It has become one policy to teach the students to both learn the techniques and understand well the concept so that by themselves they can create and develop their own.

Some of Grand Master Nilo Baron accomplishments are:

•1990, 91 - Member of the 5 man Doce Pares team which captured the Philippine National team championships.

•1990, 93, 94 - Philippine National Champion.

•1991 - Became one of the youngest Master instructors of Doce Pares Multi-Style System.

•1992, 94 - Member of the 5 man Doce Pares team which captured the Philippine National team championships.

•Several times Cebu Champion in Sparring and forms.

Grand Master Nilo Baron is the founder of the Filipino Martial Arts Academy located in Sacramento, California. 

GM Nilo Baron
GM Nilo Baron