Friday, May 1, 2009

Rapid Arnis Annual Camp 2009

Please find attached the documents for this years Rapid Arnis International Annual Camp.

Best regards

Tuhon Pat O'Malley
Executive Chief Instructor Rapid Arnis Int
Rapid Response System, Rapid Combat Systems
Life Member Doce Pares
Member British Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Instructors
Member Philippine Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Masters
Director Carin Doce Pares


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our Strategic Approach

Our intention is to seek out strategic partnerships in order to show the Filipino martial arts in a high profile in the eyes of the general public. We will be actively be seeking out media coverage wherever possible and we will offer unique opportunities for “co-op” advertising and promotions - not to mention media exposure via our Public Relations Office.

With Strategic Partnerships we are looking to provide opportunities for:

· Television and film participation
· Event marketing opportunities
· Access to domestic & international Instructors & Masters
· Access to international sports events
· Access to Filipino festivals
· Co-op campaigns with our strategic partners
· New products introduction, promotion and test marketing
· National and International recognition


To be a non fee paying and non political organisations who’s sole purpose is the promotion of the Filipino martial arts and its bonifide instructors, Masters and Grand Masters regardless of style, system, group or organisation.

To establish and maintain a level and spirit of openness and cooperation to unite the Irish Community of enthusiasts and practitioners of “Arnis De Mano”, Kali, Eskrima - promoting the art and enhancing the image of the Republic of the Philippines as it’s birthplace.

To promote “brotherhood & inter-style” appreciation, thereby over coming the competition & petty jealousies that are all to prevalent in the worldwide martial arts community.

To actively seek recognition for both the Filipino martial arts and sport versions of the art with the official Government bodies such as the Sports Council as well as the Irish Olympic Committee.

To recognise, help and support those who are of good character, with authentic linage via the recognised Masters.

To produce a database and web site which will be available to the general public listing all bonifide Filipino martial arts instructors who are members of the Council.

Mission Statement

It is the goal of the Irish Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Instructors to unite the practitioners of the Filipino martial arts under an umbrella of “national brotherhood” and cooperation - recognizing the merits of all bonifide styles and schools as being equally relevant and appreciated. Any and all Instructors of the Filipino martial arts are welcome and respected, providing they adhere to the spirit herein described.

We seek to continue and expand the recognition and legitimisation of the Filipino martial arts as both a competition sport and combat art - and to promote both sectors in and for those groups who seek to advance their knowledge and level of participation.

Further, we seek to overcome the petty rivalries and jealousies that pervade so many similar societies and to relegate competition to “sporting events”. No politics and no denigration of any Arnisador, Eskrimador, Kalista or style will be tolerated and the Council will aggressively defend any who are unjustly or unfairly treated, within the community.

To actively seek the most senior instructors of each bonifide style, system, group or organisation who are willing to uphold our values to have representation on the Council.

To established and continually develop a “Code of Ethics” for the practitioner's, which will be welcomed and subscribed to by Filipino martial arts clubs, styles, systems and organisations around the United Kingdom. This will include but not be limited to: Respect for ones Master, Loyalty to your fellow Arnisadors, Eskrimadors, Kalistas and devotion to the Filipino martial arts. These are sacred tenants of our martial arts. This tradition must be upheld.

To help promote and inform to the general public only those who are of good character as well as being bonifide Filipino martial arts instructors, styles, systems, groups and organisations.

With the appointment of Directors to the Board from the head instructors of each style, system or organisation, annual competitions and events in various sporting styles of the Filipino martial arts, ongoing communication and “Goodwill Tours” demonstrating our art - we hope to achieve our goals and dreams for the Martial Arts of the Philippines.

To work closely with other similar organisations around the world including the Philippine Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Masters in the promotion of the Filipino martial arts as a whole.

Origin and History

Realising the need for a body of impartial and senior Filipino martial arts instructors to ensure fair and unbiased promotion of the real martial art styles of the Philippines, a group of leading instructors in Ireland united to make this dream become a reality.

The Irish Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Instructors was formed in Jan 2007 by what is considered to be some of the leading instructors of the FMA in Ireland and even Europe.

Paul Cox one of the few European Instructors to have received a Doce Pares Black Belt from the Philippines is the prime moving force behind the Irish Council and it has always been his dream to bring together the various unique styles of the Filipino martial arts. This dream has now become a reality.

There are many who claim to be teaching the Filipino martial arts mainly due to it’s rise in popularity in the world of martial arts, but there are a few individuals who have no real qualifications or linage back to the Masters of the art in the Philippines who are informing the public that they are bonifide instructors of the art simply to make money from the unsuspecting general public.

There are also many who are competing for recognition in the Filipino martial arts sector of the martial arts and unfortunately, some are attempting to give the impression that their style or organisation is superior or the only qualified body to represent the Filipino martial arts. This has resulted in divisiveness and discontent and the Council is concerned about the observations and impressions that will be made by the general public and the martial arts community as a whole.

The Filipino martial arts have suffered from such problems and we feel there is nether reason or excuse for this syndrome to continue in the Filipino martial arts community anymore. Kali, Eskrima or Arnis, whichever term one may use this martial art is part of the Philippine national heritage and should be promoted as such.

The Irish Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Instructors seeks only to unify the practitioners of Filipino martial arts on a national scale and to see equal acceptance and recognition for all qualified instructors regardless of style. The enclosed mission statement describes the focus of our Council.

We welcome all input and suggestions from any and all who share our vision of uniting the Filipino martial arts under one organisation.