Eskrima is mostly a combination of native Filipino fighting techniques and old Spanish fencing.
The weapons-based Filipino martial art has many different names, including Eskrima, Escrima, Arnis and Kali. In English-speaking countries it is usually referred to as Eskrima, which comes from the Spanish word for ‘fencing’ (Esgrima).
While Eskrima has many empty-hand grappling and striking techniques, it is the best-known martial art for stick fighting. It also focuses very much on knife fighting and some sword fighting but most of the emphasis is on the use of Escrima sticks, which most beginners tend to use on their first lesson, making it a unique and exciting martial art to practice in addition to one’s MMA calibre.