A Filipino martial art. Kombatan was developed
by Grandmaster Ernesto Presas of Negros Oriental Province in the Visayas. R
Ernesto, founder of Filipino Mano-Mano, resides in Manila and teaches at the
University of Santo Tomas and the Lyceum as well as conducts seminars
throughout the Philippines, Europe and the U.S.. The style is known for its
double stick techniques but features other stick and blade techniques, as
well as empty-hand methods.
Kombatan is a composite of
various classical and modern fighting systems used in the Philippines. The
student of Kombatan is introduced to the various systems described above in
the full range of fighting. An emphasis is placed on drills to train the
student to react instinctively. Students are encouraged to develop their own
“style” of techniques within the Kombatan framework.