Balintawak Eskrima

Balintawak Eskrima or Balintawak Arnis is a Filipino martial art created by Grandmaster
Venancio “Anciong” Bacon in the 1950s to enhance and preserve the combative nature
of arnis which he felt was being watered down by other styles of Philippine martial arts. It is
named after a small street in Cebu where it was founded.
Known for its close-quarter fighting techniques, this system aims to respond rapidly to
attacks by deeply understanding angles, leverage, and timing. It aims to harness one’s
natural body movement and awaken one’s senses to move and react. It guarantees its
practitioner to experience a revelation in the fundamentals of street fighting.

World Nickelstick Eskrima is a syllabus of Balintawak as developed by Grandmaster Nicomedes ‘Nick’ Elizar, with ‘Nickel’ coming from his name, and ‘stick’ representing the single stick that is associated with the style of Grandmaster Anciong Bacon’s Balintawak Eskrima.

Grandmaster Nick Elizar is based in Cebu, Philippines, and has authorised instructors representing his system in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.