You're not here for me… but I'm here for you.
Stick Fighting Sport is a resource run by me, Louis Lim, based on my experience of working as a full-time stick fighting instructor since 2010.
I teach martial arts enthusiasts and “eskrimadors/arnisadors” combative and sportive stick fighting (ie, Balintawak, Doble Kamay, Sports Anris, etc.) to equip people with the skills they need to defend themselves on the streets.
It's no secret… I use Filipino Martial Arts and other fighting arts to help people become more confident and able to use their skills should the need arise.
I want to teach you everything I've learned along the way — so you can do the same (minus the pitfalls).
Stick Fighting Sport
Stick Fighting Sport is the most practical reference site ever designed for use by martial arts enthusiasts. All martial artists – students looking ahead to advance in martial arts or that effective self-defense system, those weapon-based techniques, parents concerned about the well-being of their children, individuals who want to remain active – will discover information about increasing the enjoyment from martial arts by becoming healthier, wiser and better martial artists.
Stick fighting Sport will cover a volume of subjects related to Filipino Stick Fighting. Thus, it is an indispensable online reference for Martial Arts that you can visit on a regular basis.
Filipino Martial Arts is a Sport and Combat Art
Though Stick Fighting Sport is completely independent and can be consulted separately for information on Filipino Stick Fighting as a sport, it is expressly designed to be an ultimate resource for Filipino Martial Arts both as a sport and combat art.
There are just too many martial arts out there but there aren’t too many superior and practical Martial arts that can give you the ability to defend yourself against possible assailants.
Filipino Martial Arts, especially Balintawak Eskrima is one of those highly effective and practical martial arts that are both a combat and sport. The site is intended to help students improve in martial arts. It assembles in an easy-to-learn way the many subjects taught in Filipino Stick Fighting.
The most important information on each subject has been distilled and presented in a comprehensive, interesting and easy-to-use way. Our blog posts contain information on techniques, training, schools, history, news, and many other features.
We organized all the important information under categories. To get a fresh perspective of Filipino Martial Arts, we suggest that you first read the following articles:
- Deadly Filipino Knife Fighting Techniques
- Arnis Martial Arts – The Warrior's Way
- Stick Fighting Methods – A Comprehensive Guide
- Arnis Fighting Techniques – A Detailed Guide
- Arnis History – The Grand History of Filipino Stick Fighting
- Arnis History – The Legendary Supreme Grandmaster Anciong Bacon
- Filipino Martial Arts Near Me – The Best Traditional Filipino Martial Arts
- 10 Stick Fighting Hacks to Accelerate Your Training
- Arnis Training in the Philippines – How to get Started
In summary, Stick Fighting Sport offers readers and students and those out of school essential information on basic skills (offensive stick fighting, defensive stick fighting, bare hands and a vast collection of easy-to-use data on all major Filipino Martial Arts subjects.
There are many more posts to read and courses to take on our site. We are certain that this site will equip you with everything you need to succeed in learning Filipino Martial Arts and to the enjoyment of Stick Fighting.
The Martial Arts Journey Begins
I began my martial arts journey at the age of 8, learning the Japanese martial arts of Karate under my late father Emmanuel Lim, who was a black belt karateka and Master Lino Baban, a 3rd Dan black belt Karateka and national tournament champion.
I practiced the famous art of Karate for six years as a member of the Japanese Karate Association (JKA) and won my first provincial tournament silver medal in 1997. I would eventually earn a brown belt and stop formal training when my father and master died in 1998.
The warrior spirit developed in me at a very young age and would continue to evolve throughout my life.
I was first introduced to the Filipino Stick Fighting Art of Eskrima at the age of 10 – still under the wing of my late father. I learned the popular art of “Modern Arnis,” a Combative and Sportive Filipino Stick Fighting Art founded by the late Grand Master Remi Presas.
The art left a lasting impression on me. I was fascinated with its speed, grace, and power. I learned the basic techniques of the art for a short period and fate would reunite me to stick fighting at the perfect time.
A Short Affair with Taekwondo
I was initiated into to the famous martial arts of Taekwondo at the age of 17. I trained for a year at the Main Taekwondo Gym of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. I then took another break from martial arts practice, and it would take another six years before I continue my martial arts journey.
A Life and Death Experience: A New Martial Arts Mission
The year was 2008. I was strolling along one of the city streets one quite evening and heading towards home. It looked just like an ordinary night, and the streets seemed peaceful and quiet. Two guys on a motorcycle approached me, pointed a knife at me and asked for my wallet and cellphone.
I had two choices – fight or yield. Missing martial arts training for years, reason told me the odds were against me, and I avoided risking my life for a few cash and a lousy cell phone. The experience, though, would haunt me for a while and put me back on the martial arts path again.
Provoked by life and death situation, I retrained in martial arts. I did not want to be robbed and threatened with a knife ever again.
Balintawak Eskrima; the Beginning of a Revolution
In October 2010, I met Guru Andrew P. Obon at the APO-Balintawak Self-Defense Club in Camp Phillips Bukidnon, Philippines and was introduced to the deadly Stick Fighting Art of Balintawak Eskrima.
I was blown away by the speed, simplicity, fluidity, and accuracy of the art. I immediately enrolled in the club and trained under the guidance and wisdom of Guru Andrew P. Obon. Training in the art developed my speed, body coordination, and reflexes. I also learned perfect timing and focus.
In December of the same year, I became President of the APO-Balintawak Self-Defense Club. I and Guru Andrew became close friends and started endorsing Balintawak Eskrima to the world. By this time, APO-Balintawak Eskrima Self-Defense System is associated with Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) Informative and has two informative issues available with the top Filipino Martial Arts promoter in the world.
Our involvement in Filipino Martial Arts remains active both offline and online to accomplish its vision and mission.
Photo: Island Training with APO-Balintawak Association Instructors, Louis Lim, and Maurizio Mariscoli; “The Tiger of Italy” (besides Louis Lim)
Photo: Louis Lim with APO-Balintawak Self-Defense Instructors and Leonardo Gonzales (middle)
Spreading The Art
Having experienced a life-threating situation in the past, I don't want other people to experience the same crisis. It is my mission not just to master the Filipino stick fighting art of Balintawak Eskrima but also to teach it to other people. I want to arm people with the skills required to defend themselves on the streets.
Balintawak Eskrima is the martial arts I was looking for. It is the martial arts that would equip me and other people with the skills needed to defend ourselves on the streets.
I am presently teaching Balintawak Eskrima in his hometown in Damilag Bukidnon and the nearby city of Cagayan de Oro. I see no limits in his evolution as stick fighting instructor and martial artist. It is my goal to spread the art like wildfire, so the world will come to know and learn one of the most effective Filipino Martial Arts to date.