Arnis / kali is a weapons-based martial arts system involving sticks, blades, knives, and empty hand that evolved from the Philippines.
We teach Filipino Martial Arts in Toronto area (GTA, Mississauga). Arnis / kali is a weapons-based martial arts system involving sticks, blades, knives, and empty hand that evolved from the Philippines. The arnis / kali classes at CMAC Mississauga encompasses Modern Arnis and all its classical roots, and is taught by Guro BasselsJ to students interested in Filipino Martial Arts in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and the Greater Toronto Area and also to military and police forces worldwide. MATTI Canada is our official designation for arnis / kali.
Arnis · Kali · Escrima
We are the official Canadian representatives of—
MATTI — Modern Arnis Tapi-Tapi International
IMAFP — International Modern Arnis Federation Philippines
WFMA — Worldwide Family of Modern Arnis
All our ranks and certifications are obtained directly from our parent organizations in the Philippines.
Program: Arnis · Kali · Escrima · Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)
Style: Modern Arnis, Classical Arnis
Attendance: Students get two back-to-back classes per session, so you get your 2 classes in one day.
Ages: Teens/Youth · Adults
Experience: Beginners accepted. No experience required
Pre-requisite: In-class assessment
Gear: Official MATTI Canada arnis shirt · 2 arnis sticks
Arnis / kali classes in Toronto, Mississauga
Arnis is the product of many styles of blade and empty hand fighting that evolved throughout the Philippines. Various styles from many islands make up the body of arnis, though all styles adhere to good footwork, distancing, and attitude.
Twirling and stick handling
Distancing, timing, footwork
Espada y daga
Locks and traps
Where We’ve Taught
Thrive in a supportive community
The school environment is challenging but not competitive, driven by the shared purpose of refinement through training. The goal of all arnis students is to practice arnis as a “Way of Peace,” just as Modern Arnis founder Remy Presas has intended.
Direct lineage from the Philippines
Instructors continuously train with the grandmasters in the Philippines to ensure that skills and knowledge are transferred accurately
Access to further training opportunities
As community members of Filipino Martial Arts in Toronto and the GTA, we always post enriching seminars, competitions, and events to the student body, both local and abroad. Most notable is the FMA World Festival, the largest international arnis / kali / Filipino Martial Arts gathering right in the Philippines, the birthplace of arnis.