Used for hundreds of years in life or death situations, the Filipino art of Eskrima offers some of the most sophisticated edged-weapon defense methods known.

Eskrima is a Filipino fighting art that teaches striking, slashing and trapping skills with an emphasis on speed and fluid movements. With techniques from the Filipinos, Moros, Spanish, Chinese, Malay, etc., Eskrima offers students a wide range of self-defense skills.

Students will learn to use double stick, single stick, knife, sword, knife and sword, as well as an assortment of empty-hand tactics, both against armed and unarmed assailants.

Doce Pares Eskrima

The Doce Pares Club was founded on January 11, 1932 by a small group of Eskrima Masters spearheaded by Eulogio Cañete, Lorenzo Saavedra and Teodoro Saavedra. Originally conceptualized by twelve master level practitioners, the group’s membership quickly rose to 24.

Eulogio Cañete and Teodoro Saavedra were elected as President and Vice President respectively. Other elected officers and original members were, Fortunato Peñalosa (secretary), Marcelo Verano, Deogracias Nadela, Strong Tupas, Rodolfo Quijano, Pio Deiparine, Florentino Cañete, Felimon Cañete, Juanito Lauron, Federico Saavedra, Cecilio Dela Victoria, Lorenzo Saavedra, Margarito Revilles and Anastacio Deiparine.

The name Doce Pares was adopted in reference to a famous group of bodyguards who protected Emperor Charlemagne of France (AD 768-814). These twelve people were renown as top swordsmen and were known to have vanquished hundreds of enemies in battle.

The term “Doce Pares,” which means “twelve pairs” in the Spanish language, was also meant to honor the group of masters who originally founded the organization.

Four Winds Martial Arts is a proud member of Doce Pares International featuring Doce Pares Multi-Style Eskrima under the direction of Grandmaster Dionisio Canete. www.doceparesinternational.com