The Beck Martial Arts Weapons program is based on Arnis de Leon and Modern Arnis. Modern Arnis is the martial art developed by Professor Remy A. Presas based on the stick and knife fighting arts of the Phillipines variously known as kali or escrima or eskrima with a few aspects of karate and jujitsu. Professor Presas developed new training methods and revised techniques to create a standalone fighting system and preserve what was a dying art. The art is known primarily for weapons training, but also involves empty hand strikes, kicks, joint locks, grappling, throws, empty hand forms, and stick forms.
Arnis de Leon is a new style based on Modern Arnis formed by Anding de Leon, a student of Professor Presas for over 30 years.
David N. Beck has studied Arnis since 1993, including 4 summer camps with Professor Presas before his death and ongoing training for over 20 years now with Grandmaster de Leon. A Master Instructor in Hapkido and Taekwondo, Guro Beck is certified Lakan Isa (1st degree level black belt) with the International Arnis de Leon Federation.
Two nights a week the class follows a syllabus involving all the traditional aspects of arnis including stick, knife, double sticks, stick & knife, and empty hand. The Saturday morning class however is an open weapons class, also working with additional weapons such as machete, cane, jo staff, bo staff, sword, rope, belt, nunchaku, tonfa, Dan Bong, gun defense, and improvised weapons. See the BMA News page for the current schedule.
See the Pricing page for current rates.
See the Videos page for some samples of Guro Beck demonstrating Arnis.