The words Arnis, Escrima, Kali all stand as general names for the Philippine martial arts.
Contrary to most other martial arts, a beginner in Arnis trains first how to handle weapons (sticks) and then learns to apply the same principles to defend himself with everyday objects and empty-handed. Through the training with weapons coordination, sense of distance and the development/strengthening of natural reflexes are developed from the very beginning.
Many different styles of Arnis have developed on the philippine islands. AEK Germany first teaches the style Combat Arnis before different classic styles are introduced later in the curriculum.
The Philippine martial arts contain a vast variety of different techniques, all distances and variations of combat are included within these arts.
Therefore, beside the use of sticks and bladed weapons (machetes and knives), there is filippino boxing and kickboxing, ground-fighting and even the application of flexible objects (ropes, belts, etc.) as well as the use of every-day objects (pens, newspapers, umbrellas) as improvised weapons.
During time, many other martial arts have had their impact and influence on the Philippine martial arts. As a "living" martial art the Philippine martial arts are not bound by a fixed set of techiques or forms but evolve constantly.
Arnis can not only be applied as a fighting art but also as a fighting sport.
Fighting art describes the use of any learned techique as efficient and accurate as possible during combat or self-defense, while
Fighting sport illustrates competitive fighting within a fixed set of rules. Internationally, there are several organisations having competitions with their own set of rules. At AEK Germany, mostly WEKAF rules are used for training the competitive aspects of the Philippine martial arts. This offers the possibility for participation at national tournaments as well as european and world championships.