Filipino Martial Arts

‘Mataw- Guru’ Abel E. Colon – Head Instructor

Shannon Spicknall – Instructor 

Filipino martial arts refer to ancient Indianized and newer fighting methods devised in the Philippines. It incorporates elements from both Western and Eastern Martial Arts, the most popular forms of which are known as Arnis, Eskrima and Kali.

The intrinsic need for self-preservation was the genesis of these systems. Throughout the ages, invaders and evolving local conflict imposed new dynamics for combat in the islands now making up the Philippines. The Filipino people developed battle skills as a direct result of an appreciation of their ever-changing circumstances. They learned often out of necessity how to prioritize, allocate and use common resources in combative situations. Filipinos have been heavily influenced by a phenomenon of cultural and linguistic mixture. Some of the specific mechanisms responsible for cultural and martial change extended from phenomena such as war, political and social systems, technology, trade and practicality.


Head Instructor, Abel Colon, began his training in Shotokan Karate at Ellsworth AFB South Dakota, 1979.  In 1982, working as a security Police Officer at Andersen AFB Guam, he studied Tang Soo Do.  He continued his martial arts training in Aikido at Misawa Air Base in Japan in 1993.  In 1996 Sensei Colon Earned his Seidokan Karate Shodan Black Belt at Kadena AB Okinawa, Japan.

In 2013 Sensei earned another black belt in the Filipino art of Sikaran and in 2015 was appointed as State Ambassador of Florida for the association.  Sensei earned his black belt in Kajukenbo and 2nd Dan in Shotokan Karate under Grand Master Cayer.

Abel started teaching Filipino Martial Arts at ECMA in September 2017.