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Principles of Amara Arkanis

Amara Arkanis is a three-faceted art: The first Facet is the Armed Fighting with the use of weapons.
There are three main weapons group of Amara Arkanis, and several variations of these main weapons. The three main weapon groups are:                                  

  • Rigid / stiff weapons
  • Flexible / pliable weapons
  • Projectile / casting weapons            

As early as the start of civilization, the use of a crude type of weaponry had been recorded in history. The discovery, first of fire, then gunpowder, marked the evolution of more sophisticated weaponry.

Despite these discoveries, the use of basic rudimentary weapons, such as the sword, bow and arrow, spear and the like, was developed to a higher level, instead of being shelved in the back burner. Even now, with laser-guided bombs and bullets, the ordinary foot soldier still carries a trusty knife for use when all his advanced gadgets fail and knife fighting is still a very important part of a soldier’s training.

Although based on native origin, the development of Filipino homegrown weapons, were influenced by several conflicts with foreign invaders. In fact, the Igorot axe, found to have the most efficient hacking design with the center of gravity at the head, was a “copy” of the Arabic scimitar knife. Delfin Bernarte’s design of the medya-luna was inveigled by the Igorot axe. These designs can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great, and possibly even earlier back to biblical times.

To defend themselves, the Filipinos devised offensive and defensive techniques in the use of various instruments available and developed the fighting art the Spaniards called Armas de Mano, later Pilipinized to Arnis de Mano. Louelle Lledo now calls his art Amara Arkanis.
The second Facet is the Unarmed Fighting. There are three classifications of Amara Arkanis unarmed fighting:

  1. Kicking and striking
  2. Throwing and takedowns
  3. Joint reversal and submission techniques

These unarmed fighting techniques are based on Sikaran, Kuntawan, Silat and the techniques of Bernarte Brokil Sistemang Praksiyon but highly influenced by Japanese Goju-ryu Karate.
The third Facet is the Healing Phase. The two divisions of this aspect are:

  1. Internal  - which includes meditation and self-hypnosis
  2. External - which includes accu-pressure, spine-manipulation, bone - setting, massage and application of herbs.

Like the “killing” aspects of Amara Arkanis, the “healing” aspect is also a carry-over of Bernarte Brokil Sistemang Praksiyon. Delfin Bernarte was also the town “manggagamot” (healer). He has a collection and concoction of local herbs, vegetables and fruits that he prescribes from stomach ache to various diseases. His most prescribed brew is ampalaya(bitter melon), banaba and bayabas leaves tea. For muscle aches and pains he blends ginger root, garlic and coconut oil. He also dispenses plain coconut oil for various ailments.

A close examination will reveal that all these facets are the interwoven foundation of a complete martial art. All the techniques in the armed and unarmed systems may be executed with or without any weapon. The fact is, weapons such as sticks or knives are regarded as an extension of the hand, which is an extension of the mind.

For educational and learning purposes, Amara Arkanis, being a Martial Arts Education Program, the unarmed techniques and the armed techniques are presented separately so a better understanding of the art is achieved. The student, however, must always remember that all and every technique, particularly hand techniques, may be executed with or without weapons.