Interview with Grand Master Profirio Lanada of Arnis Lanada - Published on The Manila Times 2003
Grandmaster Porfirio S. Lanada (also known as Proferio Lanada), is one of the Philippines’ Internationally recognized Arnis Grandmasters. He is the founder of Arnis Lanada, a world recognized style of Filipino stick-fighting.
Grandamaster Lanada is backed by more than 50 years of solid martial arts and boxing experience. This 66-year old martial arts veteran is a part of the 1988 Martial Arts Hall of Fame, in Cleaveland Ohio and has received other awards namely, “Arnis Legend” and “Arnis Pioneer” from the World Head of Family Sokeship Council (America’s First Grandmaster Council).
His claim to fame includes a book published by an old student of his, Amante Marinas in the US entitled “Arnis Lanada” back in 1985. This was the first book ever published about Arnis in the USA.
[GM Lanada on the cover of a USA Filipino Publication]
Grandmaster Lanada no longer teaches Arnis but he has successfully passed on his legacy to two of his sons, Jun and Boying Lanada and students Master Chian “Boy” Ong, Master Marlon Miranda and Master Bert Bergado.
At present, Master Marlon Miranda is president of the Phil. Arnis Lanada Association. In the US, the association is represented by an American from Connecticut, Halford Jones.
The Lanada style consists of long range (larga mano) and close-quarter combat (corto) techniques using two sticks, one stick, knives as well as the empty hand.
This series on Arnis Lanada will illustrate the styles basic strikes, defenses, disarming techniques and some practical self defense moves.
Today, Master Chian “Boy” Ong will show us the five basic strikes of Arnis Lanada.
First and Second Strikes are directed towards the temple of a persons head.This is done in a stabbing motion.
Arnis Lanada – Basic Blocks and Defenses
Today, Master Chian “Boy” Ong (left) and Master Marlon Miranda (right) demonstrate the blocks used for each of the five striking techniques.
Master Ong will be the attacker and Master Miranda the defender. Both attacker and defender in this scenario are armed with one stick each.
Defense against the First Strike to the Head
- The first strike is aimed at the left temple. Make a side step to your right using your stick to block his right hand.
Defense against the Second Strike to the Head
- The second strike is aimed at the right temple. Make a side step to your left using your stick to block his right arm. Hit him on the wrist with your stick.
Defense against the Third Strike to the Knee
- The third strike is aimed at the left knee. Make a side step to your right using your stick to block his right arm.
Defense against the Forth Strike to the Knee
- The third strike is aimed at the left knee. Make a side step to your left using your stick to block his right arm.
Defense against the Fifth Strike, a stab to the stomach
- The fifth strike is aimed at the stomach. Make a side step to your right using your stick to deflect his arm. Make sure you sidestep your whole body to avoid the stab.
*GM Porfirio Lanada and the author