Progressive Arnis is a Filipino martial art utilizing stick, knife, and unarmed technique in its practice. Founded by Guro Chad Bailey, Progressive Arnis has roots in Arnis de Mano, Escrima, and Kali which developed in the Philippines where natives fashioned rattan sticks and edged weapons in defense against the Spanish conquistadors during the 16th century. The art existed before then; however the first exposure to the Western world occurred after Spanish occupation.
Practitioners begin training with one stick and familiarize themselves with the distance required for striking before moving on to double stick or stick and blade methodology. Unarmed tactics and techniques are developed along with footwork drills to increase a practitioner’s accuracy and timing.