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Foundation of Amara Arkanis

Amara Arkanis techniques, both offensive and defensive, revolve in a pentagonal foundation that are interrelated - spirit, skill, speed, strength, and style.

Spirit: Spirit is the mental aspect. It is the active type of utmost concentration in every aspect of training. In Amara Arkanis, it is more commonly known as “active meditation.” It has nothing to do with religion or spirituality although it is similar in the sense that the aim is to achieve “oneness of mind and body.” This state of “oneness” is possible only with rigid training and strict discipline and in accepting the fact that Amara Arkanis is a way of life and not just a combative art.

There are two levels of training in Amara Arkanis. The lower level is learning the techniques in the “real-world” setting or physical training. All the defensive and offensive techniques are executed in the normal manner.

The upper level is called “awareness training”. This type of training does not start until the student attains the black sash degree. Every aspect of training in the lower level is repeated, except this time, the student is not only blindfolded but must also keep the eyes closed. Awareness is heightened and sensitivity is brought to an elevated state. The equilibrium is improved considerably because the student depends solely on “feeling” the situation. The blindfolded fighting sequences offer the student the ability to overcome and conquer fear and elevate the consciousness to a higher level making every technique proactive rather than reactive.

Skill: Before speed and strength, a practitioner must have the ability to hit the proper target with the proper weapon at the proper time. An Amara Arkanis student goes through two phases of training, amihan (slow motion) and habagat (fast motion). The Filipino terms amihan and habagat, mean calm wind and hurricane wind, respectively. The slow motion or “soft” training teaches the practitioner the proper sequence in muscle contraction and relaxation, timing, balance, coordination and most important of all - breath control. In essence, Amara Arkanis is an “internal art”. After the practitioner has learned the techniques in slow motion, adapted to his own personal capability, the tempo and intensity of training is gradually increased until the maximum or “hurricane” speed is achieved. This type of training makes the student focus directly on the situation eliciting a more rapid response. Every aspect of learning is an active process that teaches a student to apply a simple reaction. A simple reaction is faster than a choice reaction.

Speed: Through the slow motion training, the practitioner learns that speed comes not from moving faster, but from the efficiency of the movement. Every Amara Arkanis technique, both defensive and offensive are executed in natural rhythm with minimal effort, based on the underlying principle that simple state creates speed, and a fluid response generates maximum speed and maximum speed achieves maximum efficiency. There are specific supplementary training exercises in Amara Arkanis that develop “explosive speed”

Strength: Big muscles needed to move heavy objects at a slow rate of time, although necessary, plays a secondary role in Amara Arkanis. Sinewy, flexible muscles that can move lighter weight at a greater speed, is more important. In Amara Arkanis, strength may be better represented as power. Power is generated not by brute force but through efficiency of movement, leverage and directness of application of energy. As natural simple state creates speed, it also creates power. All techniques in Amara Arkanis are designed to offer all around development by utilizing the best leverage and the best angle of force.

Style: No two human beings are exactly alike psychologically and physiologically. In order to achieve maximum result, a technique must be executed according to an individual’s physical capability. In Amara Arkanis, the art is adapted to the practitioner and not the other way around. The system is based on the principle that the simpler the technique, the more effective it is. An attribute of style is form. Good form is an important aspect of Amara Arkanis. Best results are achieved through good form. Good form creates proper muscle tension and contraction, which in turn minimizes wasted energy. Good form also facilitates movement because it affords better control of the center of gravity and balance. Good form is a manifestation of a properly directed energy that results in superior performance.

Amara Arkanis is a complete martial art. On the surface it looks like there are two different arts - an unarmed art using the hands and the feet and an armed art using sticks, knives and other alternative weapons.

But a close examination will reveal that it is one and the same complete martial art. All the techniques 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.

For educational and learning purposes, 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.

Ten Precepts of Amara Arkanis

1. Peace and balance is within you: Religious and superstitious influence causes a person to search for peace and balance outside of his being. But inner peace and balance is a state of bliss created by and in your own mind.

2. Your first strike must be your last strike: There is a saying that the best offense is the best defense. Victory is more likely when the conflict is resolved with the first strike. One hit is always better than one hundred near hits.

3. If you hear you forget, if you see you remember, if you do you learn: Do not expect to be good in Amara Arkanis by reading books, watching movies and listening to stories. You need to consistently work and train hard. Strive to improve your technique and understanding every time you train.

4. Practice of the right technique makes perfect: Repetition makes the motor nerve respond automatically. Unless the technique is done in the proper form based on your own physical capability, it only develops a half-cooked movement. do one technique a thousand times rather than do one thousand techniques one time.

5. Let your mind lead and your body follow: Whatever you conceive and believe your body can achieve.

6. The art is the person and the person is the art: There is no better art - only a better person who practices the art. Do not be critical of arts other than yours. Eve na child's play may be informative and educational if you keep an open receptive mind.

7. The difference between offense and defense is only a perception: Every technique may be used offensively or defensively. One must train until the techniques have merged into one.

8. You cannot stop lightning but you can get out of its way: Do not be in the place where your opponent will strike. This skill to anticipate an opponent's movement can be developed by observing his stance, the manner the weapon is held, the distance, etc.

9. You are your best weapon: In Amara Arkanis you are never without a weapon. Remember your empty hands and feet are just as deadly as a stick or a knife.

10. In combat there is no such thing as being second best: Strive to excel to be the best, because being second best may mean being dead.

The Seal of Amara Arkanis

The sun with the three divisions denotes the three main island groups of the Philippines, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The rays are moving clockwise denoting forward evolution. The Kris denotes the original fighting art of the bladed weapon, while the crossed sticks denote the modern art of stick fighting. The ancient Filipino character in the middle of the triangle stands for Kamao (fist) or the art of the empty hands. The M stands for Mandirigma (warrior), which every practitioner of Amara Arkanis is. The triangle denotes the three aspects of the art in Amara Arkanis – the use of the bladed weapon, the use of the sticks or alternative weapons and the use of the empty hands.

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Credo of Amara Arkanis

In humble confidence I come to you with my art – Amara Arkanis

Strengthened by the courage and fortitude instilled in me by Amara Arkanis

I will uphold justice and the laws of my god and my country

I will champion the triumph of good over evil

I will endeavor to attain a higher level of existence – spiritually and physically

This is the creed of my art – Amara Arkanis

This is my Code of Honor So help me God.