Kombatan is a Filipino martial art, which combines several classical and modern styles.
Kombatan hails its roots from several ancient Filipino fighting techniques. It is heavily rooted in Arnis, a Filipino martial art of stick fighting. The Presas family developed the Modern Arnis system of stick fighting in the 1970s.
In the 1980s, Modern Arnis was spread through the efforts of the Presas family to other parts of the world via international seminars.
Ernesto Presas developed and promoted Kombatan, Combative Arts of Presas style in 1995 based on the different martial arts and combat techniques and his own interpretation of Modern Arnis.
The student learns several different approaches to different attacks. Drills, that improve the reflexes and reactions of students, are very important in training of Kombatan.
Usually the first thing that is taught in martial arts, are techniques from a specific stance. On one hand, this helps learning but on the other hand, studying this way requires years of practice to be able to use these techniques in free fight. Unlike in many Asian martial arts, students of Kombatan learn first to use weapons and defend themselves against them.