Within our system there are seven styles of Eskrima that include three *core styles, Inayan Kadena de Mano, working at short range, Inayan Serrada working at medium range, and Inayan Largo Mano working at long range. Each is taught in its whole form as a complete style.

Below is a description of the styles that make up Inayan System III Eskrima.


Styles2-2 copy*Inayan Kadena de Mano

Kadena De Mano translates to “chain of hand” and is a combination of empty-hand and knife/dagger techniques. It covers basic and advanced counters, basic and advanced hand and knife drills as well as permuted locks from the basic/advanced drills. Lock, flow, and trapping practice drills are stressed as well as subject control through the use of Pressure Sensitive Nerves Areas (PSNA).


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*Inayan Serrada

Serrada translates to either “to close” or “close quarters”. The style is noted for using a shorter weapon, triangle footwork, and quick, linear, in-close fighting. This blade and stick style translates well into empty-hand applications and is the heart of IS3 Eskrima.




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*Inayan Largo Mano

Largo Mano translates to “long hand” and is a long-range system of Eskrima. Evolved to use a longer/heavier weapon (~40″) and to use the stick as if it were a Kampilan (Filipino long sword) . This style is credited as being the first complete formal style to teach the use of the Kampilan.



Inayan Dequerdas
Dequerdas is a medium range style of weaponry application that uses reinforced blocking with the off (or shield) hand supporting the weapon. It is a simple but effective method of defense that is easily taught and learned by students who do not have a lot of time to dedicate to the Filipino Martial Arts.


Inayan Sinawali
The theory of this stye of training can be employed at different ranges. The weapons can vary in length and can be inter-mixed. It is usually practiced with two weapons (sticks) of equal length. The Sinawali style is good for people who are starting out in the art of Eskrima since it is very easily taught to beginners. Although this style is easy to learn, it is not so easy to master.


Inayan Sibat/Bankow
The Inayan Sibat/Bankow style encompasses the long range method of fighting. This also means that these two styles use longer weapons than any of the other styles of Inayan Eskrima. Although block and counter techniques are used, the primary countering philosophy of these two styles is different from that of most shorter weapon styles.


Inayan Espada y Daga
This is a medium to close range style of Eskrima that focuses on an interrelationship between Sword and Dagger. This style is not recommended for beginners and is not seriously studied by IS3 students until they become proficient in the core styles of the system.