ISE Details

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The ISE was founded in Knoxville, TN on July 1st, 1995 by Tagaturo Klement to propagate and preserve Inayan Eskrima as it was taught to him by the founder of Inayan Eskrima, Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay. The "core" styles of Inayan Eskrima (Inayan; Kadena de Mano, Serrada and Largo Mano) are the foundation of each ISE Guro's teaching and creative energy. It is our goal to provide a safe and informative training environment for our students while simultaneously passing on the warrior concepts and principles of the entire system of Inayan Eskrima.

ISE Student Standards -

The ISE accepts and reviews all submitted Membership Applications. We are always interested in growing our School with those that share the same passion and likeminded vision as us. The Student body is consisted of those that understand the commitment the Art demands and are interested in bettering themselves along a deep and meaningful path. We are committed to making each-other better through the Art. Training is very hands on, yet paced and adapted around the learning process of the Student. Advancement in the ISE dictates special dedication, capacity and discipline and with each rank comes a truer commitment to the quality and future of Inayan Eskrima.  

ISE Eskrima Training -

Bone, Wood, Steel, Lead… to the Inayan Student these are the tools, their mind is the weapon. The Inayan School of Eskrima has the complete Inayan System of Eskrima as taught by Tagaturo Klement as the foundation of the curriculum. Each ISE instructor brings their own unique background and insight into every class. Formal Classes are held twice weekly with emphasis on practicality and individual development. Extra care is given to maintain the “Basics” of Inayan Eskrima as passed on by Suro Michael G. Inay. The training and education of an ISE Student is processed in five Student ranks. The training in the first two student ranks focuses on the basics of each style within Inayan Eskrima. The third and fourth student ranks focus on strengthening the leadership abilities and intermediate physical skills while the fifth student rank focuses on teaching ability and advanced physical training. Training for ISE Students is done through a combination of group and private lessons especially arranged for the needs of the Student. 

Inayan Eskrima Styles -

Inayan Eskrima encompasses several styles of Eskrima but focuses on three “core styles” which are Inayan Kadena de Mano, Inayan Serrada, and Inayan Largo Mano. Each is taught in its whole form as a complete style and covers a specific range: short (Kadena), medium (Serrada) and long (Largo). Having these three styles that cover these three separate ranges is the key to balancing out Inayan Eskrima. All three (short, medium and long) are essential. When the Inayan student reaches the proper level he or she can then understand how each piece fits the greater puzzle and put them together as it fits their particular way of fighting.

Each style has its own advantages and is very effective in its own right but might not be the best answer to every combative situation. For example, a Largo Mano stylist is very adept at long ranges, but what happens if that student is standing in a corner when confronted and has no space to move the way he or she was taught? In this particular situation, having a good working knowledge of a medium or short-range style would be very beneficial.

Having three ranges at his or her disposal is a great asset to the Inayan student. Whatever situation they might find themselves in, the student can quickly adapt to the surroundings at hand. They can then “flow” easily from range to range and/or style to style, depending on the circumstance, without corrupting their objective. To quote Suro Mike Inay on the subject; “Spontaneous adaptability is the key to a warrior’s survival."

Taking this a step further, the advanced student can understand how to implement long-range theory in short-range engagement or possibly medium-range theory in long-range engagement.

Below is a brief description of the three core styles that make up the backbone of Inayan Eskrima.

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 blocks (or counters), basic and advanced hand and knife drills as well as permuted locks from the basic/advanced drills. Lock/flow/trap practice drills are stressed as well as subject control through the use of Vital Points (Pressure Sensitive Nerves).

Inayan Serrada -
Serrada translates to either "to close" or "close quarters". The style is noted for using a shorter cane, male triangle footwork, and quick, linear, in-close fighting. This blade and stick style translates well into empty-hand applications.

Inayan Largo Mano -
Largo Mano translates to "long hand" and is a long-range system of Eskrima. Evolved to use a longer/heavier cane (~40") and to use the cane as if it were a Kampilan, the longest sword found in the Philippines. This style, Inayan Largo Mano, is credited as being the first complete formal style to teach the use of the Kampilan.

Supplemental styles include:

  • Inayan Dequerdas - Reinforced weapon blocking and counter striking
  • Inayan Sinawali - Two weapons, usually of equal length are used in set offensive and defensive patterns
  • Inayan Espada y Daga - Focuses on blocks while at the same time positioning an opponent into a trapped or locked position
  • Inayan Sibat / Bankow - The “Staff and Spear” method found in Inayan Eskrima


To be a truly complete and effective fighting defense, a style must have an arsenal of competent techniques and theory to pull from to use in any situation without borrowing from another style.

                        — Suro Mike Inay - Founder, Inayan Eskrima